If you are an adventure seeker then backpacking is the ideal way to do it. A backpacking trip is the perfect mixture of fun, exploration, hiking and camping and it is the perfect way to really enjoy what Europe has to offer. The best thing about backpacking is that you get to experience a lot at minimal costs. Before you decide to go on a backpacking trip across Europe, here is what you should know
Costs should be at the top of your list when planning the trip. It would be quite unfortunate if you run out of money in the middle of your trip. And it is very important to ensure that you save as much as you can. Relying on hostels for accommodation is a good way to save money because generally hostels are much cheaper compared to hotels. And hotels provide all the basic accommodation needs for you at less than a quarter of the price you would spend at a hotel. That’s not to say though that you can’t find cheap hotels, you just have to look a bit harder!
Europe is a huge continent and you will not be able to visit all those countries in a single backpacking trip so it’s best that you make up your mind on which countries to visit or on how many countries to visit. You can make good use of travel websites and books so that you can have an estimate cost of how much your activity might cost. However, backpacking is about being a free spirit so keep an open a mind. Note that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a fun adventure.
Backpacking is also about cutting down on unnecessary expenses, driving through Europe will not enhance your travel experience. Using public transportation instead of renting a car saves you tones of cash. Public transportation is the cheapest way to get around Europe , in this case buses, train etc and if you are up for it, hitch hiking can also get you to where you want to go. Also, airlines offer so many discount fares these days, so you can easily find flights to Tenerife Amsterdam, Dublin etc for less than $100!
As mentioned above, Europe is a huge continent with lots of different countries and each might have their own culture. The street food cost in one region may differ from one region to the next. However, the constant factor in all cases is the fact that street food costs are greatly reduced compared to eating at a diner or café.
It goes without saying that if you are looking for a cost effective backpack experience then you should definitely consider backpacking across Europe end up spending around 1600-2400 US Dollars for an entire month, which is pretty manageable really. If you get road weary (which is common), remember to treat yourself now and again too, Easytobook have a great selection of Europe hotels available at the best rates guaranteed. Happy travels!