Backpacking is a phenomenal way to spend your European vacation because it will provide you with the opportunity to see incredible scenery, save you money so that you can enjoy more of the sights, and it will also allow you the freedom to stay where you want. People from all around the world go backpacking in Europe and for good reason. It is an affordable, exciting way to see some of the most awe inspiring and beautiful countries in Europe. Just imagine experiencing the sights and sounds of Paris one day and then seeing the incredible tourist attractions in London the next.
Having the proper gear is essential when backpacking through Europe. It is important to have many things, not just comfortable footgear and clothing, but also the proper travel backpack and supplies. There are backpacks on the market that fit everything from a tent to a computer in them in separate compartments and you can carry this all on your back. This is the way to go because you will save money on hotels when you want to stay overnight when you can just camp out overnight.
Packing light, but having all the essentials is important, too. Don’t scrimp on clothing, especially for the time of the year that you are traveling to Europe for. Bring a heavy, coat, hat, gloves and boots in the colder months. In the warmer months plan for lighter weight clothing, but still bring enough.
When planning your European vacation it is important have a thorough plan before you depart. The last thing you want to do is head off on a backpacking trip and end up spending more time trying to figure out where to go next rather than enjoying the incredible destinations. Draw out the routes that you intend to take ahead of time so that you won’t get lost, and make sure to bring current maps. Having a solid itinerary planned out will go a long way to helping you enjoy your trip as much as possible.
Always bring along a camera so that you can get some great pictures of all that you do while you are there. If you’ve got a good camera on your phone, then you can consolidate by just bringing that. Another great thing to have with you is a pair of binoculars so if you need to, you can get a good look at something in the distance. Many people also bring a journal or diary so that they can document all of the memorable things they do on their European vacation. Great pictures and an interesting story to tell your friends and family when you get home is a must.
When backpacking through Europe you should take some precautions. If you can, try to travel with a partner. Having someone to share your experience with will make it all that much better. It is also important to carry a cell phone in case something happens and you need to get in touch with emergency services, family, or friends. Most major carriers have world phones and compatible sim cards for wherever you are traveling. It is also important to prepare physically before you depart. After all, you’ll be spending much of your time on foot and if you’re not in good shape, it can slow you down and make for a less enjoyable experience.
Staying in hostels is part of the backpacking experience and it is definitely something you will want to do on your journey. Not only is it much more affordable, but it is also a great place to meet fellow travelers and learn of more unique “off the beaten path” destinations. You will want to get familiar with European hostels and hostel etiquette before you go. Trust me, you don’t want to be the guy or gal at the hospital getting on everybody’s nerves.
Backpacking is one of the most memorable and exciting European vacations you will find. You will have the opportunity to meet fellow travelers from all over the world and see impressive destinations that most people only get to dream about. There isn’t any other way to travel that is as unique as a backpacking adventure. If you’re planning to take a vacation to Europe, then I definitely recommend considering backpacking it. It is an incredibly unique experience and one that you will never forget.