That budget is not including airfare and I will be staying in hostels and eating cheap. I have never traveled anywhere before and I'm also going alone. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
3500 is a pretty hefty amount and you should be able to get by without any problems.
I left NZ in August 2011 and had a little less than10,000 NZD to my name- Been living in Germany since about September and still getting by.. However this could be due to the fact I have worked and volunteered as much as possible (generally in exchange for accommodation and food)
Germany isn't expensive when you compare it with it's neighbors (Switzerland, Austria the Scandinavian countries, Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg) but I think if you were to compare it to France, Poland, Check Republic and those that lie further East and to the south- Food won't set you back so much, Transport can be expensive if your relying on trains but there are a few ride share websites out there (I.E mitfahrgelegenheit.de and www.mitfahrzentrale.de/) and companys that offer bus rides from most of the major cities (I had a pretty negative experience with meinfernbus but I think they are generally pretty good)
Maybe you'd consider volunteering along the way? - it's a great way to get an inside look into the country, meet locals and build bridges. You can even shake the feeling that your just a tourist! I highly recommend http://www.helpx.net/, wwoof.de and my friend suggested http://www.workaway.info/ but I've not yet tried it.
You might also like to try couchsurfing.org- this will cut you cost down yet again and can be a great experience.
Anyway, have a great trip! I'm sure you'll enjoy yourself.
Just send me a message if you have any more questions!
Best, about 5 years ago
What Alexei is saying is right. If does not include your air expenses then you can easily manage it. You should experience Mitfahren. It comes cheap and fits in your pocket. It's an experience of a lifetime. Places you must visit in Germany : Berlin (http://wikitravel.org/en/Berlin), Regensburg (http://www.joguru.com/regensburg-germany/) & Bavaria (www.bavaria.com/). Take a boat tour. Enjoy local food & visit brewery. about 5 years ago
Yeah give it a go, you won't regret it- I'm sure :).
I think that's the best way to go about things, I make the mistake of trying to plan out the months to come all to often- just set myself up for disappointment really ^-^.
If you have any more questions just hit me up, furthermore, if you're in Rheinland pfalz you might want to visit us here in Odernheim. Here's the website of my FOEJ placement http://bannmuehle.de/
Best regards and happy trails! about 5 years ago