2 Months Backpacking Europe Route: 14 Countries, 30 Cities in 49 days

Figuring out a 2 month backpacking route around Europe can some times be a challenge. Two months is quite a bit of time. You might not realize it, but you can see a lot in that amount of time. It’s important to know that there isn’t a “right way” to choose a backpacking route. You first need to determine, for yourself, what kind of trip you want. Would you rather spend more time getting to know a few European countries, or get a little taste of many European countries? Both ways is completely fine. Disregard those posts from others on travel forums telling you you’re crazy for having an ambitious itinerary. I mean, it’s your trip, after all. Not theirs. Either way, deciding what kind of trip you want is essential to planning your backpacking route.

When I first started planning my backpacking trip through Europe, I found a really good map of Europe and started looking at all the countries and cities that I wanted to visit. I circled all the cities that I wanted to go to. By the time I finished, I pretty much had circled all the major cities in Europe. I’m serious. (I had more than 25 cities circled ranging from Ireland to Greece!)

I figured out that if I wanted to realistically go to more than 25 cities, I would have to limit my stay to 1-3 days in each city (4 days in the big cities) in order to cover every city I wanted to visit. I’m sure my family and friends thought I was crazy for trying to cram in that many places. I know people online did. (I posted my travel plans online in hope for some positive feedback. I pretty much got the opposite.)

    People kept telling me that I wouldn’t be able to experience each city in 2-3 days, and that I should shorten my itinerary in order to spend more time in fewer places because you “can’t really get a feel for each city” in that short amount of time. I also read about how I would end up wasting too much time traveling if I only spent about 1-3 days in each place, and that it’s “just not worth it”.

Well, this trip was something I was so determined to make happen. I refused to listen to any negativity! After traveling to close to 30 European cities in 49 days, I’m proof that it is possible, and definitely worth it. I had an absolute incredible time, despite my jam packed route. Below is a map of my backpacking route through Europe that I completed in under 2 months.

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Map Note: (Purple: Plane, Blue: Train, Yellow: Bus)

 My Itinerary:

Note: The days on the right were the actual amount of time I spent sightseeing and experiencing each city, after traveling to the city and getting settled in each hostel.

Day 0: Flight to London! (left in the evening)

Day 1-4: London, England: 3 1/2 days (arrived at 8:05am!, also included a day trip to East Grinstead to visit my sister’s friend)

Day 5: Dublin, Ireland: 1 day (arrived early morning)

Day 6-7: Galway/Doolin/Cliffs of Moher, Ireland: 2 days (left Dublin early in the morning, and returned the following afternoon)

Day 7-9: Barcelona, Spain: 2 days (arrived at night on Day 7)

Day 10-13: Paris, France: 4 days (included a day trip to Versailles)

Day 14-15: Athens, Greece: 2 days (arrived in the morning)

Day 16-18: Santorini, Greece: 3 days (arrived early on Day 16 and left in the evening on day 18)

Day 19-21: Rome, Italy: 3 days (included a day trip to the beach about an hour away by train. Layover in Athens on Night 18, and arrived in Rome late morning on Day 19)

Day 22-23: Florence, Italy: 2 days (included 1/2 day trip to Pisa)

Day 24-26: Venice, Italy: 3 days

Day 27-28: Milan, Italy/Bern, Switzerland: 2 day (Bern via a required stop in Milan, Italy: 7 hour wait, so walked around the city, and then arrived in Bern late in the evening)

Day 27: Interlaken, Switzerland: 1 Day

Day 28-30: Lauterbrunnen: 3 days (Also visited: Mürren,Wengen, Gimmelwald, Grindelwald, Grund, Männlichen, and Jungfraujoch (Top of Europe!)

Day 30-31: Interlaken, Switzerland: 1 day (arrived in Interlaken at night as a stop over before my sister and I parted ways the following morning)

Day 31: Lucerne: 1/2 day (Started my solo Trip! Golden Pass (scenic) train ride from Interlaken to Lucerne.)

Day 31-32: Zurich: 1 1/2 days (arrived in late afternoon on Day 31, Night train to Vienna)

Day 33-35: Vienna, Austria: 2 days

Day 35: Salzburg, Austria: 1 day

Day 35-37: Munich, Germany: 2 days (included a day trip to Dachau Concentration Camp outside Munich, arrived late on Day 35 – travel day)

Day 37: Salzburg, Austria: 1 day (yeah, things didn’t quite go according to plan after Munich, so I ended up back in Salzburg! I was glad, though, because the first time I went to Salzburg it was pouring rain! It’s a gorgeous city when’s it’s sunny out!

Day 37-39: Prague, Czech Republic: 1 day (arrived late on Day 37, left early on Day 39)

Day 39-41: Budapest, Hungry: 2 days (arrived late on Day 39)

Day 41-44: Krakow, Poland: 2 days (arrived late on Day 41, left early on Day 44)

Day 44: Berlin, Germany: 1 day (I wanted to stay in Berlin longer, but because of logistics, time and amount of money I had left, I wasn’t able to; overnight train to Paris)

Day 45: Paris, France: 1 day

Day 45-46: Bruges: 1 day (arrived late on Day 45)

Day 46-47: Brussels, Belgium: 2 days

Day 47-48: Amsterdam: 1 day (arrived late on Day 47)

Day 49: London Airport – Flew Home!

As you can probably see by the map and itinerary above, I didn’t necessarily take the most efficient route (time wise at least). I’ll explain why… The first part of my trip I went with my younger sister, and that part I planned ahead of time. All of the plane tickets, and hostels for the first part of my trip, were completely booked before I even left home. I booked the flights the way you see above based solely on the price factor. Taking those routes just happened to be the cheapest at the time. (I mainly used Ryan Air, and Easy Jet for my flights in Europe. I used Skyscanner as my search engine to find the cheapest flight first, and then I purchased online through the airline.)

The second part of my trip started after the Swiss Alps, which was when my sister went back home, and I continued on the remainder of my backpacking trip solo. I hadn’t booked any hostels, planes, or trains in advance for the second part of my trip. I had places in mind that I wanted to travel to, but that was it. I wanted to give myself “travel freedom”, as I like to call it. Meaning that I wasn’t committed to being in specific locations on specific dates. I was free to travel how and where I wanted.

Traveling that way definitely had it’s ups and downs, but it’s an adventure, which is why I did it! Since I hadn’t booked the second half of my trip, I ended up traveling based on which route was available, cheapest, and as time efficient as I could manage. For those same reasons, I ended up almost stuck without a hostel in Munich because the overnight train to Budapest was completely full (which forced me to change my overall travel plans), ended up getting on a wrong train after a train change somewhere between Salzburg and Prague, and backtracking to a couple cities I’d already been to!

Overall, I wouldn’t change anything about my trip. Well, on second thought, maybe I would. You learn so much while you travel, that I’ll definitely take the experiences I had while backpacking around Europe, and use them to improve my next backpacking trip. But regardless, it was an amazing trip, and I have absolutely NO REGRETS!

Hopefully this post gave you some ideas that you can use towards planning your 2 month backpacking route. Whichever route you decide, just know that during the summer months you can’t go wrong. People are traveling both clockwise and counterclockwise, and the hostels are always busy. If you pick the places you are most interested in seeing, you’ll have an amazing time, regardless of your route!

(Tip: Travel with the warm weather!)

Need any advice about planning your backpacking route? I’d be more than happy to help!

About Devon Nicole

Hey! My name is Devon. I'm a 20-something girl from the sunny state of Florida, USA. In 2012, I made the scary decision to backpack Europe SOLO. Now it's 3 years later and I've traveled to over 30 countries in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia! I created this blog to inspire other young women to travel abroad solo too. There's a whole world out there just waiting to be explored!

49 Comments

  1. Hey Devon, I am currently planning a backpacking trip next May, for 2 months with my fiancé. I have family in both London and in Poland and in Madrid. so I will be able to take 2 weeks off of the two months for staying at hostels. We are budgeting about $10k (US dollars) for the entire trip, including out initial flights to London. How realistic is that? And I wonder what your total budget was? I want to be comfortable and be able to do the things we want. Staying in hostels obviously over hotels and also eating at supermarkets. Just hoping for some advice while I begin planning out our budget as a couple. Thank you!

  2. Hi Devon,

    I am planning a 2 month backpacking trip for next summer and could use all the help I can get. I was curious to know if you have any recommendations on Hostels you would from your experiences?

  3. I am planning a 2 month trip at the end of March. How much would you say to expect to save for 2 months. My flights to and from the US are paid for. Planning on getting a train pass. Just wanting to save as much as possible. Your route looks a lot like what I have been looking at.

  4. I am planning a 2 month trip at the end of March. How much would you say to expect to save for 2 months. My flights to and from the US are paid for. Planning on getting a train pass. Just wanting to save as much as possible. Your route looks a lot like what I have been looking at.

  5. HI Devon.

    Your trip sounded amazing. Me and my friend are trying to plan a backpacking trip to europe. And we are trying to get ideas from everywhere we possibly can.

    Now my question is for you if its not to personal is How much money you spent on the whole trip?

    And did you find the hostels on the internet that were open or not?

  6. Hi! I am reading your blog about backpacking Europe and find it so useful! I just have a few questions. I am saving money to go in about 2 years. I am thinking of saving maybe 10k. When you were backpacking, was it dangerous or anything of the sort? I don’t think I will have anyone with me when I go to Europe. No one around me would save the money and actually go backpacking which is a lot. My sister is not liking the fact that I would go alone but if I have to, I would. Just wanted to know what you think since you been there. Thank you!

    • Hi Tina,

      Are you still planning on going to Europe next year? I’m currently planning my trip in March- June and would love to meet up at some point! Let me know if you would be interested and the best way to contact you.

      Cheers,
      Allison

  7. I am hoping to fallow in your footsteps… Your story has been very informative and inspiring!! The only part I didn’t see, was the cost of your travels… I am giving myself a year to save up and it would be awesome to have a rough estimate for a goal… I am also open to ANY advice, your way of thinking sounds a lot like my own! THank you in advance!

  8. Hello! I was really impressed with all the things you could do with your time traveling around Europe, Congrats! I’m planning on doing a trip like the one you wrote about next year and I was wondering about your budget, what was it and can you please tell me which are the most expensive cities that you visited. Thank you!

    • Hey! Thanks! Yeah my trip was jam packed, but I was able to see so much! I actually wrote up an article about my expenses. You should check it out if you’re trying to budget for your trip. Here’s the link: http://www.blondechicktravels.com/how-much-does-it-really-cost-to-backpack-europe-for-2-months/. I’d say the most expensive cities were the more popular cities. I remember London, Paris, Rome, and Barcelona being more expensive than a lot of the other cities I visited. Switzerland was also really expensive, but absolutely beautiful! I general, the Western European cities are more expensive than the Eastern European cities. The further east you go, the cheaper it seems to be. Hope that helped! Good luck in your planning! Feel free to email me if you have any other questions @ devon@blondechicktravels.com. :)

  9. OMG! how did you get to greece? how much did it cost?

    can you do a post on the transportation you took from city to city? pleaseeeeeee

    i love your blog!

  10. Hey Devon! First off, your blog has been so helpful and inspiring as I try to plan a trip for Summer 2015. I do have a couple of questions for you though. I didn’t notice it being listed as one of the items you packed, but would you recommend bringing a sleeping bag? I’m a little bit worried about bed bugs and what not. Also, based on your travel itinerary, you clearly utilized the trains frequently. Did you pre-purchase a EuroRail Pass and if so, which type did you get?

    Thank you! I’ll be sure to check back as I do more research :)

    • Hey Lynn, thanks! I didn’t bring a sleeping bag with me. I would only recommend bringing one if it can be packed up tightly, or if you’ll be camping or sleeping outside a lot. That’s because sleeping bags usually take up a lot of space, and I personally just wouldn’t want to deal with it. I only saw a few people who brought sleeping bags with them. Their sleeping bags were attached to the outside of their HUGE pack. Those people were usually the backpackers who were doing a RTW (Round the World) trip, or camping/sleeping outside a lot. For hostels you don’t really need a sleeping bag. I did bring a cocoon travelsheet with me, and I would recommend that. It basically looks like a sleeping bag, except it’s made out of sheets. (Check it out on amazon.) You can roll it up and put it back into it’s cocoon shaped bag, which is a great space saver. I won’t lie… bed bugs are a problem in some hostels. Luckily I only encountered that problem once… and it was very gross, but I survived. Just make sure you check the sheets closely the first time. And if you use the travelsheet, you’ll probably feel better. I did travel by trains a lot, but I didn’t buy a EuroRail Pass. The reason I didn’t was because at the time I didn’t think it would be worth it. I took the train 18 times in a 25 day period, including 2 overnight trains and 1 scenic train (from Zurich to Lucerne). With a rail pass you have to pay more for overnight trains and scenic trains, and usually you also have to pay a “reservation fee” for every train ticket, especially in the summer months. I spent around $845 on all my train cost. A 1 month continuous global rail pass at the time was around $830 (I think). Then I would have had to pay more for the overnight train, the scenic trains, and the “reservation fees”. So I think I did end up saving some money. I think a Eurail pass could save you money, but it really depends on what your itinerary is. Email me if you have more questions! – Devon (devon@blondechicktravels.com)

      • Wow Devon thanks so much for that super detailed response! I think I’ll take your advice on the travel sheet and skip out on the EuroRail Pass.

        I might bug you again in the near future. Thanks again, you’re the best :)

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  11. Hi Devon!
    Can I say I am impressed on your trip! That is what I want for my senior trip, next summer! Literally, I am already started to research because I have commented my trip to about 10 people and every single one told me I was CRAZY! Right, because traveling and learning about other places and yourself is crazy…
    Anyway, I LOVE your blog, and this one just happened to inspire me a thousand times more to make my trip come true. I am so excited to start planning it!

    How early did you start planning your trip?

    Thanks, have an awesome day! (:

    • Hey! No, you are definitely not CRAZY for wanting to travel, if you are then I am too haha!! I’m sooo glad to hear that my blog has inspired you to make your trip happen. That’s the whole point of my blog :)
      I started planning about 8 months before… but that’s because I was really excited and loved planning the trip! I started checking plane ticket prices about 6 months before, then bought my ticket the beginning of February, and left the first week in May. (The tickets were the cheapest at the end of January. I waited a little bit too long to buy them, hoping the price would go down even more.) I started booking my hostels about a couple months before. You could also wait to book your hostels, if you’re going without any set plans. If you know exactly where you’re going, and how many days you’ll be there, there really isn’t any point in waiting to book them. The popular hostels do book up quickly in the summer. If you have any other questions you can email me at devon@blondechicktravels.com! Have fun planning! -Devon

    • Hey Michel,
      Can i say that your not nearly as crazy as me.I ve been planning for my after college backpacking through europe since i was twelve! At least i will be totally prepared!

  12. Hi Devon!
    I am planning a solo backpacking trip for this summer and I see that your route, and most of the others I have looked at begin around England, go down through Spain, Italy, Greece, etc. then back up to Germany and the Netherlands. This is how I originally planned to travel. However, I am thinking about reversing my route so that Germany is one of my first stops. I have family there and I think that seeing some familiar faces at the beginning of my trip might ease me into everything a little more as I’m sure I’ll be nervous at first! Do you think it’s an OK route to go the other way? So it would be Ireland-England-Netherlands-Germany-Hungary-Greece-Italy-Switzerland-Spain-France-Belgium and back to Ireland to fly home … With some other stops added in here and there. No one really seems to go from east to west so I want to make sure there’s not a reason why they don’t!
    Cheers!
    Mallory

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  13. Hey Devon!
    Very intrigued and encouraged from your posts. I have been saving the last two years for my 2+ months backpacking trip in Europe- first time traveling to that part of the world and first time being an itinerant for that long. I was wondering from your means of travel within Europe, how much did it cost for the total plane, train, and bus tickets? And how long before you went on your trip did you start booking the hostels?

  14. Hey there Devon,
    I am so inspired by your independence! I’m blonde as well and seemed to be another species when I went to Argentina, the attention sometimes made me uncomfortable. I’m currently planning a 5 month bicycle tour through Europe (I’ll probably cover half of your area). It would be soooo helpful if you could provide some tidbits of knowledge.

    What were the most expensive countries? I know I’ll be eating a lot, and camping most of the time, but a hostel and a coffee will be a much needed break.

    And did you find hostels were booked up by the time you got there, like in Munich as you mentioned?

    Also, do you have any tips on staying safe? I’m likely going with my boyfriend and together we’re fluent in English, Spanish, French and Portugese, so I don’t know if that will help our safety (as we’re focussing on Eastern Europe)?

    I just found your blog and I love it! One of the rare ones I follow.
    Thanks for the info!!! :)

    • Hey Elizabeth,

      I totally know what you mean! I have a friend in Mexico city, and every time I go there to visit I feel like the people there have never seen a blonde girl before lol. I’m starting to get used to it, but it definitely feels uncomfortable at times!

      A 5 month bicycle tour through Europe sounds AMAZING! Wish I had the stamina for that!

      Switzerland definitely stands out as an expensive countries. Other than that the rule is typically the further East you travel the less expensive. The Eastern European countries are definitely cheaper. (Good thing that’s where you’re traveling!). I can’t remember specifics now, but you could check out hostelworld.com to get an idea on the hostel prices in the different countries.

      If you’re going in the summer, then it’s more likely that the hostels will book up, but there’s usually always some hostel that has room. Might not be the nicest. What happened in Munich was just unlucky because they had some kind of festival/event going on at the time. The chances of that happening if you only plan on staying at hostels occasionally isn’t very likely.

      For tips on staying safe… just use common sense and you should be fine. Don’t walk around alone at night. Probably better not to be wandering around with your bf late at night either, unless it’s in a crowded or lit places. Knowing different languages always comes in handy, although I’m not sure that necessarily means your safer. Keep your valuables secured and not obvious when you’re in sketchy places. Eastern Europe wasn’t as “dangerous” as I thought. I never had a problem while I was there. I did hear to avoid the night trains, but if you’re biking and camping you don’t have to worry about that!

      Thanks! Have a great trip!

      -Devon

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  20. I love your blog, you remind me so much of myself and anytime I’m feeling doubtful of my travel plans coming through, your blog gives me hope that it’ll all work out!

    I’m doing a similar two month itenerary and I really, really want to see parts of Switzerland, but it’s the country I’m having the hardest time planning for some reason!
    I just can’t decide on cities and sights to see and how to get around. Do you have any advice since you incorporated Switzerland into your trip?!

    • Hey Katrina,

      What are you most interested in seeing in Switzerland? The cities or the Alps? Have you checked out google images of the cities? Which places would you rather visit? It’s hard for me to say where to go since everyone has different preferences. I loved all the places I went to in Switzerland. The alps were my favorite because they were just so different from everything else I’d seen in Europe. One of the places I stayed was in a hostel in the village of Lauterbrunnen and it was breathtaking. You can take cable cars higher up and look down on the village. It was really an amazing view. The scenic train rides in Switzerland are also something special too. I took trains all around Switzerland and it was really easy. I bought a 4 day Switzerland rail pass that was beneficial since I spent a lot of time traveling in the Alps, and up to Jungfrau. You can check it out here: http://www.swiss-pass.ch/

      I don’t remember there being specific “sights” to see in the bigger cities I visited in Switzerland. There probably are some, of course, they just don’t stand out now. I went to Bern, Zurich, and Lucerne and it was just really nice to walk around the cities because they’re gorgeous. I printed out a walking tour from frommer.com I think, and just took myself on a tour of the city. The cities/towns aren’t too big so it’s easy to just step out of your hostel and walk around.

      Good luck planning!

      -Devon

  21. Hey Devon,

    Great blog, wow i am very encouraged to see how many cities you were able to visit in only 2 month time!! It can be done:) Im so excited! Me and 4 of my best friends are planning a 1 month trip to Europe in september. I just started brainstorming on the route we should take and the form of transportation we should take once in Europe. If you wouldn’t mind i’d like to get your advice in my *storming of the brain* being that you have some experience! You have experience traveling with you sister and then also solo! Which did you like better? Solo or with her? And if you were going to Europe again would you book all your flights and hostels before? Or did you like not having a schedule better? Thanks for all your great info!

    • Hey Marlin,

      Did I like traveling solo or with my sister better? hmmm… that’s a tough one. Since that was my first backpacking trip it honestly was nice to have someone else to be with in foreign countries, while I was still getting used to the fast paced, crazy, foreign lifestyle that backpacking can be (depending on how fast you travel). My sister and I didn’t quite get along all the time, which is to be expected when you’re traveling with anyone for that matter. I mean you’re with that person 24/7, literally. And we also didn’t have all the same interests when it came to sightseeing and other things, so that just meant we had to compromise… a LOT.

      Personally, now that I’m more of an experienced traveler, I actually like traveling solo. I love meeting new people at the hostels and sightseeing/going out with them. Since I didn’t come with them, I’m free to go off and do my own thing if I want and meet up with them later. It CAN get lonely/sometimes scary traveling solo for long periods of time though because you’re on the train/plane/bus for hours just by yourself (unless you hopefully meet people along the way), and you also have to find the way to your hostel by yourself, which can be annoying at times when you’re lost. That’s when I sometimes wish I was traveling with other people. Now that I think about it, I think I like a combination of both. Traveling solo AND traveling with others. Traveling solo all the time gets lonely, but traveling with people can get to be too much!

      In September I don’t think you should have too much of a problem booking hostels. I would book the first week at least, so you don’t have to worry about it when you first arrive and are getting used to everything. If you know exactly where and when you’re going then I would just book everything, flights and hostels, ahead of time. Less to worry about and book while you’re busy traveling. If you want to be more spontaneous and have more flexibility, then just pick one place to fly into and go wherever the wind takes you haha. I actually liked not having a schedule better because sometimes I’d meet some really cool people and want to stay, or I’d want to travel with them, or I really fell in love with a city and didn’t want to leave right away, etc. It’s hard to travel like that if you want to take flights though, since they can get pricey. Trains are better for that kind of travel, but trains are also slower and chew into your time to spend in the cities. So if you have a long list of cities that you absolutely want to see in the 1 month you have, plan it out and book it all. Otherwise, book the first week or so and see how things go!

      If you have more questions email me at devon@blondechicktravels.com. Have a great trip with your friends! It will definitely be an unforgettable experience! -Devon

  22. Devon! You are super awesome! I love your adventurous spirit, and I greatly admire your courage. I’m planning on backpacking through Europe sometime in the near future, and your website has helped me tremendously. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us!

  23. What time of year did you do this backpacking trip and how was the weather??

    Thanks!

  24. dude you’re the coolest person ever

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  26. Hey Devon, I am also 20 and studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark for Spring 2015 and after I am done with my courses, my sister is planning on coming over to Europe and we want to backpack just like you did! My question is how did you know what to do in each city when you got there? Did you pre-research things to do there/make a plan of events and things to see while in the city or do you suggest just going and going with the flow without any plans or directions?? Very excited but very nervous!

  27. Hey Devon,

    I love this blog! I’m just beginning my Europe trip planning. I was curous (and i know it depends on a lot of different factors) to how much this trip cost you in total.

  28. Hey Devon,

    I have just stumbled across this blog looking for some direction and it has really helped!
    Me and my friend are going to Europe next year (late July – August) for about two months. We really want to go to London, Liverpool, Paris, Barcelona, Dublin, Amsterdam, Berlin, Venice, Rome, Antwerp, Vienna, Croatia, the Greek Islands and Istanbul. Do you think it would be possible to see everything in 2 months? We can extend our trip, but we just need help picking a route that is efficient, cost saving, etc. We plan on getting Eurail passes to get us around. Could you please give us some idea, if we want to start in England (preferably Heathrow or Manchester), which route would be the best?
    Thank you!

    • Hey Ella,
      This sounds like a great trip!
      You do seem to have enough time to go to all these places. Below I listed the absolute minimum number of days I would recommend spending in these cities. It adds up to 38 days. However, that doesn’t include any travel time. You’ll be going to at least 14 different places on this trip, so I’d add in a day of travel for each place you go to. It might only take you a couple hours to get to a city, but allotting yourself a day to travel will give you time to arrive to the new city, get to your hostel via public transport, and settle in to your hostel. That way you won’t chew up any sightseeing time. With that added in, you’re at 52 days, but you’ll probably want to go to more than one place in Croatia and in Greece, so add in more travel time there. Time wise you’re still under 2 months, so you could either spend more days in a few places, stop at another city along the way, or take more time to travel by train, instead of flying.
      Flying saves a lot of time, and you can actually get really cheap flights in Europe with RyanAir, EasyJet, and a few other budget airlines. Sometimes it’s better to travel that way when you’re covering long distances. However, if you have the time to spare, you could travel by train with the Eurail Pass. You’ll need to see if the Eurail pass really will save you money though. Sometimes flying and buying train tickets or bus tickets is actually cheaper. You’ll have to look at flight prices to determine this though. If you’d rather have the flexibility of traveling whenever you’d like, then the Eurail pass is great for that. You’ll just spend a lot of time on trains getting to all the places you want to visit.

      London – 4 days
      *Bus to Liverpool – MegaBus or National Express*
      Liverpool – 2 days (Haven’t been there, so just a guess!)
      *Ferry to Dublin or take the bus back to London and fly to Dublin*
      Dublin – 2 days
      *Flight to Paris*
      Paris – 4 days
      *Overnight train to Barcelona or cheap flight*
      Barcelona – 3 days
      *Long train ride to Rome or cheap flight*
      Rome – 3 days
      *Train*
      Venice – 2 days
      *Train or cheap flight*
      Croatia – 3+ days (Where in Croatia are you most interested in going? The cute towns on the coast? Split and Dubrovnik are beautiful! There’s also the islands to visit too. You could easily spend a week or more in Croatia.)
      *Train or cheap flight*
      Greek Islands – 4+ days (Which islands? You could easily spend another week in the Greek Islands.)
      *cheap flight*
      Istanbul – 3 days
      *cheap flight*
      Vienna – 2 days (I actually preferred Prague over Vienna. Any interest in visiting Prague?)
      *Train*
      Berlin – 2 days (Berlin is very modern. I’d recommend visiting Munich, if you like the feel of an older European city.)
      *Train*
      Amsterdam – 2 days
      *Train*
      Antwerp – 2 days
      *Train or MegaBus back to London*

      You could also do this route counterclockwise. If you decide to fly, then you’ll have to determine the best route based on the cheapest flights.
      Good luck with planning and email me at devon@blondechicktravels.com if you have more questions!
      -Devon

  29. Hi Devon,

    Thanks for sharing your trip with us! I’m planning a 3 month backpacking trip this coming spring and I’ve been a little haphazard in my travel plans! it’s nice to see people going from place to place, as a lot of people recommend staying longer in one place.

    Were there any places you wished you had more time explore? I like meeting locals when possible and experiencing the culture (instead of going out to the bars all the time, which I associate with hostels, though I’m sure with some places that is part of the culture).

    Also, did you find you enjoyed plane or train travel more? I know plan travel can be cheaper with the budget airlines, but I like the potential flexibility with the eurail pass. My only worry is the cost (I’ll check out your other post about budgeting but this is more a question about your personal preference).

    Cheers,
    Allison

    • Hey Allison,
      Looking back I would have liked to spend another day in Venice and a few more days in Greece exploring more of the islands. (I only went to Santorini.) I felt like I spent enough time in the other cities, although of course more time would have been nice. It’s very personal though. You might enjoy spending time in different cities or places. All of my time was spent sightseeing from the early morning to late at night, so unfortunately I didn’t get much time to socialize with the locals, except for the people at the hostels. However, if that’s important to you, you could always make it work and go out and meet locals after sightseeing, or even while sightseeing.

      I enjoy train travel a lot more than flying. Train travel is so convenient, and flexible, and it’s a good way to see more of the country than just the big cities. However, if you’re traveling long distances, and you’re short on time, cheap flights are the way to go!

      -Devon

  30. hello! I’m currently planning a similar trip for 2016!! I’m trying to budget myself though, how much did you spend on flights, trains & hostels/hotels?!

  31. Hey Devon,

    Thanks so much for sharing all this info! Im currently planning my 2.5 month trip to europe! I figured out my route and now im trying to book some hostels. I was just wondering if you had any recommendations for some, or good areas to stay in? I want to be close to transportation, in a good/ fun area of the cities.

    Ill be in:
    Paris, brussels, amsterdam, berlin, prague, vienna, venice, Florence, rome, split, zadar, Barcelona, ibiza and san Sebastian

    Let me know if you have any suggestions.

    thanks :)

    Alecia

    • Hey Alecia,

      I would highly recommend using hostelworld.com as your guide in choosing hostels. Hostels have changed from when I was there a couple years ago, so I can’t really recommend specific hostels. After entering in your city in hostel world, sort the results by ratings. Look for hostels that have hundreds or thousands of reviews and are rated in the 80-100% range. Read through the reviews and make sure you’d like the hostel atmosphere. Usually the top rated hostels are in good central locations, close to transportation or within walking distance to attractions. Ones that have bars or events are usually more social and party oriented, depending on what you’re looking for.

      Good luck in your searching!

      -Devon

  32. On your 2 months trip to Europe did you buy a train pass, if so, what kind? Was there a reason you did so much flying during the first month, rather than the train? What advice do you have for someone over 50 going for the first time?

    • I didn’t buy a train pass because I didn’t think it was worth it for my trip. I flew a lot the first month because I was covering a lot of distance in a short amount of time, and the flights were with budget airlines which were relatively cheap.

      As for advice to someone over 50 going for the first time, that’s a bit hard for me to say since I’m in my mid-20s… and it really depends on how active the person is. At first thought, I’d say take it at a slower pace, and maybe not visit as many cities. However, I know there are some 50 year olds who could keep up with a fast pace. Just know that backpacking gets exhausting – even for me.

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