When I started planning this trip, I was really concerned about how much will I spend on travelling for a month! Considering that I must skydive, hang glide and attend Ultra Europe Music Festival! With £2,500, I still ate out every single day, and did not couch surf at all. The only place that we stayed in hostel is in Switzerland. (Accommodations are seriously expensive! Even the hostels ain't cheap.) Many people ask me, How how how? So this is how I did it!
1. Decide how long do you want to travel.
2. Set a budget on expenses, accommodation and activities you want to include in your trip.
3. Plot out the places you want to visit on a huge map! I used mini stickers so that I am able to decide where is my starting and ending point of the entire trip.
4. I tried calculating if the rail pass will allow me to save, comparing to short flights (which are inexpensive sometimes). But after weeks and weeks of planning, I decided to get a 1month continuous interrail pass which cost £366.
People who do not live in Europe will have to get a Eurail global pass, my friends got it for €595. The cost is relatively more expensive than the Interrail pass for people who do not live in EU. So, it is best to do research on the prices for flights, trains, buses or any other mode of transportation that MAY be cheaper than the Eurail pass.
5. Find the cheapest accommodation! My accommodations are booked on Airbnb, Expedia, Booking.com. For the itinerary that I've plan, the rail pass is definitely the best deal!
It is just a rough guide, we made changes due to weather or time restriction along the way*
France: Paris, Strasbourg, Mulhouse, Colmar, Konstanz Germany: Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Lübenau Netherlands: Zaandam, Zaanse schan, Amsterdam Switzerland: Interlaken, Meiringen Italy: Milan, Como, La Spezia, Pisa, Florence, Rome, Venice, Burano Slovenia: Ljubljana, Lesce bled Austria: Vienna, Hallstatt Czech Republic: Prague, Cesky Krumlov Croatia: Zagreb, Split Hungary: Budapest, Balaton
I'm sure that there are much cheaper ways that you can adapt if you are comfortable with couchsurfing and taking longer routes to save on reservation fees. For solo travellers, hostels and couch surfing may be the cheapest way for accommodation wise. For groups that are travelling, AIRBNB is the best place to find an accommodation that will allow you to save so much compared to staying in hotels. You can even make your own meals if you want to save more.