I'm planning a 14-night trip to France (and a few surrounding cities) in mid-summer and would like any advice you've got on how to travel on a budget. My plan is to spend the first 3 nights in Paris, then 1 in Luxembourg City, 3 in Strasbourg, 3 in Colmar, 1 each in Basel and Dijon, and then back to Paris for the final 2 nights. I know it seems like a lot of time wasted on travel, but I'm alone and packing only a light backpack so lugging around bags isn't an issue. Also nothing is set in stone.
Common sense tells me hostels would be the best route to go if I want to save money, but I'm hesitant to book ahead because I might not follow my schedule exactly as planned. I know mid-summer is a very busy travel season, but is it possible to find hostel beds on a whim or should I not even try? Any other budget options other than vagrancy? I jest...
I suppose I should ask the same of train tickets...always reserve ahead or what? Any tips for cheaper fares?
I'm only planning on taking about 3000 euros, but as I've never been to Europe I'm not totally sure how far that will get me. I don't need to do any clubbing, expensive restaurants, or shopping...but I do plan on visiting museums and whatnot. An impossible task or more doable than I expect?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!