Backpacking In Europe

Written by Liza Hartung
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When planning a backpacking in Europe trip, there are several key things to do before you set off. Obviously, you will need your plane tickets, a sturdy backpack and a general plan. This doesn't mean you have to know where you are going to go from day to day. It does, however, mean that you should have some sort of travel pass for the countries you are planning to visit.

Most backpackers aren't swimming in money. They want to save what they can on travel and lodging so they can spend more on tours, sightseeing and food. One of the smartest ways to save money is to purchase a Eurail ticket or a train pass. The Eurail network covers 17 European countries.

Planning Your European Backpacking Trip

If you are only planning on going to a few of those, you can find a pass that fits. You do not have to get a Eurail pass for all 17 countries. Take a look at the countries you definitely want to visit. You may have others on your list that you would like to get to, but aren't sure if you are going to have the time. If that is your situation, compare the prices of tickets if you were to include those extra countries and the price if you weren't.

See if the price difference is worth it to you. In addition, see how much it would cost to get individual tickets to those extra countries. Let's say you knew you were going to Norway, Sweden and Finland, but you wanted to see Germany if possible. See what a ticket would cost to Germany and back to where you started. If it's less than including Germany on your travel pass, go ahead and leave it off.

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