When I graduate high school, I would like to travel Europe with my friends. I want to go to Finland, Ireland, France & England. I want to stay in moderately priced hotels. So, if someone could give a rough estimate as to how much money this would cost and also, what would be a good way of transportation, dining and shelter? Thank you!

Cost all depends on the level of comfort you require and how many fee charging sights you wish to see (there’s plenty to see for free). I’ve seen estimates for budget travel on Y!A from $80 to $150 a day (plus transport).

You may find this travel research tools page useful http://inblighty.com/dashboard/travel-tools.php I created it to help plan my and other peoples trips, it will enable you to estimate costs for flights, hotels and hostels, it also provides advice by country, weather, currency convertor, wifi hotspot finder etc.

I would recommend you stay in Hostels. This will allow you to spend more on sightseeing, and travel. Hostels are normally sociable places, you will meet people of all nationalities and be able to share experiences and advice.

Europe has lots of Budget Airlines with flights sometimes costing a few dollars, so even with baggage charges flights within Europe can be very cheap if you book early.

Travel light – you don’t want to be lugging lots of weight around. Budget airlines e.g. Ryan Air charge for hold baggage but they charge less if its < 15kg. http://www.ryanair.com/en/terms-and-conditions#regulations-tableoffees

If you are thinking of Finland you should also consider Estonia, you can get a ferry from Helsinki to Tallin – one of the most beautiful capital cities, and cheaper than Finland.