Hey guys. In 2012 I will be going overseas for the first time. I have found a way to eat cheaply (picnicking - thanks Rick!), sleep for free (globalfreeloaders.com <3) ... and I know I can't really budget anything right now due to inflation but I'd love to have some idea of what I'm working with. So what I need to figure out is if I should buy a rail pass (I'm spending most of my time in the U.K.) or fly on the cheap... I have gone to ryanair and easyjet to see what places I could get to from a certain place and a lot of the places I need are not available. But I don't want to spend a lot of time on trains... and I don't know if being in France, Swiz, and Germany for less than 2 weeks is even worth getting a railpass. Basically, I'm looking for the cheapest way to travel. Would hitching be worth it? I am a woman and I will be traveling alone but I know a lot of precautions can be taken.
Anyway, here's my basic itinerary... if a seasoned travel expert could figure this whole thing out for me I'd be so grateful. :-)
Ireland: Dublin/Dingle Peninsula -- 14 days ///////
Scotland: Edinburgh/Inverness (Loch Ness)/Loch Lomond-Trossachs National Park/Isle of Skye - 14 days ///////
England: Newcastle (3) /Liverpool (7) / Wales (7) / London (5) /Salisbury Plain (1) /Isles of Scilly (2) /Bath (2) - 20 days ///////
Hamburg - 3 days ///////
Switzerland - 4 days //////
France: Lyon - 3 days