Backpacking Europe Travel essentials

Sep 29, 2012 by

What is backpacking?

Backpacking is a form of low-cost, independent international travel. It includes the use of a backpack or other luggage that is easily

Backpacking Europe Travel essentials

Backpacking Europe Travel essentials

carried for long distances or long periods of time; the use of public transport; inexpensive lodging such as youth hostels; a longer duration to the trip when compared with conventional vacations; and an interest in meeting the locals as well as seeing the sights. It is typically associated with young adults, who generally have fewer obligations and thus more time to travel. They also have less money to spend on hotels or private vehicles.

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  • Backpacking Europe may include wilderness adventures or be limited to travel within settled areas.  During Backpacking Europe, you may explore spectacular tourist destinations and learn about various historical sites there.
  • Travelling Experience is quite different than a tour.
  • You will get the freedom of going anywhere and anytime as you wish while the cost of the trip is very less in comparison with a tour package.
  • The cities in Europe are all in relatively close proximity making traveling simple and easy. Trains are frequent, and extremely cheap flights are available. Backpacking Europe has become a popular vacation. It can easily be done with a little planning and preparation.

Here are a few tips to consider before planning your trip.

Keep Safe

  • Beware of the pickpockets
  • Take care of your wallet and other important travel related documents
  • Keep your passport separate from your wallet, and make sure to make several copies of your passport. This way, if you lose it, it will be much easier to replace.
  • Carry some first aid materials such as headache medication, alcohol swabs and band-aids along with general medicines.

Pack Smart

  • When it comes to clothing, pack all the essentials.
  • Bring a raincoat and a rain cover for your backpack in case of inclement weather.
  • Since you will be walking a lot, bring an extra pair of socks to avoid getting blisters.
  • You will want comfortable clothing and walking shoes as well.
  • Don’t forget your toothbrush.

Budget Your Trip

The last thing you want to do is run out of money halfway through your trip. You are there to enjoy yourself so you’ll want to eat out at restaurants and visit local bars, but be sure to budget money for travel expenses, food and lodging in addition to entertainment.

Getting Around

Have a Plan

Backpacking Europe Travel

Backpacking Europe Travel

You will only have a limited amount of time in each city you are visiting. Plan ahead what museums or restaurants you want to visit. You don’t want to waste valuable time while you’re there. Plan out where you want to stay ahead of time as well. If you are staying at hostels, book them ahead of time. You do not want to arrive to a fully booked hostel or hotel, only to have to wander around the city in search of a vacant room.

By follow these travel tips, hopefully you will get a more enjoyable experience when backpacking in Europe.

Fly into/out of:

Munich or Frankfurt are the central locations of Germany and if you fly in and out of these then you will never be too far to fly back home..

EuRail:

Check out the Eurail passes before embarking on your journey. These passes allow you to hop onto trains in designated countries for a certain amount of time. You can customize the pass to your itinerary. This is a lot cheaper than buying a ticket every time you have to take a train.

EuRail is either 10 or 15 days of travel within two months. There are several different passes and depending on your trip one may be better that another. They offer

  • One country pass that is good in one country of your choice,
  • Regional pass good in two countries,
  • Select pass where you can choose up to five countries,
  • Global pass good in 23 of the 27 European Union Countries.

Benefits

  • Eurail pass will save you money. Train tickets in Europe can range from under 50 euros to over 200 euros, and most likely you will use up the value of the EuRail pass within a few train rides.
  • EuRail pass makes traveling convenient. Excluding a few countries where you need seat reservations, the Eurail simply requires showing up to the train filling out your pass, and hopefully finding a place to sit.

2 Comments

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  2. Mark Miller

    Great blog! Excellent tips which i will use on my eurotrip on july!! Other articles are really good also! Thank you for all the advice very useful information so that as you said it’s not junk information.

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