Europe on a shoestring

Tripoto
27th Sep 2014

Bruges

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

Moulin Rouge ..the world's most popular cabar

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

The famous Notre dame..

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

Justine..my Paris's walking tour guide

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

Champs Elysees

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

Art is palpable in Paris's every street corne

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

In Brussels, Frites Are More Than Just Fries

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

Bruges is a small town with a unique charm

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

trying an SRK pose in Bruges..

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

Brandenburg gate in Berlin

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

Trabant was East Germany's quintessential sym

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

Prague river ..amazes you everytime

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

enroute to Prague castle

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

Prague

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

beer, Merc and pals

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

Ice Caves in Werfen, Austria

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

Hallstatt, Austria

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

Hallstatt, Austria

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

Neuschwanstein Castle

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

Brussels

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

Brussels

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

Brussels

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

Mannequin Pis- a popular Brussels sculpture

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

Brussels city centre

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

Amsterdam

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

Amsterdam

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

lover's lock is a big fad in Europe..esp in P

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

Werfen, Austria

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

Somewhere along romantic road, Germany

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

somewhere in Salzkammergut, Austria

Photo of Europe on a shoestring by Divay mittal

The idea of the trip originated when I had saved just enough money to plan a long vacation. Traveling to Europe was a childhood dream, so I decided to inquire with my close friends. 2 of them agreed, and the trip was planned. 2 more friends, who were on an exchange program in Europe also joined in between. Aim was to cover as much as possible in 15 days- started in Paris, and traveled to Bruges, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Munich and then back to Paris to take the flight back home. Ended up travelling across 6 countries, and used bus, car, train as means of transport, and stayed in hostels.

Few experiences and incidents made the trip unforgettable.

1. This one tops the chart. We almost got involved in a brawl in a dance club in Pigalle- Paris' red light district.The manager at the club wanted to cheat us. He was trying to extort unreasonable amount of money from us for a 'service' he provided without our consent. He used all kinds of techniques to threaten us and make us pay 400 euros. We resisted for long and put up a very brave face. We finally said we were in Paris on a project from French government's invitation, so were on a very official trip. The guy finally subsisted, and we ended up paying him 70 euros in total. 

2.This was one in Amsterdam when we mistakenly boarded a long distance train instead of the metro. What followed was ticket check and a narrow escape from a huge fine.

3. We were a bunch of 4 guys, traveling from Amsterdam to Berlin in a euroline Bus. The bus made a 5 minute halt and 2 of our guys actually stepped outside to get some packed food. They got 3-4 minutes late in returning, and the bus driver yelled and chided at the 2 of us left in front of the whole bus, and made comments like "this is not Bombay". I gazed around the whole bus to finally find some sympathetic fellow passengers 

4. A night in Prague, when we were of us with booking for only one in the night. There were n't any more beds in the hostel, and we all decided to roam the streets from dusk till dawn. As a result, made a lot of Prague's infamous nightlife stops.

Trip for travelers

1.Do not do a euro trip in a hurry- there is so much to cover, so instead of trying to cover all places, choose and pick the ones you have to, and leave rest for next time.

2. If your are on a tight budget, limit your time in expensive cities like Paris, Zurich, Brussels, Amsterdam etc as they will eat up a lot of your trip's cost. Instead, try venturing to eastern European countries.

3. If you are 4 people, renting a car can be a great option. It give you a lot flexibility, and comes out to be relatively cheaper per head than Europe's public transport. But renting a car comes up with hassles of parking you car too,which can be expensive in certain cities/localities.

4. Hostels are the best place to stay for young travelers. They are comparatively less expensive, give you a chance to socialize and learn from fellow travelers. Also, most hostels have in house kitchens. You can get food from stores, and cook in hostel. Saves up a lot of Euros.

5. Research as much as possible before leaving your home country. Every European city has free city tourist maps. Get hold of them as you reach the place to avoid discovering new places later.

6. Most Important. Take the walking tour in every European City. They are free, and work on a tip basis. Walking tours are generally 3 hours duration, walk you past all important land marks, and tell you what you should about them. They also gives a very good general feel/idea about the city and are a MUST.

2 Comment(s)
Sort by:
Photo of Karan Joshi
Karan Joshi
nice pics! can you share some more details, I am saving for a trip with my younger brother.
Sun 05 24 15, 00:26 · Reply · Edit · Delete ·
Photo of Joyita Ghosh
Joyita Ghosh
Thanks for the valuable comments.I haven't saved enough however in 2016 sep i wish to cover london,paris and switzerland and these tips would really help me.
Fri 02 13 15, 03:49 · Reply · Edit · Delete ·
Related to this article
Places to Stay in Europe,Places to Visit in Europe,Things to Do in Europe,Europe Travel Guide,Things to Do in France,Places to Stay in France,Places to Visit in France,France Travel Guide,Things to Do in Czech republic,Places to Stay in Czech republic,Places to Visit in Czech republic,Czech republic Travel Guide,Things to Do in Hungary,Places to Stay in Hungary,Places to Visit in Hungary,Hungary Travel Guide,Things to Do in Germany,Places to Stay in Germany,Places to Visit in Germany,Germany Travel Guide,Things to Do in Belgium,Places to Stay in Belgium,Places to Visit in Belgium,Belgium Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Paris,Places to Visit in Paris,Places to Stay in Paris,Things to Do in Paris,Paris Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Brussels,Places to Visit in Brussels,Places to Stay in Brussels,Things to Do in Brussels,Brussels Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Bruges,Places to Visit in Bruges,Places to Stay in Bruges,Things to Do in Bruges,Bruges Travel Guide,Places to Stay in West flanders,Places to Visit in West flanders,Things to Do in West flanders,West flanders Travel Guide,Places to Stay in Amsterdam,Things to Do in Amsterdam,Amsterdam Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Amsterdam,Places to Visit in Amsterdam,Things to Do in Netherlands,Places to Stay in Netherlands,Places to Visit in Netherlands,Netherlands Travel Guide,Places to Visit in Berlin,Weekend Getaways from Berlin,Places to Stay in Berlin,Things to Do in Berlin,Berlin Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Prague,Places to Visit in Prague,Places to Stay in Prague,Things to Do in Prague,Prague Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Vienna,Places to Visit in Vienna,Places to Stay in Vienna,Things to Do in Vienna,Vienna Travel Guide,Things to Do in Austria,Places to Stay in Austria,Places to Visit in Austria,Austria Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Salzburg,Places to Visit in Salzburg,Places to Stay in Salzburg,Things to Do in Salzburg,Salzburg Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Füssen,Places to Stay in Füssen,Places to Visit in Füssen,Things to Do in Füssen,Füssen Travel Guide,Places to Visit in Bavaria,Things to Do in Bavaria,Bavaria Travel Guide,Weekend Getaways from Munich,Places to Visit in Munich,Places to Stay in Munich,Things to Do in Munich,Munich Travel Guide,