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A List of things you must avoid in Santorini

A List of things you must avoid in Santorini

Each summer, thousands of individuals run to the marvelous island of Santorini. The white houses with blue entryways secured in staggering bougainvillea, the nightfall, the well of lava, and the caldera are a few of the reasons why the island has ended up such a well-known goal over the past decade. But there are a few things a guest ought to never do in Santorini. Discover out what they are underneath.

 

Don’t stay only in Oia

The dazzling town of Oia, at the northern tip of the island, is verifiably one of the foremost shot places in Greece, and rightly so. But there's much more to Santorini than its caldera view and the romantic nightfall. The island is the place of plenty of picturesque villagesold destinationsdazzling and unique bays and indeed wineries worth finding past the blue-domed whitewashed churches of Oia—make beyond any doubt to explore and to discover.

View of the caldera

View of the caldera | © Mariamichelle / Pixabay

 

Don’t break the bank on a dinner for the view

The run the show in Santorini is that you just pay more for the area and a see than for the nourishment. Yes, a few of the beat eateries advertising impressive sees over the ocean are, in reality, worth it, but they shouldn’t be the as it were places where you feast. A scrumptious supper by the ocean in Akrotiri or with a see of the dark sand shoreline of Perissa may be fair as delightful and taken a toll you less than in Oia or Fira.

Don’t step into the common "visitor traps"

dusk voyage or a mule ride may all sound good—well perhaps not the mule ride—but more regularly than not, you'll conclusion up paying a parcel to be pressed in a cruising vessel with enormous swarms fair to appreciate the see or the nightfall whereas you'll comfortably be sitting on a chair in Imerovigli. Whereas cruising around the well of lava isn't a terrible thing, not doing it won’t make your visit any less spectacular.

Donkeys heading up to Fira

Donkeys heading up to Fira | © Randy Connolly / Flickr

Don’t climb at someone’s private house to induce the view

Every day amid the crest season, thousands of tourists run to Oia within the evening to discover the extreme spot to observe as the sun sets on the ocean and colors the sky with warm tones. More regularly than not, individuals sit for hours sometime recently the appear to secure a great spot, now and then overstep. Avoid that, please!

 

Don’t think of Oia as a unique place for the sunset

Speaking of the duskwhereas Oia is irrefutably one of the leading places to observe it, it isn't the as it were one. There are bounty of alternatives over the island where you'll hang out and appreciate the appear, without venturing on somebody else’s toes.

Sunset at the Akrotiri Lighthouse

Sunset at the Akrotiri Lighthouse | © skeeze / Pixabay

Don’t think Santorini is like Mykonos

There could be a reason why Santorini is considered one of the foremost sentimental islands in Greece and could be the best goal for weddings. As such, the island regularly pulls in couples and not essentially party dudes like in Mykonos or Ios. Whereas you'll discover clubs and bars in Kamari and Fira or listen to loud music on Perissa bay, but you shouldn’t anticipate these to be all-night ragers.

Don’t be perplexed to investigate the less known side of the island

Yes, Santorini is genuinely a one of a kind island with incredible sees and beautiful villages by the volcanic caldera with a great view! But there are so numerous things you'll see and do other than sitting by the inn pool or shopping in Fira. For case, step back in time with a visit to antiquated Akrotiri, and halt by the Exhibition hall of Ancient Thera and the archeological gallery in Fira to memorize approximately this very very old civilization. Furthermore, you should take a wine visit or a cooking lesson, and investigate the covered up inlets and bays close the air terminal.

White Beach, Santorini, Greece

White Beach, Santorini, Greece | © Ernest McGray, Jr. / Flickr

Don’t spoil your time seeking out for the ideal photo-shot

Nowadays with grow of Instagram and the rest of social media, a well numerous of individuals make is to center their time on capturing the foremost beautiful and shocking photographs of Santorini instead of luxuriating within the bliss of simply being there. Don’t spend your time on your phone correcting photographs sometime recently posting them online. Fair appreciate the truth merely are there. Allowedyou will never get another chance to visit, but no one can take those incredible recollections you make there absent from you. Innovation, on the other hand, is less solid.

Santorini sunset

Santorini sunset | © Dean Sas / Flickr

15 Destinations You Should Definitely Not Visit With Parents

15 Destinations You Should Definitely Not Visit With Parents

Some vacations are meant for a family to enjoy so that you can go on some adventures and reconnect. While others, well, not so much. There are some places in the world where taking your parents for a vacation would be the worst idea you have ever had! And if you plan a trip alone or with your friends, some amount of lying (especially if your parents have been there, done that) will be required. Here are some vacation destinations that your parents will not approve of:

15. Caracas, Venezuela

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Caracas’ chockablock traffic may make you pass it off as another crowded city. But like every coin has two sides, this city too has a side aloof from its rather unfavorable reputation. Referred to as the world’s most dangerous city, Caracas boasts of towering mountains covered in dense vegetation, yet making for the most adrenaline budging adventures. A blend of terrific adventure and a groovy nightlife, this place is best visited with similarly aged folks! 

14. Hamburg, Germany

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European cities apart from their beauty can also be a little overwhelming for parents. Hamburg cannot go unmentioned with mentioning the very popular entertainment area of the city, the Reeperbahn. Essentially a place, flanked by some serious adult entertainment on either side of the street, you definitely do not want to be in an awkward position with your parents here. 

13. Montreal, Canada

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Montreal a place that still retains the jazz culture very well may leave you amused you if you happen to visit with your parents. Additionally, an age limit of 18 for drinking, this place deserves some unrestricted fun, minus the parents! And if you do happen to be too wasted to go back, fret not. There are special public transports that run at peak hours of the night, into wee hours of the morning! 

12. Cancun, Mexico

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If you are someone whose idea of fun is partying the entire day, add in some insanely picturesque beaches and a great lineup of DJs then Cancun is the place to be. Not sure, if your parents would agree to the same! Perhaps, late-night entertainment is best experienced by some vigor and youth. Get intoxicated and let the place take over you, like a charm. 

11. Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh

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Shimla-Manali has certainly been family destinations for time eternal. But if you wish Himachal Pradesh a little beyond that with the parents, it could perhaps turn out to be a not-so-favorable experience. Lately, it’s a trend that has been catching with youngsters to explore the mountains for various reasons, but Tirthan Valley remains untouched by this trend. A beautiful place to dwell in some solitude.  

10. Andaman Islands

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A place full of water sports, and lots of strolling around, Andaman’s also requires a rather overwhelming journey. Not only your parents get weary, you might just engulf them with something not so necessary. If you crave a fleet of adventure, scuba diving, and other water sports are big here, but chances are, the parents may just not allow you, forget them undertaking any. 

 9. Ladakh, Jammu, and Kashmir 

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Ladakh does boast of surreal landscapes of a desert in the mountains; however, there are a ton of reason why you should definitely not visit this place with your parents. Some include- low oxygen, rough terrains, extreme climatic conditions and very poor mobile network. Also, bear in mind that this is a major biker destination, so instead why not take on this adventure with a group of friends. 

8. Pushkar, Rajasthan

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This might come as a surprise, but Pushkar requires a lot of traveling. If your parents are grumpy on traveling, this is certainly not the best place. And its bohemian vibe can well be experienced with the gang-a-tang instead of parents. With several desert camps, this place is in fact, a must with friends. Don’t miss the camel fair, in case you do go here. 

7. San Pedro Sula, Honduras

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In your quest to travel to some offbeat place, you might come across Honduras, or more specifically San Pedra Sula. But give it some serious thought, given its reputation as one of the dangerous and criminal cities. Also, a lot of diseases like malaria are always on an epidemic here so you might want to skip this one for sure. 

6. Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh

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This quaint Himalayan town perched in the Kangra district has recently begun garnering attention given the brilliant opportunities to carry out some heavy adventure works, including paragliding! Hiking follows up the adventure activities here. Before you even contemplate a travel here, question yourself, what will your parents do here?!  

5. Malana, India

If you don't know what Malana is, Google it now. For parents who know what their kids are up to, this place will sound alarmed bells like none other and get you grounded for weeks. If you still haven't Googled it, Malana is the best hashish in the world. Although besides that Malana has spectacular views to offer, but I don't think any parent would buy that you're going just for that. Good luck convincing them! 

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4. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Its the partying capital of the world and for good reason. During the day, you have the option of just lying down on its beautiful beaches, but it's during the night that Rio de Janeiro truly comes alive, especially if you visit the famous Copacabana Beach. The hottest nightclubs, the hottest parties and the hottest people (you'll see a lot of topless women here), Rio de Janeiro has everything.

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3. Amsterdam, Netherlands

This one is an absolute no-brainer if you don't live under a rock somewhere! Or in a pineapple under the sea. Amsterdam is the place to head to if you're interested in a little taste of the high life (if you know what we mean). There's also its famous red light area with live sex shows and prostitutes displayed in glass windows (What they show in the movie Queen is absolute, 100 percent real). Don't tell your parents!

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2. Las Vegas, USA 

How could we not put Las Vegas in a list full of debauchery and decadence? Its the place to be when it comes to bachelor parties, getting broke at the casino, and drunken weddings (Remember Ross and Rachel in Friends?). Although prostitution is illegal here, escort services are plentiful. It is the original sin city and how! Whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right guys? Here's the best way to enjoy 3 days in Las Vegas.

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1. Pattaya, Thailand

Pattaya has something to offer you, whatever your preference. And we mean whatever. Cheap drinks are aplenty and so are brothels. You can even watch cabaret shows, some performed by ladyboys. If such nightlife is not for you, you can even go to one of the several massage parlors that provide, umm, extra services. Go figure!

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56 European cities by price: Europe Backpacker Index for 2017

56 European cities by price: Europe Backpacker Index for 2017

By Roger Wade

Europe continues to be home to many of the world's most expensive cities, as well as some bargain cities where many things cost only about a quarter as much for an international traveler. Now in its 7th annual edition for 2017, the Europe Backpacker Index ranks 56 of the continent's most popular cities from cheapest to most expensive.

Thanks to a stagnant economy and virtually no inflation (except for a few countries), prices for visitors in Europe held very steadily throughout 2016. Iceland keeps getting more expensive, partly due to its soaring popularity. And Britain is now a relative bargain after the post-Brexit currency weakness. That probably won't last too long, so don't put off your next London visit.

For tourists holding US Dollars, Europe continues to be unusually cheap. Those who track exchange rates over the years will know that they tend to swing back and forth. In other words, in a few years, it's very likely that Europe will feel much more expensive for Americans than it does in 2017.

How the Backpacker Index works

Prices for most things (hostels, transportation, attractions) are fixed and certain, but prices for a “budget lunch” or a pint of beer can vary depending on where you go. Still, our estimates are based on a lot of research and should be very close if not right on.

Costs for each city

  • One night in the cheapest bunk at the least expensive hostel with a good location and good reviews
  • Two public transportation rides per day
  • One paid/famous attraction per day (Every city is loaded with free things to do for budget-conscious travelers, but here we take the average cost of a major attraction in each city for each day.)
  • Three “budget” meals per day (We took our minimum meal price and added 20% to make it more realistic for a longer trip).
  • Three cheap, local beers (or wine) each day as an “entertainment fund.” Non-drinkers might have dessert and coffee or attend a local music performance instead, so this is a general benchmark that should be proportional to each city.

Europe Backpacker Index for 2017

From cheapest to most expensive

1Sofia, Bulgaria (cheapest)

Sofia remains a fantastic bargain among European capitals, with a very pleasant city center that is quite welcoming of foreign tourists. Prices of nearly everything are very cheap, except for inbound flights from other major cities. For this reason, Sofia is out of the way for anyone who isn't doing an extensive tour of the region. Don't expect any major checklist attractions, but you can expect a surprisingly lovely urban experience at shockingly reasonable prices.

  • Currency: Bulgaria Leva
  • Best cheap hostel: Hostel Mostel – 11.45 (includes breakfast)
  • Transportation: 2.00
  • Meals: 16.80
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 7.50
  • Attractions: 6.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: BGN43.75 = US$24.04/day

Sofia prices and weather


2Krakow, Poland

Krakow continues yet again as Europe's best travel bargain. The low prices have drawn in larger numbers of Europeans for weekend breaks, and there are many great and cheap hostels, bars, and restaurants to keep prices low while you are enjoying the beautiful old city and the local culture. Put this one on your list before demand forces prices up like in Prague and Budapest.

  • Currency: Polish Zlotych
  • Best cheap hostel: One World Hostel – 34.15/night
  • Transportation: 5.60
  • Meals: 24.00
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 24.00
  • Attractions: 16.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: PLN103.75 = US$24.82/day
Krakow prices and weather

3Bucharest, Romania

Definitely not Romania's most charming town, Bucharest's Old Town gets decent reviews but the rest of the city struggles to appeal to tourists. Fortunately, those that make the effort to come will at least be rewarded with low prices all around, which certainly help make up for the other frustrations of visiting. And that huge parliament building is worth a look. Hostels seem to be getting cheaper lately, so it's even more appealing for the backpacker set.

  • Currency: Romanian leu
  • Best cheap hostel: X Hostel Bucharest = 31.12/night
  • Transportation: 5.00
  • Meals: 45.60
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 15.00
  • Attractions: 12.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: RON108.72 – US$25.70/day

Bucharest prices and weather


4Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade is one of the Balkan cities that had years of trouble in the 1990s and still struggles a bit to attract tourism. This is another where you won't find an abundance of checklist attractions, but you will find a lively and interesting urban center with good nightlife and appealing prices.

  • Currency: Serbian Dinar (prices below are in euros)
  • Best cheap hostel: Downtown Hostel Belgrade – 6.00/night
  • Transportation: 1.50
  • Meals: 9.60
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 4.50
  • Attractions: 3.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €24.60 = US$26.17/day

Belgrade prices and weather


5Budapest, Hungary

Another excellent travel bargain, Budapest is all-around cheap as long as you steer clear of the most touristy places along the river. The castles and cathedrals are enough, but here you also get thermal spas that are cheap even for the backpacking set. Hostels, in particular, are a great value, but you have to get a bit out of the center to find inexpensive hotels.

  • Currency: Hungary Forint
  • Best cheap hostel: Treestyle Hostel – 1547/night
  • Transportation: 700
  • Meals: 3120
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 1050
  • Attractions: 1500
  • Daily Backpacker Index: HUF7,917 = US$26.75/day

Budapest prices and weather


6Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Another Balkan-area city whose name conjures up images of its past troubles, Sarajevo is a destination that is struggling to attract tourists. The location deep into the mountains is remote, but it's also gorgeous once you arrive. The Muslim Old Town next to the modern center is very interesting and incredibly welcoming. This one is a hidden gem, partly because it's so hard to reach. If you can figure out a way to get here, do it and see what the fuss is about.

  • Currency: Converted Mark (fixed, so prices below are in euros)
  • Best cheap hostel: Hostel Ljubicica – 5.84/night
  • Transportation: 3.60
  • Meals: 9.60
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 3.75
  • Attractions: 4.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €26.79 = US$28.50/day

Sarajevo prices and weather


7Kiev, Ukraine

KievNewKiev has always been fairly cheap (and very remote) compared to the rest of Europe, but the conflict and uncertainty that Ukraine has gone through starting in 2014 caused its currency to plunge and inflation to skyrocket. It's hard to say what prices may be at any given moment in 2017, but at least it should continue to be cheap for outsiders. Hopefully, the situation on the ground will feel more secure soon as well.

  • Currency: Ukraine Hryvnia
  • Best cheap hostel: Hostel Elements – 191/night
  • Transportation: 8.00
  • Meals: 354.00
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 180.00
  • Attractions: 15.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: UHR748.00 = US$29.18/day

Kiev prices and weather


8Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

CeskyKrumlovThe second most popular tourist town in the Czech Republic is another jewel not to be missed if you are nearby. Framed by a gorgeous serpentine river, the historic Old Town feels perfectly preserved yet not overly touristy. Best of all, Český Krumlov seems shockingly cheap when you are there, with hotels, food, and drinks at very low prices even in the heart of town. This place is a huge hit for Asian tourists, for some reason, though it's highly recommended for everybody.

  • Currency: Czech krona
  • Best cheap hostel: Travel Hostel – 247/night
  • Transportation: 48
  • Meals: 288
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 90
  • Attractions: 100
  • Daily Backpacker Index: CZK773 = US$30.34/day

Český Krumlov prices and weather


9Warsaw, Poland

While Krakow gets most of the raves in Poland, the capital city also has plenty to brag about in addition to very reasonable prices. The Old Town center was famously rebuilt after WWII to resemble its former self, and it's as charming as it is impressive. Warsaw is a bit out of the way for most travelers, but it's very worthwhile for those touring the area.

  • Currency: Polish Zlotych
  • Best cheap hostel: Chillout Hostel – 38.06/night
  • Transportation: 6.80
  • Meals: 39.60
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 24.00
  • Attractions: 23.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: PLN131.46 = US$31.45/day

Warsaw prices and weather


10Zagreb, Croatia

The beach resort towns of Croatia are the main attraction, so Zagreb, which is well inland, tends to be only a shortstop for most. Still fairly cheap by European standards, and especially compared to Italy next door, Zagreb is a bargain and a worthwhile pause on the way to one of the beach towns or nearby Plitvice National Park.

  • Currency: Croatian Kuna
  • Best cheap hostel: Hostel Temza – 60.80/night
  • Transportation: 20
  • Meals: 84
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 36
  • Attractions: 30
  • Daily Backpacker Index: HRK230.80 = US$32.69/day

Zagreb prices and weather


11Riga, Latvia

It's surprising to see a city so far north also so high on the cheap-cities list, but it turns out that Riga is quite a bargain for the backpacking set. Hostel beds, in particular, are very affordable, and so is pretty much everything else. Riga's main problem is that it's a bit out of the way for those not on an extensive tour. Even for a weekend break, Riga is worth a look, especially for the nightlife crowd.

  • Currency: Euro
  • Best cheap hostel: Central Hostel Riga – 8.00/night
  • Transportation: 2.30
  • Meals: 12.00
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 6.00
  • Attractions: 3.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €31.30 = US$33.30/day

Riga prices and weather


12Bratislava, Slovakia

You'd think that practically being walking distance from Vienna would make Bratislava a very popular stop for those on a Europe tour, but so far it's still mostly forgotten. It's cheaper than Prague and much cheaper than Vienna, so perhaps it will start catching on more in the coming years. A lack of famous attractions doesn't help, though the pleasant and historic town center is worth a day or two.

  • Currency: Euro
  • Best cheap hostel: A Wild Elephant’s Hostel – 8.00/night
  • Transportation: 1.40
  • Meals: 12.00
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 6.00
  • Attractions: 4.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €31.40 = US$33.40/day

Bratislava prices and weather


13Vilnius, Lithuania

VilniusUnlike nearby Riga and Tallinn, the city of Vilnius does not have a cruise port and it's well inland. For this reason, it feels far less touristy than the other two, and the Old Town is gorgeous. This is another Baltic capital that is surprisingly cheap in many ways, so it's a worthwhile stop between Latvia and Poland. The (hard to find) Frank Zappa statue is one of the more famous quirky attractions here.

  • Currency: Euro
  • Best cheap hostel: Downtown Forest Hostel & Camping – 8.00/night
  • Transportation: 2.00
  • Meals: 13.20
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 6.00
  • Attractions: 3.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €32.20 = US$34.26/day

Vilnius prices and weather


14Istanbul, Turkey

The classic east-meets-west city had been creeping up in price, but the decline of the Turkish Lira lately has made it a bargain again. There's no shortage of markets, mosques, and attractions for even a longer stay, and everywhere else in Turkey is cheaper. Accommodation is more expensive than you might expect. Check our list of recommended cheap Istanbul hotels for bargains in all price ranges.

  • Currency: Turkish lira
  • Best cheap hostel: İstiklal Hostel – 25.25/night
  • Transportation: 8.00
  • Meals: 31.20
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 24.00
  • Attractions: 30.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: TRY118.45 = US$34.43/day

Istanbul prices and weather


15Prague, Czech Republic

In the 1990s Prague was always used as an example of a city that is incredibly cheap yet still beautiful and historic, but that sort of chit-chat triggered the masses to flood in. Still, in spite of high-ish hotel prices, Prague is still quite cheap for those willing to stay in hostels and scout for bargain food and drinks. Plus, it's still gorgeous, if crowded. Choose from our recommended hotels in Prague list for excellent values at top-rated hotels.

  • Currency: Czech krona
  • Best cheap hostel: Czech Inn – 248/night
  • Transportation: 48
  • Meals: 372
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 105
  • Attractions: 250
  • Daily Backpacker Index: CZK1,023 = US$40.15/day

Prague prices and weather


16Split, Croatia

SplitSplit is partly known for being the transportation hub along the Croatian coast, and the gateway to many nearby islands. But the Old City here is even older than Dubrovnik's and in many ways, it's just as impressive. Prices here are far cheaper than those in Dubrovnik, so it's a much better stop for most people, as it also feels far less touristy than the walled city to its south. If you visit Split first you will wonder why there is such a fuss over Dubrovnik.

  • Currency: Croatian Kuna
  • Best cheap hostel: CroParadise Green Hostel – 93/night
  • Transportation: 18
  • Meals: 100.80
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 42
  • Attractions: 40
  • Daily Backpacker Index: 293.80 = US$41.61/day

Split prices and weather


17Saint Petersburg, Russia

Not unlike Kiev, the Russian currency plunged starting in 2014 and into 2015, and inflation ate up most of those savings. Far more tourist-friendly than Moscow, Saint Petersburg is also cheaper and arguably more interesting. Most things are very affordable, and the city would seem even cheaper if its incredible Hermitage Museum/Winter Palace didn't (justifiably) cost so much. Hotels and tourist restaurants aren't so cheap, however. Prices here could drift up or down as 2017 goes on.

  • Currency: Russian Ruble
  • Best cheap hostel: Plosaty Hostel – 347/night
  • Transportation: 70
  • Meals: 1,236
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 600
  • Attractions: 400
  • Daily Backpacker Index: RUB2,653 = US$41.93/day

Saint Petersburg prices and weather


18Santorini, Greece

SantoriniArguably Greece's most popular holiday island, Santorini is here mainly as a placeholder for all of them. There are a few sights and cultural attractions but most people (Europeans) come to just relax in the sun during the day and drink into the night. If you stay in hostels or basic hotels and eat in places without sea views, these Greek islands all tend to be quite affordable.

  • Currency: Euro
  • Best cheap hostel: Youth Hostel Anna – 8/night
  • Transportation: 3.20
  • Meals: 15.60
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 10.50
  • Attractions: 3.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €40.30 = US$42.87/day

Santorini prices and weather


19Ljubljana, Slovenia

LjubljanaSlovenia is mostly known for its natural sights such as Lake Bled or the Karst plateaus, but its capital is definitely worth a look as well. Ljubljana is a charming and laid-back city with a peaceful Old Town and very appealing prices for visitors. This is the kind of place you'll think about moving to when you see it, so it's a very nice place to chill out for a few days on longer trips around Europe.

  • Currency: Euro
  • Best cheap hostel: Aladin Hostel – 12/night
  • Transportation: 2.40
  • Meals: 16.20
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 6
  • Attractions: 5
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €41.60 = US$44.26/day

Ljubljana prices and weather


20Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is cheap by most European standards, but it's the most expensive city in the Baltic area because it's a popular getaway for the Finns just a 2-hour ferry ride away. Frequent ferries from Helsinki are loaded with the party crowd and those looking to stock up on bulk alcohol for the return trip. Still, it's a fun place with a lovely Old Town.

  • Currency: euro
  • Best cheap hostel: Old Town Alur Hostel – 11.00/night
  • Transportation: 2.00
  • Meals: 14.40/li>
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 9.00
  • Attractions: 6.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €42.40 = US$45.11/day

Tallinn prices and weather


21Tenerife, Spain

The Canary Islands (off the northwest coast of Africa) are a popular warm-weather retreat for many Europeans all year, and Tenerife is the largest and most popular island with English speakers. Prices tend to be similar to or a bit lower than mainland Spain, which makes it a relative bargain for most Europeans who are just a cheap flight away. Not many cultural attractions to be found, so it's mainly a place to relax. The beaches in the southwest of the island are the most popular with English speakers.

  • Currency: Euro
  • Best cheap hostel: Los Amigos Backpackers Hostel – 13/night
  • Transportation: 2.70
  • Meals: 14.40
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 7.50
  • Attractions: 5.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €42.60 = US$45.32/day

Tenerife prices and weather


22Athens, Greece

The Greek capital was once one of Europe's great bargain cities, and it has become reasonable again after the political instability in recent years. The infrastructure created for the Olympics has actually turned Athens into a modern and easy-to-visit place, and the Acropolis and other attractions continue to amaze, so it still seems like a good deal for the moment and may get even cheaper. Political protests have kept some people away, which has helped keep hotel and hostel prices affordable.

  • Currency: euro
  • Best cheap hostel: Hostel Zeus – 8/night
  • Transportation: 2.80
  • Meals: 19.20
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 7.50
  • Attractions: 8.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €45.50 = US$48.40/day

Athens prices and weather


23Lisbon, Portugal

Its out-of-the-way location seems to keep tourism well below the levels that the city otherwise deserves, but those who go to the trouble to reach Lisbon will find an extremely handsome and charming city that is a great bargain as well. The city is particularly known for excellent and cheap hostels that are always in a race to outdo each other, with visitors being the ultimate winners. Lisbon is one of those destinations that many people avoid for a long time, and then after they visit they vow to return again and again.

  • Currency: euro
  • Best cheap hostel: Urban Garden Hostel – 10.50/night
  • Transportation: 2.80
  • Meals: 16.80
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 9.00
  • Attractions: 8.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €47.10 = US$50.11/day

Lisbon prices and weather


24Moscow, Russia

Certainly one of the world's most important cities, Moscow continues also to be frustrating for many travelers, with relatively few hostels and traveler-friendly budget restaurants. The currency collapse brought prices down, although inflation has been bringing them back up again. Still, if you can get through the paperwork and find a cheap flight, it's a fairly cheap place for backpacker-types. Tourist hotels and restaurants can be quite expensive, so even though it's somewhat cheap for those willing to search for local deals, Moscow can be a drain for 3-star and above travelers.

  • Currency: Russian ruble
  • Best cheap hostel: Chillax Hostels 446/night
  • Transportation: 100
  • Meals: 1,416
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 900
  • Attractions: 400
  • Daily Backpacker Index: RUB3,262 = US$51.56/day

Moscow prices and weather


25Naples, Italy

Italy's cheapest major city is a very good bargain for those willing to venture south of Rome. Affordable hostels and casual dining choices keep it cheaper than cities to the north, and it has a different atmosphere as well. Naples has almost no green space and a reputation for petty crime, which keeps many visitors away. If you want to see Naples on a day trip and also visit the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, and the island of Capri, you are better off staying in the lovely town of Sorrento, which is only a bit more expensive.

  • Currency: euro
  • Best cheap hostel: La Controra Hostel Naples – 17/night
  • Transportation: 2.60
  • Meals: 15.60
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 6.00
  • Attractions: 9.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €50.20 = US$53.40/day

Naples prices and weather


26Madrid, Spain

This classic European city definitely feels like a bargain compared to capitals to the north. There is great competition among its many hostels, and even private rooms in the city center are often cheap. Check out our cheap Madrid hotels list for well located and dependable bargains. Another money saver is the tapas culture, with cheap eats and cheap glasses of beer or wine as part of the nightly ritual.

  • Currency: euro
  • Best cheap hostel: Hostel Era – 13.90/night
  • Transportation: 3.00
  • Meals: 19.20
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 6.00
  • Attractions: 10.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €52.10 = US$55.43/day

Madrid prices and weather


27Valletta, Malta

VallettaNearly hidden just a bit south of Sicily in the Mediterranean, Malta is a small island group with a pleasant climate and an improving tourist infrastructure. The tiny capital city of Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage site on its own, and the rest of the islands offer a nice mix of historical sites and pleasant beaches. Nearly everyone speaks English, so it continues to be popular with Brits. Valletta is actually the historic Old Town and most visitors are better off just across the harbor in the district called Sliema.

  • Currency: Euro
  • Best cheap hostel: Corner Hostel Malta – 20/night
  • Transportation: 3
  • Meals: 15.60
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 7.50
  • Attractions: 6.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €54.10 = US$57.55/day

Valletta prices and weather


28Bruges, Belgium

Bruges is a very good bargain for the backpacking set due to reasonably priced hostels and affordable attractions. In high season (summer) prices go up a bit, but still, Bruges is a fine choice to chill out for a few days or more, even though you can see the main sights in less time.

  • Currency: euro
  • Best cheap hostel: St. Christopher’s Inn – Bauhaus Hostel – 17.00/night
  • Transportation: 2.60
  • Meals: 20.40
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 10.50
  • Attractions: 6.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €56.50 = US$60.11/day
Bruges prices and weather

29Berlin, Germany

Berlin is officially booming, and is now one of Europe's most-visited destinations. This city has endless things to see and do, along with an arts and entertainment scene that rivals anywhere in Europe. The museums and attractions are priced reasonably, and can be efficiently bundled with a Berlin Card. All that, plus the competition among its many hostels keeps things pleasantly cheap. Put it on your list and schedule a trip before things change much. See our recommended hotels in Berlin list for some very good rates at highly rated and well located hotels.

  • Currency: euro
  • Best cheap hostel: Amstel House Hostel – 13.92/night
  • Transportation: 5.40
  • Meals: 16.80
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 9.00
  • Attractions: 12.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €57.12 = US$60.77/day

Berlin prices and weather


30Hamburg, Germany

This somewhat remote city is largely forgotten by most North American visitors, known best as where the Beatles honed their chops, but Hamburg is a lovely and classy city that is worth a stop if you are in the area. Germans, in general, like good value, so there are plenty of good budget sleeping and eating options for the backpacker types. Hotel prices here are heavily influenced by trade fairs and business travelers, so it can be cheap one week and very expensive the next.

  • Currency: euro
  • Best cheap hostel: Backpackers St. Pauli – 19/night
  • Transportation: 3.00
  • Meals: 18.00
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 9.00
  • Attractions: 10.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €59.00 = US$62.77/day

Hamburg prices and weather


31Nice, France

As the largest city on the Côte d'Azur, Nice actually has a decent infrastructure for budget tourists, though things can get pretty crowded in summer and prices do shoot up. This is a great base for exploring Monaco and Cannes with a short train journey, but even in the city itself, there is plenty to do, and a pleasant beach if you don't mind rocks where the sand should be.

Note: Drink prices here are for wine rather than beer, as it's much cheaper and better as well.

  • Currency: euro
  • Best cheap hostel: Hostel Baccarat – 20/night
  • Transportation: 3.00
  • Meals: 19.20
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 9.00
  • Attractions: 8.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €59.20 = US$62.98
    /day

Nice prices and weather


32Dublin, Ireland

For a city that was once considered cheap, Dublin still feels weirdly expensive, especially in light of the larger financial struggles a few years back. Fortunately there are some good deals on hostels these days, so hopefully, other things (like €5+ for a pint of Guinness in even a dumpy bar!) will loosen up and make the city friendlier for backpackers and budget travelers. Speaking of Guinness, if you are going to do the Guinness Brewery and the popular distillery tour, then the Dublin Pass is a great deal.

  • Currency: euro
  • Best cheap hostel: Abbey Court – 13.50/night (including breakfast)
  • Transportation: 3.00
  • Meals: 19.20
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 15.00
  • Attractions: 10.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €60.70 = US$64.57/day

Dublin prices and weather


33Salzburg, Austria

SalzburgA classic tourist city, Salzburg is at the base of the Alps and it has one of the most impressive Old Towns anywhere in Europe. As the birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg is a key hub for classical concerts and festivals, but for non-Europeans, barceit's even more famous as the setting of the Sound of Music. The bus tours dedicated to that movie are more fun and far more scenic than you might expect.

  • Currency: Euro
  • Best cheap hostel: YoHo international Youth Hostel – 15/night
  • Transportation: 5.00
  • Meals: 21.60
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 9
  • Attractions: 10
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €60.80 = US$64.68/day

Salzburg prices and weather


34Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona and Madrid are very different in many important ways, but they are very similar in general prices so there's no reason not to visit both if you can. And this is another city where hostels tend to get expensive and crowded during summer but are quite cheap for most of the rest of the year. See our cheap and recommended Barcelona hotels list for some options that are well located and highly rated. If you have 2 or 3 days in town and want to see the main sights you should read our Barcelona Pass review as it might be helpful.

  • Currency: euro
  • Best cheap hostel: Fabrizzio’s Terrace Barcelona – 16.00/night
  • Transportation: 4.30
  • Meals: 19.20
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 9.00
  • Attractions: 13.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €61.50 = US$65.43/day

Barcelona prices and weather


35Florence, Italy

A highlight of so many Italy tours, Florence is cheaper than Rome and Venice in most regards. Hostel competition is fierce and quality is mostly quite good, so this is a good hang-out for weary backpackers. And the food is excellent, if not particularly cheap. If you have extra days to spend in Italy on day trips then Florence is your best choice in the area. Pisa, the Cinque Terre, and many lovely Tuscan hill towns are within easy reach.

  • Currency: euro
  • Best cheap hostel: Tourist House Santa Croce – 21/night
  • Transportation: 2.40
  • Meals: 18.00
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 9.00
  • Attractions: 12.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €62.40 = US$66.38/day

Florence prices and weather


36Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik has one of the most amazing walled historic centers in the world, and it used to be considered a bargain compared to Italy. But now it's so popular with tourists and cruise passengers that it feels more than a bit pricey. If you are on the fence about visiting here, you are better off going to Split, which is similar, much cheaper, and easier to reach.

  • Currency: Croatian Kuna
  • Best cheap hostel: Hostel & Rooms Ana – Old Town – 119/night
  • Transportation: 24
  • Meals: 136.80
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 90.00
  • Attractions: 100.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: HRK469.80 = US$66.54/day

Dubrovnik prices and weather


37Edinburgh, Scotland

While it's certainly true that most things in Edinburgh are a bit cheaper than things in London, it's not exactly cheap for most budget travelers. Those who are satisfied with skipping the Edinburgh Castle and the Camera Obscura will find this city very reasonable, except during the Festival season. Speaking of that, check our Edinburgh cheap travel tips for the festival season, which can actually be helpful all year round.

  • Currency: British pound
  • Best cheap hostel: High Street Hostel – 12.08/night
  • Transportation: 3.20
  • Meals: 15.60
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 9.00
  • Attractions: 14.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: £53.88 = US$67.35/day

Edinburgh prices and weather


38Munich, Germany

MunichGermany's most pleasant city is only a bit more expensive than the others, so budget travelers can get by with few complications as long as they aren't going during Oktoberfest (when hotel and hostel prices triple). Prices of hostels do shoot up a bit during summer, but overall it's fairly easy to find bargains, and the city is so livable that it feels like good value.

  • Currency: euro
  • Best cheap hostel: Wombats City Hostel Munich – 22.36/night
  • Transportation: 5.20
  • Meals: 19.20
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 9.00
  • Attractions: 9.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €64.76 = US$68.89/day

Munich prices and weather


39Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

This underrated and mostly forgotten city is definitely worth a stop if you are passing between Belgium and France. The location is stunning and the city's history is interesting, plus the food and drink culture is what you would expect for this part of Europe, meaning there are a lot of great choices.

  • Currency: euro
  • Best cheap hostel: Luxembourg City Hostel – 25.00/night (including breakfast)
  • Transportation: 4.00
  • Meals: 19.80
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 10.50
  • Attractions: 6.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €65.30 = US$69.47/day

Luxembourg City prices and weather


40Brussels, Belgium

For the budget traveler, Brussels can be a bit difficult since the infrastructure is built mostly for business travelers and government employees. There aren't many hostel options, and cheap meals are a challenge in the city center area. Still, it's worth a look for the main square alone if you are heading to or from Bruges, which is much cheaper and listed above.

  • Currency: euro
  • Best cheap hostel: Brxxl 5 City Centre Hostel – 18/night
  • Transportation: 4.00
  • Meals: 21.60
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 12.00
  • Attractions: 10.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €65.60 = US$69.79/day

Brussels prices and weather


41Rome, Italy

Regardless of costs, Rome is one of those cities that you've just got to visit anyway, so, fortunately, it's not as outrageously expensive as some lesser destinations a bit down the list. There are good budget options for most things, but hotels and hostels are more expensive than one might expect, and the main Rome attractions are justifiably expensive as well. Choose from our recommended Rome hostels and hotels for excellent bargains with great locations. The Rome and Vatican Card is a good way to see the main attractions and skip the very long queues here.

  • Currency: euro
  • Best cheap hostel: The Yellow – 23.10/night
  • Transportation: 3.00
  • Meals: 19.20
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 9.00
  • Attractions: 12.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €66.30 = US$70.73/day

Rome prices and weather


42Vienna, Austria

Being one of Europe's grandest capitals, it's only slightly surprising that Vienna comes out as a relatively expensive city. Its location between so many other tourist cities makes it an easy one to stop off in for a few days, and while food is a bit expensive, there are some good-value hostels in the city to help make up for it. The Vienna Pass is a good way to save money while seeing the top attractions, but only if you are well organized.

  • Currency: euro
  • Best cheap hostel: Wombats City Hostel – at The Naschmarkt – 17.26/night
  • Transportation: 4.40
  • Meals: 20.40
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 10.50
  • Attractions: 14.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €66.56 = US$70.81/day

Vienna prices and weather


43Milan, Italy

Milan's success in finance and fashion have helped make it one of Europe's most expensive cities to sleep in, although the hostels aren't as outrageous, so overall expenses are similar to most other Italian cities. Since it's on-the-way between so many other nearby cities, Milan is definitely worth a stop for a day or two if you can manage it, but don't feel bad if you skip it.

  • Currency: euro
  • Best cheap hostel: Koala Hostel – 26.40/night
  • Transportation: 4.00
  • Meals: 18.00
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 10.50
  • Attractions: 10.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €68.90 = US$73.30/day

Milan prices and weather


44Ibiza, Spain

While it's not really considered a backpacking destination, Ibiza is popular enough with budget travelers to include here. Hotels can be quite cheap outside of July and August, which makes up for a lack of hostels. Entrance to the main nightclubs in Ibiza will cost a fortune, as will drinks once inside, but if you are content to hang out on the beach then this island can be affordable. Note that the hotel price here is for May, and in summer it will be considerably more. If these rankings were for July, Ibiza would be way down this list, so it's only really a bargain in the offseason.

  • Currency: Euro
  • Best cheap hostel: Hostal Residencia Adelino – 30.00/night
  • Transportation: 2.60
  • Meals: 18.00
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 9.00
  • Attractions: 10.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €69.60 = US$74.04/day

Ibiza prices and weather


45Paris, France

Similar to Rome, it's just a good thing that Paris isn't any more expensive than it is because people are going to visit anyway. As long as you are willing to stay a bit outside the main tourist districts then Paris can be quite reasonable on the wallet, and the quality of food is exceptional nearly anywhere you go. The main attractions are actually fairly cheap compared to major sights in some other big cities, and you might save even more money with a Paris Pass. To get the best value have a look at our recommended Paris hostels and cheap hotels section.

Note: Drink prices here are for wine rather than beer, as it's much cheaper and better as well.

  • Currency: euro
  • Best cheap hostel: Vintage Hostel Gare du Nord – 22.90/night
  • Transportation: 3.60
  • Meals: 20.40
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 12.00
  • Attractions: 12.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €70.90 = US$75.43/day
Paris prices and weather

46Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, like Stockholm and Oslo below, has a good economy, but along with it they have very high wages and taxes, and that makes things expensive for outsiders. Even hostels are quite expensive, and hotels are worse. As nice as it may be, if cities had prices reflecting their desirability, Helsinki would be much, much cheaper than it is.

  • Currency: euro
  • Best cheap hostel: CheapSleep Helsinki – 19.78/night
  • Transportation: 4.40
  • Meals: 22.80
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 18.00
  • Attractions: 7.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €72.58 = US$77.21/day

Helsinki prices and weather


47Amsterdam, Netherlands

From a price standpoint, Amsterdam may be a victim of its own popularity. Even with scores of hostels throughout the city center, they are still able to get fairly high rates even during the shoulder season. Pick from our recommended Amsterdam hostels and cheap hotels for great value and locations. The famous attractions are on the expensive side, though good deals are always available on food and drinks if you know where to look. Budget travelers will have to book a place way outside the center in order to find a decent deal, and unfortunately, Amsterdam loses some of its charms if you have to commute in and out like that.

  • Currency: euro
  • Best cheap hostel: Flying Pig Uptown – 27.90/night
  • Transportation: 5.60
  • Meals: 15.60
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 12.00
  • Attractions: 15.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €76.10 = US$80.96/day

Amsterdam prices and weather


48Copenhagen, Denmark

The Danish capital is one of the famously expensive Scandinavian cities, but its currency has also eased so it's a better bargain in 2017. Quality does tend to be quite high, and Copenhagen is arguably one of the prettiest cities in all of Europe, so the higher prices feel somewhat justified. Still, it's a tough place for the backpacker crowd, especially for those who drink.

  • Currency: Danish kroner
  • Best cheap hostel: Sleep in Heaven – 168.13/night
  • Transportation: 48
  • Meals: 168
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 120
  • Attractions: 80
  • Daily Backpacker Index: DKK584.13 = US$83.33/day

Copenhagen prices and weather


49Interlaken, Switzerland

InterlakenThe big cities in Switzerland are awesomely expensive because everything is priced for business travelers and the like, so budget travelers are better off skipping them in favor of the small towns of Interlaken or Lucerne to get better views and lower prices. Interlaken itself feels a bit tired, so head straight up to Gimmelwald or one of the other mountain towns for the best experience.

  • Currency: Swiss Franc
  • Best cheap hostel: Happy Inn Lodge – 23.75/night
  • Transportation: 0 (local transport is free for overnight guests)
  • Meals: 38.40
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 15.00
  • Attractions: 10.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: CHF87.15 = US$85.44/day

Interlaken prices and weather


50London, England

London is famously pricey, but it's also a weird one for budget travelers since it actually has somewhat affordable hostels (at least outside of peak season), and all the major museums are actually free. However, pretty much everything else feels outrageously expensive, particularly the other attractions like the Tower of London and the London Eye. The post-Brexit currency slide has helped bring prices down, but it still ain't exactly cheap. Those wishing to save by bundling these top attractions should consider a London Pass. For cheap hotel and hostel, options see our recommended London hostel and hotels page. If this is your first visit you should also read our list of the best things to do in London, including current prices for all of them.

  • Currency: British pound
  • Best cheap hostel: Smart Russell Square Hostel – 16.10/night (including breakfast)
  • Transportation: 4.80
  • Meals: 21.00
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 12.00
  • Attractions: 15.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: £68.90 = US$86.13/day

London prices and weather


51Stockholm, Sweden

Backpackers who want to visit the homeland of most of their furniture have to go a long distance out of the way to reach Stockholm, and then face shocking prices once they arrive. This is another city where almost nothing is cheap no matter where you look. The long-promised ABBA Museum is now open and it's predictably expensive as well. This is a beautiful city that you will really enjoy for a few days, as long as you can afford it.

  • Currency: Swedish kronor
  • Best cheap hostel: Stanstulls Hostel – 207/night
  • Transportation: 72
  • Meals: 216
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 150
  • Attractions: 150
  • Daily Backpacker Index: SEK795 = US$87.08/day

Stockholm prices and weather


52Oslo, Norway

As oil prices collapsed in late 2014, the Norwegian currency did as well. Now this gorgeous country is still pricey but not outrageous like it was a couple years ago when it was on par with Switzerland. Flights into Oslo can be quite cheap as well, although Bergen (below) is probably a better choice if you have to choose just one.

  • Currency: Norwegian kroner
  • Best cheap hostel: Anker Hostel – 258/night
  • Transportation: 60
  • Meals: 228
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 150
  • Attractions: 60
  • Daily Backpacker Index: NOK756 = US$69.68/day

Oslo prices and weather


53Bergen, Norway

BergenEven with a lower Norwegian currency, Bergen is still very pricey compared to the rest of Europe. This is the gateway to the beautiful fjords of Norway, and the city itself is more interesting and easier to visit than Oslo. Actually, hotels here are very good quality and decent value. It's the food and drinks that feel so overpriced, and the few hostels feel weirdly expensive as well.

  • Currency: Norwegian kroner
  • Best cheap hostel: HI Montana Youth and Family Hostel – 228/night
  • Transportation: 62
  • Meals: 240
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 180
  • Attractions: 60
  • Daily Backpacker Index: NOK770 = US$91.34/day

Bergen prices and weather


54Venice, Italy

No surprises to find Venice so far down the affordability list, but once again this is a city where it's all easily justifiable, and fortunately, you can see all the main sights in just two days and one night if you are tight on funds. Of course, most cheaper hotels are not even on the main island, but getting back and forth is cheap and easy. Check our cheap and recommended Venice hotels list for some great choices.

  • Currency: euro
  • Best cheap hostel: Ostello S. Fosca – 31.36/night
  • Transportation: 7.00
  • Meals: 26.40
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 12.00
  • Attractions: 12.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: €88.76 = US$94.43/day

Venice prices and weather


55Reykjavik, Iceland

After its currency collapsed in 2008, Iceland cost about half what it did previously for foreigners, but prices crept up and up, and it's again very expensive. Reykjavik isn't a particularly charming city, which is fine because the appeal of Iceland is the amazing scenery everywhere else. If you plan a trip to Iceland, don't linger in the capital longer than you have to. Accommodation and food on rest of the island are also fairly expensive, but the whole island is stunning and almost everything is free once you get there.

  • Currency: Iceland kronur
  • Best cheap hostel: Reykjavik Hostel Village – 2933/night
  • Transportation: 800
  • Meals: 3,720
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 2,100
  • Attractions: 1,500
  • Daily Backpacker Index: ISK11,053 = US$99.30/day

Reykjavik prices and weather


56Zurich, Switzerland

Certainly no surprise here, especially considering that Zurich also came out on top on our survey of world taxi prices. Switzerland is a rich country and Zurich is its very-rich main city, so the hotel and restaurant scenes are dominated by business travelers and those on expense accounts. It's a nice enough place, but honestly, Bern is more interesting, and the highlights of the country are in the scenery rather than in the cities.

  • Currency: Swiss franc
  • Best cheap hostel: Youthhostel Zurich – 48.76/night
  • Transportation: 5.20
  • Meals: 37.20
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 21.00
  • Attractions: 15.00
  • Daily Backpacker Index: CHF127.16 = US$124.67/day

Zurich prices and weather

 

How to use this information

As mentioned at the top, these prices are for a typical group of expenses for a backpacker, and you could even say these are “average prices” for each city, but definitely not “minimum prices.” Those who never drink, only eat two meals a day, and/or skip most museums or attractions can get by on much less. However, if your style of travel is more minimalistic than this, the order of these cities should still be more or less the same.

Each city name is linked to a page that contains specific prices for many more things and is converted to US dollars or any other currency you wish on a daily basis.

 

(source: priceoftravel.com)

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