Post # 1
We love to travel, and have been bouncing all over the map trying to figure out where we want to go for our honeymoon. Neither of us have been to the Mediterranean, and we’d love to go there. Today I started putting a rough budget together. I just don’t know how accurate I am. I have looked up prices of hostels (private room), ferryies, Eurorail, tickets from US (round trip), food, etc.
Has anyone done the Mediterranean on the cheap? We’re thinking about flying into France, taking the train to Spain (we have a friend from Barcelona, so we’ll go there and maybe a few other places), taking the train to Portugal (maybe), taking a ferry from Barcelona to Mallorca to do some climbing, and taking a ferry to Morocco (maybe). My rough estimate puts us at about $5k each. Is that about right?
How much did you spend on food and boarding a day – as much detail to the prices you paid would be great (what type of food, what level of comfort did you enjoy, etc.).
We are NOT cruise people and won’t be looking into that option. We want to backpack/take the train.
Post # 3
Spain, France, and Morocco are all amazing!! Great plan and I wish I could go back.
I’ve done a god bit of traveling on the cheap in Europe, and you might want to look into some of the inexpensive airlines like ryanair and easyjet where you can fly for really great prices (like 6 euro from Madrid to Barcelona, the same train ride would have been over 100 euro)! Both airlines have websites, and you should check out skyscanner.com which is a search engine of budget airlines. It will save you time and the hassel of the train. If you are going to take the train, then do it in Spain where they have a number of the high speed rails (more expensive, but fun and they get you where you are going FAST! You can usually take public transprtation once you are there (especially in Madrid, Paris etc. and its easy to navigate).
I woud plan on 70-80 euro/night for a 2 star hotel where you will probably get free breakfast, but might have to share a bathroom with others. The star hotel system is very different there than in th US, generally not as nice, but you can find clean simple, family places for that price. France and the bigger cities like Barcelona are going to be more expensive for lodging and food. Morocco and Spain (aside from Barcelona) and usually less. I’d say plan about 40 euro per day for food, less if you plan on buying your lunch at a kebap stand or grocery store etc. (they have many premade foods). I would say my food strategy was to try to stay in a hotel with free breakfast, eat lunch at a food stall etc/picnic, and go out for a splurge at dinner.
Also, Morocco is amazing (and completely different from Spain and France)!! Spend the night if you can and don’t be afraid to use your hotel to hire your own local tour guide. We stayed in Tangier and had the best time! You can stay at nice places for alot less in Morocco.
Post # 4
Don’t get the Eurorail pass, they are extremly overpriced and totally not worth it unless you’re gonna be on a train everyday going long distances which you arn’t. Buying your tickets at the station to where you want to go is a far cheaper option.
How long do you plan to go for its hard to say how much it should be if I donno if its a week or a month.