The most common question posed to us throughout Instagram and this blog is pretty straightforward. “How do you afford to do this?” It’s a very fair question, and no our parents did not give us money for this trip (although, Mom feel free to send us some!). As mentioned in previous posts, we definitely had to save up for this, but we’ve also had money coming in while we travel.
After a couple of months in hiding, I’ve decided to come out of retirement to share with all the fellas out there what you need to pack for a long haul backpacking vacation in Europe. Long story short, bring lots of underwear. If you want to hear the detailed version then go ahead and read on…
Now that we are a little less than two weeks away from our trek to Southeast Asia (Ah!!), I’m re-starting the process of packing up my life into my backpack. Lists are being made, clothes are being sorted, and hair is being pulled out.
So, you’ve decided that this will be the year that you cross Oktoberfest off your #bucketlist. Your ticket is booked, you’ve gathered your friends, and you’ve mentally prepared your liver for a fun weekend.
For the last (almost) four months, Casey and I have been backpacking all around Europe and now we are in Central America. In January, we will head to Southeast Asia to continue our Round the World trip.
After relaxing for 11 days in the Greek Islands (tough life, I know), we headed up to Athens to re-acclimate ourselves with “normal” city life and do a little sightseeing.
When planning for any trip, the absolute last thing that you want to think about is what if something happens to your loved ones while you are gone. Unfortunately however, life doesn’t always work out the way that we hope so the best thing to do is be prepared (mentally & physically) for every possible situation and hope for the best.
HUGE Disclaimer: I am definitely not an expert on this subject. Every opinion expressed here is my own based on my own experiences. What works in my relationship doesn’t mean it will work for yours!
If you missed part one, check it out here. Continuing along…
5. Metro –
Now we’re getting into the list of modes of transportation that don’t necessarily suck. I’d put city metro systems right in the middle of the pack. To clarify: I’m defining ‘metro systems’ as inner-city public transportation systems (subway, buses, trams, etc.) They are typically convenient enough to get you around the city, but schedules have been confusing and the payment systems are nuts. For instance, in Sicily you have to go find a tobacco store to buy your bus ticket from and then go find the bus station. Whacky.
So far we have taken planes, trains, metro, buses, car rentals, taxis, ferries, four wheelers, bikes and walked around the cities we have visited. One thing that most people tend to agree with is that the act of traveling generally sucks and is the worst part of doing a long term trip like this. Going into this trip, Meghan and I really didn’t know what to expect in terms of transportation (which would be the most expensive, the most convenient,etc), so in this series I’m going to break it down by which modes of transportation suck the most and which ones sucked the least. Ranked 10 (suckiest) to 1 (least suckiest).