Rundown

===== Trip Review =====

Frankfurt 🇩🇪
Amsterdam 🇳🇱
Brussels 🇧🇪
Brugge 🇧🇪
Bratislava 🇸🇰
Vienna 🇦🇹
Budapest 🇭🇺
Prague 🇨🇿
Kutna Hora 🇨🇿
Berlin 🇩🇪
Dortmund 🇩🇪

===== By the numbers =====

7 countries
11 cities
7 flights
* 13034 miles/20855 km
* 31 h, 19m flight time with 13h, 43m layover time
11 trains
* 1500 miles/2400 km
* 29h, 30m train time
35 beers (between 25 cL and 50 cL)

Miles calculated using a combination of TripIt (flights), google maps timeline (trains), and Czech transport page bc maps didn’t track one trip.

===== Steps/Distance walked  =====

^(as measured by Garmin Forerunner 235)

Day Date Steps Miles
Sun 07/31/16 4754 2.16
Mon 08/01/16 19738 9.1
Tues 08/02/16 24208 11.16
Wed 08/03/16 22063 10.17
Thurs 08/04/16 24381 11.24
Fri 08/05/16 20706 9.56
Sat 08/06/16 33729 15.54
Sun 08/07/16 23683 10.94
Mon 08/08/16 26636 12.27
Tues 08/09/16 20756 9.56
Wed 08/10/16 27367 12.62
Thurs 08/11/16 23758 11.04
Fri 08/12/16 23996 11.07
Sat 08/13/16 15597 7.22
Sun 08/14/16 27929 13.4
Mon 08/15/16 18651 8.63
Tues 08/16/16 10543 4.86
Total 368495 170.54
Average 21676.18 10.03

As I’ve mentioned somewhere before, I averaged 20k+ steps and 10+ miles on this trip. What do I have to show for it? Net weight loss of zero. All that beer and food. Ahaha. Was hoping that I’d maybe lose some weight. Didn’t happen.

===== Travel =====

Cost Trip
$88.10 ✈️ LGB-PDX (JetBlue)
$249.99 ✈️ PDX-FRA-AMS (Condor Airlines/Lufthansa)
31 € 🚄 Amsterdam-Brussels (Thalys)
28.60 € 🚄 Brussels-Brugge RT (Belgian rail)
$58.79 ✈️ BRU-BTS (Ryanair)
14 € 🚄 Bratislava-Vienna RT (Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko)
17.10 € 🚄 Bratislava-Budapest (Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko)
29 € 🚄 Budapest-Prague Ticket (MÁV-START)
14 € 🚄 Budapest-Prague Couchette Reservation (České dráhy)
37 € 🚄 Prague-Berlin (České dráhy)
29 € 🚄 Berlin-Dortmund (Deutsche Bahn)
59 € 🚄 Dortmund-Brussels (Deutsche Bahn)
52.36 + 30k (27k) AA Miles ✈️ BRU-PHL-LAS-LAX (American Airlines)

BRU-LAX was pricing at about $800 one way early July when I booked. Comes out to 2.96 cpp, or almost 2x the value of current blogger valuation of 1.5 cpp for American Airline miles. Nice.

===== Lodging (all prices in € unless otherwise specified) =====

Lodging

Itinerary (TripIt.com)

===== The spending =====

^Links to read read-only google doc of my itemized spending for this trip.

Spending

I was aiming for $1500, and as you can see, the final numbers come out to be a little bit over. Rather, right about $2000. The cost of running around Europe was $350, which I guess I failed to take into account how much that’d be.

I’m still upset about how expensive the hostel was in Amsterdam, considering how out of the way it was and that it was a shared 8 person room. Again, I think I mentioned I spent a bit more for the hotel in Prague, but even then that’s not blowing the budget too much.

Comparing lodging numbers from this trip to my Ireland trip ($25/nt), hostel numbers excluding Amsterdam, Prague hotel, and Dortmund AirBnB are quite favorable (still at $25/nt)

Comparing food amounts between the two trips, this one came out ahead splendidly. I spent 26% more here for a trip of twice the length. God that was some good cheap eats out in Budapest and Prague. And just in general, eating in Euros is expensive. I spent about $80 for my two days in Budapest, and just over $100 for 2 days in Prague, this including various sit-down restaurant meals. I spent nearly $200 in Amsterdam, and never had a sit-down meal.

If I could change any parts of this trip, it’d probably be axing Amsterdam entirely. As my posts mentioned, I didn’t have the greatest of times there (for whatever reason), and it was just pretty damn expensive for a relatively miserable time there.

===== Packing =====

EUR packing

Everything packed fit into my new Tortuga travel backpack, specifically designed to maximize carrying capacity while adhering to most airline carry-on dimensions. It’s slightly larger than what Ryanair will allow, but I had no problems there.

Tortuga measures at 22 x 14 x 9″ (56 x 36 x 23 cm)
Ryanair carry-on limit: 55 x 40 x 20 cm
Condor Airlines: 55 x 40 x 20 cm (and 6 kg/13 lb)
Lufthansa: 55 x 40 x 23 cm
AA/JetBlue carry-on limit: 22 x 14 x 9″ (same as United & Delta)
Southwest/Virgin America: 24 x 16 x 10″

Italicized airlines are ones traveled with on this trip. Others are mentioned just for reference, and are up-to-date as of Aug 2016.

The most valuable items on this trip include:

  • Camelbak 3L Water Bladder, as I could have water accessible while walking
  • Eagle Creek Day Pack: packable, yet able to hold everything for a day out

Least Valuable items on this trip:

  • Selfie stick. Lesson not learned from Ireland lol. Also wasn’t used then.
  • Leather gloves: Needed in Ireland, not needed here. Oh well.

Dishonorable Mentions:

  • Brand new RAVPower battery pack, whose USB C port stopped working on day 2. Had to run around Amsterdam looking for a USB A-C cable, and cost me 20 €. I have so many of these USB A-C cables at home D=
  • PHL-LAS-LAX. Somewhere along baggage carry, they lost my TSA lock.

===== Maps =====

Quick Google Map of me running around Europe:

Screenshot_20160819-170524

===== Livetweet history =====

And a link to all my tweets I remembered to hashtag while on #DL2EUR16.

===== Navigation =====

Blog entries: #DL2EUR16 | Belgium | Seats of Royalty | Twin Cities | Czech Republic | “Deutschland! | Joys of Flying | Rundown

Photo galleries: Travel & Frankfurt | Amsterdam | Brussels & Brugge | Bratislava & Vieena | Budapest | Prague & Kutna Hora | Berlin & Dortmund | Brussels & Travel Home

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