I’m going to make this intro short and sweet, became that’s exactly what I was looking for when I was doing research on Europe backpacking. I would say that my own personal travel style is 40% planner/60% ‘we’ll figure it out there’, so I wasn’t exactly looking for a play-by-play itinerary but I was interested in finding average prices and recommended routes. I wanted numbers and places laid out in front of me in an easy-to-read chart, which was surprisingly not very easy to find – so, here it is.
For how long did you plan your trip?
I've always had a passion for traveling and seeing the world, but the idea to backpack Europe for an extended period of time first came to me in December of 2014. I knew I wanted to travel in the summer, so that gave me around five months to plan it. The first thing I did was set up a savings plan, a budget, and a 'dream list' of all the cities I wanted to go to. After that, it was just a matter of figuring out the details.
Day 1-2 - Reykjavik, Iceland
Jackie and I finally made it to Reykjavik, Iceland after 20+ hours of travel. We flew from Orlando to Newark, Newark to Boston, and Boston to Reykjavik. The most notable experience from that part of the trip were by far the Wow Airline stewardesses. I guess Wow takes a lot of pride in their very Pan-am-esque crew, cause they dedicate a whole brochure in every seat explaining the very strict beauty regimen they go through, and tips on how to achieve it yourself. It covers eyelash extensions, to say the least.
When people think of Santorini they think of Oia. The white-washed buildings, the sky-blue roofs, the beautiful ocean view – that’s all Oia. I fell in love with this little northern village when I visited, and when I go back to Santorini this is where I’m headin' for sure! Oia is small and expensive, so I wouldn’t choose to stay here if you’re on a budget, but fear not, the island has a ton of inexpensive public buses running there all day.