Europe is home to some of the most amazing places on earth, which is why people around the world flock to the continent. If you ever have the chance to go to Europe, then consider backpacking it. However, there are a few tips you’ll want to keep in mind. Here are some helpful tips for backpacking Europe.
1. Choose Your Seasons Carefully
One of our top tips is to choose your seasons carefully. If you plan on backpacking Europe at the height of summer, then check out the eastern European areas, such as the Baltic cities and the mountains of Slovenia. If you choose to go in the Autumn, then the Mediterranean is where you want to go to, especially Italy and Spain. In the Spring, you’ll want to check out the Norwegian countries, as well as France and the Netherlands.
As for winter, you can’t go wrong with going anywhere in Europe. In fact, there are so many winter activities that go on in many of the countries. If you happened to be in Europe on New Year’s Eve, then you’ll have no shortage of parties and events to go to.
2. Stay In Hostels
The good thing about Europe is accommodation is easy to find, but if you want to save as much as possible while backpacking Europe, then stay at a hostel. Hostels are extremely affordable in Europe, even in the major cities. If you plan on backpacking in the summer, then consider staying at campsites, as many places have great facilities on-site. However, staying at hostels are more comfortable, but you should research various hostels in areas you plan on going through.
3. Travel Via Train
Your backpacking experience will be enhanced if you choose to travel by train as much as possible. It’s worth pointing out that Europe has an extensive train system, and you can easily go from city to city and from country to country, even if you’re on a tight budget. You can purchase a Eurail pass or an Interrail Global pass, which will let you ride the train in segments.
4. Eat Like The Locals
Just because you’re backpacking and on a tight budget doesn’t mean you can enjoy some of the best cuisines Europe has to offer. The key is to avoid the places that attract tourists and just eat with the locals. Whether you find yourself in Spain, Italy or Denmark, you will have no problems finding spots that locals dine at. Here’s a tip, whenever you’re in a major city, try to find places to eat that are not located near the center, and try to go to the outskirts of the town, if possible.
Backpacking Europe is fun, and it will create memories that will last you a lifetime. There is nothing like backpacking across Europe or parts of Europe, but you do want to keep the above tips in mind. You will appreciate them when the time comes to embark on your backpacking trip.