Best places in europe for backpackers
Choose one of the most exciting and historically fascinating destination in the europe adventurous & classical backpacking itinerary.
For today’s generation of twenty- to thirty-somethings, backpacking in Europe for a few weeks in the vacations is almost like a rite of passage into adulthood. Sleeping on overnight trains, hanging out at cafes all day, and meeting other like-minded vagabonds and wanderers from all over the world at student hostels is what it’s all about! Europe holds enough wonders to fascinate backpackers for a long time. It oozes history and is bulging with beautiful, vibrant cities that you’ll never get bored of.You could go backpacking in Europe for a long time without getting bored. With so many places in such a small area compared to most other continents you can do a lot in a short amount of time. From beautiful Paris, to smoke filled coffeeshops in Amsterdam, to Oktoberfest, to the beaches of Greece, there’s so much to see on the continent. The stunning places of europe; Paris, rome, Zurich, amsterdam, budapest, prague, berlin, barcelona and London are the best for travellers where you could get stuck for a long time.
Traveling throughout Europe is relatively easy, even if you are a penny-pinching traveler with your life strapped to your back. Eurail connects the majority of the continent, and low-season passes offer great travel deals. If you want to save even more money, you could consider traveling by bus; however, this option is longer and much more cramped. Local bus lines and international ones, such as Eurolines, generally offer bus connections across the continent and passes comparable to Eurail’s. If time is an issue, flight carriers Ryanair and easyJet offer affordable options. Both airlines charge for extra baggage and the baggage size constraints on the luggage you are allowed to bring are restrictive. Another easy way to save money is to travel by night so you don’t have to pay for a place to stay.
For most people the idea of Paris draws thoughts of romance, of elegance, and probably of snobby little waiters with their noses in the air. However, for backpackers the first thought that comes to mind thinking of Paris is generally – well, this is gonna get expensive. The truth is, however, that Paris doesn’t have to be a complete budget buster. Paris oozes culture, sophistication and style which is why it is so often the highlight of a trip around Europe. With so many monuments, museums and old architecture to feast your eyes on, you’ll find it difficult to leave (until you have one look at your depleted bank account, then you’ll probably be sprinting out of the city). Although you could spend a lifetime exploring Paris, if you’re on a budget you’ll want to allocate 3-4 days for the things to do in Paris, that should give you enough time to see the highlights without eating into your cash too much.
Paris from 14,50€: You can’t stay cheaper in Paris than during (this) winter! Paris is actually one of the most expensive cities in the world. But during this time of the year you have the chance to stay in Paris for a cheap price. And the city of love is not just a romantic destination for couples! With an average of 3 degrees it’s not freezing cold like the north, but you may wanna think about bringing an umbrella.
Portugal is every bit of the Old World wonder and natural beauty that Spain and Italy are, but at a far more reasonable price. Lisbon is a work of art that shows the weight of its age, but remains proud and elegant all the same. For backpackers, getting from Porto (the first point of entry on many budget flights) down to the Algarve (the stunning coastal region on the southern most point of Portugal) which joins up with Spain is pretty cheap, comfortable and easy. A great public transport system means that chopping and changing from the coast to Fatmia and other inland attractions (the wine route, for example) are not a problem and are pretty comfortable. For great weather, beautiful scenery, excellent wine and festive people, Portugal is incredible value for money.
Looking back on my travels in Europe, Budapest is very high on the list of my favorite cities. Budapest is one of the most underrated cities in all of Europe. Stretching across the banks of the Danube River, the Hungarian capital is a must see. First of all, it’s important to get an understanding of how the city is laid out. The Danube River runs through the city. In 1849, the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest was opened as the first permanent bridge across the Danube. One side of the river is Buda and the other side of the river is Pest. Buda is known for its green hills, sweeping panoramas, and historical monuments. Pest is lively, cultural, and frankly where everything happens (check out the nightlife in VII. district). Most visitors to Budapest are given the advice: “Visit Buda, but stay in Pest.” Not to say one is superior to the other, they are simply distinct parts that unite the Hungarian capital.
Inca Trail, Peru
The Inca Trail has been very high up on the list of backpacking Must Sees for many moons. Although it’s frequently criticised for being overly commercialised, Machu Picchu is every bit as mysterious and beautiful as the pamphlets say – you just have to share the view with a few other people. But there is so much more to this wonderful South American destination than the fabled ruins – which are still worth seeing, along with plenty of other sites that will also blow your mind. The coastline is peppered with secluded beaches to lose yourself on, lively towns that lend themselves to great parties, great festivals and spicy food that puts the sun’s fire in your mouth (in a good way).
It may not be your first choice as an art-heavy destination but we promise Lodz is coming up with the sickest street art around. Shedding its former soviet grays, Poland as a country is hitting the art scene strong, with Lodz making the biggest push to beautify from the street level. Artists like Etam Cru are transforming the city’s tall buildings into towering gypsy chicks, surrealistic structures and wildly-colored animals. Peeping the pictures isn’t enough; taking a proper art walk through the streets of Lodz is absolutely necessary for the full effect.
A Backpacker’s Guide to Rome
Rome is one of the most exciting and historically fascinating cities in the world, and a hugely popular location for gap year backpackers, especially those on InterRailing trips through Europe. The Italian capital does have a reputation for being a bit pricey, and as such many travellers shy away. But with a little research you’ll quickly see that the Eternal City can easily be experienced on a budget – at least one relative to other cities in Western Europe.
Each region of Spain, from fast-talking Andalucia to metro-chic Catalunya, is unique in its own right and the northern region of Galicia is known for its lung-busting greenery. “The country of a thousand rivers,” Galicia has some of the densest forests around. Once you’ve osmosized all the oxygen you can handle, hopping around the various cities in the region will get you back in touch with what Spain does best, namely, castles, tapas and hot ass Spanish chicks.