Global Gal on the Go embarking on her European adventure.
At the beginning of 2016, I quit my corporate desk job in pursuit of traveling. My plan was to spend 5 months backpacking through Europe. I was confident; I felt like it would be easy. I had traveled to Europe before and this wasn’t my first rodeo. Those five months turned out to be an eye-opening journey.
Living on a Budget
There is a common misconception that you have to be rich to travel, but it’s not true. For those 5 months, I lived on $50 a day or less. This included meals, accommodation, transportation, and all the items in between. There were days and countries where it was tricky to stick to my budget, but there were also countries where I could live well under it.
Sure, I watched my spending and always looked for the best deals, but I didn’t limit myself either. I still explored some of the most expensive countries in Europe—including Iceland, Norway, and Denmark—and managed to spend less than I had expected.
In my webinar, “How to Backpack Through Europe Part 1,” I explain how I managed to stick to my daily spending limit and how you can too. I also give a few tips and tricks that I use—one of which helped me book a flight from London to Copenhagen, the day before departure, for only $7!
Colleen at a Global Gals Meetup in Hamburg
The 3 P’s
Before you embark on the journey of a lifetime, there is quite a bit of prep work. “How to Backpack Through Europe Part 1,” covers the 3 P’s: Plan, Prepare, and Pack. Europe is a large continent and can be almost overwhelming when looking at all the potential places you can explore. In the webinar, I share ways to find your travel inspiration so you can embark on your dream trip.
Chief Global Gal, Brenda McGuire, always says, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” This is absolutely true and properly preparing will save you time, stress, and energy so you can have the best backpacking experience.
Prior to leaving the United States, one of the most difficult things for me was packing. How can I fit everything into a backpack? In my webinar, I explain my packing process and how I managed to fit everything into a 40L backpack. (I continue to travel this way, even now!)
Getting Around Europe
Europe is very well connected, which makes it easy to hop from one country to the next. Whether by planes, trains, or automobiles, I’ve shared some of my secrets that I discovered on the road and from other backpackers I met along the way. There are a number of apps and services that you can use for free to find the best deals and also navigate around a new city.
Travel is Stressful
Most people back home think that I’m on an extended vacation, but I work remotely and do freelance while I’m on the road. Even if you aren’t working while you’re backpacking, travel is stressful. You’re constantly moving, experiencing new things, and meeting new people, which is different from your normal day-to-day life.
Colleen posing in Venice
In my webinar, I teach you how you can find the perfect balance for yourself while you travel long-term. Having the ability to understand what your body mentally and physically needs isn’t something you can read in a travel guide. Becoming more in tune to what you need not only allows you to travel longer, but gives you insight into yourself.
How to Budget Backpack Europe Part 1 will give you the skills and knowledge you need before you embark on your once in a lifetime journey! You don’t know what you don’t know, so leave the guess work out of it and join me for an hour and a half long, information packed session full of tips, tricks, and more!