A backpacking trip around Europe is something many people dream of, and can turn out to be one of the most fulfilling experiences of your life. A continent with such a variety of cultures, languages, food and places to see is bound to be the adventure of a lifetime. So before you pack your bag and hop on that plane, check out these tips for a hassle-free backpacking trip around Europe:
Sketch out a Plan
While it’s not necessary to plan out every exact step of your trip (you want to leave room for spontaneity, after all!), it will save you time and stress to have some idea of where you want to go. Make a “must-see” list of destinations you definitely want to hit, and see what else lies along the way. Hit Google Maps to sketch out a reasonable travel plan.
This is a big one for most backpackers. Traveling around Europe can really be as expensive or economical as you want it to be- as long as you plan well. Decide how much money you want to spend in each place, or over the trip as a whole. Keep in mind that the major cities like Paris or Madrid will be much more expensive than smaller towns, so you might want to keep that in mind when making your travel plan.
Hostels are generally a great place to stay as a backpacker, because you’ll meet plenty of other people traveling similarly. You can stay in a dorm to save money, or if you want more privacy go for the private room; it’s still generally cheaper than a hotel. Or go on airbnb.com to rent a room or apartment from a local for a homier feel than a hostel or hotel. Couchsurfing is another great resource for budget accommodation. You connect with locals who have a free couch or bed, swap travel stories and often make a friend through it.
Throughout Europe, the rail and bus systems are quite good so you’ll be able to get around wherever you need. Buses tend to be cheaper than trains, and both should be booked online beforehand to ensure you get a seat. You can also find cheap flights around Europe on some of the budget airlines. Check out GoEuro to cover all of the modes of transportation in one search. They’ll recommend to you the best way to travel by price, and save you the time of searching for rail, bus and plane individually. It’s a great travel tool to save you time so you can get going with your travels!