Tip 1 – Choose the right backpack
Tip 2 – Pack lightly
3 – Have your passport (and visa, if needed) ready at least 3 months ahead of time
4 – Photocopy your documents and leave the copy with family or friends at home
5 – Use student travel websites or companies to book your flights
6 – Money matters
It’s also a good idea to give your bank written notice of your consent to let someone back home access your accounts while you’re away. If, for some reason, your card is not working or you need more money deposited in your account, having someone already authorized to do it for you will save you a lot of time and hassle.
Another tip: exchange some of your dollars into Euros before you leave, but note that the airport is not the best place to do this, as their exchange rates are quite high. Some major banks have international fare available for exchange as well as some companies like AAA.
These are just a few of the many tips for future backpackers ready to hop across the pond to explore Europe, but there are a lot of great websites with important tips and words of advice from other backpackers, so definitely do some research online before you go. What are you waiting for? Start planning your trip!