Europe on a shoestring aka our BibleHOW WE DID IT:
Due to restrictions on how long you can be within the EU without a Visa, three months of travel was our most suitable option. After a lot of research into determining our start and end points, we booked our multi city flight departing Toronto on July 6th for Dublin, returning home from Lisbon on October 9th. We paid a little extra for flexibility on our return ticket, in case we needed to come home for whatever reason, or if we decided to try and stay longer. Booking our flights first really helped to create a window of time where we could plan in between. We then made a rough list of the countries we wanted to visit and the cities within, to get a better idea. One question I get asked a lot is - "how much did it cost you?" Together we worked really hard to save up all that we could in the months prior, and at the end of the day we put roughly $20,000 into our trip.
TIP: when deciding where to stay on a long trip - make sure they have laundry facilities!
Sometimes you just need a day off to relax in your Airbnb
GETTING AROUND BETWEEN COUNTRIES:
Our transportation consisted of trains, planes, car rides (when available) and one bus! Prior to leaving Ruben did a lot of research online to figure out which EuRail would be most beneficial to us travel and money wise. This part of planning was pretty stressful because we needed to buy our EuRail pass while still in Canada to have it shipped to us before the trip, and some destinations with the pass required reservations well in advance. We ended up buying the Global Pass which allowed us 15 travel days, within a 2 month period. It worked out well since our first month of travel was spent mostly with my family. We flew 3 times during our trip with Ryan Air (the most budget air line!) It was super cheap and pretty quick to get where we needed to go. Rome2rio was super helpful when figuring out our options getting from place to place, we used it a lot.
I kept a log of our travels from place to place.
CHOOSING A BACK PACK:
WHAT I PACKED:It definitely wasn't easy to narrow down my wardrobe for three months of travelling out of a back pack! When packing I made sure to bring a lot of neutral options and varieties of clothes that I could mix and match, while also being weather appropriate.
In a nutshell, this is what I packed:
- 10 pairs of underwear
- 5 t shirts
- 4 pants
- 3 bras
- 3 pairs of shorts
- 3 pairs of socks
- 2 pairs of shoes (Nikes and Birkenstocks)
- 2 dresses
- 1 jacket
- 1 set of pajamas
TIP: roll your clothes to make use of the space in your bag!
Ruben planning out our last 7 weeks! Note the explosion of clothes from my back pack in the background..
And there we have it! A little bit of insight on how we planned for our three months back packing across Europe.
If you have any questions or would like to see specific posts on places we visited please leave me a comment!