I will be entering my fifth year at UCD this fall, and will soon close the college chapter in my life. During my four years here, I haven’t done much of the ‘typical college scene’. I haven’t gotten drunk. I haven’t gotten high. I haven’t done much, really.
So to make up for it, I want to plan an awesome backpacking trip to Europe/Asia next summer, after I graduate. I want to do the usual round of England, France and Spain, but where specifically should I go?
My brother told me to buy a Eurorail pass and hostel it up with other fellow travelers my age, but I’m kinda sketchy about that. He told me that he had so much fun taking the Eurorail with people he met in bars and staying with people that he met in the hostels and in clubs. My brother backpacked by himself and it turned out fine, but as a woman, I wouldn’t feel safe doing that. I’ll be going with the SO and maybe a friend or two, so I was wondering if anyone had any good or bad experiences with hostels and/or the people staying in them. And if I’m going with a couple of other people, would it just be better if we stayed at a hotel? I’m kinda skeptical about staying a hostel since you have to watch over your stuff all the time to make sure no one steals anything, but my brother insists that you get such a different and fun experience from staying with those people.
As for Asia, the SO and I will be going to Thailand to visit my relatives, but I don’t know if it would be a good idea to go anywhere else in Asia. A few years ago we spent 4 days in Singapore and we were bored by day 3. We would like to visit Japan, but Europe will already drain our pocketbooks. Now if you can find a way for us to visit Japan for a few days to a week without costing us thousands of dollars, we would be very grateful!
I’ll be borrowing 5-10k from various relatives since they all want me to do this once in a lifetime experience while I’m “young and stupid”. So I would like to make the most out of this money and have the most fun (and safe!) experience possible. My brother lived off of 8k in Europe for 3 months, but I’m not fond of going without food for days at a time to have enough money to visit a museum.
Advice on where to go, how to go about doing this and what I should avoid, would be much appreciated!