Going on a Eurotrip!

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My backpack, packed

My backpack, all spiffy & clean in Saigion – ready for its next adventure!

Today I’m flying to Europe! I’ve been traveling around the world for over 13 months now and I’ve seen and done a lot, but really, there is still one place I’ve wanted to see and do a lot more—Europe. It’s a little bit of a guilty pleasure for me, because I’ve been to Europe several times already. In fact, I even started this trip last May in Spain. Whatever. I don’t care. I like Europe and even if it’s probably too expensive for my budget, I’d rather lose all my money there than most other places.

Don’t get me wrong, there are so many other places in the world outside of Europe that I want to see more of. But a few weeks ago when I was contemplating where to go and what to do with my life after Vietnam, there was one place that stood out. After three months in India and almost four in Southeast Asia (neither was enough time in each), I decided it was time to go back to Europe.

Yes, it’s probably the most expensive time of year to backpack around Europe, but hopefully with some cheap deals I can swing some good times. And so, with my backpack freshly cleaned (visiting my family in Saigon was like a whole new start to my trip), I’m ready to go.

My four weeks in Spain last year didn’t quite feel like a Eurotrip mostly because it was one country and I was never expecting to stay there as long as I did. This time it’ll be a little different. Well, kind of.

First things first, I don’t really have a plan. I do want to see more than a few places, though, so that’s something. I’ve been looking at some affordable travel options—specifically in Eastern Europe where I was originally planning to visit (but never made it to because plans change). I’m arriving in Berlin and want to spend some time there to get a good feel of the city (which I hear is very hipster). A million other cities have popped into my mind, all destinations from Berlin. But I can’t honestly say which direction I’ll go.

Second, I’m not really sure how much money I want to spend (or perhaps more importantly—how much money I actually have to spend). Well that’s not entirely true. I know how much money I have in my bank account. But because of some recent freelance work, my tax refund and what little profit I’ve made off this website, I have more money than I was expecting to at this point in my trip/life. I’m going into Europe with the knowledge that it’s expensive and that I can’t and won’t spend all my money traveling. I’m sure some people can and do, but I want to return “home” (or wherever it is I end up settling down in) with enough money to at least give me a decent start.

Cheap holidays aren’t always easy to come by, and I don’t expect Europe to be cheap at all. But I also don’t want to scrimp for the sake of extending my travels longer. I’m already going longer and farther than I expected to. For that, I’m very grateful. Seeing as how I’m still going strong, I don’t see much of a reason to sacrifice much for the sake of travel. I’m traveling to see and do things, and a few other reasons too. If I spend all my money in two weeks because I’m going to all the sights and doing all the things I want to do, then so be it!

Whatever happens when I get to Europe, I’m sure it’s going to be a lot of fun. And I’m definitely going to make the most of it. Whether it’s an ending or a beginning, I don’t care. I’m going because I want to go. And that’s just about all there is to it.

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  1. Goodluck Adam!  Let us know where you end up and how you manage to travel in Europe on the cheap…My husband and I start our backpacking trip around the world in January and would love to explore Europe if we can afford it!

    • Hey Meg,
      Yeah, I’m not really trying to travel Europe on the cheap, but not expensively either. Since this part of my travels was completely unplanned and unexpected, I figured I’d just do it to have fun. So that means no nights of cooking pasta in the hostel kitchen, and if I want a beer, I buy a beer. It’s a fun way to travel (and kind of a first for me), but it certainly isn’t cheap!

  2. Have fun! Looking forward to hearing where you land. 

    • I landed in Berlin, and though I’m in Prague at the moment, I’m probably heading back there. It was too much fun of a place to only visit for a short while!

  3. I hope you figure out all the financing and have a great time, I look forward to reading about it.

    • Financing schminancing! Kidding….kind of. For the time being, I’m just spending and I’ll worry about budgeting in another week (or two).

  4. Hope you visit Croatia! :D

    • I hope I visit Croatia, too! It’s been on my list of places to see for a while now…

  5. I’ll be in Europe in less than a month. Hopefully we can meetup at some point. I too have no plans the only set things I know I’ll be doing are Gay Pride in Amsterdam and La Tomatina in Spain. Other than that who knows… I do know that I will probably only be there for about 2 months cus I know Europe is going to kill my budget. 

    • I heard really good things about Gay Pride in Amsterdam from some of my Dutch friends! I might actually consider going to it, so I’ll let you know!

  6. Berlin is definitely worth it.  I began my travels there and I pretty much fell in love with the city.  Do go to Mauerpark on Sundays for the big flea market, where you can even pick up a polaroid camera that actually works.  I got the camera and films in Berlin, since it’s a mecca for finding things you wouldn’t find in the USA. 

    Other places in Germany I recommend are: Hamburg (it can be chilly and windy), Nuremberg (do hike up to the castle on the top of the hill.  Beautiful views), Munich (my 2nd favorite city, if loves partying, go to Kult fabrik), Fussen (the infamous castle and TRUE Bavaria).

    I’m currently in the Balkans, in Bosnia to be exact, Serbia in a few days, and the food here in Bosnia are to die for.

    • Hey Staci,
      Thanks so much for all these tips! I didn’t make it to Mauerpark while I was there, but am headed back to Berlin in a few weeks (because like you, I pretty much fell in love from the first moment).

      And I’m jealous you’re in (or were in) Bosnia. I’ve heard such great things!

  7. Portugal is a cheap destination compared to other European countries and a beautiful place to visit too, although I’m biased because I’m Portuguese :) 
    If you decide to give it a go, let me know as I can give you a few tips. 

    • Thanks Romana! I’m probably sticking to central and eastern Europe this trip, but I do want to visit Portugal sooner rather than later. Who knows!

  8. Portugal is a cheap destination compared to other European countries and a beautiful place to visit too, although I’m biased because I’m Portuguese :) 
    If you decide to give it a go, let me know as I can give you a few tips. 

  9. Portugal is a cheap destination compared to other European countries and a beautiful place to visit too, although I’m biased because I’m Portuguese :) 
    If you decide to give it a go, let me know as I can give you a few tips. 

  10. Portugal is a cheap destination compared to other European countries and a beautiful place to visit too, although I’m biased because I’m Portuguese :) 
    If you decide to give it a go, let me know as I can give you a few tips. 

  11. I’m going to Riga in a month, first time ever in Eastern Europe. Should be an amazing place, I’ll let you know if it’s worth the visit :) 

    • Oh, I’d really like to know how Riga is. From what I’ve heard, it sounds like a good place to visit!

  12. I’m going to Riga in a month, first time ever in Eastern Europe. Should be an amazing place, I’ll let you know if it’s worth the visit :) 

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