Sociologists say that a particular rite of passage, backpacking through Europe, furthers the maturation process of college students. For the fortunate few, where the trip is nothing more than the lure of copious amounts of alcohol, sun, and Amsterdam, life hasn?t begun to be complete without it. Either way, all face the same question: what to take?
Just take a look at the following list of hints:
1. First, take a look online. That?s the top site to look for low cost plane tickets to Europe. Take a crack at it on your own: do a study on every airline company that has routes flying from the U.S. to Europe. Look at the costs. Then look online. You will be shocked at how many different prices you see for the airfare.
2. Plan ahead, by knowing which cities have airports you can opt for a connected flight. Connected flights are always cheaper than direct ones, especially when flying from North America.
3. Don?t use first class and business seats. What you want to do is get to Europe the cheapest way you can. First Class and business sets might cost two times more than coach. You shouldn?t worry about whether or not people will look down on you for sitting in the back of the aircraft. What the heck, you still will get there at the exact time and arrive in the exact place as those who paid a higher cost.
4. Off-season flights. Out of season flying is always priced low, and many know that airlines in Europe are most affordable over the winter, albeit at the expense of some drastic snowfall.
?Remember, I can pick it [(lower voice) toothpaste, book, soap] up over there.?
6. Look for slow days. It would be beneficial to plan a flight on a Tuesday or Wednesday, because arriving in Europe on a Sunday is no different than arriving on Tuesday.
7. Go home on slow days. Taking arrival days a step further, you can save even more on the travel expense if you plan to leave for home on Tuesday or Thursday (slow days).
8. Get your plane tickets in advance. Not only will you have more choice in your desired seats on the plane, one would also benefit from lowered airline rates by booking tickets in advance.
?I accept that I will come home wearing something I didn?t take and will have lost/traded/burned much of what I did take.?
10. Haggle your tickets. It would not hurt to ask for the lowest cost plane ticket. Most of the time these advantageous rates are just awaiting the smart flier.
These chants were developed originally by the little known, Oh-My-Back Monks, or the ?OMB? Monks of Southeast Asia, who would travel to far off cities, only to turn around half way and return home, to then travel the full way to said city.
Religious experts opined as to the deep metaphysical meaning of such trips. They were later embarrassed when the monks revealed the back and forth nature of the trips was due to forgetting something, often as small as whether or not they had turned off the iron. Joking aside, these have become the guiding light of experienced backpackers.
And if you have the courage, you might consider these tips:
Now comes something you?ll want to keep in mind. You might forget special moments of your trip: meting the hunk Sven or babe Svenetta from Sweden and the adventures around it.
On a low budget, these tips could greatly benefit an individual. Many may lead you astray from your intended destination, but they are all viable options. Remember, there are many more choices than one would have previously thought.
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