4 Golden Tips for Backpacking Through Europe

A backpacker in Iceland
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Europe has it all: iconic cities, quaint villages, mountains, beaches, and lakes. Unsurprisingly, it’s one of the most popular backpacking destinations in the world. If you’re ready to explore the continent and discover some of its best-hidden corners, there are a few golden rules to know before you set off on your journey.

Be Savvy About Accommodation

Even in Europe’s pricier destination, the hostel system means there is always an affordable place to stay, and some hostels are truly fantastic. During the summer, university accommodations are also a cheap option in some countries. If you’re traveling during the peak summer months, it’s important to book in advance.

Take the Train

Getting around by train is the best option when traveling through Europe, and you will get to appreciate the diversity of the continent at ground level. Plus, you can make longer journeys overnight and sleep on the train, which will save costs for accommodation.

Eat Like a Local

A backpacking budget shouldn’t stop you from savoring the many great cuisines of Europe. If you skip the tourist traps and stick to locals’ recommendations, you’ll find plenty of affordable and worthwhile foodie experiences.

Get Outdoors

When traveling through Europe, it can be tempting to go on a capital cities tour—but you’ll be missing out on a lot. Europe has much to offer in terms of the great outdoors – from Bulgaria’s Rila Mountains to Portugal’s beautiful Alentejo coast (and everything in between).