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  • i'm planning a trip to europe next summer and have limited funds. planning on taking eurail. looking for ideas and suggestions.
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  • A former member
    A former member

    Well darn, I was finally going to meet you all. Next time!!!

    May 19, 2013

  • Susan C.

    Can't attend next meeting tomorrow. Hope to be able attend next mtg. I like budget & travel & info. travel w/ this group.

    May 19, 2013

  • Chung

    Looking forward to the meeting.

    May 18, 2013

  • Sherri

    Great topic!

    May 16, 2013

  • Diane K.

    I decided I can't do this meet up sorry.

    May 15, 2013

  • Sharon

    I can't attend next Monday but want to be a part of this group

    May 15, 2013

  • Mike j.

    Happy to extend a pair of free SOS World Passes for the trip. Send me a message or an email and I'll hook you guys up - [masked]

    May 15, 2013

    • Tamara

      Hi Kyle, I would love one. Thanks. See you at the meeting.

      May 15, 2013

  • Virginia B.

    Mark and Virginia are looking forward to the meeting. See you there!

    May 15, 2013

  • A former member

    A former member changed the location for this Meetup

    May 13, 2013

  • A former member

    A former member changed the date and time to Monday, May 20, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The less you pay the longer you can stay! yea!

    April 23, 2013

  • Julie J

    Sorry, I won't be able to attend.

    April 23, 2013

  • Rhea

    TO ALL MEMBERS:

    You're invited to come to an informal gathering of the Budget Treasures Travel Club on Tuesday, April 23rd, at 6:00 pm at Yak & Yeti (8665 Sheridan Blvd. in Westminster) to meet each other, exchange resources, and enjoy dinner. Please let us know if you'll be able to make it so that we can give the restaurant a head count.

    Thanks to Tina for initiating and coordinating this (and Rhea assisted)!

    April 18, 2013

    • susan

      That is "schdedul"

      April 21, 2013

    • cld2ndhalf

      I plan to be there.

      April 22, 2013

  • Dru W.

    Hola Rhea, I'd likely come to your meeting at Yak / Yeti -- yet many on this RSVP list have already commented that they would find it too far to attend. Could I suggest that you post it as a "suggested" meetup with time and place and I'll RSVP to help get it over the (usually) required 3 RSVPs to have it announced to the group at large and we can get a better idea of who will actually show up. Those preferring meetings to the south could do the same.

    April 18, 2013

  • Dru W.

    So Sara, how will we know it's really you at Rock Bottom and not some impostor?

    March 12, 2013

    • Sara

      I'll also leave my name at the front so you can ask for Sara.

      March 12, 2013

    • Diane K.

      Diane Kremer I am new and I would love to come see what you group is all about.

      April 8, 2013

  • Ivan G.

    without a doubt the Lonely Planet Thorntree is one of the best sources for itinerary ideas. up to date information on prices, things to do and logistics on the web. You can actually get answers to your questions moments after posting them. I have planned all my trips using it and credit it as one of the reasons my trips have been so fantastic.

    April 4, 2013

  • Ivan G.

    If I were on a tight budget and had time to do Europe Id suggest the following for an incredible trip.
    1.Stay at hostels whenever possible. Much better than the ones here in the USA and a great way to meet travel partners.
    2. Consider doing treks as much as possible. some id reccomend are the Camino de Santiago.
    http://www.facebook.com/CaminoDeSantiagoForum Its a great way to see the countryside, meet locals, explore the countryside, town and villages. Tour de Mt Blanc
    http://www.walkingthetmb.com/thetourdumontblanc.html
    There are many others from GB to Poland where you can stay overnight in huts or hostels in many places.
    3.Since you have a train pass try to spend overnights whenever possible on the train. youll wake up bright and early at your next destination and be able to save dollars for the things you really want to do. i spent years doing this
    4. Research your trip using the Lonely Planet Thorn Tree forum. The latest up to date info you can find is on it.

    April 4, 2013

  • Sara

    Ok, Donna's right - let's make some a decision and hopefully this will be the first of many ad hoc discussions (so Roger can plan one in downtown Denver) about Europe (and other great places) on a budget. I will be at Rock Bottom Brewery in Westminster (the one at 10633 Westminster Blvd.) at 6:30 pm this Tuesday night (March 12). I am not reserving a room as there are food/drink purchase minimums, but if you will be there, respond to this note and I will get a table(s) for enough people. I'm thinking these ad hoc meetings should be small at first, maybe 10-15 so we can really discuss and learn from each other. I want to again stress, this is not a presentation, like some of the others. From reading the comments, there is a ton of travel knowledge contained right here and I hope we can do these on a regular basis.

    1 · March 9, 2013

    • Donna

      Sara - Looks like I won't be able to get to your meeting tonight. Any way I can send you my email without sending it to 798 others?

      March 12, 2013

    • Roger

      Click on her profile, then click Send email.

      March 12, 2013

  • Karen S.

    Further south, ie. more central, would be good for me, as I live in Evergreen .

    March 11, 2013

  • Lorie

    How about a venue a little further south?

    March 11, 2013

    • Sara

      Set one up! That's what I finally did. There is tons of interest for one further south. Just needs someone with initiative.

      March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I need to go to Germany to visit a friend for a few days this summer. I would love to tag onto the other trips some of you are talking about. Is there anyone else who is too old and cranky to want o sleep in hostels. I'm pretty good at getting good hotel rates.

    March 8, 2013

    • cld2ndhalf

      Have you tried AirBNB? I booked a few places in Europe last spring and was delighted to get a room to myself, some wonderful hosts, a clean place where people actually live, and at hostel prices. Even hostels aren't that cheap anymore!

      March 11, 2013

  • Donna

    Sara - I plan to be there. Donna

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • Sara

    Have traveled extensively through Europe and Turkey over the past 6 years, and always do it on a budget without staying in a single hostel - it just takes some research. I would love to get together with other like-minded travelers to offer suggestions and swap tips and stories, depending on the day and time!

    March 6, 2013

    • Sue

      I had to look up the location It's quite a trip for after work. I am in the southern part of Lakewood and would meet another time if you could hold another meeting a bit closer.

      March 8, 2013

    • Donna

      yes -Donna

      March 8, 2013

  • Donna

    Sara - You seem to be leading the charge on this, so think you should pick a place and those that can attend and are interested will do so.
    I live in Stapleton, so could make most locations. There is a new library here that also had meeting rooms. Donna

    March 8, 2013

  • Gail A.

    Depends on when & where - can't do in Feb...

    March 8, 2013

  • Gail A.

    I like the suggestion of a Westminster get together (we live in Boulder) - if one is scheduled there, two of us will definitely attend:)

    March 8, 2013

  • Donna

    Is this group - Budget Travel - actually meeting tomorrow at UHills library? I can't tell if it is a group that is back in action or is it just a discussion.

    March 6, 2013

  • Sue

    Love to be there depending on time and date

    March 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm hoping to visit my son in krakow Poland in June. I've been to the uk when another son was stationed there and loved the Yorkshire area. However this trip will be a new experience for me. Hoping to use mileage points ( never did that), plane change in another country, etc, etc. I probably sound pathetic to experienced travelers but would appreciate suggestions on traveling alone, sites in Poland etc.

    February 4, 2013

  • Israel

    I'm going to Spain and France from February 14 to March 10. Is anybody else going to be there at that time?

    February 3, 2013

    • Roger

      I'm thinking of going to Spain and possibly the Pyrenees and French countryside this fall since I've only been to Paris. Let us know what areas you liked.

      February 3, 2013

    • Eric L.

      Southern France, Carcassone. I'm sorry we did not go to Barcelona. The medeterrian coast was wonderful. Provence and that area. We drove from Madrid to Lisbon and it looked very much like Arizona to me. I cas see why conquering S America was such a lure.

      February 4, 2013

  • David P.

    I have long wanted to take an economical-priced trip to parts of Europe with some compatible friends. Have been to London, & places in N.A, but none in the Europeon continent. Am very open to means of transportation, dates & types of lodging. Not really into 4* dining & hotels.

    1 · February 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lived in London for several years, and regularly visited 'the continent'-military, and later, State dept. work. Many of the significant cultural difference have disappeared over the years, especially in the west. I suggest, before you sink a lot of money in Europe, that you visit Napa/Sonoma, the old fishing towns outside of Seattle, down Maine, New York, Charleston. I'm a Denver native, and yet I am always finding new, interesting places here. I know it's not as exotic, but Golden has some fantastic restaraunts down along Clear Creek. Boulder does Russian drama better than any theater in most of Russia. A week in Aspen in June gets you mountains as good as the Alps, world class young musicians performing for free.

    February 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I suspect the cheapest way to see Europe now would be with an ad-hoc group, formed from something like this group, and sharing costs. Cheap airfare is tough to get, very efficient market now with kayak, etc. As another member noted, it can be as cheap to fly as to take the train. BUT, checked and to rent a midsized compact car in the UK is approx $1,000 per month. Divide that by 4 and moving around the U.K. is much easier and cheaper than BritRail. Also, the best bits of the U.K. are the small towns outside of the London. Scotland is best in the highlands, and along the Hebridian coast. Takes a car to get to that. Also, London rents have always been ridiculous, and are even worse now. But, a BnB or hostel outside London might be more reasonable. Commute in on the tube (ever a unique cultural experience) to the core. I suspect this general principal applies to Berlin, Paris, Rome, Florence, etc.

      February 1, 2013

    • Roger

      On my trip to the UK, I toured Scotland with MacBackpackers.com, a company that runs 20 passenger shuttles across the Highlands (and/or Ireland) and the group spends the nights in budget hostels. Tours run from a week to 21 days or so. There's a competing company that costs slightly more and stays in a bit more upscale hostels. There is no rail or bus service in the Highlands so that was the best option for a solo traveler. There are also some great indie concerts in the UK, unfortunately none during my visit.

      February 1, 2013

  • Jill

    I have gone to Europe with my daughter. It was a blast! If you would like to know more contact me. Jill

    January 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been a cheap-travel bum since 197n. Perhaps I will meet other interesting cheap-travel bums. But, Europe on $5 a Day was over decades ago.

    January 24, 2013

  • Julie

    Depends on where & when but I would like to attend if I can.

    January 23, 2013

  • Gail A.

    Depends on when & where - can't do in Feb...

    January 23, 2013

  • Roger

    Depends on when & where...

    January 23, 2013

  • Roger

    I've been to Europe several times - typically for about 3 weeks at a time, and visited nearly all but Norway, Finland, Portugal, and Spain (the latter 2 I hope to visit this fall). Unlimited 3-week Eurail pass is flexible and convenient for Western Europe. Cheaper options are the 15 days in a month (and variations) on the unlimited Eurail passes. Buses are more convenient and cheaper in Great Britain and faster in Eastern Europe and tickets can be purchased a day or hours in advance (Megabus and another company have cheap deals in GB). Eurocheapo.com has last minute deals on hotels.

    January 23, 2013

  • Anya

    can we do it mid april-mid august, I am a student

    January 23, 2013

  • Dru W.

    Great Idea!

    January 22, 2013

  • Eric L.

    My wife and I try to do a two week road trip in Europe yearly. We have been to the UK, Greece, Spain, Portugal, France and Italy. We book early and stay flexible. We like the freedom of haveing a car for transportation and find it reasonable. We are not follow a path tourists, rather we follow oppertunities. We have must see destinations but are often lured in directions we did not expect and it has been wonderful for us.

    December 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I went to Ireland, Amsterdam, and Prague last August on a very limited budget - had a blast! I actually found flights within Europe to be less expensive than any of the Eurail passes or point-to-point plane tickets. EasyJet, AerLingus, and other regional airlines have really brought the prices down on flights.

    May 12, 2012

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