Travel Talk Question
asked about 2 years and 3 months ago
I am a student on a budget going to europe. I am looking to travel smart. I don't want to take a cruise through Greece (I like to travel at my own pace) but how easy is it to just catch a ferry? and find a place to sleep last minute? Also any tips would be welcomed.
answered about 2 years and 1 week ago
The Eurorail pass is great but it won't help you if you are trying to get to Greece because all of their trains are shut down due to the economy. However once you are in Greece the easiest way to travel around is to go by bus. The ΚΤΛ (Kay-Tel) bus stations are located everywhere and i took a 5 hour bus ride to thessoloniki for only about 20 euros, they are super cheap, easy to find and very reliable. As for hostels, it depends on when you go... do not go to greece during easter break April 25th-may 2nd without hostel reservations. But seens as that has already passed you should be fine to just walk in.
answered about 2 years and 3 months ago
Emma, the best thing you can do is to be a member of Hostelling International in your country. With that membership card you can stay at any hostels anywhere in the world for a low price. You can find a place to sleep last minute all the time...and most hostels are situated in significant places in most cities and accessible to public transport. Check here all the hostels available and the price http://www.hihostels.com/dba/continent-Europe-EU.en.htm
Then get Eurail YouthPass http://www.raileurope.com/promotions/promotions-for-youth.html?WT.mc_id=google.Eurail+-+G.cpc&WT.term=eurail+youthpass&WT.campaign=1514&WT.source=google&WT.medium=cpc&WT.content=609087377&cshift_ck=2197738353cs609087377&WT.srch=1
Which enables you to ride in trains and buses all over Europe with some caveats and fine print. I had used YouthPass in ferries and ships too...and I did not remember it being that difficult to catch it. I took a ferry ride in Interlaken Switzerland and it was wonderful!
And I learned quickly that if you wanted to travel all over Europe with a low budget, carry a large backpack in which you will carry everything with you on your back. I had suitcases the first time and it was awful. Second time I did it with a backpack and it was much better. Yeah you cannot carry any fancy clothes and of course I was not going to an opera or a fancy restaurant at that time...I was a student!!