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Backpacking Europe July 2011..starting destination Barcelona

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1. Posted by JLema (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi, I am a 20 year old male from US. This is my first time backpacking EVER! I plan on spending the month of July in Europe.

I could definitely use a backpacking buddy! I am very flexible and dont mind not visiting any of these destinations but this is what my current itinerary consists of:

Landing in Barcelona


Paris - Clichy



Are there any other cities someone can recommend/advice for a first time backpacker?

2. Posted by mkey_gal (Budding Member 24 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Wooaaww... too bad i'm traveling around Europe in the month of Sept. Maybe you could add in Switzerland, Prague (Czech Republic) and if you can definitely Greece..

3. Posted by mkey_gal (Budding Member 24 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!


4. Posted by Brennan92 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Il join you :)

5. Posted by LaurenLolz (Respected Member 226 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I have visited all of these cities! You will have a good time. 1st off I would suggest a rail pass, that will save you some $$$$, and if you are flexible for long trips, get a sleeper train so you don't have to worry about a hostel.

Madrid will be very hot!!! during this time, just be warned. It is bearable compared to the south of Spain, but it's really quite gross. My suggestion would be to skip it all together, unless you really really want to go there. Barcelona is much nicer.

Paris: try to visit Giverny (home of Monet) It isn't very far and quite nice to get out a big city. Also Normandy is a short overnight stay from Paris. Also, Versailles.

Amsterdam: If you can make it out of the Centrium (city center) you will see a very beautiful Holland (windmills, tulips and such). Also Brussels (2 hours from A'dam) is AWESOME!!! AWESOME, awesome, awesome!!! If you are interested, check out Delirium (bar) great place to meet other travelers and get a great Belgium Ale.

Venice/Rome: Loved Venice, it's so chill. Roma ... hot as death!! If you can make it to Naples/Capri it may be cooler. Also Pompei/Mt. Vesuvius makes for an exciting trip.

It might be out of your way, but Germany is also a very cool country. I would recommend reading up on Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Munster, Essen, Dusseldorf, and Koln.

Also, wish I could go!! I'll be in eastern europe then.

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7. Posted by suzan83 (Budding Member 8 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!


I would like to suggest the tuscany province in Italy... Great places are there for the backpackers. The region of Tuscany inspires images of picturesque landscapes, vineyards and famous artists at work. Popular with backpackers, the area has many attractions and a diverse range of activities to suit any traveller's tastes. Florence Known as the 'cradle of the Renaissance', Florence is a popular place for backpackers to marvel at Italian art and history.

suzan :)

8. Posted by aswini (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

hey i'm a 23yo girl from australia doing europe in june/july this year and don't have any set plans yet! i'd be interested in maybe joining you in amsterdam depending on my schedule since i don't have any travel buddies for that! would you consider ireland too?

9. Posted by Trish10 (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hey where are you from in US? I'm in Cali and looking into backpacking this summer as well! (25 year old female)


10. Posted by jesscar2011 (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hello there !

Jess, 24 year old female from Canada !

I'm planning on going to Spain this June. Maybe Greece as well in July. Or vice versa.
Let me know if you want some company :)