Summer Trip: Backpacking through Europe


“I would definitely live out of a backpack, if it meant I could see the world.”

🎒 Backpacking was definitely one of my best traveling experiences. Even if it wasn’t an easy one, I learned so much throughout the whole process.

Starting out with not-so-simple steps as planning and booking all of our transportation, I found out it is not as easy as people would think. It gets even more complicated when you travel in a group. I traveled with 3 other people so since the beginning we had to agree on dates, countries, cities, and towns we would visit, which was nearly impossible. Everyone wanted to visit a certain specific place, so we had to do our best to design a plan in which everyone got to visit their dream countries, as well as the typical and most famous tourist attractions in a 25 day-span. Not to mention also getting in touch with our European friends and try to accomplish a plan in which we could visit their home cities and get them to accept to host 4 semi-strangers in their house.

When you manage to get this figured out you still have to pack and prepare for it. Find the right backpack, pack enough but not too much, fitting everything inside your bag, prepare for all types of weather and still consider some extra space for souvenirs is definitely not easy when you know you will have to carry everything you need literally on your back.

Even as it is difficult, I found this process exciting, not the planning part, but the packing one. Deciding which clothes to take, which shoes will make you more comfortable, what shirts you want to remain forever in your pictures and which ones are the easiest ones to coordinate with all your shorts/jeans/leggings, as well as preparing for any random situations gets you all shaky and excited for the unknown in the good way. I love the idea of traveling only with what you can carry, because this way you realize how much you can live without. You start in a simpler way, a free and carefree way. Also, afterwards, you realize you will not travel to the end of the world, so pretty much anything you forget, you can buy it wherever you are going.

Throughout our trip I learned how much all our planning was helpful to keep us from being stranded in only one country. Of course not everything went as planned. We ended up in random towns, and either extending or shortening our stays in different cities because of fully booked trains and hostels. Even so, we were lucky enough to visit Europe before the actual summer vacation days started, so even if a lot of our planned trains were already full, we managed to find similar ones and still get to the places we wanted, even if not in the actual hour or date planned. Traveling by the cheapest way we could find was crazy; we slept at train stations in the freezing cold, spent 16 hours in a boat without a seat, shared an all night-train cabin with two ladies and a crying baby in the hottest night of our lives, showered in bathrooms at stations or not showered at all for days at a time… Kebabs and Milka became my go to diet plan, which I don’t regret for a single moment, even if it cost me some extra kilos and hours at the gym on my way back. McDonalds turned into our second home, the free WIFI and cheap meals beat the hatred you may have for globalized food chains; it certainly did for me and my friends never had a problem with their euro burgers (plus they sell the cheapest and best macaroons in France).

Also, being the young and cool but also smart and cultivated people we decided we were, we took it as our mission to manage to visit all the cultural, important places, as well as the best recommended clubs, and pub-crawls, or even any pubs or clubs that we could find. We spent a whole night in the freezing streets of Amsterdam, pub-crawling because we couldn’t find a hostel to stay in, visited the biggest club in Prague and managing to walk back to our hostel in the middle of the night, even after one of my friends got lost in the way, tried the best pizza of our lives in one of the most expensive organized pub crawls in Rome, experienced the night beach life in Barcelona and found a club out of the blue, far far away of the city by taking a random bus filled with other crazy students in Florence; all of this at the same time as we were waking up at 9:00am in the morning to manage to have enough time to visit all the necessary museums, landmarks, castles, buildings, parks and statues we were told we just had to visit. Looking back I don’t even know how we managed to get it done, it was insane, but oh-so perfect.

After this trip the people I travelled with, we were family; we laughed, we cried, we fought, we fell apart and got together again, we drank, we danced, we ate like crazy, we took care of each other… Everything was so intense; I would not change it for the world.
For me backpacking was one of the best experiences of my life. This journey throughout Europe was the first time I travelled so far, to so many places, with people who weren’t my family, in the cheapest way possible, and I fell in love with it. I found that this is the right way to travel, to try to experience as much as you can out of a place is the best way to do it. I don’t care if I have never been as tired as I was after that trip, it was definitely the one that convinced me that this is the way that I want to live my life, backpacking, as far as I can, with whoever is willing to go with me. Because even if you go with people who are not so close to you, you end up sharing so much that you create closer ties with them than with anyone else before.




Spain was the last country we visited in our backpacking trip. We were first in Barcelona and then in Madrid.

I think Barcelona is an amazing city, it is true when they say it’s a city for the young. It has a lot of night life and places to go. I also really liked all the Gaudí designed places; for me it was really cool how culture and art mixed with modern life.

In an unfortunate way, Madrid, as our last city, was the one we experienced the least. By this time, after almost a month of traveling, we were so beaten up. We could barely manage to visit any of the touristic places and actually enjoy them. We were so absolutely tired that I don’t even remember clearly what we did there. I remember liking it, and thinking that Spain had so much museums and cultural places, but we didn’t get to visit them. I would have loved to spend a little more time there to be able to actually get to know this cities.


🇮🇹 Italy is a country full of beautiful and different cities. It’s so filled with art and history that you learn so much from any of the places you decide to visit. Weather wise I spent some of the hottest days of my life there, summer days are insane; I felt I was literally melting, but still it was so worthy.

Rome is so crazy, as capitals are known to be. There are so many places to visit and so much history inside of it. In my opinion its a beautiful city but too hectic to live in. There are people all day, locals and tourists alike, filling the streets. In my opinion its a little too “fast”, you get extra tired of trying to visit every place it has to offer. As a tourist it leaves you exhausted, even as it teaches you so much. Places like the coliseum, and the Fontana di Trevi are breathtaking, but I would prefer to spend more time in some other of its more peaceful cities.

Florence was my absolute favourite one. Since the fist time I visited it, I fell in love with the amount of art it contains. There are painters, artists, and artisans filling all of its streets, its amazing. Its an all over beautiful city, I loved the vibe of it, and every inch of it. Being there I wished I could live in it some day, and one of my backpacking friends actually did. She returned a year after to spend 6 months living there and she told me she fell even more in love with it.

What I loved about Italy is that we got to visit not so touristic places like Verona, which were enchanting in their own way. This little towns all over Italy all have their charm, so I think this is a country definitely worth visiting for a long period of time. I didn’t really get to spend any time with locals, which I regret, but overall its a beautiful artistic country.


Vienna is by far one of my favourite cities in Europe. Just walking in its streets you can notice how peaceful and beautiful it is. It has amazing buildings and it gave me an impression of being such a clean, educated place. The first time I went there I just had a chance to visit the Belvedere castle, and I was in love with it, I couldn’t believe any other place could be as beautiful, until I arrived the second time and had enough time to visit Schönbrunn. The european “schlosses” are definitely some of the most amazing buildings I’ve ever seen. They still transmit a grandeur vibe and pure beauty that I can never get enough of. I could stay in either of those castles, specially in their gardens, forever.

Vienna is definitely one of the cities I would love to get a chance to live in for a while, so I could get to enjoy all of its amazing places for a longer amount of time.

Czech Republic


 🇨🇿 Prague, in Czech Republic was one of the hardest cities to arrive to. It was the only country in which we had absolutely no relation or knowledge of the language, the only one without euro currency and the one which none of us had ever visited before. We were received in the train station by bad mannered and kind of aggressive people so we were not exactly excited about our arrival. We walked with all our bags a long and tiering way to our hostal and from there everything got easier and better. The hostal host, was a very nice and friendly woman, she explained everything about the city, the touristic spots and the most important: were we could find and get money from an ATM.

In Prague were able to visit the main landmarks, the biggest club in all of Europe (Karlovy Lazne), try absynth, and manage to walk around the city with barely a few hours of sleep. We discovered people weren’t rude at all, we just had a bad first impression, and that Prague is a beautiful city, full of history and that the few days we spent there were definitely not enough to get to know all it has to offer.


Köln, Hamburg, Hannover & Berlin are the four german cities I’ve visited. More than a tourist I feel I experienced them as a local. Germany welcomed me and my friends better than any other country we visited. Starting with Hamburg, where my german “sister” lives, we had heard amazing things about that city, it’s boats, the architecture, its overall importance but what I loved most about it, was the company, the german food, going to the supermarket in the mornings, having a “german” traditional home to get back to.

A similar thing happened in Hanover, we didn’t know much about that city, we stopped there cause we had a friend who lived there who was able to show us around, but what we loved the most was spending time with her family, eating traditional food and sharing everything we had experienced throughout our travel with her parents and her brother.

We arrived in Germany by train after having barely slept at a train station in Amsterdam. We were beaten because it was the middle of our trip so spending relaxed, family days was the best thing that could have happened to us. The german families who we got to spend time with were the most welcoming, loving, and caring people. Germans don’t have the best reputation for being warm or friendly, but what we experienced was the total oposite. For us they were the best, in the end we really didn’t want to leave any of them, they genuinely cared about us enough to make us feel like home.


I’ve been to Paris twice in my life. It’s the only city in France i know and the first european city I ever visited.

As cliched as it may sound I was in love with Paris since my first visit. It was so different from any other city I had ever been to. Everything was so classy, so artistic, so pretty. The first time I went there I didn’t have time to take all the Eiffel Tower/Louvre Museum/Pont des Artes pictures I wanted because I visited it in a guided tour trip with my whole family. Even so, I was so in awe by all its beauty I knew I had to go back.

The second time I didn’t make the same mistake and I planned for my trip to paris to be as long as it could, within the limits of my month-long backpacking Europe trip. I was there for around 5 or 6 days in which I woke up at 9 and slept at around 11 at a far away and kind of dangerous hostal. I got to visit so many beautiful places I hadn’t before. The Orsay museum was by far one of my favourites, I never did like the Louvre that much. I got to take a million pictures of the Eiffel tower in every possible angle. I even had some spare time to visit not so touristic places like Beautes Chaumont park and I got to spend the most wonderful afternoon just looking at people pass by at the Luxembourg park. I loved feeling like I wasn’t that much of a tourist by being able to travel by subway, every day, and getting to know not so popular places in a carefree way. Paris is filled with so many beautiful spots, you can never get tired of it.

The only place we visited that was not technically inside of Paris, but a must in every guide, was the Versailles Castle. This is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. Its so amazing you can cry, literally. I don’t know if its just for me but every inch of this palace screamed beauty. I don’t think im exaggerating because even now, as I remember it, I cannot think of enough words to describe how amazed i was by it. I loved it. Maybe because I was so young the first time I went there, and it didn’t resemble anything I had ever seen, or because of its immense gardens and my love for nature, i don’t know, i just know since the first moment I saw it, it became officially one of my favourite places in France, in Europe, in the world.

These 6 days were some of the most tiring of my trip, but at the same time they were some of the best. I got to show my friends around a city I had already visited, but that I already loved, and visit whole new beautiful and new places for me in a different light. I would love to visit other cities in France, just to make sure I am not missing out on anything as magical as Paris is.