After months of planning, my boyfriend and I managed to pull off an amazing budget vacation to London, Budapest, Prague, Vienna and Berlin. Our main goal was to visit for his sister's graduation in Vienna - but Vienna is quite expensive to fly into! WOW Air had a one-way London red-eye flight on sale for $150/person ($189 with a travel backpack). Since we would be traveling to Eastern Europe, flying home from London wasn't an option. For flights to Chicago, Berlin is a fairly inexpensive hub and we found another Wow Air flight for $289 (with travel backpack) back home. Including the $80 Ryan Air flight from London > Budapest and the bus/train tickets between the remaining cities - our total travel still came in under $600/person! We booked private hostel rooms averaging about $70/night, so for two weeks we were able to spend about $500/person. Can't wait to start planning our next budget getaway.
I brought $700 in spending cash, so total spend is ~ $1,800.