This year seems to be flying by, and as I get older I am truly realizing how quickly time is passing. There are so many destinations I want to visit all around the world, as well as experience different cultures and food.
I’m in the beginning planning process of my trip to Europe, and just the thought of it gets me super giddy! Below I’m going to list approximately when I’ll be going on my trip, along with which countries I want to hit, as well as how I plan on doing it, along with my reason why for wanting to travel (solo most likely).
My approximate dates are sometime between May-August, with it being summer vacation and me (most likely) being off from my job at the high school. I know these are peak months and everything will be a little bit more expensive, but I’ll still be making it work with using my frugal skills throughout the trip. I’m not exactly how sure I will be in Europe, but I want to make sure there is enough time for each country without feeling rushed.
As of now, I would like to hit Ireland, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, and France. I originally wanted to try to hit as many countries as possible, but I decided that I want to (attempt) to get the realest feel of the country as I possibly can in the short time frame. I want to not only hit the “touristy” destinations, but also the smaller villages far away from the feel of simply being in a tourist area. I want to hit up a pub filled with Irishman and eat pasta from a small local restaurant in a small town in Italy.
Please send country/city recommendations to my email at Fitnancials@gmail.com or comment below.
I originally planned on using some kind of tour bus company, but decided that I should probably plan the trip out entirely on my own to make it plenty cheaper. I will most likely go with Eurail and try to use Couchsurfing as often as possible. My mom used Couchsurfing the entire time she was in Europe and it made me really jealous! She stayed with men, gypsies, and an older lady whose house was filled with cats. She also stayed at a hostel with people my age, who welcomed her with open arms and also made her go bar hopping with them. Sounded like quite the trip.
Because simply, why not?
Traveling opens an entire new world to me. I get to experience different cultures, amazing food, and meet awesome life-long friends. I get to learn the basics of the language, as well as try to get by in the smaller villages with the local language. The amount of confidence I gain after each trip is life altering and makes me love life so much more.
Do you have any advice or tips regarding my Europe backpacking trip? Have you ever been backpacking in Europe?