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- Posted:Monday, July 6, 2009
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Cheap travel and budget accommodation in the form of hostels means it doesn't necessarily have to break the bank and it's something I would definitely recommend any adventure lover to try.
But I'm not the only one. Writing for the Examiner, the well-travelled Rebecca Bogen has outlined some of the top reasons to consider backpacker travel around Europe.
Included in there is hostels, which she noted are a "convenient, cost-effective alternative to hotels" that come in "all shapes and sizes" and can be booked at pretty short notice. There's also the fact that unlimited rail passes offer a cheap travel option, particularly useful if you're planning a cross-continent trip rather than limiting yourself to a couple of countries.
The sheer wealth of experiences on offer came out as the top motivation to go, but one of the key factors in making the decision could well be the single currency. So many of the countries you are likely to want to visit use the euro that it pretty much removes the need to worry about making sure you have the right cash on you.
And even if you do want to hop over to the UK, right now you're likely to find that your money goes a pretty long way. Indeed, boss of UKinbound Mary Rance recently observed that Americans in particular don't realise just how far - since the pound has fallen by around 30 per cent against the dollar.
So what are you waiting for? Stop thinking and get planning that dream backpacking experience!