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June 24th, 2014 Tips for a Budget Friendly Backpacking Trip in Europe

Every summer, there are thousands of budget focused but utterly ambitious young backpackers that fly to Europe for the purpose of searching for experience and adventure during their holidays in an entirely different culture. Many of the young travelers would like to have a cost effective safe and great package tours, while there are those who choose to divert from the trend and just wait where they will go with their instincts, something that can definitely become heavy on the pocket right away. If you have plans to go backpacking in Europe, here are some budget friendly tips that you might want to keep in mind.

One of the best things that you can do is to look for free walking tours. Majority of the main European cities have companies offering backpackers with free walking tours, running from 1 to 3 hours every day where you can explore the important cultural hotspots in the country. The guides of these tours are usually charismatic and knowledgeable expats who have a true passion for the country. You can ask them about the best sites that are commonly taken for granted by the other travelers.

When you go backpacking, it might seem very enticing to eat delicious tapas or indulge in a scrumptious pasta dish served in high end restaurants. But even though it can be tempting to try the authentic cuisines of the country for your meals, your budget may find it a bit hard to stomach. So, during your backpacking trip, it will be best if you plan your diet around eating out once every day and then buying snacks and ingredients for the rest.

Similar with most of the travel hotspots all over the world, Europe is also jam packed with hostels that accommodate budget travelers. But these usually lack hotel amenities. However, you have to remember that no two hostels are the same, which means that there are some that are owned by continent-wide chains while others are run by families. If you want to get the best out of your bucks, you have to stay away from hostels striving to achieve an environment similar to that of hotels. Oftentimes, their prices are larger than their size and establishments of this kind also lack facilities that can only be found in smaller hostels, charging for things that are not being charged by the smaller hostels. For a budget friendly backpacking trip, it will be best for you to stick to smaller hostels that offer great quality services.

While other destinations such as South America and Thailand are places that are cheaper to visit for dedicated backpackers who are on a tight schedule, there is no doubt that Europe still remains as the most famous place among those people who would like to explore everything that the world has to offer. Even though there are costly and expensive ways for enjoying the continent, there are also many ways to enjoy it the cheaper way, particularly when your backpacking itinerary is open to brand new and more exciting experiences.