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Old 05-05-2012, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Split between SoCal/PNW
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Hi, I'm pretty new to the forum and would like to get some feedback on what I plan on attempting soon.

I'm 24 years old, have payed off all of my student loans, and am completely bored of my job. So far I've saved up a few thousand dollars, and plan on traveling to Europe. It seems that buying a rail-pass, and staying in Hostels every night is the usual way of going about this, but I plan on at least attempting to do it differently.

I want to be travelling for quite some time, over a year if possible. All I will bring with me is:
-A light weight bicycle
-A small easily carried sleeping bag
-A tarp or some sort of rain resistant material to cover my self in if needed.
-And clothes, a knife, some toiletries... etc..

I plan on only spending about 10-15 dollars on food each day.

I will buy a plane ticket to Lisbon and will try to visit a bunch of countries with no given agenda, ending my trip somewhere in Eastern Europe.

I know it may seem crazy, but I don't intend on staying in Hostels unless absolutely necessary. I will sleep under the stars off the main roads hopefully where I will avoid confrontation.

I consider myself to be in appropriate physical shape for this trip, I know it will be very taxing riding my bike for miles and miles, but I think I can manage.

Feedback from other travelers would be very much appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 05-05-2012, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I think it sounds like a really cool idea. Although I don't think most people necessarily buy a rail pass, those seemed like a ripoff to me.

If you want to ride your bike across, well that seems like it'd be a ton of fun, although I wouldn't stay in random places like that. Wouldn't do it in USA, definitely wouldn't do it in another country. Try setting up a tenative bike route to where you can stay on campgrounds along the way or at least have enough money to stay in a hotel or bail yourself out of jail if you get in trouble for trespassing.
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:55 AM
 
Location: on an island
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Camping is fairly common (and luxurious) in Europe. Usually campgrounds are on the outskirts of town and it is not too expensive to stay there.

"Wild camping" (setting up camp just any old place) is tolerated in lots of places if you pack out what you pack in. Here's an article about it.

Sleeping under the stars in the hills of northern Spain or Portugal sounds great in August but might be chilly in December.

It will cost you to bring your bike, but I guess that's no big deal if you plan on getting by cheaply, but I do hope you can get enough calories to sustain you on $10-$15 a day.

Maybe you should try to check out some bicycling forums? Have you ever watched the movie (or read the book) Long Way Round? They were on motorcycles, and did not always camp, but still you might find it inspirational. They also took another trip, Long Way Down.

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Old 05-06-2012, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Split between SoCal/PNW
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Camping is fairly common (and luxurious) in Europe. Usually campgrounds are on the outskirts of town and it is not too expensive to stay there.

"Wild camping" (setting up camp just any old place) is tolerated in lots of places if you pack out what you pack in. Here's an article about it.

Sleeping under the stars in the hills of northern Spain or Portugal sounds great in August but might be chilly in December.

It will cost you to bring your bike, but I guess that's no big deal if you plan on getting by cheaply, but I do hope you can get enough calories to sustain you on $10-$15 a day.

Maybe you should try to check out some bicycling forums? Have you ever watched the movie (or read the book) Long Way Round? They were on motorcycles, and did not always camp, but still you might find it inspirational. They also took another trip, Long Way Down.

No, I have not seen it yet, looks really interesting though, thanks for all the info.
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