Backpacking can be an unforgettable and irreplaceable adventure. It’s just you and your backpack, traveling to places, meeting people, gaining experiences. However, the first-time backpacker can be apprehensive since this does sound like quite an undertaking. If you are just deciding to go on your first backpacking trip around Europe, you may wonder what to bring or where to go. But, with our list of tips, you can safely plan your very first adventure.
Cult of Perv Moms
Europe is going crazy about the newest adult-themed production called PervMom. The series is basically about perverted moms living in the families who think only about how to get laid, one way or another. Can you imagine having sex with your step-family members? These moms don’t mind – they seduce their step-sons just to have some sexual satisfaction. Why we mention that? Well, mostly because you will notice the talks about this production in every country in EU you go!
What to bring
Surely what you will think first is that you will need a lot of stuff, especially if you are planning a longer trip. However, believe it or not, that is not the case. First-time backpackers usually bring too much stuff which they start to regret very soon. The basic rule is that your backpack’s weight should be about a third of your body weight.
So, the trick is to bring as little as you need. The most important things are of course your passport and money. You can buy everything else on the road. Try to always keep your money and passport close to you, preferably in an inside pocket.
Also, you should have at least one change of clean and dry clothes at any time. You never know what may happen or when the weather might change. So, always be prepared.
Another useful tip is to invest in a first-aid kit. Now, you do not need to go overboard and buy the most expensive one, but it is important to at least have access to some sort of medicine (at least bandages) when you are traveling.
What you could also bring is a lightweight but durable camera. When traveling, most people enjoy capturing the moment they are in on camera. Of course, this is just a friendly suggestion and not a real necessity.
And, do not forget that you will be spending a lot of time on your feet. So, choose comfortable and durable shoes. If you are traveling in summer, consider sandals or flip-flops. They are comfortable and they let your feet breathe, as opposed to sneakers.
Where to go
Since Europe is a conglomeration of so many different countries and cultures, it may be difficult to choose where to go when you are traveling for the very first time. From Portugal to Romania, Europe offers so many different experiences and sights.
Depending on your tastes and preferences, you may want to stick with the tried and true. This means capital cities and popular tourist spots. One cannot make a list of European capitals without mentioning Berlin, Paris, London. A good idea is to research local festivals or other events in each city you are planning on visiting and to plan your route accordingly.
However, you may also want to consider going further east. Eastern Europe, especially the Balkan region, offers much to every tourist. And, your money will probably go further here. The region has it all – from breath-taking nature to trendy city spots, great food, and friendly people.
If you have decided on spring as the season to go, then consider Scandinavia. The worst winter and coldest days would probably be over by then and you will be amazed by the fjords in Norway or the polar lights in Finland.
Summertime is the best time to be heading to the Mediterranean. Greece, Italy, Malta -they are extremely popular tourist spots and they have every right to be so! And, Italy is famous for more than its beaches. Some of the oldest European monuments and buildings are located there – from the Leaning Tower of Pisa to the Colosseum. The choice is yours, and it will surely be a hard one.
In this post, we have tried to list the most important points to consider when you are planning your first backpacking adventure. Hopefully, these few pieces of advice will help the first-time backpacker understand the challenges and the wide variety of options of traveling around Europe.