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Guide to Backpacking for any age!

Hey there, fellow backpackers-to-be! If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re in the early stages of planning a backpacking trip to...

Written by Travis · 3 min read >

Hey there, fellow backpackers-to-be! If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re in the early stages of planning a backpacking trip to Europe, and you might be feeling a little overwhelmed. But don’t worry, I got you covered!

Europe is my suggestion for a great place to start and it’s easy to see why. During the summer, the streets fill with life, and the Mediterranean shines like a jewel in the sun. The winter brings a wholly different experience, with fewer crowds, lower prices, and some of the most magical Christmas markets you’ll ever see. And when spring and fall roll around, you get the perfect mix of people, temperatures, and prices.

It’s also nice that most people in Europe speak English. I don’t think I’ve ever read a guide that adequately expressed how mentally exhausting it is to not be able to communicate with the people around you. I love South America, I love Asia, but it gets to be really tough when you need something and no one around you understands what you are asking for.

So, without further ado, let me guide you through the process of planning your backpacking trip to Europe! Here are some of my top tips and resources that will help you plan your trip and experience the magic of Europe with ease.

Step 1: Plan Your Backpacking Europe Trip

One of the most intimidating parts of planning a backpacking trip to Europe is figuring out where to start. But don’t worry, I’ve got some tips to help you out.

First of all, don’t get overwhelmed. Planning a trip to Europe can be daunting, but it’s essential to take it step by step. Make a rough itinerary and decide what you want to see and do. Then, narrow down your choices and make a more detailed plan. You’re learning from Travel Dad, if you didn’t think step one was “make a plan” you came to the wrong blog.

Another key factor in backpacking Europe is budgeting. If money is a concern, then consider cutting down on your daily expenses so you can save for your trip. And once you’re there, take advantage of all the free things you can see and do. Museums, parks, and other public spaces are often free and will give you a taste of the local culture.

Finally, make sure you understand the legal requirements for staying in Europe for an extended period. However, dad talk, don’t make your first trip more than 30 days. You are going to learn so much on your first trip about what you like and don’t like. You’re going to be exhausted, and I think if you stay more than 60 days you’re going to start hating it.

Step 2: Get Your Gear for Backpacking Europe

Once you’ve planned your trip, it’s time to get your gear sorted out. A quality backpack is essential, and you want to pick one that will withstand the wear and tear of traveling. Also, make sure you pack light; you don’t want to be lugging around a heavy backpack all day.

Some essential items to pack include a good pair of shoes, a first aid kit, and comfortable clothes that can be layered. And if you’re a photographer, don’t forget to bring a camera that suits your needs and budget.

When getting your backpack or luggage consider a few things: How easy is it to get clothes in and out of your luggage? I’m old and am not hiking a lot so take this as you will but there is nothing wrong with a nice suitcase for your trip. If you’re not spending days out on a mountain, then maybe you don’t need a backpack. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pack light.

Step 3: How to Get Amazing Accommodation in Europe

When it comes to accommodation, there are a lot of options available in Europe. Hostels are a popular choice for backpackers as they’re affordable and give you the chance to meet other travelers. But if you’re looking for something different, consider staying in a farm, monastery, or even house-sitting.

I really love it allows you to find free homestays and if you’re chill and can be a good guest it’s a great platform for you to use.

There are also many resources for finding cheap accommodation in Europe, including hostel hubs and lists of the best neighborhoods in each city. Don’t be afraid to do some research and try something new. When I was young I really loved hostels, as an older person I still love hostels but I find ones that have private rooms. I don’t need a shared washroom but I don’t want to be disturbed at 2AM when someone comes in from partying either.

Step 4: Get Around Europe on the Cheap

Traveling around Europe can be expensive, but there are many ways to do it on a budget. Consider taking a bus or train instead of flying, as this can be much cheaper. And if you’re planning to travel a lot, consider investing in a Eurail pass.

When it comes to getting around, keep in mind that transportation costs are just one piece of the puzzle. You can save money by staying in cheaper areas and walking or biking to your destinations.

Step 5: Save Money While Backpacking Europe

Food and drink are often some of the biggest expenses when traveling, but there are many ways to save money on these costs. Consider cooking your meals instead of eating out all the time, and take advantage of free samples and deals at markets. If you’re an American, you don’t understand the level of quality you can get just going to a grocery store. Find a farmers market and pick up some things.

You can also save money by using the sharing economy, which includes ridesharing, house sharing, and local meeting websites. And be sure to follow some savvier tips to make the most out of your budget when you’re traveling.

Step 6: Find Out What to See and Do in Europe

Last but not least, Europe is filled with exciting sights and attractions that are well worth seeing. From country-specific tips to budget travel guides for different cities, there is a range of information out there to help you plan your trip.

If you’re going through Prague I really suggest checking out the Honest Guide’s YouTube channel where they cover all sorts of nice places to visit and how to be a good tourist within the Czech Republic.

So there you have it – a beginner’s guide to backpacking in Europe. With the right planning, gear, and attitude, you can have an unforgettable trip and experience the magic of Europe like never before. Happy travels!

Written by Travis
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