The Backpacker’s European Bucket-List

Category: Europe
Date Posted: 2014-08-31

Backpacking around Europe has never been easier, thanks to majorly improved transport links. Getting from A to B, and back to Z is now simple and much cheaper. This is good news for backpackers. Of course, rail is probably the easiest way to get around, with rail passes meaning no hassle on the go. Rail Europe are a good company to check out if you fancy the idea of jumping on a train around the continent. 


Once you figure out how you’re going to do it, the next step is to figure out where you’re going to. This is where the hard work starts, for there are countless must-visit sites in certain European countries alone, never mind the whole continent! Rome as a stand-alone has countless places you simply have to visit, so how do you narrow it down?



Well here are ten places/festivals/things you must do on your packing adventures, call it a bucket-list if you will. 


Stonehenge, UK. 

This the UK’s last-standing prehistoric monument. It has gone a little touristy of late, but it still remains an amazing thing to see, especially at sunset and sunrise. Head there on the Summer solstice and really be at one with your true self!  


Experience a Spanish festival 

There are countless fiestas going on throughout the year, but perhaps one of the most famous is the San Fermin festival in Pampalona. Taking place in July, this is where you will experience the famous Running of the Bulls. Prepare to run – fast!


Clubbing in Ibiza 

A visit to the White Isle is obligatory, not least for the sunsets, but whilst you’re there it would be a crime not to head to one of the world famous superclubs, for a night living it up and then some. 


Pizza in Rome

Italian food is world famous, but in its homeland, it’s simply something else. Find a small pizza place in the middle of Rome, check out the sights, and soak up the atmosphere. Pizza in Rome is like nowhere else on earth. 


Hogmanay in Scotland 

New Year’s celebrations in Edinburgh are broadcast all over the world for a reason – they’re a riot! This is like the biggest party on earth, and you’ll find yourself hugging all manner of revellers as the night goes on. 


Glastonbury festival

The iconic festival, held at Worthy Farm in Pilton, attracts some of the world’s biggest music artists, but it’s much, much more than that. A true experience and a half. If you can get tickets, you’re one of the very lucky ones. 


Carnevale, Venice

Held around February/March time, this annual festival is fun with a capital F. Venice itself is a treat for the eyes, but this festival will make you laugh out-loud. The streets are full of people dressed up in costume, running riot and generally having fun. It’s also as old as the hills, going right back to 1162. 


Oktoberfest, Munich

Germany’s premier beer festival is much more than a chance to get very drunk indeed, it’s a party, it’s a lot of singing, and it’s just something you have to do at least once in your life. 


Whilst some of these suggestions require serious ticket obtaining, which needs to be done in advance, they are all quintessential European sights and experiences that must be done on a backpacking adventure. Of course, there are many, many more, but how long have you got?! 




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