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1. Posted by JamesMac (First Time Poster 1 posts) 44w

Hello!
I'm brand new to travelling and would like to start by hiking across Europe starting the first week of January. I plan to start in France and reach as many countries as possible volunteering on the way and giving myself the challenge of not using any planes as I go. If anyone would like to join me for either a single country or the entire trip, shoot me a PM and we'll organise something :) Regardless any advice in general is greatly appreciated!

James

2. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 640 posts) 44w

January and February can be pretty grim weather in northern Europe, plenty of snow or rain, so you may want to think about southern France and Mediterranean Europe for the first part of your travels.

Have a good trip. Do you have any specific objectives or just want to soak it all up?

3. Posted by mapsandmoxie (Full Member 183 posts) 44w

Seconding Andyf ' s comment: Jan and Feb can be quite cold, it may be worth looking to start further south / in the mediterranean. Do you have a timeline in mind?

4. Posted by Jackiewil (Budding Member 5 posts) 35w

Quoting JamesMac

Hello!
I'm brand new to travelling and would like to start by hiking across Europe starting the first week of January. I plan to start in France and reach as many countries as possible volunteering on the way and giving myself the challenge of not using any planes as I go. If anyone would like to join me for either a single country or the entire trip, shoot me a PM and we'll organise something :) Regardless any advice in general is greatly appreciated!

James

Wow James you're an inspiration. This sounds like an amazing trip and i might change my plans now thanks to you and do some more backpacking. Enjoy your travels!

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6. Posted by DorthaStewarrds (First Time Poster 1 posts) 35w

Wow james.....! thanks for inform

7. Posted by Jackiewil (Budding Member 5 posts) 35w

Quoting Andyf

January and February can be pretty grim weather in northern Europe, plenty of snow or rain, so you may want to think about southern France and Mediterranean Europe for the first part of your travels.

Have a good trip. Do you have any specific objectives or just want to soak it all up?

Ok, i did forget to take the cold under advisement. "Small" detail... Backpacking this time of year does sound pretty cold. Maybe I'll rethink that idea and go on a shopping spree in Europe's Capitals instead :)))

8. Posted by Robyn Llama (First Time Poster 1 posts) 34w

Im currently backpacking through northern Europe region - not too cold, but cant camp. We doing couchsurfing and workaways, then transportation via bus (so long) and train.