Tips for Backpacking in Europe

Are you about to set off on a backpacking trip to Europe? This is an increasingly popular trip for recent college graduates. After four years of hard work (and lots of fun) and trip to Europe is a great finish to a stellar education. Follow these recommendations from the travel experts to ensure your trip is headache free and exceeds your expectations.

Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and book your trip from one of the many options available through Apple Vacations. Check your passport. If you need to apply for a renewal or initial passport, allow at least two to three months for processing. Most European countries require at least ninety days remaining prior to expiration on a passport before allowing entry. Check with your cell phone provider for a data package in Europe or prepare to purchase SIM cards for your phone in each country. Not having a specific data plan for travel abroad can generate excessive fees. Purchase outlet conversion plugs to charge your various devices

Select the countries you’ll be visiting. It’s recommended to spend at least two nights in each destination. Otherwise, you’ll lose the opportunity to gain an understanding of the culture and spend far too much time traveling.  Research your Eurail options prior to departure and book your train package in advance.  Secure your accommodations in each of these countries. Youth hostels are an inexpensive options and a great way to meet other young travelers.

Pack light; pack very light. You’ll spend an incredible amount of time carrying your backpack around and will appreciate as light a load as possible. Bring a small day pack to use as you explore the various cities and sights on your itinerary. Finally, be open to new ideas and new ways of doing things. Always remember that you are guest in each country you visit. Be respectful and mindful of their culture. Take plenty of pictures and enjoy your grand European adventure.