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Over the course of the academic year, I’ve been blown away by the amount of support I’ve received from readers who have enjoyed my European travel escapades. Many people I don’t even know have given tremendous feedback, many of whom are planning Euro-trips of their own this summer and haven’t the faintest clue of where to start, what to do, what to pack, and so on. So I’ve decided to give thanks to my readers by way of advice. The following are my top 7 pieces of advice for people planning to backpack through Europe this summer. Tip #1: Know your budget The biggest mistake any traveler can make is overestimating their budget. Depending on where one is going, return flights to Europe

can go anywhere from $600 to $1600, factoring in destination, month, and duration. After figuring out the cost of a flight, one needs to figure out accommodation, food, transportation, leisure time, and whatever other activities you plan on getting up to while abroad. I normally give myself a daily allowance, enabling me to figure out a nice place to stay, as well as planning out how much I should be spending on food and other essentials. A normal allowance I will give myself is approximately 60 Euros a day. A hostel will normally run you 20-30 Euros, food will be 20-25 Euros, and the remaining money can be allocated accordingly. Try to find accommodation that includes breakfast or dinner, this will greatly help your budgeting and will give you more money to spend it on luxury items, like cheap wine. Granted, your allowance shouldn’t be gospel. If you’re planning on visiting museums or going out on the town with expensive food and booze, have a rainyday fund to dip into now and then. • PLEASE SEE EUROPE, C4


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