The thought of backpacking in Europe can be exciting, romantic, and thrilling, and the reality can be all that and more, but there are a few important factors you should to take into consideration as you make your plans.
Things to Consider before Backpacking in Europe
Europe is big. You could spend a lifetime backpacking and probably not take in all that it has to offer. With that in mind, the first two things to do as you make your plans is to decide:
- How much money you have to spend
- What you hope to see. (This may be a destination or event. That depends on you.)
Money-wise, backpacking is a great way to travel on a budget, but Europe is not a cheap place to visit. On average you can count on spending $60 a day.
- How much backpacking experience do you have?
- How long will your trip be?
- Will you travel alone or with others?
When choosing a destination, also think about how much experience you have backpacking and how long you plan to be gone. Will you plan to go alone, with a single travel companion, or with a group?
Of course traveling alone gives you the most freedom, but sharing the experience and making memories with companions has rewards, too, including sharing some expenses. If you’ve never tried backpacking before, you may even want to consider a backpacking tour in Europe.
What to Pack
When backpacking, you’ll want to streamline what you pack. Choose your electronics carefully, and plan for keeping paperwork such as passports and visas safe and dry, along with credit cards and money.
Within this packet of important papers, take the time to print out itineraries and reservation confirmations so you have all the information you need at your fingertips.
Rail passes and Eurolines passes can help you save money and get to your destination safely for less.
Backpacking in Europe Is a Lifetime Experience
Backpacking in Europe is a lifetime experience, so before you make your plans, take the time to read travel guides and educate yourself on the possibilities that await you. A little extra planning on the front end can make a good a experience a great experience!