TIPS: My recent backpacking trip to Europe & Scandinavian.

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There are several things that I can help you to plan your trip, you may begin with listing the countries that you wish to go and having a map of Europe can help you get a better picture of the flow of how your journey could be (i.e. where to start and where to end). Then you can workout the duration based on your budget.

Once you have the idea, go on with searching the flight tickets.

Skyscanner can help you to see which airline that goes to your preferred destination and the fare. Basically, I book all the flight tickets straight from the airline own website and not through any “sub website” or agent. Booking your ticket early/during air fair can reduce your spending, especially the main ticket from KL to wherever starting destination of your trip in Europe. Like myself, i did a return ticket KL-LONDON HEATHROW-KL.

You must do a lot of homework of the destination you are going.

For example, if you choose to go east Europe like Hungary from london, get the information on the public transportation to and fro the airport to your accommodation and the public transportation for sightseeing. From there it helps you for your budgetting. Apply the same method to every destination you wish to go. And based from my example here, you might want to end your euro trip in Spain then go back to london before heading home.

(e.g.: London-hungary-austria-italy-germany-netherlands-france-spain-london)

Here i list a few places that i can suggest:

Hungary- city of Budapest
Austria – Vienna, Hallstatt, Salzburg
Italy – Florence, Milan, Rom, Pisa, Venice, Cagli
Germany – Munich, Berlin: Denver Art Museum, Jewish art museum
Netherlands- Amsterdam, Wind Mill.
France – Paris: Eiffel, Centre of Pompiduo, Champs Alesee. Arc de Triomph, Musee du Lurve
Barcelona – Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Batlo, La Rambla Market//Street
London.

U can go downward to Malaga, Granada, Andalusia.

*Suggestion:

1. Use Trip advisor and download all the maps when u have wifi or internet connection. it can be viewed offline.
2. Use Barcelona Official Guide Apps to move around the city of Barcelona. it would be very helpful.
3. Bring all the frozen foods/ instant food as it can be costly in some countries.

Coining you a lil idea, You may try to look on taking trains between countries in Europe, like going to vienna to destination in italy. I did not do any but it could be a valuable experience. Again, booking tickets early can save you a lot than last minute. FYI, i flew between countries during my trip and didn’t take the trains.

My cost would differ from many other travelers because i included Norway which is a Scandinavian country and it’s marked as the country with the highest cost of living in the world.
Moreover I stayed a lil longer in venice as due to work commitment for few weeks, thus I don’t feel it’s suitable to take my itinerary as the best example.

In booking your accommodation, look out for hostelworld website for backpackers stay or airbnb.com website if you wish to go for homestay. You can narrow down your preference (budget/type of rooms) from your search.

Be streetwise especially in keeping your valuables. Certain countries can be risky with pickpockets. Do some reading on it.

Oh before I forget, equipt yourself with basic words for countries that doesn’t use english as their common language. Having dictionary apps in your phone might help a lot.

All in all, start with the air tickets, then the accommodation and local transportation budget. Finalize with how much pocket money you need for foods or maybe souvenirs.

To those of you who are planning to travel and explore new places, Good luck! (:

Cheers!
Neollene.

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