A backpacking trip through Europe has become something of a rite of passage for young travelers, but this isn’t an experienced reserved for college students and twenty-somethings. A backpacking trip through Europe is a cultural and personal experience travelers of any age or experience level can benefit from, but it all depends on how well you plan your trip. While the younger generation may be better suited to the “fly by the seat of your pants” style of travel involved with hopping trains and finding late night hostel vacancies, making a plan makes this a vacation option that works for anyone.
The first thing you should do when planning a European backpacking trip is to map out your itinerary. Your desired locations, cities, and sights you want to see will mold the entirety of your trip, and this is a step that shouldn’t be taken lightly. The itinerary you start with may not be the one you wind up following for any multitude of reasons, so staying open to changes after you do a little research is important as well.
Choosing your season is also important, and it will have a big impact on your final itinerary or plans. Skiing the mountains in Bavaria isn’t going to work in August, and the Slovenian mountains may be difficult to navigate in the middle of January. Your season will also impact your budget, and there are certain parts of Europe that are both affordable and beautiful during certain parts of the year that may not be what one would consider a peak season. For instance, if you plan to travel around France and the British Isles, going for a trip in the spring will ensure lengthy days and more affordable accommodations.
When traveling from city to city, train is your best option, and booking your train trips wisely can save you time and money. Planning your trip around overnight train rides from city to city, or country to country, can give you more bang for your buck if you’re able to sleep while riding. Not only will it save you from requiring accommodations for the night you’re on the train, but you’ll be able to sleep through the travel portion and experience more of your destination.
You may wish to plan your trip around a festival or a celebration, and this can help you to really get that incredible cultural experience you’re looking for from your European vacation. These trips will take a little extra planning, as people do travel from all around the world to experience these celebrations as well, but most travelers consider it well worth it. Oktoberfest in Germany, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, Glastonbury Music Festival – they can all add something to your experience that you are like to never forget.
If you’re travelling through Europe, you’re going to require the right equipment, and this means a bag that will travel with you. If you plan to go the traditional backpack route, the Hercules Laptop Backpack is fully equipped and durable for a multi-day trip, but using a duffle bag may prove beneficial as well. Our Falcon Wheeled Duffle Bag comes in 3 different sizes, with the larger versions including a power bank so you’re never left without battery life for your electronics. The duffle bag has handles for easy carrying, as well as wheels to give your arms a rest.
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