10 Ways to Save Money Backpacking Europe
1. You really don’t need an international phone plan. In Europe almost every place you go will have WiFi and with iMessage and FaceTime you’ll have no problem connecting back to home. One worry we had was maps because we were doing a lot of walking and needed directions. We found though that even when not on WiFi your google maps should still pick up where you are so you can use it to get around.
2. Flix bus saved our wallets! If you want rides from country to county for under $20 it’s the way to go. If you can book in advance, be very organized, and be okay with long rides…I highly recommend!
3. If traveling with someone else, share meals! My boyfriend and I shared almost every meal for 2 months 😯 It sounds crazy but honestly think about how much food you waste when you get that huge pizza all for yourself. Get some bread for an appetizer, and share a plate of pasta! A beer will help you fill up as well! 😉
4. Walk walk walk! We did not take one taxi or Uber ever. Walking everywhere gives you a chance to explore and save quite a few Euros. When you can’t walk take the metro or a local bus system.
5. Bring a reusable water bottle. Most all restaurants will charge you for water. It might not seem like a lot but it adds up!
6. Get a travel credit card. The fees that you spend on transactions and taking money out of the atm really add up! If you have decent credit, Bank of America has a great Travel Rewards credit card you can swipe your way through Europe with and earn points for your next trip.
7. Book accommodation and transportation in advance. I know going with the flow is exciting but I have checked prices through my travels and they always go up as the date nears. Booking ahead keeps your trip costs lower and also takes away some stress while you’re there.
8. Be careful with tours. There are so many exciting tours and excursions to choose from while traveling but they are so pricey! I’d say do some research before and pick one that you really really want to do. Also make sure there isn’t a free way to see it, a lot of times you can still go without the “tour part of it.” Ask around for tips!
9. Accommodation. Hostels are usually very cheap and a great way to travel around the world. We’ve found though that when traveling with a partner air bnb is usually a better deal! We found many air bnbs in the city and split between two people were the same price as the hostels. Again, planning your travels prior to departure gives you the freedom to compare prices and find what’s best for you.
10. Make a mental decision to try your very best to be smart with your money while you travel. Also decide that you are going to enjoy yourself! Money is important and without enough of it your adventures would be limited, but don’t let money ruin a glass of wine you enjoy, a tour through an old cathedral, or a scoop of some yummy gelato. It’s all about having a good balance!
Ultimate Europe Backpacking List With Links!
I have gotten some questions about how I live out of one backpack for 2 months or more so I thought I’d write a post about it!
First of all, I brought this backpack Gregory Mountain Products Jade 38 Liter Women’s Backpack, Dark Charcoal, Small
which was a bit too large for my backpacking trip. Mine would’ve been a good size if I brought camping or intense hiking gear, which I didn’t. I recommend the one that my boyfriend brought instead which is a Deuter ACT Trail 30, Black / GraniteThese still are supportive and are small enough that you can walk all day with them on. You need to decide which type of trip you are going on and how much stuff you need and want to carry around.
I will be honest I did not originally have the perfect packing list, which I found out a couple weeks into my trip. Here is my new and improved packing list!
1-3 months summer packing list to Europe for women:
✔️1 light weight rain jacket
✔️1 pair of light weight pants
✔️1 pair of jeans
✔️1 loose fitting long sleeve
✔️2 pairs of nice shorts
✔️1 pair of athletic shorts (comfortable enough you can wear to bed)
Nike Womens Dry Tempo Running Short (Small)Black
✔️4-5nice shirts (neutral colors)
✔️1 long sleeve
✔️1 light weight open sweater
✔️7 pairs of underwear
✔️2 sport bras
✔️1 swimsuit suit
✔️1 pair of hiking shoes (if hiking)
Oboz Women’s Bridger Bdry Hiking Boot,Rio Red,8 M US
✔️If you are not doing intense hiking get a comfotable pair of running or closed toe shoe.
✔️1 pair of comfortable sandals for everyday walking
Chaco Women’s ZX1 Classic Athletic Sandal, Braid Blue, 8 M US
✔️2 pairs of either hiking or short socks FITS Light Hiker – Crew Socks, Black, XL
With the list above you can create many stylish outfits which I will show how to do in my next post!
1 small bag filled with:
✔️1 tube of mascara
✔️1 stick of eye liner
✔️1 lipgloss or chapstick
✔️1 small container of coverup
✔️1 container or bronzer and/or blush
✔️1 small eye shadow
My favorite type of makeup when traveling is Bare Minerals.
✔️1 tooth brush
✔️1 container of floss
✔️1 razor Gillette Venus Women’s Swirl 5 Contour Blade Razor Refills, 4 Count
✔️1 small container of face lotion
✔️1 small container of leave in conditioner (if needed)
Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream, 2.53 Ounce
✔️If staying in hostels…1 quick dry towel
(buy shampoo, conditioner, and sunscreen when you get there)
✔️1 pack of playing cards
✔️1 hat (unless you want to buy one there)
✔️1 pair of sunglasses
I brought a small backpack for during the day which I found was very useful. I would carry my money, phone, water, sunscreen, and other stuff almost every travel day! It was difficult when I went on a plane that only allowed one carry on, but I had enough room to actually fit my small backpack into my big one for cases like these. When I was walking for a long time with both backpacks I wore the smaller one in front and larger one in back. Here is my favorite one: Osprey Packs Daylite Backpack, Black
My number one recommendation is to leave room to buy souvenirs and other clothing! My second recommendation is to spend money on comfortable, supportive shoes! You will be doing so much walking it is very important.