Planning first solo Europe backpacking trip!
Replies: 39 - Last Post: Jul 13, 2013 11:12 AM Last Post By: ljd28
Feb 4, 2013 9:44 AM
30Yes marichel I agree it can become ridiculous. If you want some packing clues read the link I provided, it's a real list, not imaginary.
Max, I made a mistake, my pack as listed in the link only weights 5 lbs. dry. Some of the weights I listed are incorrect. I'm sure you'll take my word for it that's what it weighs, just as I take your word for it that your pack weighs 10.5 lbs.
Feb 5, 2013 11:14 PM
31@lucapal I've always thought that if you booked earlier it'd be cheaper lol. I think I'm just going to book my first couple of days in Paris and see where we go from there
@gawkabout Thanks for that tip, I'll keep it in mind when packing
@travelinstyle46 Thanks for that! I didn't know I had to buy it before my flight. And I don't recall asking anything about an army knife lol but thanks anyways
@go_2 Thanks for clarifying! Do you have any suggestions for any travel insurance that covers "extreme" sports? I think I may just go for normal coverage as I am still unsure if I will be skydiving and such
@emmeff Thanks for the suggestion but I've chosen Switzerland and Greece for personal reasons of why I'd want to go there
@max_mexico @lucapal thanks for the packing tips I'll keep them in mind
@ITH Hi ITH, I've changed my itinerary to 5 countries in 4-5 weeks and I've thought about all the places I've chosen and I want to visit them of my own accord and not to see everything I can.
Re: Backpack VS suitcase I've already decided to go the backpack route and settled on either http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Packs/TravelPacks/PRD~5024-852/mec-supercontinent-45-travel-pack.jsp or http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Packs/TravelPacks/PRD~5024-854/mec-supercontinent-65-travel-pack.jsp depending on my packing needs.
Thanks for the tip, I do have a budget in mind but my budget may increase so I will have a bit of leeway when I go on my trip.
I've been mostly looking at planes as train costs aren't up for my dates yet
@max_mexico and travelinstyle46 ladies.. lol no need to get feisty haha
Feb 6, 2013 12:46 AM
The 'booking in advance to save money' does work with some of the hotels (eg sites like booking.com)..though you are just as likely to get a good price through them if you book late.
Doesn't make any difference for hostels...they don't give discounts in general,whether you book or just walk in off the street.
Feb 6, 2013 1:01 AM
No worries. Glad you liked my packing tips.
Do look into couchsurfing, it is the best way to travel! Works great in Europe!
Enjoy your journey!
Feb 6, 2013 1:07 AM
34Eat at kabob shops. They have other good cheap dishes too.
And where locals pay no tourist prices; Little mom and pop cafés in paved alleyways.
Translated menu places may cost more.
Cheapest prices ; sit at counter. Next highest;table inside. highest prices in cafés; eat outside.
Only penny's or so different.
Feb 6, 2013 3:00 AM
35Do you have any suggestions for any travel insurance that covers "extreme" sports? I think I may just go for normal coverage as I am still unsure if I will be skydiving and such
I'm afraid I don't. But phone or email any prospective insurer and ask them to clarify their policy on, for example, camel riding, elephant riding, horse riding, balloon flights, bungee jumping, water-skiing, hiking on a guided back-woods or mountain trail, etc. Anything you conceivably think you might do , even if you have no intention of doing it right now.
When I read the small print of my normal insurer I was alarmed to see they didn't cover me for a couple of items I thought perfectly normal on a trip - but more than taking a bus or a walk down a paved street. But they reassured me by telling me what they would and would not cover in such an event.
Feb 6, 2013 6:57 AM
36Pack only 3 compleat chages of clothes. Hostels have washing machines.
Don't book ahead b4 your trip. Give yourself slack to change mind and route.
Its all so simple.
Tell your bank you're going to Europe, so they won't block your card.
have fun, not schedules.
keep ears and mind open.
Feb 6, 2013 7:25 AM
37It should not be that difficult to find a list of the activities an insurance policy covers. Here is an example of what World Nomads covers. Be aware that in their case it varies depending on your country of origin and you must enter that information before seeing the applicable list.
It seems that skydiving, parasailing, base jumping, etc. are all NOT covered by them in that list.
Feb 6, 2013 7:27 AM
38It might be necessary to look at a totally separate policy for a specific activity. That is certainly available. See here for example: http://www.sportscoverdirect.com/insurance/skydiving_insurance.html/
Jul 13, 2013 11:12 AM
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