It’s time for new experiences, new feelings, new emotions and new stories! Your backpacking trip around Europe starts today. You are going to tour around the old continent on a shoestring as you want to spend as much time possible travelling, and see as many new places as you can. With this in mind, we have compiled our top ten tips for saving money whilst backpacking around Europe.
Breathe in the air of freedom of Amsterdam, appease your senses walking around the Champs D’Elysees of Paris, get to know the passion of the Parisian nightlife, show off some style in Berlin, check out Prague’s antique beauty, see why everybody is talking about London… Europe is full of exciting destinations and you want to see them all! These are just some of the better known cities. From north to south and from east to west, the European continent is the ideal place to go backpacking.
What’s more, if you are thinking about starting your backpacking trip soon, you need to have a few things in mind: the first is obvious – the more time you have available, the more you can see, the more you can discover. But this comes at a cost – so the further you can stretch your pennies, the better. Remember that overnight stays in hotels, and the travelling part itself are where most of your budget will go. So we have compiled these tips to save money and help you on your backpacking trip around Europe. Take note!
1. Plan your trip well
Yes, of course it is so much more fun if you just pack up and leave without thinking too much about where you are going next. But it is always a good idea to make a note of the places you want to see and pencil your tour on the map to see which places are closer, and which parts you can skip.
2. Make a daily budget
This is an essential part of the planning for your backpacking trip around Europe. Check how much you can realistically afford to spend each day. Don’t go over that amount – stick to your daily budget!
3. Low-cost transport
Options like carpooling or traveling by train with Interrail are the best options. Not only will sabe wait times at airports, but it is a great opportunity to meet new friends along the way. See Famous Hostels offer with Interrail/Eurail Ticket.
4. With hostels you pay for experience
Is there a better place to stay in Europe than hostels? Besides being thousand times cooler than hotels, hostels provide a cool and relaxing environment at a fair price. Forget the cheap and basic idea of a hostel with bunk beds with nothing more to offer, read our Ultimate Guide for Hostels or Five reasons why you should stay at Europe’s Famous Hostels based on my Eurotrip experience.
5. Don’t overdo it with the food!
It isn’t necessary to spend a fortune to eat well, local food is often cheaper than imported goods, as well as more authentic. A good tip for backpackers is to go to local bars where you can try the most typical local cuisine without airs and graces. Another option is to buy food in supermarkets, given that it is of course a cheaper option than a restautrant.
6. Street atmosphere
Lots of the cities that you will visit will have activities organised by local councils or associations. Local festivities are celebrated in the streets, and these are often the most authentic things to do. You can see how people really live without spending on pricey tourist attractions.
7. Culture is free
Generally, museums are free and they are a great way to get to know the city you are visiting without spending a fortune. Not only that, but you can learn a lot about the city, too. If you fancy a few museums in the same place which aren’t free, check online for bundles tos ave yourself a few extra pennies. You might get to queue jump for pre-sale tickets, too.
Of course, with a backpack you aren’t going to be able to take your whole wardrobe. Remember to budget for launderettes, even though these are generally affordable and you can keep your clothes looking new, or nearly new, in exchange for a few coins.
9. Careful with souvenirs
This can be difficult as we all like to buy a little something for our nearest and dearest. However, souvenirs are almost always overpriced and take up precious space in your backpack. Why not send a postcard instead? Definitely cheaper, and a little more personal.
10. Make friends
This is the secret to a successful backpacking trip around Europe. Be careful though, we don’t mean make friends for personal gain, but authentic friendships. Find out about the people you are travelling with, you may make a friend for life. Your backpacking trip is guaranteed to change your life.