They say that the world is an open book for those with the heart to read it. All you need is a backpack with the essentials and it can take you just about anywhere in the world!
In celebration of the humble backpack, we're counting down the very best experiences you can have with a backpack on in Europe. From hiking and camping to urban backpacking adventures, these are the continent's unmissable experiences that will satisfy your itchy feet. If you're planning your next excursion, make sure to include one of these amazing adventures.
Hiking the Highlands
Scotland is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countries in the world and the highlands show off the very best it has to offer. With soaring mountains, crystal-clear streams and stunning wildlife, it's the ideal place to get back to nature. Don't forget that Scotland gives every individual the 'right to roam' - meaning you can hike almost anywhere you want. Check out the tours over at Haggis Adventures for some great ways to explore the Highlands.
Camping near Lake Bled
This picturesque lake nestled in the Slovenian mountains is an idyllic spot to camp. You can pitch your tent at one of the many sites around the waterside and wander down for a swim any time you like. Bled is something of a haven for watersports, so take the time to rent a kayak and explore the waters. You'll get to experience some of the best views in the whole of Europe.
Walking in Zakopane
Zakopane is one of Poland's most beautiful regions and the perfect place to do a little exploring off the beaten track. You can rent a place in the valley and spend your days wandering the hundreds of walking trails. Make sure to check out Dolina Pieciu Stawow - the Valley of Five Lakes - one of the most beautiful walks in the whole of the Tatra mountains.
Backpacking through Croatia
Croatia's unique Mediterranean culture makes it the perfect place to invest a significant chunk of time on your backpacking adventure. From the medieval cities of Split and Dubrovnik to the islands of Krk, Brac and Hvar, Croatia gives you ample opportunities to relax, explore and party to your heart's content.
Ferry-hopping the Greek Islands
Sun, fresh air and the salty scent of the sea - that's what the Greek Islands are all about! Strap on your backpack and check out the island-hopping adventures over at Busabout.com. You'll get to see the very best of what the Greek islands have to offer, including their world-famous beaches, food, bars and history.
Festival Camping at Oktoberfest
When you've adventured your way through all of the above, trusty backpack by your side, then it's time to celebrate! And there's nowhere better to do it than at Munich's Oktoberfest. This world-famous beer festival is the perfect place to party one last time before heading back home. Don't forget to bring your lederhosen!
For more exciting hiking and backpacking adventures around Scotland, check out some of the 2 to 10 day tours from Haggis Adventures!