This is a 12 part series on Backpacking Europe for all you aspiring & seasoned backpackers and student travelers.
1. Create a Plan
“People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan.” That’s a good old saying that I learned long ago and it applies to any goals that you may have in your lifetime.
Travel goals are no exception.
Write out your travel plans as if it were a rough business plan. Planning on paper will bring to fruition the mental image you have in your head of backpacking Europe (or the rest of the world for that matter).
Some people are more visual than others and having a plan that you can actually see can get your adrenaline pumping.
Nothing will be set in stone, but just write down whatever you got flowing in your head.
It will also give you a better understanding of how you need to prepare for your trip in terms of what to pack, your transportation, accommodations that should be booked early in popular cities, must-see museums and landmarks, time-frame in each city, realistic idea of the number of countries you will be able to visit on your trip, budget, etc…
Remember, even your final plans are bound to be broken once you get in your backpacking groove, but having a visual game plan will give you a set of guidelines to follow…and stray from, if the opportunity arises.