My fiancee is always searching the web for cheap tickets for anywhere in the world, and earlier this year he found round trip tickets to Europe and back for about $800 per person- which is a really great deal since prices right now are about $1200 per person and up.
I have always been interested in travel but growing up we didn’t travel. My first time out of the US was when I traveled alone to Tanzania in 2008- and that is when the bug started. I have flown around the world several times with Google Earth and I’m not really picky about where I want to go, because I eventually want go everywhere. So when my fiancee booked the trip and surprised our family, we were more than excited!!
The trip he had booked left Redmond Oregon and flew into Frankfurt Germany and our return flight had us leaving Paris France- everything in the middle and where we went was up to us.
After looking at so many different locations in Germany we decided to make our first stop Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rothenburg_ob_der_Tauber
Before we had left on our trip we surfed websites like www.couchsurfing.com and www.airbnb.com- 2 really great sites if you like to travel, meet people and save money.
While in Rothenburg ob der Tauber we stayed with our host, Harry. I found Harry on couchsurfing.com. Harry had a spare room that we stayed and it was perfect, and being right in the middle of town you were close to everything! Bed, shower and good company… what more do you need? The price for staying with Harry for 2 night? We took him to dinner at the cutest beer garden along the Tauber river.
We were of course on our own for breakfast which was fine because there were several bakeries and coffee shops to go to. Lunch was easy and cheap too and there were several places to chose from. Best place for kraut and sausage!
On our third day in Germany we headed for Stuttgart/Tubingen Germany where we stayed in a “family” room with 3 beds at Hostel Alex30. I don’t remember how much we paid there but with 3 beds, showers and breakfast served, and parking it was a scamming deal.
We made our way to the Rhine staying at a cute little hotel- Hotel Keutmann for 1 night which allowed us some relaxation a wonderful dinner and laundry. The owners of the hotel spoke VERY little english, but they were wonderful hosts. Our room was a 2 bedroom connected by a main living room and bathroom. Our stay included a traditional breakfast of rolls, meat, soft boiled eggs and cheese. The next morning we made our way to the little country village of Bonnelles France where we stayed for the rest of our trip, taking the train into Paris each day.
We found our next host on airbnb.com. Again- such a wonderful host! She let us stay at her home while she stayed at her boyfriends home. Such a great deal as we were only planning on renting the spare room she had. We purchased a pastries in town from breakfast and then drove to the train station. Each night before we left Paris we bought baguettes, meats, fruit, cheeses, and a bottle of wine, and soda for the under 21 son.
This trip was amazing! And total cost for everything all in- the airfare, food, places to stay and our car rental was close to $4,000! I think for where we went and what we did that is pretty good.
We are keeping our eyes open for our next awesome airfare deal to see where our next adventure will be.