Living in the UK has many perks, but being so close to many beautiful European countries is definitely one of the biggest. Backpacking through Europe means fewer lengthy flights, shorter travel times overall, and the chance to explore different countries and experience cultures right on your doorstep.

Because there are several ways to travel through Europe, there are so many different trips to be had if you decide to backpack through multiple countries. No matter the time of year, you can travel around Europe and experience the trip of a lifetime. From exploring Italy’s vineyards in the summer or driving through Germany’s Black Forest in the winter, there is so much to do when you travel in Europe.

No matter what countries you intend to visit on your back packing adventure, it is important that you take out travel insurance to protect yourself against unforeseen eventualities.

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We also wanted to help you to best plan for your big European travelling experience, so you can spend your time booking flights, accommodation and excursions! 

Europe is full of unique countries that offer so much to each traveller that visits. It’s important to consider what you want to do and see when you begin planning your trip, as this might guide you in the direction of a particular country or area of Europe. Here are some of the top destinations in Europe, and what people enjoy doing there the most:

Backpacking is very commonly done alone, and travelling Europe is no exception. A lot of people go travelling to explore new things and meet new people on their journey. Here are some of the top destinations to visit if you are a solo traveller in Europe:

  • Madrid & Barcelona, Spain
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Paris, France
  • Berlin & Munich, Germany
  • Lisbon & Porto, Portugal
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Florence, Italy

Backpacking, or any type of travel, usually occurs because people want to experience new things. Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are places that people visit from far and wide to see with their own eyes. We’ve listed some of the natural beauties within Europe that are worth discovering:

  • Italy: Capri’s Blue Grotto, the Amalfi coastline, The Dolomite mountain range and the Tuscan countryside
  • Switzerland: The Swiss Alps
  • Greece: The view from Santorini, Melissani Cave
  • Germany: The Black Forest
  • Iceland: Glaciers, ice caves and volcanos
  • France: The Verdon Gorge
  • Portugal: The Douro Valley
  • Croatia: Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Austria: Eisriesenwelt
  • Denmark: Faroe Islands
  • The Northern Lights: Found in Finland, Norway and parts of Scotland

You can’t beat a day on the beach, and Europe is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Here are some of our top picks for beaches in Europe:

  • Greece: Mykonos, Crete, Corfu, Rhodes and Santorini
  • Spain: Majorca, Marbella, Benidorm and Costa Brava
  • Croatia: Dubrovnik and Split
  • France: The French Riviera and the Brittany Coast
  • Italy: Positano, Sardinia and Amalfi
  • Montenegro: Ulcinj and Budva
  • Portugal: Lisbon, The Algarve

City breaks in Europe are enjoyed by the British all year round. But, sometimes it is nice to explore a city for longer than an extended weekend, or to explore more than one city within a country during a trip. These are our top cities to visit in Europe when you go backpacking:

  • Italy: Venice, Rome and Florence
  • Germany: Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt
  • France: Paris, Nice and Lyon
  • Spain: Barcelona, Madrid and Seville
  • Czech-Republic: Prague and Cesky Krumlov
  • Portugal: Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra
  • Denmark: Copenhagen and Aarhus
  • Sweden: Stockholm and Gothenburg
  • Norway: Oslo and Bergen

The accommodation you choose really can change the feel of your trip. Choosing the right accommodation as a solo traveller, might be different to those travelling in a couple or as a group.

Hostels are perfect for all types of traveller, alone or in a group. Some hostels are advertised as perfect for solo travellers, and can be a great place to make friends and meet future travelling companions as well. Look into any hostel that you are considering, read reviews and look at their website and social media pages. This will give you the best idea of whether or not that hostel is somewhere that you will enjoy.

Hotels can be a pricier option, but you will often find yourself in more luxury than a hostel. If you are looking to take a break from staying in a dormitory-style room, a hotel can be the next best thing. Most hotels have different standards of room, so if you search properly, you will be able to find something that suits you and your budget.

Air BnB offers a wide range of accommodation types at a wide range of prices. It is well worth looking to see if there are any affordable Air BnBs in the areas that you visit, you might find yourself surprised with the quality and low price of some of them.

Travelling accommodation is also another great option for those of you looking to save some money whilst travelling. There are several Interrail trains that travel through the night, meaning you can get your accommodation and travel ticket all in one! Go to sleep in one part of Europe, and wake up in another to explore! You can purchase Interrail passes that allow you to hop on and off the train as you please using different routes through Europe. Find out more here.

The perfect time to visit Europe depends on your plans when you arrive. If you are keen to experience hot weather, you should explore Europe during the summer months between June and September.

The weather is largely changeable in Europe, and each destination could be different from the last. We would recommend doing in-depth research into the locations you plan on visiting, and planning your route around this. The weather cannot be guaranteed, but it’ll be a great trip no matter rain or shine.

Travelling out of a small bag or a large backpack can be challenging. We’ve put together a list of things you should consider packing for a trip around Europe:

  • 3-4 tshirts/tops
  • 2-3 light blouses/tops
  • 1 evening outfit
  • 1 jumper/zip up for colder weather
  • 2 pairs of trousers
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 swimwear outfit
  • 2 pairs of shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • 5-7 pairs of underwear
  • 5-7 pairs of socks
  • 1 pair leggings/tracksuit bottoms
  • Phone & camera chargers
  • European plug converters
  • Any medicine you might need
  • Details of your travel insurance policy

If you’re planning a backpacking holiday, you’ll understand the importance of being prepared for the unexpected whilst you’re away. The nature of backpacking is to explore the world, travel far and wide and sometimes just see where the wind takes you, so, this can mean that things don’t necessarily always go to plan.

Our Backpacker Travel Insurance is suitable for those that are aged 35 and under and plan on travelling a country, or bigger world adventure in one trip. For full details of the terms and conditions that apply, refer to the policy document.

Although purchasing a travel insurance policy before any trip isn’t a legal requirement, it should be deemed as essential for your trip.

When backpacking, many things can happen and plans often change at the last minute. A travel insurance policy from Allianz Assistance can help to protect you against many unforeseen eventualities. We have created a policy that offers you the peace of mind you deserve when you are on your adventures through Europe.

Find out more about what is covered in our Single Trip and Backpacker travel insurance policies below.

Our  Single Trip, Annual Trip, and  Backpacker policies are designed to help protect you when you travel. Our Backpacker policy provides one level of cover, but can be taken for extended trips. Across our Single Trip and Annual policies, we offer three levels of cover: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Depending on policy and the level of cover you choose, you’ll be protected against:
  • Cancelling or curtailing your trip
  • Emergency medical and associated expenses
  • Loss of passport*
  • Delayed personal possessions
  • Lost, stolen or damaged personal possessions*
  • Loss of personal money*
  • Personal accident cover
  • Missed departures
  • Delayed departures
  • Personal liability
  • Legal expenses
  • End-supplier failure**
  • *Not available with Single Trip or Annual Bronze cover
  • **Only available with Single Trip or Annual Gold cover
  • Terms and Conditions apply.

Our Backpacker insurance can last for a full 365-day period, so if you’re travelling on a gap year, it may be the right type of insurance for you.

If your trip lasts for longer than 365 days, then we’ll sadly be unable to cover you. Please note that no part of a trip booked to last longer than 365 days is covered.  

To qualify for our Backpacker insurance, you need to be aged 35 or under on the day your policy is issued.

If you’re aged over 35, then unfortunately we won’t be able to provide you with Backpacker cover. But, depending on the type of holiday you’re taking, we may still be able to cover you under our Single Trip and Annual travel insurance policies, where the age limit is 75 or under (at the time of booking). 

Our Backpacker insurance policies can protect you all over the world*. You can select just the countries you're travelling to, which will help make sure you only pay for the cover you need. 

Check your confirmation email to make sure that all the destinations you are travelling to are listed.

*Please note that you cannot travel to a country or region that the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office has advised against all travel or against all but essential travel. 

The best time for you to take out Backpacker insurance is as soon as you’ve booked your trip.

Sadly, accidents do happen and there might be a reason why you can no longer travel. But, if you’ve taken out Backpacker travel insurance, you’ll have cover for cancellation. Your cover starts as soon as you buy your policy, and we’ll pay up to the amount shown in your policy documents for unused accommodation, transport, excursions and other travel expenses you have paid or will have to pay, and that you cannot recover from anywhere else.

Terms and Conditions apply.

Having a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) will entitle you to the government-provided healthcare of the European Union country you are visiting, lowering the medical costs you would normally expect to pay. Although this is a good addition to take on holiday, having a travel insurance policy as well could provide you with further protection and peace of mind whilst you are abroad. Our travel insurance policies can protect you against many unforeseen eventualities.

A lot of bank accounts or credit cards come with varying levels of travel insurance cover. Although some may be comprehensive and suitable for most trips, they may not cover you for everything you have planned whilst you’re away. If you have adventurous plans or unusual excursions booked for your trip, you might not be covered. Make sure you look into the travel insurance policy that you have before every trip, to make sure it’s suitable for you and your plans.

Purchasing a holiday using a credit card means you are often protected by Consumer Protection cover that is offered on purchases when a provider defaults and you are unable to receive your goods (or in this case, go on your holiday). This means that, in most cases, you can get your money returned to you before going on your trip.

If you have booked a holiday through a tour operator or travel agent, it may be worth checking if you are covered by ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) or ATOL (Air Travel Organiser’s License). This type of cover means that your package holiday is protected if, for example, the travel company providing your holiday arrangements or the travel agent themselves fail financially or close down. Your travel agents will be able to tell you if your holiday is ABTA or ATOL protected. Alternatively, use the links provided to check your cover at home.
If you fancy skiing, snowboarding or tobogganing on your next holiday, our Winter Sports and Ski insurance can provide you with cover, so you can start a new hobby or work on your skills with confidence.

Hiring a car on your holiday can be a fantastic way of exploring the local area. With our Car Hire Excess Insurance policy, you’re protected against the risk of a costly excess if the unexpected happens.
With our Annual travel insurance policy, you’re covered for an unlimited number of trips up to 31 days in duration over a 12-month period. You could experience the glitz of Las Vegas, the history of Rome and the beautiful scenery of Bali on the same policy.
If you want to get the adrenaline pumping on your holiday, then travel insurance that covers sports activities is essential. With our sports travel insurance, you’re covered for scuba diving, bungee jumping and much more. 
Just taking the one holiday this year? Our Single Trip travel insurance can protect you for up to 180 days. Whether you’re taking a city break to Paris or a relaxing beach break in the Algarve, cover is available.

Whether you’re backpacking in Asia, seeing the sights in Australia or driving down Route 66 in America, our worldwide travel insurance can provide you with cover. 

From the bustling capital of Bangkok to the picture-perfect beaches of Khao Lak, Thailand’s a paradise for explorers; our travel insurance for Thailand can protect you as you visit this beautiful country.
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Customers who have bought our travel insurance can arrange a medical consultation with a UK GP, to talk through your medical concerns while you are abroad, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, you'll be able to speak to them face to face by booking an online video consultation*.

*For video consultations, time restrictions apply and UK Bank Holidays are excluded.
Alternative Cover Options For Pre-existing Medical Conditions

If you have a pre-existing medical condition that we are unable cover under our own policies, you may be able to obtain an alternative travel insurance policy through one of the providers featured in the MoneyHelper directory of specialist travel insurance providers for people with serious medical conditions. Do take time to study and compare the terms and conditions to ensure you have the cover you need. To contact the Money Advice Service for further details of the directory

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