I put together this Q & A of questions that I have received over Instagram and in person over the last few months. My European trip was incredible, and I hope by answering these questions you’ll be more motivated to explore Europe as well.
Q: How did it feel travelling solo?
A: This is the first time I have ever traveled solo and I was a little anxious before going to Europe because I didn’t know what it would be like, but it turned out to be the best decision I ever made. There are so many other solo travellers that are doing the same thing, so it’s super easy to make friends at hostels and doing tours. I had so much freedom, which was the best part. I made my own decisions and didn’t have to compromise with anyone on my itinerary.
Q: How did you decide where to go?
A: I read lots of blogs and got a lot of inspiration from Instagram. I already had my heart set on a couple places in Europe and I just added countries as I went. I booked hostels and transport 1-2 nights before, so I had the option of extending my stay in that city or moving on. If you don’t want to worry about planning an itinerary you can always join group tours, some popular ones in Europe are Contiki, Busabout, Topdeck etc.
Q: What method of transportation did I use?
A: I primarily used Flixbus to travel from city to city and it’s a super cheap bus company and they were almost always on time. I didn’t buy a euro rail pass because they are very expensive and for some trains once you buy the pass you also need to reserve a seat which you pay an extra fee for. I wanted to save money so travelling by bus was the best option even if it takes an extra couple hours.
Q: Where did you stay?
A: I stayed in hostels the entire trip and most of them were very nice. It’s a great way to meet other travellers and most of the hostels had a kitchen so I cooked some of my meals there to save money. I felt very safe even in mixed dorms and they have lockers for your personal belongings, so you don’t need to stress when you’re out for the day.
Q: Did you feel safe travelling a female?
A: I felt safe the entire trip, I never had any problems. I think you just need to be aware of your surroundings especially at night and you won’t have a problem. I bought an anti-theft purse to bring with me to Europe so I didn’t need to worry so much about pick pockets and it was a great purchase, I definitely recommend, especially if you are travelling to Western Europe.
Q: What was my daily budget?
A: I travelled during the shoulder and high season and I spent around $60/day. That includes food, hostel, transportation, and activities. I obviously spent much more than that when I was in Scandinavia because it is so expensive but when I was in Eastern Europe I was well below and only spending about $35/day. I also tried to cook when I had a kitchen in the hostel and tried to find hostels that offered free breakfast.
Q: Who takes my travel photos?
A: I took almost all my photos with my tripod that I brought with me. I set up my camera on the tripod and I have an app on my phone that uses WiFi to connect to my camera, so I can see what my camera sees and then I take the photo. The day before I go around the city and find the best places to photograph and then come back in the morning. In every city I was up around 5:30 am so I could take my photos without all the tourists in the way.
Q: My favourite place and why?
A: I fell in love with the Netherlands, I went to Amsterdam and Utrecht. Both cities had an amazing vibe, the friendliest people I met on my trip, amazing food and walking along the canals was so pretty. A few other places I loved were Budapest, Bled, Riga, Venice, and Stockholm!