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1. Posted by Ariquelle (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y

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In January I'm going to begin my journey of backpacking through Europe. I'm in the process of planning my trip, and it looks like I'm heading out alone. This will be the first major travel I've done, and the first time outside of Canada. Does anyone have any major tips, tricks, or recommendations for me? Or if you know of any good, reliable sites to search for traveling partners, could you point me in their direction?

2. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 413 posts) 4y

There is a forum on Travellerspoint for people looking for travel companions. You could start there.

Much of Europe will be pretty cold in January, but it's not a bad time to visit Greece, which is still warm enough. It's a beautiful country, with lots to see.

Use common sense, when it comes to safety, and always keep your passport in your front pocket. Don't leave it at the hotel. Some people like money belts, but frankly I don't think they're necessary. And they aren't comfortable.

Enjoy your trip!

3. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 4y

Take all the clothes, etc. that you think you'll need and put everything in a big pile. Cut the pile in half.

Take all the money you think you'll need, then double it.


Seriously though, have a great time. Stop worrying about arranging a travel companion beforehand though. Why arrange to travel with a complete stranger when you'll be meeting loads of other backpackers in exactly the same situation as you are. If you don't like the solo scene you'll easily hook up with someone who feels great. Tranquilo!

4. Posted by Nguyen Huong (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y

By ChreersT: "Take all the clothes, etc. that you think you'll need and put everything in a big pile. Cut the pile in half.
Take all the money you think you'll need, then double it."
---> I like it :)

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Oct-2012, at 00:41 by Nguyen Huong ]

5. Posted by TravelMc (Respected Member 93 posts) 4y

Don't forget to regularly check in with home - it makes sure they know you are ok and also if they don't hear from you they can act to check up that things are still going well. Always useful if things don't go according to plan.
And Terry is right - meet people as you go!
Its also useful to have your first night anywhere booked in advance so you can get your bearings and not spend all your time looking for somewhere to sleep! :)

6. Posted by lllade1 (Budding Member 3 posts) 4y

Good luck on your journey! Europe is definitely a cool place to see when you're so far away from 'home', haha.

Finland is always a cool place to visit even though it's quite cold that time of the year. I think not so many people have been there because it's a bit north from everything but I recommend it. Of course because I live here, lol. But it's definitely a cool place and i'm always up for showing around and catch a beer (or more).

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8. Posted by trishasharma (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y

Thanks for sharing this useful info...

9. Posted by Stevewilloughby (Budding Member 23 posts) 4y

Hello, the best way to get around europe without a car is the trains you can travel about 30 countries for roughly £300 for a whole month and get on and off as much as you like heres a good website. hope this helps

P.s. do take more money then you are expecting to europe is very expensive but very nice and safe place to start on your travels have a good time :)

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Oct-2012, at 05:19 by Stevewilloughby ]

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