Europe’s Famous Hostels has been around for nearly 25 years, and over that time we’ve seen a lot change for backpackers. Gone are the days of carrying around a brick-like travel guide. Travellers can now access everything they need from their smartphone. From apps, to digital guides, to travel blogs, there’s endless ways to help plan your backpacking adventure! But you have to think like a backpacker in order to get the full experience. Read on for our best Backpacking Tips!
1. Backpacking is a culture
Many people dream of quitting their jobs and taking off on a backpacking adventure. Our first backpacking tip is: backpacking is a culture, but it’s also what you make of it. Whether you’re solo travelling, or adventuring in a group, remember that everyone is on their own journey and have a vision for it. We all have different goals for our adventures!
2. Participate & socialise
Hostels are great places to get to know new people, especially as a solo traveller. The vast majority have common rooms where you can meet people, but they also have activities! While some activities are free, some also come with a SMALL fee. Food nights, pub crawls, free beer tastings, walking tours, and more! This is your moment to try the things you’ve always wanted.
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3. Plan, but be flexible
Planning will definitely help you get the most out of your travels, but sometimes spontaneity can lead us to some amazing places. Of course we recommend making a plan, but if you meet people along the way, or something comes up while on your travels, don’t be scared to stray from your original itinerary.
4. Mingle with the locals
This is where you’ll find all the best local tips while traveling. They’re the source for tips you can’t always find online. And there’s lots of ways to meet locals! Of course it helps to be friendly, but genuine friendliness is what the locals really admire. One of our favourite backpacking tips!
5. Use Social Media Travel Groups to help you plan
And now for a digital backpacking tip: use social media! These platforms can help you find those places off the beaten path. You can join lots of travel groups on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more. Also, try using Instagram geolocations to search for particular hashtags in your destination!
We hope these backpacking tips will help you get the most out of your experience! Europe's Famous Hostels is located in 37 amazing destinations across Europe and Israel, and are ready to host you! Check their website for more fantastic travel guides!