9 Things You Think You Know About Backpacking Across Europe (Until You Do It)

Just because you’ve spent your whole life envisioning your trip of a lifetime backpacking across Europe doesn’t mean things will turn out exactly as planned. Europe is a beautiful continent with an incredible diversity of culture, but it may not be exactly as you envisioned it. Here are 9 things you only think you know about backpacking across Europe:

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1. Women Can’t Couchsurf Alone

There are numerous couchsurfing websites that connect travelers with locals and a free place to crash. Solo female travelers may be more wary of crashing on a random person’s couch than their male counterparts, but they don’t have to avoid this awesome money saver altogether. Many couchsurfing websites have points programs and opportunities to review and chat with hosts. As long as you check out your potential crash pad and host well in advance of your stay and follow your gut if anything seems off, lone ladies can also take advantage of local sofas throughout the land.