Last update: 05/25/23 | May 25, 2023
Backpack Europe is still one of my favorite things to do as a traveler. There is not a year when I do not cross the continent (except 2020 when no one crossed Europe).
During the summer, the hostels bustle with life, the Mediterranean sparkles, the streets fill with people slowly drinking wine and enjoying the day, and the late setting sun leads to long, wonderful days. Winter brings Christmas markets, skiing, fewer people and lower prices! And spring and fall bring the right mix of people, temperatures and prices that make these two seasons my favorite for traveling in Europe.
Since starting this website in 2008, I have written a lot messages about Europe. I visit Europe several times a year, I have traveled all over the continent, I have lived there several times and even organize visits there.
With so much content on the blog, I wanted to create a resource page that will help you easily plan your backpacking trip to Europe. So you won’t miss anything! In this article, you’ll find all of my top resources on planning a backpacking or budget trip to Europe, including destination guides, transportation tips, accommodation info, ways to meet people and much more!
So, without further ado, here’s everything you could want to know about hiking in Europe:
Step 1: Plan your backpacking trip to Europe
How not to feel overwhelmed when planning – Planning the perfect trip to Europe can be daunting and overwhelming. I’ve been there and I get it, but I can tell you from years of experience that the more you plan your trip, the more anxious you’ll be.
How to save for your trip – Is money stopping you from taking the trip of your dreams? Here are 22 easy ways to reduce your daily expenses to save money when traveling in Europe.
How to find a cheap flight – Getting to Europe can be half the challenge. Luckily, there are now a ton of flight deals to the mainland if you know when and how to look for them. This article will show you how to always get a cheap flight to Europe.
How to earn points for free flights and hotel stays – Free trips are my favorite type of trip! This article shows you eight strategies I use to get over a million loyalty points. These will allow you to get out of your home faster, cheaper and comfortably!
How to stay (legally) in Europe for more than 90 days – Every year, thousands of travelers wonder how they can stay in Europe for more than 90 days, which is the limit in the Schengen area. The good news is that there are different ways to stay. In this article, I share what you can do to stay legally beyond 90 days and on the mainland in general.
How to Avoid Paying ATM Fees – You should never have to pay bank charges when accessing your money in Europe! Here are my tips for avoiding bank charges while hiking in Europe.
Is Europe safe to visit? – Here’s how to make sure you stay safe when traveling across the continent.
Step 2: Get your equipment for Europe in a backpack
How to choose the best backpack – It is important to choose a quality backpack for your trip because it is going to be beaten during your trip! This guide to choosing the right travel backpack will help you determine the best backpack for your trip.
What to pack for your trip – What should you take on your trip? Well, there’s no one right answer, but this list will give you a good starting point. It’s what I take with me on my travels (although you’ll have to do some seasonal variation, I’m sure!).
The ultimate packing list for female travelers – In this article, Kristin Addis shares her packing ideas for women, so you can travel just about anywhere without spending a fortune on gear.
How to buy good travel insurance – Travel insurance is one of the most important things you will need for your trip. You wouldn’t have a car without auto insurance or a house without home insurance, and you can’t travel without travel insurance!
The best travel cameras – Wondering what kind of camera you should buy for your trip? This article will show you exactly what you need, whatever your budget!
Step 3: How to get amazing accommodation in Europe
How to find cheap accommodation – If you’re looking to stay somewhere other than a hotel or hostel, this article lists all the types of places you can rest in Europe – from couches to farmhouses and even monasteries!
How to find a good hostel – This article presents my top tips for finding an affordable, clean and fun hostel where you can meet lots of amazing people.
The best hostels in Europe – Here is a list of European hostels that I would definitely use again if I had the chance. Hope this helps you on your next European backpacking adventure!
How to become a house sitter – This is a practical guide to housesitting, a wonderful opportunity that lets you stay somewhere rent-free in exchange for watching someone’s house.
For more budget accommodation suggestion, check out my hostel hub page. It has all my favorite hostels in Europe!
And to know where to stay in each city, visit my list of the best neighborhoods in Europe!
Step 4: move to Europe at a lower cost
7 cheap ways to travel across Europe – Traveling across Europe can still be quite expensive. Here are seven ways to travel in Europe without breaking the bank.
The ultimate guide to saving money with Eurail passes – Everyone traveling in Europe wonders if they will save money by buying a rail pass or if it is cheaper to buy tickets as they go. This detailed article describes everything you need to know to buy a rail pass!
Step 5: Save money traveling in Europe
How to save money on food – During a trip to Europe, food often becomes a major expense. Here are some tips for saving money on food so you can still afford a good meal once in a while.
How to use the sharing economy to save money – The rise of the sharing economy has made backpacking in Europe much easier and cheaper. This article lists all of my favorite carpooling and carpooling sites so you can get off the beaten path and experience daily life with the locals!
61 tips to make you the savviest traveler – These 61 travel tips will help you become an expert traveler who gets around Europe cheaper, better, longer and smarter!
14 major travel scams to avoid – Losing money to an avoidable travel scam sucks. Find out which scams to watch out for in Europe and avoid a potential headache!
Step 6: Find out what to see and do in Europe
What do you do while hiking in Europe? A LOT ! Here are all of my comprehensive budget travel guides for destinations across Europe with tips and advice on what to do and see, ways to save money and typical costs for each. You will find advice specific to each country as well as a multitude of cities listed.
I have over 100 guides to places in Europe! Everything you need to know about your destination is in these articles!
In addition to the country guides above, I’ve created tons of cool itineraries for cities all over Europe. You can find my best routes in Europe here!
This massive list of resources will help you plan your trip to Europe in an easy-to-follow step-by-step model so you don’t get lost, overspend or get stressed out about your next dream trip. Europe is one of my favorite parts of the world (which is why I spend so much time there). There is so much variety in food, culture and language, as well as so much history. I love the continent and hope you use these tips to plan your ultimate European backpacking adventure!
Get your detailed budget guide to Europe!
My in-depth 200+ page guide is made for budget travelers like you! It cuts through the fluff found in other guides and goes straight to the practical information you need for traveling in Europe. He suggested itineraries, budgets, ways to save money, things to see and do off the beaten path, non-touristy restaurants, markets, bars, safety tips and much more. ! Click here to learn more and get your copy today.
Book your trip to Europe: logistical tips and tricks
Book your flight
To use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. They are my favorite search engine as they search websites and airlines worldwide so you always know that no stone is left unturned!
Book your accommodation
You can book your hostel with Hostelworld because they have the largest inventory and the best offers. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com because they consistently return the cheapest rates for bed and breakfasts and budget hotels.
For suggestions on where to stay during your trip, here are my favorite hostels in Europe!
Don’t forget travel insurance
Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft and cancellations. It’s complete protection in case something goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I had to use it many times in the past. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:
Looking for the best companies to save money with?
Check out my resource page for the best companies to use when traveling. I list all the ones I use to save money when I’m on the road. They will also save you money when traveling.
Want more information about Europe?
Be sure to visit our robust destination guide to europe for even more planning tips!