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Old 06-12-2012, 03:34 AM
Location: Earth
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Petrol is over $2/liter.

Try some of these for accommodations, you can find zimmer frei's and motels in some places.


I live in Europe and have a VW camper van, so my estimates would do you no good.
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Old 06-13-2012, 05:09 PM
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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Originally Posted by ducviloxi View Post
assume peak season

assume the industry standard definition of a budget hotel (but when I said comfortable I mean some basic expectations of cleanliness)

by good food I meant not stopping yourself from experiencing the local flavors just because they happen to be expensive

I did forget to mention that this will be from the west coast (Los Angeles), but if you want to give your input from a different departure point in the US please specify

How about these estimates:

3 week road trip across Europe with car rental covering Netherlands/Germany/Austria/Czech Republic/Hungary - est: $5000 (at 1EUR=1.3), considerations are cost of fuel being $8/gal. for diesel, car parking in cities would be extra, car rental and insurance for 3 weeks may be expensive...

3 weeks in Japan from Tokyo down to Hiroshima - est: $3000
considerations - I know the JR pass itself costs $600! other transportation and accomodation in Tokyo may be expensive

2 weeks in Costa Rica and 1 week in Panama - est: $2000
I would agree with your estimates (at least without airfare), although he could probably budget a little bit more. He also leaves CR and Panama a bit undefined as to how he wants to travel...car rentals are popular in at least Costa Rica.

For travel in between the large cities in Europe (which is where most Americans go when they go to Europe), a car is most surely not the way to go, especially for a solo traveler. However, if you want to go on circuit trips to small towns, or simply explore the countryside, a private car can't be beat for the flexibility (and accessibility to otherwise inaccessible places) that it provides.
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:17 AM
Location: Whittier, CA
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Guys, car was the only option for the route I wanted to go and the number of stops I had enroute it would be very difficult to align to a train schedule even given the fantastic rail network in Europe. With a car I was able to take off when I wanted and stop at scenic lookouts along the way. In addition a lot of my route was in the Black Forest to small towns like Weil Der Stadt with less frequent rail coverage. Finally, driving in the Black Forest (especially the famous B500 - Schwarzwaldhochstrasse) and on the Autobahn was half the fun

So, yes, it's quite a bit more expensive to do it this way but sometimes you spend extra to do things or a certain experience rather than trying to do it in the cheapest possible way. Agree?
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:38 AM
Location: Perpetuality On Wheels
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How did you achieve this? Lodging is most expensive part of travel cost, last year we travel to europe for three weeks, two of us spent more than $8000.
Originally Posted by StealthRabbit View Post
On personal trips, I use private hospitality / guest homes, not because they are cheap ($10- $20 / night) ......
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