Traveling in Europe is getting more and more expensive, so it's nice to be able to cut costs anywhere you can. Thankfully, Europe is crawling with hostels and other kinds of budget accommodations. Hostels are ideal for getting the real flavor of a place and meeting other travelers while still saving money. You can browse the Europe hostels
listings on the country and city pages here, or plug your travel information into the search box on this page to narrow down your choices.
In case it's been awhile since you looked at a map, Europe is a very big place. It's gigantic - more than four million square miles. It's been on the backpacking itinerary for generations, and with good reason - even people with a whole lifetime to spend in Europe would never see all it has to offer. The good news is that once you narrow it down to the countries you're going to visit, you'll have lovely bite-sized chunks of this varied continent which you can savor.
There are the well-known and well-traveled countries of Western Europe and the once primarily Soviet Eastern Europe. There are the playgrounds of the rich in the countries of Mediterranean Europe and the chilly climates of Northern Europe. And smack dab in the middle of it all is - you guessed it - Central Europe! Even limiting yourself to one of these loosely-defined regions would require months of exploration to satisfactorily say you've seen it. If you haven't got months on end to spend in Europe, we recommend not trying to do too much. Take a couple weeks to explore one single country - you won't be disappointed.
Of course, if you do have months on end to spend in Europe, all the better! You won't lack for things to do and see, and you'll be amazed at the variety of cultures and peoples that all can claim to be Europeans.
Still planning your European vacation? Search for deals on international airfare to Europe
and read up on all the zillions of things to see and do in our Europe Travel Guide
. You can break it down on the right-hand side by country and city to read more. And don't forget your Eurail Pass