16 days, 4 countries and a couple of backpacks.
I have so many far-fetched and imaginative ideas that many remain just that, ideas. But this time my latest idea has actually come to life, and on Saturday my boyfriend and I will be setting off on our longest trip together for a couple of weeks exploring a few countries in Europe.
We did a mini version last year, with 10 days checking out Berlin, Cologne, Bruges and Brussels. I absolutely loved it, and it confirmed to me that I do actually enjoy travelling about and not just a city break every now and then. So we’re off for as long as our 9-5 jobs would allow.
To get the most out of our budget, we’ve pre-booked all of the flights, trains and hotels. I’ve always had it in my mind that £70 a day would be a reasonable backpacking budget for Europe, and I’m keen to test this theory while we’re away. I’ve kept a track of all our expenses so far, and hopefully I’ll be able to see what it realistically costs to spend time in each city. But don’t get me wrong, I won’t be missing out on things to try and stick to that budget. We’ll just see what happens!
This will be my first trip with a backpack. Last year we took a suitcase with us, but dragging it over the picturesque cobblestones again didn’t appeal to either myself or my boyfriend, so this year we’re taking backpacks. Practically it makes more sense, because that darn suitcase was a pain in the butt to get about and on and off trains. But I’m a bit worried because my bag doesn’t look like it’ll fit enough in it. I always take ‘what if’ things, like spare clothes, straightners in case I want to straighten my hair, a sewing kit, etc. We’re not going anywhere that is even slightly remote, so if we need everyday things we’ll be able to pick them up where we are – I’ll have to be strict with myself! I’ve also got a small bottle of travel wash, so we can wash some clothes if need be.
So the plan…
London – Copenhagen – Hamburg – Dresden – Prague – Vienna
– Innsbruck – Munich – London
Yep, it might be too many cities, but London doesn’t count because it’s home.
Yep, it might be a bit ambitious.
Yep, I am most definitely looking forward to it!
If you’ve got any recommendations of things to do in any of these cities, I’d love to hear them!