Spring Eurotrip Breakdown

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07.15.2014

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2014-06-27_0157 Ever since I got back from my Eurotrip, I’ve had a lot of people asking me how I went about planning the trip and how I was able to do it without going broke. One of my favorite things to do is plan trips- I’ve been doing it since high school, and I look forward to putting something together year after year. I figured, while I’m no expert, I do kinda have a grip on how to organize trips and make the  most of my money and time. So- if you’re interested in seeing how I traveled around Europe for 2 weeks on less than $1,500- read below! Yay travel!!

Basic Daily Breakdown:

March 29-30: Travel Day, DC–>LGW
March 30-April 1: Stayed in Stowe with Kasey, 1 day trip to Oxford
April 2: Travel day to Prague, toured the city
April 3: Roundtrip to Kutna Hora, tour city again
April 4: Train ride to Budapest, late night pub crawl
April 5: Tour city of Budapest, late night bath party
April 6: Flight to Athens, spend the night in the airport
April 7: Flight to Santorini, nap then spent the day eating and touring Fira
April 8: Sail over to tour active volcano and jump into hot springs, four wheel over to Oia
April 9: Flight to Paris, toured the city
April 10: Paris –> LGW, LGW–> Dulles!

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London

Flight:
Route– Washington DC to London Gatwick
Booking SiteStudent Universe
AirlineIcelandair
Travel Time– 9 hours- 5 hour flight to Iceland, 1 hour layover, 3 hour flight to London
Cost– ~$750 with travel insurance (roundtrip)

Hostel:
None, stayed with friends

Extras:
Tube pass ($6), bus ticket to Stowe School ($30), London Eye ticket (~$20), train ticket to Gatwick for trip to Prague (~$25), Food + Drink

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Prague

Flight:
Route– London Gatwick to Prague, Czech Republic
Booking SiteEasyJet
AirlineEasyJet
Travel Time– 1 hour, 55 minutes
Cost– ~$75

Hostel:
NameHostel Rosemary
Booking SiteHostelWorld
Cost– $9 per night

Extras:
Roundtrip train to and from Kutna Hora (Bone Church) ($10), Entrance to church ($5), Food + Drink

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Budapest

Train:
Route– Prague, Czech Republic to Budapest, Hungary
Booking SiteCD
Train LineCD
Travel Time– supposed to take 7 hours, took a little over 9 because of a couple delays
Cost– $26

Hostel:
NameGrandio Party Hostel
Booking SiteHostelWorld
Cost– $15 per night

Extras:
Food + Drink, Pub Crawl, Night Bath Party (~$40-60 depending on how much beer ya drink!), Taxi to airport for flight to Athens ($15)

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Athens

Flight:
Route– Budapest, Hungary to Athens, Greece
Booking Site- OneTravel
Airline– Aegean Airlines
Travel Time– 1 hour, 50 minutes
Cost– $99

Hostel:
None, slept in airport

Extras:
Food + drink at airport

Santorini

Flight:
Route– Athens, Greece to Santorini, Greece
Booking Site– OneTravel
Airline– Aegean Airlines
Travel Time– 45 minutes
Cost– $75

Hostel:
Name– Summer Time
Booking SiteHostelWorld
Cost– $25 per night

Extras:
Food + drink, Active volcano + hot springs tour ($20), Full day four wheeler rental ($25), Taxi to and from airport (off season, no buses) ($20 each way), $60 charge at the airport on the way to Paris because our bags were too big (stupid.)

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Paris

Flight:
Route– Santorini, Greece to Paris, France
Booking SiteAegean Airlines
Airline– Aegean Airlines
Travel Time- 5 hours, 30 minutes (including a short layover in Athens)
Cost– $160

Hostel:
NameSt. Christopher’s Gare du Nord
Booking SiteHostelWorld
Cost-$45 per night

Extras:
Flight from Paris to London Gatwick for return flight home- $65, 1 hour flight on EasyJet Food + Drink, Walk to top of Arc de Triomphe ($7), Metro pass ($10)

What I’d Do Differently:

For my trip that I’m doing in August, rather than booking a roundtrip to London, I booked two one way tickets. I booked a one way ticket to Zurich and and a one way ticket from London. On the spring trip, it was really stressful trying to find a flight that flew into London without me cutting it close to missing my flight. What I should have done was book a one way flight to London and a one way flight home from Paris.

On the train from Prague to Budapest- HAVE YOUR TICKET PRINTED AT THE TRAIN STATION! We had ours on our phones, and we almost got kicked off the train when we entered Hungary because they didn’t have digital ticket readers. Oops. Luckily, they felt bad for us and just let us stay- but I have a feeling that doesn’t happen too often.

I also wish we could’ve spent a day in Athens- but I’m glad we spent the night in the airport and spent more time in Santorini, because that was by far the most beautiful place I’ve ever been!

I shared my new travel itinerary last week– and I’ll be sure to do a daily breakdown of that trip once I’m home!

  1. Kat

    July 15th, 2014 at 7:34 am

    I’m in awe of your planning ability! What an amazing whirlwind trip!

  2. Maureen

    July 15th, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Would love to travel europe one day! Love your planning!

  3. Laura

    July 15th, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Wow that is amazing, I am impressed!

  4. Simone Fox

    July 15th, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Wow this is AWESOME! Love that you shared all your planning details! Just what I need to plan a Europe Trip!

  5. Jen

    July 15th, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Love this! Going back to Europe is on our list for the next year. Maybe I can use some of you tips and what you would do differently! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Natalie

    July 15th, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Having seen your abilities first hand… I can’t wait for us to begin planning our Pacific Trip in more detail! You have a gift for traveling!

  7. Anna

    July 15th, 2014 at 9:07 am

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s spent the night in an airport! Love your sense of adventure!

  8. Kylie Nicholson

    July 15th, 2014 at 9:08 am

    LOVE this! Thanks for sharing.

    Next secret: how far in advance did you book your tickets?

  9. Caitlin

    July 15th, 2014 at 9:23 am

    @Kylie- oooh, totally should have included that! For the April trip, I booked my roundtrip to London in September, and my flights within Europe in January!

  10. Renee

    July 15th, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Jealous. Amazing. And using this my future trip across the pond!! So excited for your next trip! The pics are gonna be out of this world!

  11. Brea

    July 15th, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Wow you are a travel queen! I’m so impressed you did it for so cheap!

  12. tPoz

    July 15th, 2014 at 10:34 am

    that is some serious travel prowess!! great job & I can’t wait to see what the next adventure brings!! (I’m about to plan my Eurotrip…this got me excited!)

  13. Dani

    July 15th, 2014 at 10:42 am

    So awesome!! Way to plan on a budget. I am always telling people you don’t have to be rich to travel.

  14. Madison Short

    July 15th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    I…..I think you’re a magician.

  15. Jackie Phillips

    July 15th, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Ah, so jealous of your travels! Those are all the places I hope to go! Can I be a stowaway?

  16. Urška Majer

    July 16th, 2014 at 3:57 am

    Love this posts & your spending breakdown :) Can’t wait to see your next eurotrip :)

  17. Erin

    July 22nd, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Perfect tips, thank you!!! Excited to read the break down of your Pacific NW & New Zealand Trip.

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