(Closed) Have you been backpacking overseas? Tell me about it!

posted 5 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@bride202:  In college I took 3-6 months off each year often tacking it on to summer breaks etc to travel. I also lived in Scotland for a year, England (45 minutes north of London) for six months and Spain (near Valencia) for six months. 

Most of my travels were alone but making friends along the way. Some of the longer trips included portions where I would meet up with friends or hop on with tour groups to get around. I would often speak Spanish when I was alone as there was a stigma being American and being alone I didn’t want any drama or attention. 

My travels included various parts of; Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Russia. 

It did change me. I had to be a more adventurous person and certainly more outgoing, especially when i was the ONLY girl in a Parisian hostel apartment of five other guys. Yeah that was awkward. One guy was broke after spending all his money on black female prostitutes. It does help you to not be so egocentric which we Americans are often accused of being. Having to live outside your comfort zone and live out of a back pack is a great experience, one I wouldn’t change. I can’t say I really roughed it though as the hostels were pretty nice and the areas I visited pretty safe. The only time I really felt unsafe was Russia and I was with a group of 20+ other Americans. We were targeted one night by the locals even though we were staying at a 5-star hotel. Yeah wasn’t fun but at least I wasn’t alone at that time.

I have loads of stories. I was young, crazy, liked to drink and man some of those boys were delicious. There was a night in Dublin I made out with a guy named Doyle Fitzpatrick until 3 am. Yeah doesn’t get more Irish than that. 😉

Post # 6
6123 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@bride202:  I have not, but a hut to hut hiking trip through the Dolomites is #1 on my list right now.  I want to do it for my 40th (which is in 3 years).  H would go with me.


Here is the link that has me drooling:



The huts actually provide the food and beds, you bring your clothes, sleeping bag, water, etc.  It’s not true backpacking (totally self sufficient) but I still want to do this so badly!

Post # 7
957 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@bride202:  I have been backpacking in Europe twice. I think the second time was the most life changing. We didn’t have any plans and took everything day by day. We went where we wanted and met cool people everywhere we went. Sometimes, we changed our plans the day of. We showed up in towns with no place to stay and walking into a hostel asking for a bed. We couch surfed (couchsurfers.com) and met amazing people. We ate on $3 a day and walked EVERYWHERE.

I think the best part of everything was learning to live in the moment and for today. You can’t spend all day today worrying about tomorrow. Just take it as it comes and enjoy the ride.

My last backpacking trip was 30 days. We started in London and ended in Munich. Our city tour was: London, Ibiza, Barcelona, Sarria, Santiago de Compestela (we did the last 70 miles of The Camino trail) Porto, Lisbon, Madrid, Segovia, Interlaken, Lucerne, Zurich, Salzburg, Munich. I went with my friend from high school. It was amazing.

Post # 8
222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I did! I spent almost 6 months travelling around Asia  with my – at that time – boyfriend. I totally changed my opinion about some countries, and definitely started appreciating comfort more than I did before. I am a city girl, and I can’t say that carrying a 15-kg backpack plus 10 kg more was an easy thing, but for me it was a live time experience and something I am so greatful for. 

I was keeping a blog about our travels, though I did not update it dor quite some time. 

Post # 9
7977 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Oh gosh… I pretty much lived out of a backpack for about 2 1/2 years of my adult life, travelling in Asia. My experiences would fill a book! I was alone for most of that as well… I wasn’t in a group or anything.

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