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Old 08-02-2014, 08:33 PM
 
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I'm fresh out of college and unfortunately I haven't been able to find work nine months. Lately I've been thinking of traveling around Europe for a year, just like I've always wanted to. I'm young, single and have no responsibilities so I thought I might start planning!

I already have a passport and I plan on relying heavily on couchsurfing.net, hostels, and hotels. I really just need help knowing where to start, how to budget expenses and so forth. Where should I start?

I'm mostly plan on traveling around, meeting people and seeing everything I can. I'm excited about couchsurfing because I'd love to cook for someone and have them cook for me. Plus I just want to go. Right now my life is at a stand still and I'm up for some adventure.

Any help, advice, etc would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 08-09-2014, 06:02 PM
 
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I think they have websites made just for backpackers and people trying to travel on a budget. From my travels, I see thousands of kids traveling around with backpacks. I guess it's easy to do. Of course, you have to have some money.
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Old 08-10-2014, 08:54 AM
 
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I backpacked Ireland in 2005 before couchsurfing existed. I met people on a little known site, bolt.com, and talked with them for a year before one girl invited me to come for a visit. We exchanged numbers and when I flew into Dublin, I stayed with a friend whom I met on the same site. I stayed 3 and a half months, and I had a place to stay everywhere I went, mostly through friends of hers.

Networking is the key. Use social media to your advantage.

My advice to you is make friends, REAL friends that you know and trust. I hear people get screwed over for whatever reason. Most people overseas don't have their own cars--my friends didn't, they said they had to test rigorously to get a drivers license so it wasn't worth the effort. So taxis and mass transit should be expected.

Make sure your finances are well stocked cuz if you plan on traveling Europe for any length of time, things get spendy at times and there's the Euro Rail that will take you across the continent to different countries.

Your US cellphone won't work overseas either unless you have some sort of global network or global phone.
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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Europe is expensive, but you can travel anywhere if you really set your mind to it. Just do thorough research on your intended destinations.

Are you coming from the USA? In Western Europe you could probably get by on $40/ day if you want to, maybe less some days. For travelling intercity, use Blablacar - it's pretty affordable. In Germany, busses are handing out rock bottom fares between major cities, thanks to the railways no longer having a monopoly on intercity travel.

Have you looked in to much cheaper regions, such as Southeast Asia or Latin America? Eastern Europe and the Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Portugal) will save you a considerable amount of $$$$ as well, if you still want the Europe experience for cheaper. Think about visiting in spring, fall, and winter.

Couchsurfing, Hospitality Club, AirBnB, Craigslist...all good resources for finding bargain crash pads.
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Hong Kong / Vienna
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One thing to consider: it will be a pain in the ass to get a Schengen visa for a period longer than 90 days.
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Old 08-10-2014, 11:16 AM
 
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Why don't you go to Asia and teach instead?
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