Backpacking Europe – Phase I; Initial Trip Planing

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This step-by-step trip guide was created by the savvy backpacker team to prove that planning budget travel doesn’t have to be daunting; whether you’re backpacking through Europe or just a budget-minded independent traveler. Read this article via Catcher pouch.

This guide is broken down into different phases of the planning process:

  1. Initial Trip Planning
  2. Budgeting and Money
  3. Packing Lists and Advice
  4. Accommodation
  5. Transportation
  6. Travel Gear and Travel Services Recommendations
  7. More Helpful Travel Tips

This blog is all about the first phase:

Initial Trip Planning

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Europe Itinerary Planning and Travel Logistics

In our opinion, creating a travel itinerary (even if it a loose outline) is essential when planning your travel to Europe. It’s even more essential if you want to go backpacking cheaply in Europe.

Here’s the thing about visiting Europe… you could travel for over 12 months and still feel like you’ve missed a lot. Everyone has difficulty choosing where to visit. It’s probably the most common struggle. It takes a lot of creativity, and you’ll probably spend many hours trying to nail down your itinerary.

There are multiple strategies for traveling, and it’s up to you to find the one that works the best for your journey.

Choosing Travel Insurance

We recommend buying travel insurance for your trip to protect against any unforeseen travel mishaps. Here are some Tips.

Each travel insurance plan will be different but most cover a few common things medical emergencies, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation/interruption, lost luggage, and property theft/damage. The amount of compensation for each area will so we suggest you DO NOT skip the terms and Conditions.

The Savvy Backpacker’s city travel guides

Discover practical travel information, must-see sights, where to eat, how much to budget, public transportation tips, where to stay and more than 20 of the most iconic cities in Europe.

Ex: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Cinque Terre, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Florence, Hamburg, Iceland, Krakow, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Nice, Paris, Prague, Rome, Seville, Venice and Vienna.

Finding Cheap Airfare to Europe

Your plane ticket to Europe is one of your greatest expenses, so make sure you are aware of high season(Mid-June-August), shoulder season (Mid-September-Late November & Easter-Mid June) and low season(Mid-November-Easter) and learn about the best departure time to Europe from sources like TripAdvisor.

Best Travel Guidebooks and Online sources

From Lonely Planet and Rick Steves guidebooks to Wikitravel and TripAdvisor, there is a wealth of information to help you choose what to do and see. But as we prefer; We suggest online guides and specially written by locals so you can see the comments. This way your evaluation will be easier.

Choosing Travel Seasons

The summer might be the busiest travel season, but Europe is a great place to visit year-round. We suggest you list pro and cons of traveling in low, Shoulder or high season before you decide for sure how much you can pay for your trip

Pre-departure Travel Advice

Before you head off to Europe, be sure to make a checklist of all the important documents or stuff so you don’t overlook any small, but, important details like your passport validation, house keys, money and …

Follow our blog chain of initial trip planning to backpacking Europe.

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