A guide to backpacking in Europe

Europe is a beautiful part of the world, plus it’s easily accessible and relatively cheap compared to the UK’s cost of living. Probably one of the best ways to explore Europe is by backpacking. Travelling across Europe couldn’t be simpler and with 44 countries to choose from, you can make your trip as diverse and exciting, or as relaxed and tranquil, as you like.

Plan an itinerary

Embarking on a backpacking adventure in Europe can be very exciting, but also overwhelming. You might be the type of person that just wants to ‘go with the flow’ and only decide once you get to a certain country where you want to travel on to next. But if you’re the type of person who likes to plan a bit, deciding where you would like to go, how long you would like to stay in each country, how you will get there and where you will stay while you’re there might take a lot of stress off your shoulders.

Getting around Europe

Travelling from country to country in Europe is very easy and public transport, on the whole, is good. Most backpackers choose to travel to each county via train because it’s cost-effective and you’re likely to meet lots of other backpackers doing the same. Interrail has many options available and you can plan an itinerary down to the finest detail. Purchase passes that give you unlimited travel for up to a month or just grab a train when you’re ready.

Staying in hostels

Staying in a hostel is the most cost-effective accommodation open to backpackers, plus you will meet lots of other backpackers along the way. There are so many hostels scattered in every country in Europe and they range from dormitory sleeping arrangements to private rooms. Hostelworld, for example, boasts 4511 hostels based in 823 cities in Europe and is a favourite amongst backpackers.

Health and safety

As there are many factors to consider when backpacking, it can be easy to forget a few things, but forgetting your health insurance is a definite no no! Should you fall ill or have an accident, good health insurance means you will get the medical care and attention you need. In many cases, your insurance company will even pay for you to return home. Try Staysure, they’re one of a few reputable providers who have a fully comprehensive insurance option available for people travelling to Europe, so it’s worth taking a look at their competitive packages.

Language and customs

Sometimes language can be a barrier, but luckily, English is widely spoken all over Europe. If all else fails, there is always the Google translate app to fall back on. It’s worth learning about the customs of the countries you are planning to visit too. Some parts of Europe do not like topless sunbathing or drinking alcohol on the street, so to avoid getting into trouble with the locals, or worse, the police, it’s a good idea to do a bit of research beforehand.

Backpacking around Europe will probably be one of the best adventures you will have, so above all, make sure you enjoy every minute of your trip.