750 MILLION people | 230 languages | 50 countries | 28 currencies
SHOESTRING TRAVEL BUDGET
€25/day : Turkey
€30/day : Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania
€35/day : Russia
€45/day : Spain
€50/day : Germany
€60/day : France
€65/day : Finland, Sweden
€70/day : Iceland
€75/day : Norway
€80/day : Switzerland
UKRAINE – Kiev
ALBANIA – Tirana
CZECH REPUBLIC – Ostrava
GERMANY – Berlin
GREECE – Santorini
CYPRUS – Cyprus
POLAND – Poznan
PORTUGAL – Lisbon
TURKEY – Istanbul
ESTONIA – Tallinn
ENGLAND – London
Booking.com – Booking beds in advance is usually the norm in Europe. Booking.com is a reliable option.
Hostelworld – Offers a pretty similar service. Extensive choice of hostels right across the continent.
Bahn – German train site with reliable train times for all of Europe.
Interrail – Get a train pass for the continent or just 1 country. (Use only if from or living in Europe).
Eurail – Same as above but for non-European citizens.
Eurolines – Extensive European coach network with special passes available.
Skyscanner – Use to quickly find the cheapest flights.
Ryanair – Grotty but very cheap budget airline with extensive network in Europe.
Couchsurfing – Well worth signing up for to get free accommodation and access to huge numbers of events.
WORTH A READ
The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown’s cryptic novel takes you on a whirlwind tour of the cathedrals and castles of Europe.
Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle – Dervla Murphy’s account of her epic journey through Europe and across the Himalayas to India.
The Innocents Abroad – One of the most influential travel books ever written about travel in Europe and the Holy Land.
The Invisible Circus – Follow youngster Phoebe on her travels through 1970’s hippie Europe.
The Sun Also Rises – From Paris to Pamplona. Backpacking for the ‘lost generation’.
EUROPE IN A NUTSHELL!
Europe is pretty damn hard to sum up in a paragraph or two. At one point pretty much the entire planet was ruled over by this small corner of the world. Nowadays it’s facing economic problems that are rolling on well into their sixth or seventh year and the depressing reality is that if you’re under 25 in countries like Spain or Greece then chances are you’re unemployed and struggling for a future.
However to say Europe is in decline doesn’t quite tell the whole tale. It boasts some of the coolest cities in the world and continues to be a dominant trend-setter in terms of music, sports, art and fashion. The continent now consists of 50 or so countries, most of which have their own language and interesting cultural quirks. The fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 has brought about rapid changes and modernisation in half of this continent with some fascinating results.
THE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Long term travel in Europe isn’t possible unless you are literally made of money. Therefore you need to come to some decisions about which places you really want to see. You don’t necessarily have to stick to one region as flights are relatively inexpensive but it’s probably best to have an area where you will focus on for the bulk of your trip.
Our suggested backpacker routes might provide some inspiration. If you want some sun and beach time as well as some lively Latin fun than Spain and Portugal are perfect. If you’re a city lover then Interrailing around Central Europe will be right up your street. In a matter of weeks you can visit many of Europe’s finest capitals including Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, Vienna and Prague. For those with a sense for adventure then the Baltics or the Balkans are becoming increasingly popular with budget travellers over the past decade or so.