Tips Backpacking Through Europe
Plan Ahead for Transportation
One of the worst ways your money will go down the drain is with transportation. You can avoid wasting your money if you plan out which countries you want to visit, and then travel to each one in a straight line so you do not double back unnecessarily. Consider using the Eurail passes if you will be travelling through several countries, but make sure they are worth your money. Just going from city to city and across one country will not be enough for the Eurail pass to be worth your time or money, so plan accordingly. Also, if you decide to fly to the various countries instead, planning ahead will help you in booking your flights early so they come out costing less.
What to Do About Food
If you are into the whole “do it yourself” deal, there are several little shops around Europe where you can buy ingredients for sandwiches, which will end up saving you quite a bit of money in the end. Go picnicking every day if you want! However, if that is just not your thing, you can also just eat at the local shops and street vendors. You can get the idea of the local cuisine without having to spend an arm and a leg at a bigger restaurant.
Drink on a Budget
Well, we all know that the people who enjoy backpacking through Europe the most are college students and recent graduates who feel like they have the world in the palm of their hands. These types of people also tend to love drinking alcohol. However, if you are planning on partying across Europe, think again: your pocketbook will be empty soon enough. Try going to the bars at the hostels, attend a happy hour, or just drink less to save money.
Backpacking through the various countries in Europe can also be an accident waiting to happen. You must be aware of the fact that you can wind up with a physical injury by being on the go with your belongings on your back for several days or weeks. That is why you should be as careful as you can, and you should definitely look into getting backpacker travel insurance. Investing in this type of coverage will give you peace of mind.