Europe is possibly one continent that everybody dreams of traveling to, and backpacking your way through it is one amazing way to do so. Europe has everything for all kinds of travelers, from quaint towns with cobblestone streets to sprawling cities with timeless architecture, vibrant promenades, and boulevards, and all the way to stunning beaches, gorgeous mountains, and lush greenery.
So it’s quite expected that a backpacker would get a tad too overwhelmed when trying to plan out a Europe trip; thinking of budgets, which places to visit, activities and accommodation is exciting but still needs a ton of organization. Which is why we’ve created this mini-guide to help you through your backpacking trip all over Europe.
Plan Your Backpacking Gear
First things first, as a backpacker, you need the proper gear that will take you through all kinds of destinations, weather, and even mishaps. You need to get a sturdy backpack that is also made out of high-resistant fabrics and has a secure fastening gear as well as adjustable straps and compartments and organizers. Read through the outdoor equipment reviews online to see the types of backpacks you need as well as any other essential outdoor gear that will ensure your comfort. Being comfortable is key when backpacking around Europe; you need a backpack that won’t affect your posture negatively.
Decide on a Route
Europe is vast and can take months to travel through. Ideally, you would want to cover as much ground as you can, but that all depends on the time you’ve allocated for your trip. Based on the time, you need to realistically plan out the route you’ll take. This includes the must-see cities, towns, and tourist spots you’re planning to visit. Try not to cram too many cities in a short amount of time, and consider checking what other backpackers recommend based on their own experience. Planning your itinerary ahead of time will actually save you time and money, and your trip will be a breeze.
Work Out a Budget
Your budget is one of the aspects that will decide the duration of your trip as well as how many places you’ll be able to visit. Europe is large, and you’ll find cheaper and affordable options in Central and Eastern Europe as opposed to Western European countries. Planning out your budget and cross-referencing it with the destinations you have in mind will definitely prevent any worst-case scenario. Choosing the right season to travel to will also help in saving you money and time. You won’t face high-season prices, and most tourist spots won’t be overly crowded.
Be Smart About Accommodation
Once you’ve booked your flights and managed out the travel times, you’ll be able to start looking for accommodation in each of the cities you’re planning to visit. Booking in advance will help you navigate seamlessly through the route you’ve planned, and it’s always wise to book in advance if you’re traveling during high seasons. Hostels, motels, B&Bs, Inns, or even Homestays are always recommended for backpackers as they’re affordable, easy to find, and give quality living arrangements. Do your research before booking and check what other backpackers are saying about said hostels or any other accommodation.
Get Around Effortlessly
Traveling through Europe can range from the expensive to the affordable; from trains, cars, and to budget planes, it’s easy to move around, but it all depends on your budget. Renting a car is one way to go, but a train can be a wiser and easier choice. A car is an option only if you’re planning on visiting small towns, yet it’s not so ideal with large cities. With trains, almost all European countries are accessible with a Eurail Pass or an Interrail Global Pass, and you can even consider taking overnight trains for longer journeys, and that would be your accommodation for the night.
Explore Like a Backpacker
A backpacker is savvy, and doesn’t fall for ‘tourist traps.’ When it comes to food, you can easily have some of the tastiest delicacies from street vendors, trattorias, or small-time shops. It’s authentic, and you’re eating like the locals. There is also a ton of free walking tours and activities where you can get that to get the iconic European experience. Plan your time around a festival, too; Europe is known for spectacular extravaganzas.
Europe is quite intense and jam-packed with so many activities to do; it’s easy to get overwhelmed. You want to see everything in a specific amount of time, and you’re worried that you’ll forget something. But with these backpacking tips and tricks, and if you plan everything ahead of time, you’ll be able to see everything you want in Europe, stay within budget, and enjoy the backpacking trip you’ve always dreamed of.