There is a lot to know when it comes to backpacking Europe, almost all websites seem to over-complicate what it really takes to travel. My goal is to equip you with all the knowledge and expertise you will need to make a trip to Europe happen without overwhelming you with too many stats or things you might want to do. I will simply be showing you exactly what I do when I backpack through Europe. The great thing is, whether you are planning to travel for just a couple days or for multiple months the same principles will apply. I will walk you through exactly what I do when preparing for a trip from initial planning, to packing and transport, to keeping a tight budget, all in a simple and detailed step-by-step progression. Without further ado, here are the three steps to travel Europe on a budget (Click on the links for the full article, below the links will be a short synopsis of each step).
Planning a backpacking trip to Europe can be very stressful. In my full post on planning, I walk you through the nine most important steps to properly plan a trip to Europe; giving yourself some time, understanding visas and Schengen countries, planning a route, getting a valid passport, getting a plane ticket, getting a train ticket, organizing all your equipment, purchasing traveler’s Insurance, and booking your first hostel and train rides.Hopefully, after going through my step-by-step planning process you will be ready to begin your own adventure through Europe.
Keeping a tight budget is the least fun aspect of traveling through Europe but, like it or not, it is also one of the most important. In my Budget planning guide I walk you through all you need to know to budget your trip. My goal is to keep your expectations realistic, while giving you the tools to succeed in financing a backpacking adventure.
PACKING AND ONE BAG TRAVEL
Packing can be one of the most laborious parts of the traveling process. The two most important tips I can give you are to pack light and pack in layers. It is simple to buy an extra T-shirt if you need one on the go but you will be surprised how far (and how long) you can go with relatively few clothing and accessory items. Bringing everything in one bag is the best way to travel if you value flexibility, longevity, and frugality. Simply put, you cannot travel around the world, go where you want to go, and keep a budget if you pack more than one bag. Click here for my full article on packing and one bag travel, where I detail exactly what bag you should bring, what clothes and accessories are necessary, and walk you through the actual packing process.
If you have made it this far, you are well on your way to traveling around the world like a pro. I hope I was able to give you a detailed and achievable path to making your dreams a reality.