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Hi guys Smile

Well I don’t know if I’m posting this in the right forum, but “packing” seemed to be the most fitting. So if this is in the wrong place, I apologize.

Anyway, I have dreamed of backpacking around Europe since I was about 15. I’m now 17, and I want to go when I’m 18 (in July). However, I don’t know where to start. I’ve been checking out forums and guides online, and have read a few books on backpacking experiences as well as travel magazines.

I went to Germany when I was 16 for a week, and the vibe I got there was incredible. I plan on backpacking all of Europe, and I’d like to know, if you backpacked, how long you spent there and if you would’ve stayed longer?

I don’t really want to plan things out either. I just want to go with the flow. Spend a few days here, a few days there, etc. Is this possible, even if it isn’t a good idea?

Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you Smile

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I don’t really want to plan things out either. I just want to go with the flow. Spend a few days here, a few days there, etc. Is this possible, even if it isn’t a good idea?
Yes, this is fine as a travel style. You’ll probably want to work out 1st and last nights stay (based on the cities you fly into and out of) but the rest can be “as you go.”

I’d start with a list of your “must see” places — understanding that you’ll probably have more than you can fit in for this trip.

Then I’d figure out a budget. How much do you think you can save up for next year? Figure $1,000 for airfare and about $250 per week for city to city transportation (ferries, trains, planes, buses) and then $100 a day for everything else.

Once you know how long you can afford to stay, you can develop a basic plan.

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Working on the timeframe. Thank you for the suggestion Smile

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Hi, I just got back from about a month in Europe. It was my first time going, so I“m not an expert, but I can at least tell you what I did! In that time, I visited Paris, San Sebastian, Barcelona, Nice (with a side trip to Monaco), Florence, Rome, Venice, Salzburg and London. I had everything planned out, but things definitely crop up where you’ll have to be kind of flexible (ie. the Italian train workers went on strike, so we couldn’t get to Italy when we planned), but I would say for me it was a good amount of time. It’s definitely nicer to plan for a few days in the bigger cities so that even if you see a lot of the bigger sites initially, you have time to explore the rest of the city as well.

Another thing to keep in mind is the travel times to get from one place to another when you’re planning the trips. I guess it depends whether you take the train or fly, and how close together the cities are, but make sure you consider it!

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