I'm planning a trip to Europe for an extended period of time I was wondering who has done this and what did you do?
either use the train or go to www.ryanair.com I live in Spain, and that was the cheapest way to fly... The train is fun because you see a lot more of the continent... It depends on your budget...
Search for air taxi companies in Europe. I've seen fares as low was 10 euros if you book a considerable amount of time in advance.
Train is a good idea and is also one of the cheapest possibilities, but you should try hitchhiking too. Once in a certain country, you should ask for homepages, that collect people's data who go by car from one city to the other (sometimes from one country to the other). They also give the departure time, so you just have to jump at a good offer.Most of the time they take you for free.
And...when tired of churches, museums, the rush, crowd and noise of the big cities and wish to see the countryside, you should definitely try the carriage. It is so much fun!
Have a great trip!
East European countries are really cheap and you can travel around them for very cheap. It's more expensive to travel around West European countries. You may spend the same amount of money per day in some West European countries as you do per week in some East European countries.
It's cheap to travel by bus in Europe. Trains are sometimes a cheap option too and if you need to travel rather far, make sure to check out low cost airlines. If you are under 26 years old make sure to mention that whenever you buy tickets, because a lot of transport companies give a youth discount.
Try to stay in hostels rather than hotels, since they are much cheaper. Get yourself a Hostelling International member card and you'll get a discount in a lot of hostels. If you can get yourself an ISIC card you'll get a discount in a lot of places too.
I've travelled around almost entire East Europe and I've been to several West European countries as well and I've managed to keep the costs of travelling very low.