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Great Tips-For-Backpacking Europe

Updated on October 12, 2011

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Useful backpacking tips

Below are some useful tips I think will help you for back packing Europe, and for that matter, the rest of the World:

1. You should decide what you're going to need for your trip, and then reduce this amount by at least half. A big mistake that many travelers commit is bringing way too much with them for their trip. You're striving to enjoy your vacation and visiting places that are absolutely incredible should not be impacted by incredible luggage loads. You should also factor in that you will likely purchase souvenirs which will take up space in your luggage.

2. I suggest you get a camping towel! Believe me, the first time I traveled through Europe I took an ordinary beach towel and by the end of the trip I couldn't stand the sight of it! It didn't matter how many times it was washed it just never seemed the same. But luckily you can buy camping towels (that are very similar to a sham wow) that are anti-bacterial, dry very fast and absorb lots of water. The second time I traveled Europe, this was best improvement in packing I made!

3. You should use websites to book your hotels. By doing so you're able to save a great deal of money on hotels by being able to book on short notice. Some people like to have the security of booking quite far in advance in which case you still get the best deals online. You don't want to be wandering around cities at night hoping to find a place to stay. For example, You'll sometimes find a cheap Paris hotel will close up at midnight if they think they have no more guests arriving.

4. Hostels also give one a unique social setting you're not likely to encounter anywhere else. The really amazing thing about staying in hostels is you have the opportunity to form great friendships from all over the world with people who are traveling like you. Though you may only be friends for a short period of time they help cement that trip into your mind.

5. Once you are in Europe, a great way to travel is with a EU rail Pass. These passes can really save you a lot of cash once abroad. As well the trains are an incredible way to travel around most places in Europe. Essentially how these passes work is that you pre-pay for your tickets before you leave and get a significant discount. It takes a little research to determine what pass is right for you but from my experience it is always a good buy!

6. If you're traveling to remote destinations it's a good idea to look into discount airliners that are located in Europe to supplement your EU rail pass. Good airliner companies to look into are Ryan Air and Easy Jet. It's very common for people to find flights for as low as $50.

7. When you're traveling in foreign countries, especially for long periods of time, it's very important to register with your embassy to let them know what countries you'll be in. The reason is just for peace of mind in case of disaster or other events that could leave you stuck in a remote country. By doing so the embassy can account for your and have a rough idea of where you are. Though the odds are quite small that disaster could strike, it's better to be safe than sorry when traveling abroad and to be prepared just by chance disaster does strike.

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      Daniel Christian 8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      You are so welcome.

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      Bbudoyono 8 years ago

      Thanks for your tips.

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      Daniel Christian 8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thanks, glad I could help.

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      smartin55 8 years ago

      Rather smart ideas.