two of my friends & i are planning to backpack in europe from 12/26 - 1/16. we plan on visiting london, amsterdam, prague, budapest, edinburgh, & dublin. we are all female & this will be a first time backpacking experience for us. i realize that winter is not the most ideal time for backpacking, but hey, i think it could be an adventure, as cities will downplay their touristy displays & we'll be able to see more 'real' european life (i think).
so, because this is my first backpacking trip (& first international trip, even), i would appreciate any comments or pieces of advice you have. what to pack, best airlines / way to travel, how much to expect to spend daily, shoes, food, comments on any of the cities mentioned above, etc etc. anything you can think of is appreciated! thanks!