The Ultimate Bucket List for Backpackers in Europe 2019
2019 is here! You’ve had some great travel moments in 2018 but now let’s look forward to the future. Are you ready to start planning your adventures in the New Year but don’t know where to start? Maybe we can help you out. We’ve put together the ultimate travel bucket list for backpackers in Europe for 2019. How many of these have you already done? And how many can you tick off in a year? We hope your 2019 is jam-packed with new travel memories and new friends.
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1 Walk up the Notre Dame bell tower in Paris
2 Learn to surf with beginner surfing lessons
Want an awesome place to surf in England? Check out Newquay, a surf town on the South Coast.
3 Volunteer at a homeless shelter in the next city you visit
4 Snorkel off a Greek island
5 See a West End Show in London
They’re not all out of budget, in fact some of the best London theatre shows are pretty good value! Check out our favourite picks for less than £35.
6 Get beautiful views from the Sintra Mountains in Portugal
7 Skydive over the Jungfrau Mountain range in Switzerland
Head to the beautiful mountainous ski town of Interlaken in Switzerland for a one hell of an adrenaline packed adventure where you can skydive, rock climb, bungee jump, ski and even water rafting…
Need a hostel in Interlaken? Check out Balmer’s
8 Watch a sunrise on no sleep after an all night party
9 Take a road trip around the South of France
Stop of at Lyon, St Tropez, Marseille, Cannes, Nice, Monaco. There are so many beautiful places to explore in the French Riviera.
10 Walk along the Berlin Wall
11 Brave the highest swing in Europe for incredible views
Amsterdam Noord’s A’Dam Lookout swing provides some of the most amazing views over the city.
12 See the Northern Lights in Iceland
13 Learn a new language using Duolingo
Download the Duolingo App for free and use it everyday to try and learn a new language by the end of 2019.
14 Take a cooking course - learn how to cook a new European dish
15 Hike up Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh
16 Base fly over Alexanderplatz in Berlin
Didn’t expect that to be a thing did you?! Check out these 11 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Berlin
17 Have an ice cream at Cafe de Paris in Monaco
18 Go punting in Oxford or Cambridge
A punt is a flat bottomed boat used on small rivers. The best places to punt in England are the famous university cities Oxford and Cambridge.
19 Attend a local neighbourhood festival in Barcelona
In Barcelona there are always small local festivals taking place so have a look to see if there are any taking place when you visit. The neighbourhood festivals are a great way to experience Catalan culture and local traditions.
20 Go on a pub crawl in Bruges
Check out the 7 Best Beer Spots in Bruges, the ideal Brugean pub crawl itinerary
21 Go to a salsa bar in Barcelona and learn to dance
22 Visit the historic Mdina in Malta
Malta is beautiful island in Europe and when you’re there, you have to pay a trip to medieval Mdina. This beautiful area boasts baroque architecture and long winding streets to explore. There is a timeless atmosphere in Mdina and you will feel like you’re walking through a Game of Thrones set.
23 Indulge in a Danish hotdog in Copenhagen
24 Have a kebab after a night out in Berlin
25 Eat pintxos in San Sebastian
Pintxos is beautifully presented canape sized snack, typically eaten in bars northern Spain and the Basque country. Pintxos is so delicious - you simply must go on a pintxos food tour while in San Sebastian to experience the relaxed way of eating.
26 Go skinny dipping
27 Visit Alcázar Palace in Seville
In our opinion, Seville is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The Alcázar Palace is a Royal palace in Seville that is full of rich history and incredible Mudejar architecture that has seen Muslim influences from the former Arab Muslim dynasty.
28 Swim to the castle in the middle of Lake Bled in Slovenia
29 Catch a sunset at the top of the Sacre Coeur in Paris
30 Have a stein and pretzel in Hofbrauhaus in Munich
Experience a real Bavarian beer bar in Munich at the Hofbrauhaus, the oldest beer hall in the city that dates back to the 16th century.
31 Play beer pong in Belushi’s in every city (Amsterdam, Berlin, Barcelona, London, Paris)
32 Go to a living room restaurant in Amsterdam
Eat a homely Dutch dinner from the comfort of someone else’s house. Living Room restaurants are a thing in Amsterdam and the best way to get a taste of authentic home cooking in the Netherlands that many of the restaurants don’t offer.
33 Go to the Gaudi Park in Barcelona
34 Look up at the ceilings of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City
35 Eat ALL the pastel de nata in Lisbon
Be sure to make these tasty little Portuguese custard tarts a priority on your foodie list of things to try when visiting Lisbon.
36 Book a spontaneous trip to a new city
37 Dip in the Secret Lagoon in Iceland
More natural, less crowded and in many ways better than the far more famous Blue Lagoon. If you’re heading to Iceland in 2019 be sure to stop off for a warm, relaxing dip in the Secret Lagoon.
38 STAY AT EVERY ST CHRISTOPHER’S INNS IN EUROPE ON A EUROPEAN TOUR
Article by Shereen Sagoo and Darcy King