My Europe backpacking trip began and ended in London, England. My best friend, Dustin, his sister, Lindsay, and I flew directly from Los Angeles to Heathrow International Airport to meet another best friend of mine, Dan, whom I hadn’t seen in four years. The four of us started our 51-day journey the following day. The trip went as follows:
London, England – 6/19 – 6/20 (1 night)
Amsterdam, Netherlands – 6/20 – 6/21 (1 night)
Brussels, Belgium – 6/21 – 6/23 (2 nights)
Paris, France – 6/23 – 6/26 (3 nights)
Caen and Bayeux, France – 6/26 – 6/28 (2 nights)
Nice, France – 6/28 – 7/4 (6 nights)
Barcelona, Spain – 7/4 – 7/9 (5 nights)
Rome, Italy – 7/9 – 7/12 (3 nights)
Florence, Italy – 7/12 – 7/14 (2 nights)
Venice, Italy – 7/14 – 7/15 (1 night)
Salzburg, Austria – 7/15 – 7/18 (3 nights)
Munich, Germany – 7/18 – 7/23 (5 nights)
Prague, Czech Republic – 7/23 – 7/28 (5 nights)
Berlin, Germany – 7/28 – 8/3 (6 nights)
Amsterdam, Netherlands – 8/3 – 8/6 (3 nights)
London, England – 8/6 – 8/7 (1 night)
We started and ended in London because a roundtrip ticket in and out of Heathrow was much cheaper. The same thing goes with Amsterdam being on each end of the trip — flying in and out of Amsterdam was cheaper. Other than the journeys between Los Angeles, London, and Amsterdam, the only other flight we took was a one-way between Barcelona and Rome. All other journeys were made on train using our Eurail 15-day flexi-passes. Dan left us in Rome, and Morgan, Dustin’s girlfriend, met us in Rome.
We realized very fast that traveling with four people during the busiest travel time requires that hostels be reserved a few weeks ahead of time. This was unfortunate in some ways because we couldn’t be as free and agile as we would like, but making reservations also allowed us to usually stay at the best hostels.
There is no way I can sum up such a trip in a matter of paragraphs, so all I’ll say now is that my backpacking excursion across most of Western Europe was utterly amazing. Very soon I will have completed a post for each of the cities listed above, and these posts will be an attempt to share my experience with you. I’ll update the list above with links to these posts as I make them and also link each individual post to this summary post. I’m not going to write a post for London, though, because we barely spent any time there — the pound-dollar conversion was too terrible (1:2.11).
I hope you enjoy, and please, please comment or email if you want any advice or have any questions.
Dan, Me, and Dustin in Rome.
Me, Dan, Dustin, Morgan, and Lindsay in Rome after eating really, really good food.