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!
Route– Washington DC to London Gatwick
Booking Site– Student Universe
Travel Time– 9 hours- 5 hour flight to Iceland, 1 hour layover, 3 hour flight to London
Cost– ~$750 with travel insurance (roundtrip)
None, stayed with friends
Tube pass ($6), bus ticket to Stowe School ($30), London Eye ticket (~$20), train ticket to Gatwick for trip to Prague (~$25), Food + Drink
Roundtrip train to and from Kutna Hora (Bone Church) ($10), Entrance to church ($5), Food + Drink
Food + Drink, Pub Crawl, Night Bath Party (~$40-60 depending on how much beer ya drink!), Taxi to airport for flight to Athens ($15)
None, slept in airport
Food + drink at airport
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.)
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)
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!