26 countries, 35 days in Europe: How my wife & I toured all of Europe by Train On The Cheap
By Martin Hill
August 20, 2015


Many economic analysts and financial experts are predicting a global economic collapse at any moment, yet it's still possible to travel without spending a lot of money. Despite the fact that the economy is admittedly in shambles, a lot of people are still going on vacations, out to dinner, and having fun with their families.

My wife and I recently took some time off and went to Europe for 35 days. We hit 26 countries, at a pretty fast pace. This is not meant to be a suggested template for anyone, and I'm not selling any products or services here. I'm simply sharing the very interesting story of how we travelled and spent very little money.

My wife's passion is travelling, and we aren't the materialistic types. We don't require fancy hotels or haughty-taughty restaurants. We don't go to Europe to sleep, and we are pretty active, so most of our time is out and about. We are both frugal with our money. I am a notorious cheapskate, ("codo" en espanol,) or a nicer way to put it is that I'm a good steward with my money. And a disclaimer, lest I be accused of making myself look more generous than I am, my wife and I each paid for our own trip.

Frankly I'm perfectly happy staying in Southern California, which has everything I need. But my wife has expanded my horizons over the years, so I learned to appreciate - or at the very least, tolerate- travel. Honestly I believe that at the end of the day, everywhere is basically the same. People are going to work, trying to make a living, going home to their spouses, their family, out to dinner, socializing, worshipping, studying, fighting, hopefully promoting the ideology of freedom- life is life. So 'escaping to a different place' has never had any particular allure for me. Life is what you make it wherever you are. Nevertheless, travel can be a nice, amusing, and interesting experience.

I suspect that many people would not like to travel at such a fast a pace as we did. If that's the case with you, that's fine, to each their own. Anyone interested in doing this may modify the details how you like. The main point I would like people to know is that travelling to Europe is not as nearly expensive as most people are led to believe. We don't use (or need) travel agents or sign up for tour packages, hotel packages, or meal packages; we don't use coupons or follow travel gurus.

I'm not going to go into the details of each country or site we visited, but will rather tell where we went and the interesting points I noted along the way. I left my phone and computer at home, so I did not go on the internet for almost 2 months, except for the very rare instances where I had the chance to get some net access and used my wife's phone to research the next place we were going.

The first thing my wife did a few months before our trip was she went on to Expedia and checked flights from LAX to Europe, and the cheapest she found was Los Angeles to Copenhagen, Denmark. We went there for $388 each, one way. We did not buy our return ticket at that time because we were not sure where we'd end up at the end of our trip.

We had bought the EuroRail tickets, the train that travels throughout Europe. The photo to the left is one of the trains we rode on. When you buy it online ahead of time they ship the ticket to your postal address. A two person ticket where both must travel together on the train is cheaper than individual tickets. For a two person pass we paid $1800, ($900 each.) This is unlimited train use for 30 days from the day you activiate it, and the two passengers must always be together on the train.

Right before we left on our trip, Greece defaulted on their debt payment, so the euro took a plunge. That Monday the rate was one euro for $1.10 U.S. dollar. So I went to my local bank and bought $340 euros, for $394.40 dollars. The cost was 1.10 and the bank, Wells Fargo, charged a 6 cent fee for each euro so my cost was 1.16 for each euro. Not too bad. I checked at LAX and the money exchange booth wanted $1.29 U.S. dollar for each euro.- .13 cents more than the bank.

Sure you can get money from the ATM in Europe, but most U.S. banks charge a foreign ATM fee of $5 or more per transaction. I used credit cards most of the time while in Europe but wanted to have cash on hand when I arrived.

We travelled very light, with one Coleman backpack each- a backpack with wheels of course. I'm not interested in lugging a backpack around on my back for a month. We brought four pair of pants and eight of everything else- t shirts, underwear, socks, long underwear just in case it got cold (never used it), rain poncho, ski cap, (great to cover your eyes and face when sleeping!)

I took along a blank index card spiral notebook to take notes of my trip.

I used a passport wallet to hang around my neck and tuck under my shirt, so as not to be vulnerable to pickpockets in crowds or when I'm sleeping. I prefer the holder resting on my chest much more than the money belt that you strap under your clothes across your waist. The chest wallet is much more comfortable and convenient for easy access to money and travel documents. A regular money belt to hide larger bills, which serves as a regular belt looped and buckled around your pants, is also a good option to stash some cash. Fanny packs are notoriously easy for pickpockets to cut or lift, so not a good place to keep valuables. I use a fanny pack also, and find it convenient, but keep less important things in it, such as digital camera, hand sanitizer, tissue, and snacks.

One note about hostels. People have a mistaken perception about what a hostel is like. People think of a hostel as a dozen strangers sleeping all in one smelly room on bunkbeds. This is not the case. Matter of fact, during this whole trip, we did not find one hostel that didn't have private rooms, and all of them except one had a private bathroom and shower inside the room! You can find these for as low as ten, 12 or 15 euros, for a room that is nice as any Red Roof Inn or Motel 6. Some hostels can cost up to 40 or 55 euros., but if you're a cheapskate who likes bargains, you can surely find them without much effort. We did not plan our accomodations ahead of time. We never made a single reservation for a hostel or hotel.

We hit the capitals of just about every country in Europe, missing only Ireland and Finland, because we didn't have enough time. The first thing we did when arriving to any city was to get a free city map. This will list the locations and details of most all attractions of interest. Paying for a guided city tour is sometimes worthwhile, but more than often are not worth the price. You can pick up a tour map for example and instead of paying $30 euros to ride an overpriced tour bus to the spots, they're often within walking distance.

We began our trip by flying from LAX to Copenhagen, Denmark on July 10th and arrived on July 11. Denmark is 9 hours ahead of California so we arrived early Saturday morning. We didn't want to activate our EuroRail pass until we were ready to leave Denmark, so we opted to buy 2 tickets for the local metro in Copenhagen. A 24-hour pass costs $12 euros each, or $5 euros for a one way ticket to downtown. We opted for the 24-hour pass. Not good to waste/activiate EuroRail pass for our first day in Europe, losing one of our 30 days for nothing. Instead, we activated our EuroRail pass when we were ready to leave Denmark.

One thing that surprised me on this trip is that very few European countries actually use or accept Euros. Excuse my ignorance in this matter but I had assumed Europe used Euros. This is not the case. The majority of the countries we visited do NOT accept Euros. Denmark for example uses "krones." We went to KFC, got a 2 piece meal for $68 krone, $136 total, paid with my card. A drink refill was $24 krone.

Another thing that struck me on this trip is lack of refills, lack of cold drinks in general and lack of ice. America is truly the land of plenty, the unlimited ice-cold super big gulps and refills with all the ice you want. Americans may take this for granted, but when you're train/plane bound and thirsty in a foreign country, you will miss it.

It's important to keep your luggage secure. While walking around Copenhagen, I noticed my small shower/toiletry pack which was strapped to my backpack had fallen off- it was gone. I retraced my steps and found it in the Ripleys believe it or not museum. It had fallen off my backpack after we left KFC, and someone had picked it up and left it at Ripleys. We then found a Catholic Church to go to Mass the following day, Sunday at 11am. We returned to the train station and and caught some Zzzs to get ready for the next day. If this sounds odd you must understand that the culture in Europe is that of travelling. The train, airports and bus stations are always full of people sleeping on benches with their backpacks and luggage waiting for their next departure. And this type setup is often quite, if not comfortable, tolerable. Why should you waste money on a hotel if you're only going to sleep 6 hours? On this trip we met all sorts of people: Muslims, Catholic priests, Koreans, Italians, Croatians, students, policemen, retirees, young familes travelling with kids- you name it they're there.

The next morning we took the train to the beach in Copenhagen, Sunday morning before church. The water was cold as heck but we went for it. It was a pretty empty beach except for a few joggers. While we were in the water, out of all the places on the massive empty beach, one guy came upon our pier and walked right towards our stuff. He's gonna try to grab our wallets and run, I thought. Turned out though he was just a friendly chap who wanted to say hi and chat. His name was Jess, a married 41-year old guy with a wife and 4-year-old son, who had recently begun coming to the beach to meditate and think about life. He talked about how fatherhood had changed his and his wife's lives dramatically.

As we chatted with Jess another guy came to the pier, and to our shock, began disrobing. This is Europe for sure, as I told my wife, who was sitting on their pier facing the water, "honey dont turn around- there's a naked guy..." SPLASH! as he jumped into the water. Another couple followed, stripped naked and jumped in, followed by a 4th person. They had no qualms about jumping in the ocean naked and stripping nude in front of strangers on a public beach. What surprised us even more than their nudity was the fact that they jumped into this freaking ice cold water. I mean this water was so cold I'd have a heart attack if i jumped straight into it., damn it was ice-cube temperature freezing cold. After the beach we continued on the train downtown and went to Mass where we met the local bishop, who was presiding.

After Mass we went to a pizza restaurant with an all you can eat salad bar.

We then activated our EuroRail pass, left Copenhagen and took the Eurotrain, which then boarded a ferry for an approximately 2 hour trip across the Baltic sea to Hamburg Germany. The ferry is interesting because it's so huge it literally hauls not only people but the eurotrain itself along with big rigs, automobiles, etc. To the left is a picture of this. On board they have all sorts of shops and resturants, since train passengers must disembark and go upstairs to the ship while it crosses the sea.

We then went to Berlin Germany where we visited the world famous Reichstag building, which is appropriately sandwiched in between the U.S. embassy, the homo memorial museum and the holocaust wall of tears.

We then went to Prague, Czech Republic- arrived to "Praha" as it's called there, and here is where the money thing gets squirly. We saw this resturant called 'Barakat Restaurace' advertising "gyros, kebab" with giant signs advertising free wifi. The food looked good but the place was completely empty, and I soon found out why. They accept "Koruna" (CZK) (or Czech Crown.) and don't take cards. They cook/cashier claimed to accept euros, but got angry when we asked how many euros for sandwhich and coke. The money exchange store next door said 27 Korunas= 1 euro, but required 50 euro minimum for each transaction. Since I didn't want fifty europs worth of Koruna, I passed.

We passed a 'mestska police' copcar and continued to look for some grub. I stopped at a 'manni muu' market advertising 'potraviny' in the window. A very irritable and sour woman said she takes cards with 100 Koruna minimum. My wife needed to go to the bathroom, and the store had none. We went to burger king which charged for the bathroom, but no euros accepted. We went to KFC, but they took only Koruna for bathroom; 10 Koruna neeeded. So unless you want to spend $60 American dollars to get Korunas, and you gotta piss, youre up a creek in the Czech Republic. She finally found a free restroom somewhere while I waited at KFC.

We got KFC chicken tenders, for $177 Koruna each. approx $15 U.S. dollars. There we also got drink refills for the first time ever in Europe. You very rarely find drink refills in Europe. I stopped drinking soda in 2012, but after three years began again drinking soda on this trip. It was hot, I was very thirsty and was so glad to find cold drinks that I ended up swigging a lot of Orange Fanta on this vacation. This high fructose corn syrup orange fizzy goo is a little sip of paradise after ten hours on a eurotrain, let me tell ya. I couldn't resist. I bought a lot of 1.5 litre bottles of Orange Fanta on this vacation. However, I limited my indulgence to Europe and have since quit soda once again.

Back at the train station, the toilet charges in Koruna, but I found an attendant who was willing to accept $2 euros to use the toilet, and he gave us back a 20 cent Koruna. (about $1.40 U.S. to use the restroom.) You will also find that many of these bathrooms in Europe often do not have adequate toilet paper or soap. Outrageous yes, especially since youre literally paying out the ass to use them. So we brought along our own TP and soap, just in case.

The bathrooms on the train are free, so it's useful if you can schedule bathroom breaks on the train as opposed to looking for a bathroom after departing the train. This is OK if you don't mind train bathrooms, which are similar to airplane bathrooms, but dirtier. Also, the train bathrooms, if they had TP at all, had the 'sandpaper-style' toilet paper.

Thank goodnesss we got a private cabin leaving Prague, with comfy seats. We got a very rare free bottle of water and foreign language newspaper on the train.

We went through Slovakia, then stopped in Budapest Hungary. The first thing we saw as we exited the train station was Burger King, Mcdonalds and KFC. Their currency is forrant.

Next stop was Bucharest Romania. On the train ride there I met Cristina, a Romanian medical student travelling with her mom who told me about her country. She told me that her mom had supported the communists years ago, but she said the younger generation prefers more freedom.

The trains are interesting. We had first class tickets but that does not necessarily a sleeper train. You have to pay extra for those, if they even have them, and when they do, the cost and availability varies widely. Many times however you will have a private cabin of six seats all to yourself with 3 seats on each side, facing each other. These seats often, but not always, fold down into sleeping couches which are very comfortable as opposed to trying to sleep sitting upright in a chair.

Going through Timisoara, a very nice man gave me his seat so I had a '3 seat' spot to lay down, stretch out and catch some good zzzs. God bless that merciful good samaritan!

We were going to go to Serbia but we exited early at Orsova Romania at approxomately 4am, to catch our next transfer. The trains stop very briefly and if you don't get on or off quickly when the doors open, you are screwed, and will miss your stop, potentially screwing up your entire itinerary. When the train stopped at Orsova, we almost missed the stop because some confused old man froze in the doorway and wouldn't move. He didn't move until I told him finally to "GO, GO, GO!" after several minutes., to which an effiminate male bystander cooed 'take it easy, chill.' He had been smoking(?) in bathroom along with his male friend, an old lady and the conductor, who had told the old lady not to smoke on the train, while he himself was smoking.

The Orsova station turned out, however, to be an abandoned closed station with not a soul there. Our train going to Sofia Bulgaria was to arrive at 535am. It was a very creepy situation, especially when two carloads of Romanian thugs pulled up. I surveyed the situation and thought of how much damage my empty glass fanta bottle could inflict on a would-be attacker in an 8-to-two scenario. I vowed that we would never stop in an empty station in the middle of the night again, even if it meant we had to rearrange our trip.

7/15/15 I had the most comfy car, 3 seat bed on the way to Sofia Bulgaria. Their currency is leva (BGN). At Sofia, I was very thirsty and didn't have any leva, even though the bottled water was cold and cheap. The little stores don't take euros or cards, here we go again. A snaky train station employee saw my predicament and took it upon himself to buy me 2 waters and carried my wife's backpack to the train. This helpful creep then sat down across from me, as if waiting for something.

"Are you going to Istanbul too?" I asked.

He laughed and said, "No." So I called his bluff and sat there and stared at him.

"Just give me the money," he said.

"What money?" I asked.

"For the water. Ten euros," he demanded.

I will refrain from vulgarity but suffice to say, blank this guy and his water bottle scam. I told him he's insane if he thinks I would ever pay ten euros for two bottles of water. He would never believe how much of a cheapskate he is trying to extort money from, he chose the really wrong guy.

There were four british students, three girls and a guy in their early twenties, who saw the scam and gave the bum two euros for the two waters, and I told him to get out of here.

From Sofia, we went to Plovdiv Bulgaria, then to Kapikule Turkey by train. Americans need a visa to enter Turkey. We arrived at Kapikule at about 2am, then needed to take a bus from Kapikule to Istanbul Turkey by 630am. - because the train does not go to Istanbul. We were approached by a very hostile and aggressive police man who insisted we needed an "electronic visa." He spoke very little English and took me and a guy from the UK in the back of a police car, supposedly to get the visa. It was very shady, never having done this before, going into the back of a police car in Turkey at 2am and they would not let my wife or the UK guy's wife go with us. It could've been the start of a bad movie. I gave my wife my wallet and money before being ushered into the copcar. All I took was our passports and $60 for the visas. ($30 U.S. dollars each, or $25 euros each.) The cop car navigated through several checkpoints across the border into Turkey for about 10 minutes, and let us out at the Turkish cashier window. It turns out that the asshole cop was Bulgarian, not Turkish, and the Turkish visa guy was very friendly, took our money, smiled very happily and gave us our visas. The copcar drove us back to our bus where we left for Istanbul Turkey.

One creepy guy was staring at me on the bus, so I kept an eye on him.

We arrived to Istanbul, Thursday 7/16/15 at 6am. All the resturants were closed. I slept an hour in the bus station, and we had until 10pm to see city. We went to eat pasta, and took a nice three hour boat tour of Istanbul from 11am to 2pm after charging our camera in McDonalds. You will find that finding a place to charge your phopne or camera while travelling in Europe can be a challenge, as working outlets are not always readily available. We then walked around Istanbul, to see various sites and palaces. To my horror, I noticed that I had lost my travel pillow, it was not on my backpack as always. I went back to try and find it and got hit by a motorcycle. I pretty much jumped out of the way, but bystanders noted it could have been much worse. People drive like maniacs in instambul, be very careful. We had a nice dinner before departing for Greece.

This train ride was very crowded, we met some Americans, one of whom was forced to sit in a child seat. It was ridiculous but he was good natured about it.

We arrived in Athens Greece at 5am on 7/18/15. I shaved and brushed my teeth in the train station restroom. We started for downtown and paid $17 euros for a tour of Athens. The ticket is good for 24 hours, allowing passengers to get on and off the bus as many times as you like. They include free headsets to listen to the narration of the three hour city tour in any language. The bus driver dropped us off at a location which was not a scheduled stop, a few blocks from the beach., so we went swimming, it was great. We went to the Acropolis and all the other sites. Saturday night we found a Cathedral for confession and Mass. I met a man who volunteered at the church who told me a little about Greece. Marinos, who is 30, said he was blessed to be employed as a gardner, said half of people his age dont have jobs. "The culture is destroyed," he said. He added that the capital controls only allowed people to withdrawl $60 euros per day from the ATM, as opposed to the $1500 daily limit before Greece's so-called debt default.

That night back at the train station, I met a Greek army general who had been sitting next to me, silent, until a very large and loud group of men from India came in and sat next to him. He looked around, then to me and began to speak broken english. "Pakistan, India, Afghanistan is here. This country is gone," he said, frustrated. Despite not knowing English he was trying to convey his frustration with massive immigration. I asked how much he got paid in the army and he replied $1200 euros per month paid, he'd made it a 20 year career.

We met one roofer in his mid 40s who was travelling alone by train from his home country of Germany to Switzerland to do roofing jobs and earn a living. He rented a home in Switzerland, which he said was very expensive, with several coworkers, but said it was still worth the expense because there was no work available where he lived. He is away from his family for three weeks at a time and has been doing this routine for over a year.

We visited Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, and met the son of the local chief of police on the train.

On the way to Bosnia we had met Joseph, a 16 year old American kid who had been an exchagnge student in Denmark and then moved there. He was actually an expatriot, very mature for his age. We thought he was joking when he said he was 16. We also met Scott, a 50-year-old 9th grade world history teacher from New Jersey, who was travelling with his ten year old son Christopher. From the train station we all shared a cab to the very nice hostel which had private rooms. We visited the Latin Bridge, and other locales.

We then went to Medjugorie, arrived there on Thursday night and slept at campground for seven euros. Friday and Saturday we stayed at a nice hotel for $24 euros each night, above a small family restaurant. We visited Cross Mountain Krizevac where we met Martin, a police leiutenant from Ireland. The hill is no small feat, it is very steep and comprised of very sharp rocks. Supposedly the pope gave to the town a relic of the cross of jesus christ many years ago, and they put the relic inside of a gigantic cross on the tiop of this hill. Many pilgrims go to see this cross and climb the hill. I fell on my ass on the way down even though I was very conscious of how dangerous and slippery it was. It had begun raining. my walking stick didnt help and it went flying along with my water as I landed tailbone first on the hard rocks. I do not recommend climbing up this hill.

Then we went to Split Croatia, a very nice beach to swim there and a large port with many cruise ships.

We slept on the way to to Austria, and when we arrived found holiday festival celebrations in the town, for Saint Jakob week.

We slept on the train ride to Amsterdam, Holland. My wife saw the Anne Frank house, $9 euros to get in. I wasn't interested so I stayed outside in the rain with the bags (they don't allow large backpacks or luggage inside). We also visited the notorious "red light district," where hookers stand in windows along the street with red lights out front. They don't like their picture taken and since I had not been aware of this rule, I found out pretty quick.

We visited Brussels Belgium on 7/28 and slept on bench with others, while waiting for our connecting train. Cops woke everyone up at 140am because the station was closing, so we went outside on cold bench until 4am when station reopened. At 530AM the cops woke everyone up inside again. This particular station had free restrooms, if you searched long enough.

On 7/31 we visited Bergen Norway, an absolutely beautiful place, and unique because the train ride getting there is among the most beautiful scenery in Europe. Breathtaking majestic waterfalls and lush green forests. To the right is a photo of a very interesting duo in downtown Bergen doing an amazing stunt which no one could figure out. I took video of this also, it was amazing. I'll post the vid later. That's me to the left of them, doing my karate kid impression. :-)

We visited the beach at Ostend Belgium. nmbs.be was advertised on train. On the train ride there, I saw goats, ostridge, sheep and hens all together in one green yard; very cute. An unbelievable number of people travel by bicycle in Belgium, the parking structures for the bike riders are massive.

At this point on 8-2-15 i started getting sick again, with bronchitis. I had a terrible pain when swallowing in throat and left ear.

Arrived in Switzerland Sunday, visited town and went to Mass. I was extremely sick- coughing, hurt like heck to swallow; painful ear- runny nose. ibuprofin had been helping some, but not anymore. I was also exhausted, the injury still hurt from Medjugorie. I started to feel miserable and needed to find pharmacy and a real bed to rest. I had dark brown thick flem, congestion, and frequent urination. The bronchitis was getting the best of me.

The train in France was the first one with kick-ass air-conditioning!!! I also had a comnfortable seat bed to sleep on.

On the train to Barcelona, a young woman had a major drama meltdown because the conductor had told her she must leave the train with her dog. It was a high speed train going 291km/h. Bystanders became involved, arguing with the conductor defending the woman's right to travel with her dog. The scene was so out of control that if that had been America someone would have been tazed, arrested and homeland security called in, seriously.

At Barcelona we had spent the night on a bench after checking motels, we didn't want to waste $135 euros for less than eight hours when we were catching our next train to Madrid. The station closed and they made everyone go outside, so the throngs of backpack-traveller-people went and found their benches outside.I slept some. 3 shady guys asked another young white backpacking couple for money, but they didnt ask us. In morning i was so thirsty and we both needed restroom but there was none anywhere. Finally mcdonalds opened but they had no bathroom. One British guy was on a rampage and shouting that "it's criminal!" not to provide restroom facilities anywhere in the train station. He had a good point because the stations were open at 4am, restaurants were open, but the (pay) bathrooms didnt open until 6:30am. It's a bad spot to put people in.

On the monday morning train from Barcelona to Madrid, barely made it by seconds after screeners required a $24 euro 'reservation' for seats on the nearly-empty train. It's a scam, but Spain is the one country which seems to enforce 'required reservations' and won't even allow passengers to board the train until they pay the reservation ransom. even if you already have your ticket, you must pay an extra fee for a reservation.

I bought two sausage mcmuffin with egg combos, (with a bottle of water) for us, then we got our required spanish train rip-off reservation and ran to train on time by 605am. Spain and france are the only two countries that have security theatre and run the luggage through an x-ray machine. Parched, I got a cup of water from stewardess for each of us on the train, then bought 2 small bottles of semi-cold water, ($1.80 euros each) 1 coke, 1 fanta orange, ($2.50 each,) I ate 3 cups of ice then the train served breakfast with orange juice and another beverage, 1 small can of fanta. damn this bronchitis really makes me thirsty.

Visited Madrid, my wife went swimming at the beach, I went to the motel to sleep in a bed and took a hot shower. Madrid had lots of advertisements for homo pride festivals throughout the city.

We arrived to Fatima Portugal in the middle of the night, and there was no sign of life anywhere. This was not a creepy place like the one I described in Bulgaria, it was just empty. It was dark, very cold and I was very sick and tired. There were no stores or hotels anywhere in site. So I took shelter and slept in the train station elevator to avoid freezing to death and dying. Hours later we then found little store/restrant and room to rent, for $30 euros. I slept in nice bed and then woke, took a long hot shower, went to pharmacy before taking the bus to the fatima site. I could literally not speak, so i wrote the following on my tablet and showed it to the pharmacy girls:





They hooked me up and I felt nearly completely better by the next day. Visited the fatima site of the apparition,. approved by the church. very nice visit.

On 8/9 visited the leaning tower of Pisa, Italy. Saw several "Fuck Austerity" signs spray-painted in the city.

We ended with a trip to Poland, visited Auschwitz-Birkenau. To the left is a photo of the entrance to the camp. Since we arrived after 4pm, they did not have any more guided tours for the day so admission was free. When you arrive, they ask where you're visiting from and then they print out a paper telling you what time to come back; in our case it was 5:30pm. So that gave us time to go see Birkenau. It's a pretty big place and a free shuttle bus takes you from Auschwitz to Birkenau, and back.

Then we went to the Krakow Saint Faustina and St. John Paul II center. Krakow is a nice city, friendly people and cheap accomodations. The first night in Poland I found a nice hotel for $35 euros. Second night, hotel for $40, and after that we found a hostel with private room for $10 euros per night. We stayed there for two more nights.

We each spent less than $3000 on this trip. If I wanted to go to Europe for a month and not take the train, and stay in only one or two countries, I could easily do it for less than two thousand dollars including air fair. For example, air fair from L.A. To Madrid can be bought today (two months in advance) round trip for $750. Happy travelling!

In an upcoming article I will explain how I found success in the trucking industry, which allows me to take all this time off work. Follow @LibertyFight on Twitter to stay updated with notice of the latest articles. My trucking website is DontWakeMeUp.org.

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