During University, I took one year off to do a Working Holiday Visa in London, England. During this time, I spent 4 months backpacking through Europe and 6 weeks traveling through the Middle East. It was a lot to see in a short time but it was a comprehensive overview into the region. I’d love to go back and do much more in-depth exploration of my favourite areas and top cities. In this blog post, I’ll be sharing about the route I took to travel to 20+ countries in Europe over 4 months.
Here are the 23 countries I visited:
13. Czech Republic
22. The Netherlands / Holland
I travelled from September to December so it was quite cold, especially in Eastern European countries such as Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, etc. I was able to spend Christmas in Germany and New Years in Poland which was definitely a very special experience. I loved the ambience of the German Christmas Markets. Since I went from hotter areas like Spain and Portugal to colder areas like Scandinavia within a few months, I just bought jackets and warmer clothes as I went. This is definitely better than carrying clothes for different seasons in your backpack your entire trip. As almost every veteran travel will tell, “PACK LIGHT!” This is usually the number one rule of travelling.
For this trip, I primarily stayed in Youth Hostels (I recommend getting a HI – Hostelling International Card) and travelled by Eurail (highly recommend getting a 3 month unlimited travel Eurail Pass, especially if you are jumping from city to city and country to country frequently). I also suggest getting an ISIC (International Student Identity Card) as this will save you lots of money on museum and sightseeing entrance fees. Some museums have certain days of the week with free admission and some attractions are closed on a select day of the week so make sure you check ahead of the official websites or call ahead.
It was amazing to see, touch, feel, and walk on centuries and centuries of history. I had seen iconic images such as the Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, Sacrada Familia, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Roman Coliseum, the Pantheon in Athens, and more in postcards, books, TV shows, and movies but there is such an inner sense of achievement, contentment, and satisfaction when you are able to see these monuments with your very own eyes. I can’t wait to show my kids these same historical sites when they are older!
Any favourite places in Europe for you?