Europe Travel Guide
Everyone dreams of traveling to Europe, and there’s a reason why. Whether you’re taking your first solo trip, backpacking on a budget, looking for a ritzy getaway, or wanting to explore new cities and cultures (don’t forget about the food!), Europe has something for everyone.
In my opinion, Europe is one of the most diverse continents you can visit. It has a deep-rooted history and is a melting pot of cultures from all over the world, not to mention the unique architecture and cuisines that vary from country to country.
Plus, it’s one of the easiest regions to travel because there are so many public transportation options and the proximity of countries to each other. So, what are you waiting for?
Europe’s peak tourist season is summer! From June to August, travelers from all over the world flock to the region to soak in the sights with beautiful weather.
However, if you’re backpacking through Europe, the best time to travel to the region is during the offseason—from October through April. You’ll have better luck finding cheap flights and hotels slash their prices.
But, depending on the destination, winter can be a busy time of year for people planning a ski vacation or wanting to experience the European Christmas Markets.
If you’re planning a trip during peak months, book as much of it as you can in advance. Flights, even with budget airlines, can triple in price! I love Scott’s Cheap Flights for finding stellar flight deals—I’ve found so many cheap flights to Europe from the US through them.
What To Expect
Eastern Europe: Eastern Europe generally refers to the countries that were behind the Iron Curtain. It’s made up of Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, and Ukraine. It’s a cheaper destination for budget travelers, and some of its top historical sites include the Prague Castle, the State Hermitage Museum and Word War II history.
Northern Europe: Northern Europe is known for its stunning fjords, wintery landscapes, and the most beautiful natural phenomena, the Northern Lights. If you want to see them, you’ll need to visit in the winter when conditions are at their best. Northern Europe encapsulates Scandanavia, the Baltics, and the United Kingdom.
Southern Europe: Southern Europe is made up of all the countries close to the Mediterranean Sea. Spain, Italy, Malta, Greece, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro are some of the most visited destinations in the region. It’s known for its incredible sailing, natural wonders, and ancient history. And the food! Talk about a wine lover’s dream destination.
Western Europe: Western Europe is one of the most popular regions in Europe. It’s home to countries like Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands, and Switzerland that attract millions of visitors each year. Some of its most-traveled cities are Paris, Berlin, Vienna and Amsterdam!
Check out my Guide to Backpacking Europe to help you start planning your big adventure!
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