Solo Eurotrip Planning!

Solo Eurotrip Planning!

Beginning

It all started one night, I was thinking of watching Roland Garros, which was my lifetime dream. I am a tennis aficionado and I am a die hard fan of King of Clay 9 time French Open champion The RAFAEL NADAL. I asked my friend Abhishek a travel blogger and owner of onacheaptrip, that how much courage one should need to go to Paris alone? He was flabbergasted, “PARIS” what man? From where it’s coming? I replied that I want to see my ideal Rafa at the red soil in Paris, in my mind from 5-6 years. He then understood my emotions, and responded that “Man going solo is a real adventure and from my previous experience I can assure you that you can explore more at your own pace and freedom gives you an immense feeling”. And at that instant I decided to go Paris solo, I was getting goosebumps by just only thinking of it. And the very next day without even thinking much, I opened goibibo.com and searched flights from Mumbai to Paris. And instantly I booked flight tickets worth 41000 INR return. Then I searched for Roland Garros 2017 tickets on viagogo.com, it cost me a whopping 80000 INR as I booked tickets for prestigious Quarter, Semi and Finals (Men) tickets for a grand slam. After that I booked tickets for 9 days stay at Generator hostels Paris that was around 2000 INR per night.

Visa Process

You can get all the information about visa from vfs.global. Fortunately, Pune has an office for applying visa for France. You can manage all the formalities yourself. For getting a full list of documents required for visa visit Schengen visa docs.

Itinerary

After all this, I told some of the friends that I am going to Paris for 9-10 days. They asked me, man, where all you are going in Europe and I said just Paris because my french open matches were there, then they suggested me to roam around other places between the matches. Then the actual planning began and I started to explore many places on the map in Europe. And after rigorous searching for more than a week I came up with an itinerary which included 6 cities in 5 countries in Europe. Ajay Pal, Vibhor Jajoo(a great photographer), Jayati Singhal( friend of a friend) helped me make this itinerary. It included Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Zurich, Lucerne, Engelberg, Rome and Bordeaux. In Brussels and Bordeaux, I had friends to stay with. I wanted to go solo and didn’t want to concern any tour travel booking.

Currency 

For getting foreign currency I approached nearest hdfc Bank branch. From there one can get euros at the day rate without any commission involved. I got @75 inr per euro. Don’t go for foreign exchanges at airports that will cost you huge. I took 400 euros from the bank (Although after 4-5 days I spent all of it). So you can think of spending 70 Euros per day if you are spending moderately. One more thing, take sufficient funds in cash if you can because single transaction from an ATM machine will cost you around 150 inr. And lastly, carry one international forex card if you can manage(as I carried credit card which cost me per transaction charge), to pay your major bills at restaurants and tickets.

Travel Bookings 

Hostels

After getting my visa I canceled my hostel bookings at Paris and re-booked my hostels. 
Hostels are the cheapest option for bachelors to stay in Europe, they are kind of shared dormitories. They cost 15-30 euros per night. You can search for various hostels on hostelworld. You can also opt for home stays from Airbnb, which are also relatively cheaper than hotels.

FlixBus

I got to know from GoEuro app and website that buses are the cheapest option to travel one city to another in Europe. It will cost you around 15-30 euros depending on the distance of travel. GoEuro app gives you the cheapest way to travel between buses/trains/flights. In buses, Flixbus is most popular option among travelers.  Following images will give you a feel of what all planning was done for setting up the itinerary.

My itinerary

Western europe itinerary
Itinerary part 1

solo eurotrip itinerary
Itinerary part 2

13 Comments

  • Kshitij Agarwal

    July 3, 2017 at 1:16 pm Reply

    Amazing man ! please write about food, alcohol, pubs, nightlife, chicks, etc as well. Also let us know about the logistics like internet, cab service, and other experiences

  • Sugandh Mishra

    July 3, 2017 at 1:32 pm Reply

    This is just the beginning, like how to prepare yourself if you are going outside first. Will update, write and give more info in next blogs. Bdw thanks for reading!!

  • Roshan Ara

    July 5, 2017 at 7:49 am Reply

    A very well depiction of ur plans n purpose of visiting Europe. The best thing is that u have mentioned the minutest details which one tends to ignore despite being very significant.
    I really enjoyed it 🙂

    – Roshan Ara

  • Sugandh Mishra

    July 5, 2017 at 8:15 am Reply

    Thank you Mam! Your review means a lot for me and will motivate me further!

  • Ravi

    July 5, 2017 at 5:05 pm Reply

    Bahut shandaar…1 no..bhai

  • Sugandh Mishra

    July 5, 2017 at 7:39 pm Reply

    Thank u Bhai

  • S. Ѕachin Sunder

    July 10, 2017 at 5:39 am Reply

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  • S. Ѕachin Sunder

    July 10, 2017 at 5:39 am Reply

    Good one! It would really help people if you can give a summary of visa process + list of documents required.

    Keep up the good work and hope you add more to your travel diaries!!

  • Sugandh Mishra

    July 10, 2017 at 5:53 am Reply

    Thanks Sachin! I will give link to visa site and process summary. And I have added 2 more posts in my travel diary. Go through them whenever you get time!

  • abhishek soni

    July 11, 2017 at 9:00 am Reply

    First of all kudos to you brother on your successful Euro Trip. I as a solo traveler can tell that, it really needs a hell lot of courage to travel solo. And even more if your traveling outside of your home country. It's really gratifying to know you have overcome all the obstacles and completed a life long remember trip.And now you are penning down your journey experiences to help others to travel solo.That is so kind of you!!!
    And thanks for mentioning me on a very start of your blog.
    Eagerly waiting for the next blog.Keep them coming….

  • Sugandh Mishra

    July 11, 2017 at 9:52 am Reply

    Thank you very much Abhishek. Without your motivation and suggestions I couldn't have done this trip. Your bagpacking tricks helped a lot in my sojourn. Your comments mean a lot to me and my viewers. I get so much impulse with your comments.

  • Shubhra

    July 17, 2017 at 3:13 am Reply

    No doubt, Sugandh u have written pretty well. The Euro trip seems to open a new chapter. Good luck

    • sugandh

      July 17, 2017 at 6:48 am Reply

      Thank you Shubhra for your wishes 🙂

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