Have you just completed four rigorous years of college and are about to have your degree in hand? Congratulations to you for all of your hard work, self-discipline and motivation. A great way to top off your college education is to backpack through Europe and explore the history, culture and cities. One of the great things about a backpacking trip is that it can be enjoyed on a limited budget. Follow these recommendations from the European travel gurus to jump start the process of planning your European backpacking tour.
The first step in the planning process is to check the expiration date on your passport. Many European countries require to least ninety days after the date of return on your round trip ticket. Applications for new and renewal passports are available at your local post office. Pay special attention to the documentation requirements for applicants under the age of twenty-one. Allow at least three months for the application to be processed leading up to the busy months. Take a picture of your new passport with your smartphone and email it to a family member. Should your passport be lost or stolen while travelling abroad, a photo of a recent passport will speed up the replacement process.
Set a budget and select which countries you would most like to visit. Plan to spend at least three to four days in each country; otherwise you’ll be spending more time travelling than actually exploring cities and villages. Check out the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and consider booking your vacation through Apple Vacations to enjoy competitive rates and a variety of packages. Purchase your train pass prior to departure. Many train passes are designed with unlimited hop on and hop off privileges. This allows for a much more flexible travel schedule. Plan to pack light as you’ll be on and off trains and in and out of hotels and hostels very frequently.
Finally, check with your cell phone carrier on data plans for the countries you intend to visit. Know that public wifi is not nearly as popular in many European cities as it is in the United States. Another option is to purchase a prepaid SIM card in each country. Before selecting this option confirm that your phone has a removable SIM card.
Prepare to have a trip that will result in amazing life time memories!