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Old 06-07-2012, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Whittier, CA
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Hello travel aficionados Please give me your best ballpark estimate for the following itineraries... please state what YOU think it will cost for a SINGLE PERSON traveling solo.

Assume spending on budget but comfortable hotels, taking in all the good food along the way, drinking alcohol moderately, pursuing various activities/visiting museums etc., all transportation etc.

3 week road trip across Europe with car rental covering Netherlands/Germany/Austria/Czech Republic/Hungary

3 weeks in Japan from Tokyo down to Hiroshima

2 weeks in Costa Rica and 1 week in Panama
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Old 06-07-2012, 11:51 AM
 
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Many factors to consider, a lot of them subjective:

Will the travel be during the respective country's peak or low season?

Your "budget but comfortable" may be what I consider unlivable.

Same with "good" food: some people consider fast food to be "good"; I don't.

Airfare alone can make or break your trip, depending. For me on the US east coast, i can find some pretty sweet flight deals to Central America. Japan, not so much.

It's easier (for me when I travel anyway) to go the other way and say I want to spend no more than $XX on vacation then figure out what fits in budget.
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Whittier, CA
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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
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:45 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I think your estimates are reasonable with criteria / destinations mentioned. Japan and Western Europe have been EXPENSIVE stays on my frequent business travels. (Thus, I incorporate personal w/ business travel every chance a get.)

We each travel very uniquely and for different objectives. My budget (and experience) will be very different than yours (which is a good thing, since we each learn from the other). On personal trips, I use private hospitality / guest homes, not because they are cheap ($10- $20 / night), but because I enjoy the education and opportunities to experience culture I get from staying with local residents. Internationally, these stays have been life/time savers. (Sometimes I just need to stretchout and RELAX, even while on vacation)
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Old 06-07-2012, 05:56 PM
 
Location: southwest TN
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I think you should look at B&Bs more than hotels. When we checked out hotels in France and Spain, we were extremely disappointed in amenities and price (none and high). So when we went to Spain, we found ourselves a wonderful B&B right in the heart of where we wanted to stay for 1/3 the cost. It was beautiful, spotless, and I would go back. Sure changed my thinking on B&Bs.

Get a travel guide book on those countries - Frommer's is a good start for ideas. You can upgrade easier than trying to downgrade.
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Whittier, CA
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yep, I used to travel Europe using hotels and they were frightfully expensive... but then again when I traveled to Europe last the Euro had peaked to 1.6 to the Dollar so everything was insanely expensive I spent $8,300 for the 23 day trip!
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:30 PM
 
Location: rain city
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Ditch the car.
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:01 AM
 
Location: 1st Circle of Hell: Limbo
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Ditch the car.
Completey concur. Use the rail system.
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:57 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Ditch the car.
Not me... While rail can be nice, I really love taking back roads and spending time at the 'local' joints very few visitors find. That can really enhance your experience (and may be what you 'remember'.)

This traveler is WAY over my budget anyway. I would typically buy a beater, motorcycle, or rent from an individual. If you can afford and desire $x,xxx vacations, a rental car is probably a necessity (if you want to engage with the area). Train is nice for cities and no parking hassles. (and 'driving' / commuting at night to save a hotel expense (how most of the world except USA travels))
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Old 06-11-2012, 12:10 PM
 
Location: 1st Circle of Hell: Limbo
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Not me... While rail can be nice, I really love taking back roads and spending time at the 'local' joints very few visitors find. That can really enhance your experience (and may be what you 'remember'.)

This traveler is WAY over my budget anyway. I would typically buy a beater, motorcycle, or rent from an individual. If you can afford and desire $x,xxx vacations, a rental car is probably a necessity (if you want to engage with the area). Train is nice for cities and no parking hassles. (and 'driving' / commuting at night to save a hotel expense (how most of the world except USA travels))
I just re-read the OP and they did specify "road trip across Europe". My bad. And in bolded is why I suggested the rail pass but as I noted before, I failed by completely missing the "road trip" aspect.
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