It’s been almost a year since I set off on my 3 month trip through Europe. Since then I’ve learned a lot about booking hostels, navigating new cities, making friends, and packing. I’m happy to say that I’m a much better traveller than I was one year ago today. My travel knowledge has come from a lot of trial and error, a lot of great information from fellow travellers and friends, and most of all, a lot of awesome resources. I’m very Type A and a planner by nature, and I love nothing more than falling down rabbit holes on the internet while researching various things. My Google Docs spreadsheet for Europe had no less than eleven different sheets!
I wanted to share some of my favourite websites and articles to inspire you and help you plan an adventure of your own.
Inspiration For Your Trip
- So You’ve Graduated From College, Now What?
- 8 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 22
- It’s That Time of Year Again
General Travel Tips
Legal Nomads: World Travel Resources – an incredibly helpful, very comprehensive guide to world travel.
Rick Steves: His travel tips section is full of great, very useful information.
The Savvy Backpacker: Lots of great articles and resources for planning a budget backpacking trip.
Nomadic Matt: How to Legally Stay in Europe for More Than 90 Days (a very helpful article about visas and permitted lengths of stay).
Packing for Europe & Travelling Light
One Bag: The absolute ultimate light packing guide. It has tips on why packing light is a smart choice, a universal light packing list with detailed, and in-depth explanations of why each item on the list is helpful or important. I lost hours to this website.
Her Packing List: Awesome packing lists, backpack and product reviews and resources.
PB Fingers: What To Pack To Europe (aimed at women, for summer travel)
Ulmon Apps: The ultimate travel app for most major cities. It lets you navigate in real time even without an internet connection, lists all major attractions within the app and sometimes even has integration with the local subway system so you can see which metro stop to get off at for wherever you’re going. I absolutely adore these apps and they are my #1 recommended travel tip. Plus, somehow they’re free.
Hostel World: I love this website and never used anything else to read reviews of hostels and book my accomodations.
Blogsy: A blogging app for iPad, perfect for blogging while travelling.
Oanda Currency: An awesome currency converter app that you can use even when you have no internet connection.
Refinery 29: I Travel to Feel Lonely…On Purpose – a really great, fresh perspective on solo travel.
Fluent in 3 Months: Is Long-Term Solo Travel Lonely?
A Little Adrift: Yes, Sometimes Travel Is Lonely.
The Ramble: Awesome advice if you’re worried about getting lonely while travelling.
- Love Taza: Lots of beautiful photos and a few recommendations for various Italian cities
- The Fresh Exchange: Cinque Terre here and here
Croatia: 15 Things To Do in Dubrovnik
Taking myself on a trip through Europe is one of the best things I’ve ever done. I was able to see some of the most beautiful places in the world, meet some awesome people, and most of all gain lots of confidence for both travelling and living the life I want to live. I’d recommend it to anyone. You don’t need a travel partner, you don’t need to be ready, everything is figureoutable, you can do this. It’s almost a year later but the experiences I had on my trip are still giving back to me in ways I never could have predicted.
This is a very incomplete list of resources, of course. I’ll try to add more as I remember them or as questions come up. If you have any specific questions about my trip, check out my FAQs, my posts on tips for travelling through Europe and for doing it solo, or send me an email at stephanie @ lifeinlimbo.org.
Thanks for reading. Good luck and have fun on your trip!