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A month in Poland, Solo traveller.

Lucknow, India
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A month in Poland, Solo traveller.

Hello to travellers!

I live in Lucknow, India and I am really fed up with living in over populated place. Now I’m trying to seek my way out this predicament!

I wish to travel to Poland in September of 2014 for a good 3 weeks but I try to extend my stay there for, say 4-5 weeks. If I can afford!

“I’ve never ever travelled out of my country”

The research I did for Poland isn’t that expensive, in fact I find it equal or lesser expensive than Mumbai, India (I’ve been there twice for 2 weeks/visit) I loved Mumbai!

But I do have very tight budget for Poland. In fact I saved money for 2 years.

I probably will have $2500 (at max)

Flights (round) are costing $750-800, New Delhi to Warsaw and back. Which is expensive for me but since I’ve saved for it, I can manage.

Visa cost $82.

If anyone can suggest me any cheaper route to reach Poland, you’re most welcome.

I wish to spend $30/day for basic needs. (Accommodation, food and public transport) But at max I can $40/day!

I’m solo traveler. I love WWII history, thus I chose Poland.

Like to spend 2 days in Warsaw, when I land and last 1 day there. Then Kraków, Olsztyn, Gdansk, Poznan, Wroclaw, Tarnow, Torun.

Please suggest me how to survive in Poland for a month and enjoy.

Also tell me some WWII place to visit.

Thanks..!

Nowy Sacz, Poland
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1. Re: A month in Poland, Solo traveller.

You need to spend some time on research - TA is not a tour organiser and people are more likely to respond fully to specific questions.

To start you off - hostels are cheap, rooms in private houses, also. Basic food can be cheap - pierogi, barszcz, golabki, etc, lots of potatoes to full your tummy!. Then buses. In POland the bises are good and can be very cheap - 1zl fares inter-city if you book long in advance and travel off-peak.

Remember, though, that travel can eat up your budget if you opt for more expensive journeys and, because Poland's roads and rail are not, generally, the fastest in the world, travel can eat up your time, too. We are 82km from Krakow, but it takes us 2.5 hours to drive there, for example, because the roads are narrow and do not go "as the crow flies". 250km by public transport can easily take up to 6 hours, if a change is involved. On the other hand, just like India, we have overnight and sleeper trains....

Zabrze, Poland
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2. Re: A month in Poland, Solo traveller.

Would be hard to survive with USD30-40 per day (ca PLN 90-120) incl. travel... Check here: booking.polrail.com/index.php… whether you are entitled to buy the rail pass for 1 month. Buses: http://www.polskibus.com/en.

The itinerary? Warsaw-Kraków/Auschwitz-Wrocław-Poznań-Toruń-Gdańsk/Westerplatte/Stutthof-Olsztyn/Wolfsschanze (and the Mazury Lakes Region) and ... back to Warsaw. The SE part of Poland is beautiful and wild but not easy to get by public transport. Tarnów... well, not very special place. Consider Zamość or Bieszczady instead.

Traveling by your own you have to be flexible - maybe you meet sb who gives you a ride to an other place? English is rather common in towns and among young people...

Ask for specific issues in town/region forums.

Warsaw, Poland
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3. Re: A month in Poland, Solo traveller.

USD30-40 per day (ca PLN 90-120) - I think you can safely visit Poland inside this limit.

First - in bigger cities stay in hostels. In smaller ones or villages - try local accomodation (but in small places you may have minor trouble as not everybody speaks English)

You can safely bet that hostel owners/staff would help you to fond cheaper ways to travel between places, like local communication lines instead big bus companies etc.

you may try polskibus.com - they may have cheap tickets for some interesting trips.

http://rozklad.sitkol.pl/bin/query.exe/en? - railways timetable.

You may have a look on fly4free.pl - it is mostly PL-speaking website, but you can spot nice offers for cheap flights from Poland to various places including Delhi - I'm pretty sure that it may work other way too.

It would be good idea to (roughly) plan your itinerary and then research these places for nice and cheap stay. In many popular places you can find Bead&Breakfast under 50PLN (17USD).

Food - If you wil get well with polish food (bread, sausages, white & yellow cheese) - you can have your breakfasts and suppers really cheap. And there is a lot of places that you can eat your lunch/dinner safely and cheap, just ask local people.

Safety - most of places is really safe, and people asked for help usually not flee away. Just beware for large crowds after music concerts and sport venues, sometimes some drunk young idiots may attack you.

What to visit - I would suggest Lower Silesia, especially Klodzko city and surroundings. Avoid Zakopane as this area is a real cash-sucker one.

If you describe in some more details what kind of attractions you look for, you would surely get a lot of help here.

Warsaw, Poland
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4. Re: A month in Poland, Solo traveller.

First, thanks for picking Poland.

Second, the key to cutting costs is:

1) try to find accommodation via https://www.couchsurfing.org/ or similar websites. Judging by your post you are a likable and open minded person so you should have no trobles finding host at least in larger cities.

2) reduce your itinerary to max 5 cities (+day trips), eg. Warsaw (if you are w WW2 fan you'll neead at least 4 days), Krakow (min 4 days), Torun (min 2 days) , Gdansk (min 3 days, 5 days if day trips are included). Wroclaw, Poznan, Lodz, Lublin are also good options.

3) In each try not to eat in reastaurants to often: locate nearest cheap supermarkets (Biedronka, Lidl, etc.) and cook yourself.

4) I am sure you can buy cheaper flight then 700$. Consider traveling via Russia (eg. flight to Kaliningrad and bus to Gdansk).

You can do it. Good luck!

Warsaw, Poland
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5. Re: A month in Poland, Solo traveller.

You can do it. Good luck!

Places you (or any WW2 interested person) should visit:

North Poland:

http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwatera_Naczelnego_Dowództwa_Wojsk_Lądowych_(OKH)_w_Mamerkach

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf%27s_Lair

…wikipedia.org/wiki/Stutthof_concentration_c…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westerplatte

Central/Eastern Poland:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warsaw_Uprising_Museum

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pawiak

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gęsiówka

…wikipedia.org/wiki/Mausoleum_of_Struggle_an…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powązki_Military_Cemetery

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_Army_Museum

…wikipedia.org/wiki/Museum_of_the_History_of…

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warsaw_Jewish_Cemetery

…wikipedia.org/wiki/Majdanek_concentration_c…

+ check

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Arsenal

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Heads

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Kutschera

South:

... tu many to list...

Edited: 19 February 2014, 20:00
Lucknow, India
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6. Re: A month in Poland, Solo traveller.

Sir, travelling over short distance isn't a problem for an Indian. Cause here a train takes 10-15 hours for 310 Miles! But your help is definitely appreciated!

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7. Re: A month in Poland, Solo traveller.

Many many thanks!

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