Backpacking through Europe seems like a popular way for people to explore the world and find themselves—according to the entertainment industry. Rather than watching Matt Damon’s one-off cameo on Eurotrip to prepare for this venture, you’re better off studying these beginner’s tips for backpacking through Europe.
‘Tis the Season for Backpacking through Europe
Each part of the world has peak seasons in which tourism is overflowing. While granted, you are a tourist and may not like massive crowds, making when you go is as important as where you go.
During the summer, you’ll want to get your tan along the Balkan coastline as you gasp at the beauty of the Slovenian mountains. In the fall, the Mediterranean is prime for a visit. You can see the gorgeous fall landscape peacefully since the summer travelers have departed. Any Scandinavian countryside is worthy of a stop for the avid winter sportsters, while France and its surrounding area are ideal for the spring.
Besides the seasons, watch for festivals and other culturally significant happenings because you might want to plan for or around them.
Pack Light – What you Pack is What you Carry Around
The goal for packing for an extended journey overseas is to make things as light and comfortable as possible. Your first move is to limit your clothing. While you may be visiting a new country every day or two, you aren’t going to go weeks without doing your laundry. Map out your laundry days and pack accordingly. Otherwise, you’ll overpack and regret it in the first week of your trip.
Clothing items that work best are moisture-wicking, light, and weather-resistant. Understanding backpack ergonomics allows you to pack things in a way that doesn’t fatigue or harm your back and shoulders.
Understandably, the first few days will be exciting, leaving you a bit loose with your money. However, having a budget and adhering to it is crucial. You might have to get creative with sleeping arrangements for a few nights during your adventure.
Hostels are a great way to extend the value of a dollar, and you might even meet some cool people to hang out with. Just don’t watch Eli Roth’s Hostel before you do this, or else you’ll want nothing to do with this accommodation style, or Europe altogether, for that matter.
The Little Engine That Could
Train travel is still your best bet, and seeing Europe’s many landscapes and cultures up close…