Europe is a part of the world covers the western part of the continent of Eurasia, and comprises about 10 million km² with approx. 700 million inhabitants, representing 6.7% of the land area and 10.2% of the population of the Earth (2009).
Europe borders North America west of Iceland and Asoros in the Atlantic Ocean, and north of Svalbard and Frans Josefs land in the Arctic Ocean. The Strait of Gibraltar and the Mediterranean Sea form the southern border with Africa. The border with Asia goes by the Dardanelles, the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus, the Black Sea, the Azov Sea, the Kuma-Manychenko, the Caspian Sea, the Embaelven, the Ural Mountains and the Kara Sea.
Europe’s territory benefits from 46 sovereign states recognized both by each other and by the United Nations. Three of these states (Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkey) have the majority of its territory in Asia, while five (Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican) are so-called micro states with very little population and area. In addition, there are two (Kosovo and Transnistria) de facto autonomous European states that do not have universal international recognition.
Backpacking in Europe
Europe is a great goal if you think about going on a backpacking vacation. Here’s everything from a high mountain, long and deep fjords and a wonderful city life. Can you wish for something more when you put your backpack on and exploring new places? Taste unknown food, explore new places you don’t find on the map, get to know new people where you go. Maybe you’ll find your friends for life as well.
Here are few options for you to discover if you plan to backpacking in Europe
- Sintra, Portugal.
- Middelburg, Netherlands.
- Hallstatt, Austria.
- Perugia, Italy.
- Dolceaqua, Italy.
- Norway. A Guide To Norway
- Berlin (Don’t forget the October festival).
- Trogir, Croatia.
- London. A Guide To London.
- Cornwall, United Kingdom.
- Valldemossa, Majorca, Spain.
- Český Krumlov, Czech Republic.
- Porquerolles, France.
- Gruyeres, Switzerland.
Is it safe to backpack in Europe? Yes and no. It depends on which area you go to. Here are some tips
- Don’t hike
- Read reviews if you use Airbnb’s services or use couch surfing.
- Most countries have a government-run travel advice and advisory resource that helps travelers make informed decisions about where and when they travel. Use it!
- Keep valuables under control all the time
- Travel in groups
The safest places in Europe to travel to are
- Czech Republic
Common sense and an awareness of what is going on around you are always important in big crowds of people or densely populated areas. To ensure you are not an easy target for pickpockets or would-be thieves, follow these simple rules:
- Keep mobile phones, wallets, and purses safely tucked away, and never leave them in plain sight.
- Keep your handbags or briefcases tucked away under your chair in bars and restaurants, or use a table clip if the venue provides one.
- Never accept drinks from strangers — incidences of “spiking” are relatively low in the city, but it’s always best to be cautious
Visiting Public Places
- Never leave your bags unattended. Apart from the potential risk of theft, unattended items often lead to unnecessary security alerts.
- Always carry your wallet or purse close to you, and never carry too much cash around. Keep bags close to you in busy areas, and carry your backpack forward facing on your chest.
- Mobile phones and other devices are incredibly tempting to thieves. Ensure that you always keep yours out of sight when not in use.
- Before you travel, make a note of your electronic serial numbers (ESNs).
- If you do lose your valuables, call the police. Find out the number in your area. You will need to make a full report with them as soon as possible. If you lose your card or it’s stolen and you don’t have a backup, consider an instant approval credit card that’ll show you your numbers and card details instantly online. That’ll allow you to make online purchases (travel purchases such as train/airline/hotel tickets etc) without waiting for the card to come.
- If you are using an ATM, be sure that there is nobody looking over your shoulder as you enter your PIN.
At Your Hotel
- Always keep your passports and other valuables in a locked room safe if one is available.
- Keep a note of the address of your hotel and contact number with you at all times. If you get lost, you can use this to find your way back.
Traveling on Your Own
- Always have a point of contact that you check in with during your stay. It is good to keep in touch with folks back home.
- Use your own common sense when walking around late at night. Stay on main roads and in well-lit areas.
Be Always Aware
Incidents can occur. To help stay safe during your stay, you can do some research before you visit.
Have you ever been in Europe? If so where did you go and do you have any advice to give if someone plan to explore Europe? Please leave a comment below.