All You Need to Know to Organize a Backpacking for Europe

From the help with the roadmap, visas, how much money, the small details for you not to have to worry about during a backpacking by Europe…

Traveling across Europe, with a backpack on the back and an unlimited train pass is a mandatory program for lovers of travel. The flexibility and freedom to travel through the old continent makes it a waste to know a country just on a trip there. If you go for the first time, the best way to know the main points of each country and so famous postcards is in a backpacking by Europe.

If you don’t even know where to start organizing for a trip like that backpacks, below you find the step-by-step of what you need to do on Homethodology.com :

Step 1: Set at What Time You Will Travel

In Europe it is like this: you can do the same roadmap at different times of the year and make sure that the trips will be completely different. So it is important to think about the climate that you prefer to meet Europe.

In the summer, the days are longer (giving the possibility to enjoy more), since nightfall around 8:00 in July, for example. Temperatures in the south-countries are very hot at this time, but in countries like Holland can use even a cardigan depending on the day. In winter, temperatures fall a lot, the days are shorter, but you will be able to enjoy snow rides in different locations.

Step 2: Sketch Your Screenplay

Set the date of your trip, now you need to think: what is your pique and how many days will you have?

The most common roadmaps of backpacking by Europe are the 22 days of travel or 1 month – since it is possible to know a little bit from several countries of the continent in a month. In this step, a good option is to sketch a screenplay that you will plot, however, do not cling to it thoroughly. Let the amount of days flexible. So, if you like a place, you can stay a while and take the days off the next destination.

My screenplay was the following: I was in June and started the trip in Lisbon, took a flight to Milan (30 Euros the passage) and from there I began the train journey across Europe, through the following cities and countries:

Italy

1 day in Milan

3 Days in Rome

2 Days in Florence

1 day in Venice

Croatia

I travelled to Croatia, but does not include the country on the map below for two reasons: I believe that Croatia is a country to know on a specific trip to it, for those who have more time travel across Europe or will make fewer countries in the roadmap. In my screenplay, it ended up getting a little “out of hand” and spent many hours on the train for a few days from Croatia.

1 day in Split

2 Days in Hvar

Hungary

3 days in Budapest (and still lacking days – I loved it!)

Czech Republic

2 Days in Prague

Germany

3 days in Berlin

Netherlands

2 Days in Amsterdam

France

2 Days in Paris

Spain

3 days in Barcelona

1 day in Madrid

Portugal

I ended up staying another month of vacation in Portugal but it is possible to know Lisbon in 2 or 3 days.

It has to be emphasized: it was well pulled, it was a few days in each place and was a well-dripping trip, but it was a wonderful experience. As it was my first time in Europe, I was able to know a little of the atmosphere of each country and know the main points of each city. We used to sleep and rest on train trips and when we were in the towns, we leg to know all that it gave.

In Rome, for example, we’d leave the hostel at 7:00 and we’d be back at 9:00. If it’s for traveling, you have to enjoy it. Right? If your chop is another, take some countries out of the roadmap, include others closer to each other and extend the amount of days in each place.

Step 2: Close the Train Free Pass or Low-Cost Aerial Passages

Travelling by train across Europe is incredible: the landscapes are stunning, they – usually – are of great quality and the best is that it is possible to sleep (and save lodgings) or rest enough on the way.

Europe has an interconnected train system, which gives free passes for unlimited train trips to a certain period, called the EuRail Global Pass. If you have dual European citizenship, here’s good news: European citizens are entitled to InterRail, which is the free train pass as well, but for almost half the price of EuRail. What I used was the 22-Day Unlimited.

Global Pass Prices:

The 22-Day unlimited pass at EuRail costs 614 euros, while the same passes on interrail (for European citizens only), leaves for 385 euros.

Cheap Airline Tickets:

It is also possible to travel by airplane for some passages, since the airline tickets in Europe are often very inexpensive if purchased in advance. I bought the Lisbon-Milan excerpt for 30 Euros. You can check ticket prices in Skyscanner.

Step 3: Check Visa Requirement in Countries

According to information from the European Union immigration portal, visas are not required for Brazilians in several European countries, in short visits of up to three months. The Schengen area is a European agreement between 26 countries that has removed border control, i.e. citizens and visitors can circulate freely among the countries.

These are the 26 countries of the Schengen area:

Austria

Belgium

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary Iceland

Italy

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg Malta

Netherlands

Norway

Poland

Portugal Slovakia

Slovenia

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Source: EU immigration Portal

However, countries such as Croatia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, among others, has its own rules of border control and immigration. Then you have to be vigilant.

Step 4: Think of Hostels (Not Necessarily Reserve Them)

This is one of the coolest parts of organizing a backpacking in Europe. Hostels (or hostels) there are excellent cost-benefit, usually with great infrastructure and the coolest: many people in the same situation as you – that is, it is easy to make friends.

Hint: Do not reserve all your hostels here in Brazil, this will leave your screenplay very stuck, besides you find great promotions at Hostel World a few days before your stay. The best thing is to reserve the hostel for the first week of the trip and from there to reserve the stays for the next few days.

The average price per night in a high season (checked in the month of July 2017) is R $60 reais in cities like Budapest (which usually be cheaper) and r $100 in cities like Paris. That counting in shared dorms with other guests.

Step 5: How Much to Take and How to Swap Money the Best Way

This topic is delicate, since each traveler has its own style of travel and comfort parameters. I did the calculation trying to be as economical as possible, but counting that I would like to know all the museums, attractions and didn’t want to skimp on it. However, I did not call good restaurants – eating at the cheapest and often made supermarket and cooked. I stayed in hostels with shared dorms every day. I travelled for 22 days and I believe a fair amount to take thinking about spending with lodging, feeding and attraction – in this style described above – it is 1,500 Euros.

The safest way to travel is with prepaid banking cards or with VISA travel Money (that’s what I used). The exchange is more expensive than if the money was purchased in a ballot, but it sure is a very safe way. A good tip is to take half the amount on the card and the other half in ballot, in case of loss of the card, you have even money to appeal.

To swap money An excellent site is the best exchange, which checks the conversion into different exchange houses and you send the proposal you find more fair.

Step 6: Make Health Insurance

Yes, that part is necessary! On trips like this health insurance is a fundamental item! Assist Card is a backpacking partner and we recommend for all trips.

Step 7: Download Offline Maps

Another key item: probably your cellphone will only work when you find a Wi-Fi over there. But you don’t want to get lost halfway, do you? So already download the maps of the cities you will visit here from Brazil, on your mobile. In this post we explain how to do this, step-by-step.

Step 8: Make the Correct Suitcase

Another advantage of going in the summer: it is possible to make suitcases very light. It is necessary to practice detachment, washing clothes in the middle of the way and trying to be as economical as possible – your back will thank me afterwards. A great tip is to wrap your clothes, make little rolls, to fit more stuff in the trunk.

Judge me whoever you want, but I decided to go with a backpack that also had wheels (in the end, I ended up using only the wheels and I left the Spirit backpacking aside, RS!). It was very practical, since we were all day long, with the backpacks in the back, the pains in the foot only worsened. Therefore, opt for comfort and be economical.

The specialist around the world and backpacking columnist, Fernanda Madureira, gives tips on how to pack for a round the world (but that applies well to a backpacking) in a very economical way in a super video of the Backpack channel on Youtube (sign up! I’m a friend.