HOW TO BACKPACK THROUGH EUROPE

Winter, summer, spring, or fall: it doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, Europe still remains a beautiful place to be. It has beautiful cities and villages sprawling with promenades, mountains, lakes, and boulevards.

Poetry did not exaggerate the beauty of Venice, Paris is still the city of love and Spain, the city of innovations. From the British Museum in London to the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, art and beauty live and breath in Europe, so why won’t anyone want to go there?

TIPS ON BACKPACKING THROUGH EUROPE

Backpacking through Europe is on a lot of people’s bucket lists. It’s one of the things they want to do at least once in their lifetimes but the problem is, they just don’t know how to go about it, and it is very understandable. Europe is a wide place with a lot of established tourist routes and places that look like they are going to take a lot of money to visit and that’s the main problem.

Whether you are just planning to explore certain places in the continent, or you want to see it all, Europe will remain a very expensive and impossible place to backpack through unless you know some insider tips about backpacking through Europe. This article is a rough guide on how you can successfully backpack through Europe with on a budget and with little to no stress.

Have a Plan

Seriously, draw up a plan!

Europe is a very big place to travel, with so many awesome destinations to visit. If you have your whole life to backpack through the continent, there’s still no way you can see it all. So, depending on your scale of preference and time, draw up a plan which allows you to get to those places you want to see the most. If you have a rough sketch of the places you want to go, how you plan to get to those places, how much time you’ll be using there, and where you will be sleeping when you get there, your trip is as good as done.

However, I’m not saying that your plans have to be rigid. One of the best reasons why people travel is to meet new people and gain new experiences so my advice is that if you are travelling alone, you should meet up with other people who share some of your destinations and travel with them for a while. This means that it is not advisable to have all your tickets booked in advance, you might want to make your confirmed bookings right before you travel to another city. Just make sure that there are no festivals or events happening in your next city that may disrupt your travelling plans ahead of time.

Pricing, Budgets and Money Conversions

Backpacking through Europe can be budget friendly even if it’s not the cheapest place to backpack through (that would be Southeast Asia) but that’s not the point.

The point is that, while backpacking through Europe, you can still get by on a ridiculously low budget if you know the right websites and tools to understand pricing on accommodations and activities in different countries. The Savvy Backpacker, Nomadic Matt, and Lonely Planet are some of the websites that can help you with understanding pricing when it comes to backpacking through Europe.

Also, don’t travel if you don’t understand the currency conversions or to make it easy on yourself, download an app that can help you with currency conversion offline. So that, without cellular service or WiFi, you can still calculate how much you’re spending and how much the things you are buying should really cost.

Learn Key Phrases

While it is true that no matter you go in Europe, you’ll still find someone who speaks English, it will still be nice if you can at least speak key phrases in the local languages of wherever you will be visiting. Things like “hello”, “how are you”, “please” and “thank you” will go a long way in establishing connections with people that you can’t even speak the same language as.

If the key phrases are too much and memorizing them is too difficult, you can always write them down and you’ll be glad you did.

Have Fun

The last thing is to enjoy yourself. Backpacking through Europe is a dream come true. There are so many rich cultures to explore and so many new foods to try. It will be a real shame if you don’t spend your time making new memories.

Photo Credits: Alex Vasey