Create your own adventure – A6 Months in Europe “Itinerary”
There’s no doubt that Europe is a very appealing place for travellers, with its incredible history, delicious
cuisine and lively cities. From the cobbled streets of French villages to the spectacular Swiss Alps and the
mountains of Romania, Europe is an amazing and varied place. In fact, travelling around Europe for six
months is a dream for many people.Here is a 6 months in Europe Itinerary – loose.
Although it is a dream for many people to spend six months in Europe, it can seem out of reach because
Europe tends to be an expensive destination. However, it is absolutely possible to travel around Europe
for six months, especially if you are able to work along the way.
Here’s how to have the ideal six months in Europe.
Plan your destinations (loosely)
Europe is made up of more than 50 countries, so even over six months, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to visit
them all! Therefore, it’s best to narrow down a list of countries you’d like to see. Perhaps you dream of
visiting the wineries of Aix-en-Provence, or partying down in Barcelona? Maybe getting off the beaten
path to explore the former Soviet Bloc countries is more your style? Or – do you want to see it all?
Most of the time, travelling slowly allows you to really appreciate a place and enjoy it for a couple of
weeks, rather than moving from country to country every few days. Of course, in the end, it mainly
comes down to your own preferences!
If you are travelling on a budget, it may be best to limit your time in the more expensive countries (such
as Norway, Sweden, Iceland, France, Switzerland and the UK) so as to keep your money stretching
further. There are many ways to keep your costs down even in these expensive places, however (more
on that shortly!).
Generally, the further east you go in Europe, the cheaper the cost of living becomes. In many Eastern
European countries such as Romania, Bosnia, Moldova and Bulgaria, you can travel for about 30 – 50%
of the cost of western Europe.
It’s best not to have an airtight plan, however, as flexibility is a big help in sticking to a budget.
Remaining flexible allows you to take up sudden opportunities and be flexible to find the cheapest travel
dates. However, if there are any particular things you would like to see (such as festivals), make sure you
are aware of the dates and plan accordingly!
One other thing to be aware of is any visa requirements, especially in the Schengen Zone where non-
European citizens are generally limited to stays of 90 days or less.
Work and travel
The best way to travel Europe for six months without breaking the bank is to work while you are
travelling. Not only can this give you some spending money and reduce your living costs (especially if
you are receiving free accommodation), but it’s also a great way to meet new people and really get to
know a new place.
You may like to look into short-term, seasonal jobs like working as a ski instructor or surf instructor.
With these short-term jobs, you can hop around Europe, seeing many different places, and working short stints when needed. Another option may be working on a cruise ship, as you’ll get to see lots of new places this way! One of the best things about these kind of jobs is that they usually offer free accommodation to workers.
Another option is to work remotely, for example teaching English or computer programming. These jobs
you can do anywhere in the world – all you need is an internet connection! They are perfect if you are
hoping to travel a lot during your time in Europe, and not be tied to one place.
Look for cost saving measures
In order to travel comfortably in Europe for six months, you may also want to look at ways to keep your
costs down – and make your money stretch a bit further.
There are many ways to keep your costs low when you travel in Europe – you may just need to get a
little bit creative!
Your biggest expense is likely to be accommodation, but luckily there are lots of ways to get free or
heavily reduced accommodation. You could use a website like HelpX or WWOOFing to find free
accommodation in exchange for a few hours’ work, or try housesitting or au pairing. Another option is to
volunteer in a hostel, working a few hours a day in exchange for free accommodation. This is also a fun
way to meet other travellers!
Some of these options may even include meals, which again reduces your expenses. You can also keep a
lid on your expenses by not eating out all the time, and instead cooking meals at home.
Another large expense to factor in is transport, especially if you are planning to visit many countries
during your six months in Europe. A flexible Eurail pass is a great way to go, although it can be a little
pricey. Other options such as budget airline Ryanair or ridesharing services such as BlaBlaCar can also be
great options, as long as you can be a little bit flexible with your itinerary.
Hopefully these can get you started. Remember to follow up a few times, check reviews etc.