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Backpacking Europe Planning & Essentials Guide – Available Now on Amazon!


Experience Europe Your Way with the Bakpak Europe GO Kit!

Note to readers: I am the co-writer on this guide to backpacking Europe and created about 90% of the content. It is available for purchase on Amazon.

Discover your travel personality, enjoy amazing discounts and find everything you need to plan the European adventure of your dreams with the Bakpak Europe GO Kit.

A fun travel guide that is easy to read and packed with essential information, the GO Kit not only provides you with up-to-date tips on European trip planning, it also helps you to understand your travel preferences so that you can customize your journey around your personal interests and desires. From insider tips on different types of accommodation and transportation to help with budgeting and itineraries, the GO Kit contains the expert travel advice you need to backpack Europe – along with exclusive discounts on your trip. Continue reading

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Europe by Rail: Train Travel Basics


My favorite way to travel around Europe is by rail; I am usually a pretty quick and fast traveler and on a train from Milan to Amsterdam you have no choice but to slow down and soak in the world around you. If you are considering riding the rails this year but haven’t decided, here are some basic tips to get your mind on the tracks. All Aboard! Continue reading

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What’s This Extra Sink For? (Anzio, Italy)

“Okay, you start hand washing the laundry and I’ll run to the cash machine and buy some wine and cheese for our picnic on the beach,” I said to my boyfriend Joe as I walked out of the hotel room.

“Sweet, see you soon!” he replied, dumping out a garbage bag full of dirty laundry onto the bathroom floor.

We had been backpacking across Europe for almost a month; having traveled through the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Spain, we know found ourselves in Anzio, Italy. Continue reading