Europe Travel Guide
Everyone dreams of traveling to Europe, and there’s a reason why. Whether you’re taking your first solo trip, backpacking on a budget, looking for a ritzy getaway, or wanting to explore new cities and cultures (don’t forget about the food!), Europe has something for everyone.
In my opinion, Europe is one of the most diverse continents you can visit. It has a deep-rooted history and is a melting pot of cultures from all over the world – not to mention the unique architecture and cuisines that vary from country to country. Plus, it’s one of the easiest regions to travel with lots of transportation options and having countries so close together. So, what are you waiting for?
If you’re backpacking through Europe, the best time to travel to the region is during the offseason. From November to March, you’ll have better luck finding cheap flights and hotels slash their prices.
However, winter is also a busy time of year for people planning a ski vacation or wanting to experience the Christmas Markets. The busiest time of year is summer in Europe. From June to August, travelers from all over the world flock to the region to soak up the good weather.
If you’re planning a trip during these months, book as much of it as you can in advance. Flights, even with budget airlines, can triple in price!
Check out my Guide to Backpacking Europe to help you start planning your big adventure!
What To Expect
Eastern Europe: Eastern Europe generally refers to the countries that were behind the Iron Curtain. It’s made up of Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, and Ukraine. It’s a cheaper destination for budget travelers, and some of its top historical attractions include the Prague Castle, the State Hermitage Museum and Auschwitz.
Northern Europe: Northern Europe is known for its natural phenomena – the Northern Lights. If you want to see them, you’ll need to visit in the winter when conditions are at their best. Some of the countries that make up this region include Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Southern Europe: Southern Europe is made up of all the countries close to the Mediterranean. Spain, Italy, Malta, Greece, Croatia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina and Montenegro are some of the most visited destinations in the region. It’s known for its incredible sailing, natural wonders, and ancient history.
Western Europe: Western Europe is one of the most popular regions in Europe. It’s home to countries like Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands, and Switzerland that attract millions of visitors each year. Some of its top attractions are the Eiffel Tower, the Van Gogh Museum and the Alps.