Backpacking is a pastime which allows travelers to see the world and have many amazing experiences on a smaller budget than some other types of traveling. Many backpackers pride themselves on what they are able to see and do on such a small budget. And these days, there are plenty of resources for saving money on travel, so it’s great to take advantage of these and extend your trip along with your cash. But many backpackers flock to Southeast Asia because it tends to be the cheapest for backpacking. Europe can seem a bit out of their budget. But the truth is, there are plenty of destinations you can travel in Europe without spending a fortune. Here are some of them:
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is a backpacker favorite for so many reasons. First of all, it feels like you’ve stepped into a fairyland. It was one of the only cities in the area left intact after World War II, and you’ll be grateful as you wander through the cobbled streets admiring the stunning cathedrals. If you’re coming from the UK, leave your car at ParkBCP and get on a plane here right away! The beer and food are super cheap, so you’ll eat like a king, and hostels run around $8-10 per night. Come around the holidays to experience some of Europe’s most enthralling Christmas and Easter markets offering up local handcrafts and tasty specialties.
The history, art, food and richness of culture here make Budapest a favorite city to visit among many backpackers. It’s an interesting stop, more off the beaten path than some of Europe’s more famous (and more expensive) capitals. Try the free walking tour for some fascinating historical info about Budapest as well as gorgeous views of the city. And don’t forget to indulge in one of the city’s several Turkish baths, a true Turkish experience. The food and accommodations here are so reasonably priced, you might stay longer than expected.
Berlin has always been a favorite among backpackers, especially the young crowd. It’s a youthful city buzzing with energy, a great alternative vibe and thriving art and music scene. It’s the place in Europe to get the vibe of a big, cosmopolitan city without the staggering price tag that comes along with it. Cheap bars abound where you can meet other travelers, and there’s a great free walking tour to acclimate you with the city’s main sights and history. Get to know the backpacking community in Berlin and you might never want to leave. So if you’ve left your car at Stansted Mid Stay parking back in the UK…might have to have a friend go pick it up for you!
Istanbul isn’t as cheap as it used to be, but it’s still a great place to add to your itinerary if you’re backpacking through Europe. You can’t miss the gorgeous mosques and historic sights throughout the city- and it’s the only city in the world to span two continents. The Grand Bazaar is a colorful smorgasboard of sights, smells, sounds and every other sense rolled into one. The food in Turkey is flavorful and don’t miss the flaky baklava!