Bike against a fence in Brittany
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Resources for Your Trip to Europe • Read Now!

Planning your trip to Europe and not sure where to start looking?
Fear not!
Use these travel resources to get started
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General & holistic planning

As an organization and Excel freak, I came up with this complete, easy to use Trip Planning Template that I use all year long. You can download it HERE and start using it right away.

How to use it:

  • A colorcoded yearly calendar helps you keeping track of your schedule
  • The Table of Contents tab helps you to find all your trip prep in one page
  • You can then use one page per trip

Accommodation planning

In Europe, the most common accommodation websites are Booking.com and AirBnb.
Per destination, there are usually destination-specific websites put together by the local destination organization, such as:

Route & transportation planning

Getting around Europe

Google Maps is the most useful travel app in Europe. It offers reliable public transportation information, and is generally pretty accurate. But you cannot book your transport in there.

Looking to visiting multiple destinations in Europe? Take the train!

  • Interrail/Eurail is a multi-city train pass. With many options to choose from, you can see 33 countries in Europe from Sweden to Turkey. It’s a great bank for buck.
  • Omio is a one stop shop that compares the same itinerary by bus, train and plane. It gives you pricing, journey time and booking options. I use it all the time.
Picture of Omio trip searcher
Omio, my forever love!

In-destination travel

Depending on your means of transportation, I recommend you the below apps:

  • Driving from point A to B? Use Waze for real-time traffic information.
  • Sleeping on the road? For van, camper-Van & camping travel, use Park4Night to find camping spots, pitches, utilities stops and other nomadic-related services.
  • Bike, hike & generally active trip? Use Komoot for ultra-specific -and available offline- active itineraries. Strava is also very helpful to organize your route, but it’s more catered for training purposes.

You can plan your trip combining all of the above with the Trip Planning Template. It include a Summary, Table of Contents and one page per trip to go very much into detail.

Equipment

Trip Packing – what I currently use

Osprey Sirrus 50L

What I love about it:

  • Osprey backpacks come with lifelong All Mighty Guarantee
  • It has lots of pockets, including:
    • 2 in the cap (inside/outside)
    • it has a shoe socket AND comes with a rain cover in its own pouch
    • water flask pockets on each side
  • AirSpeed technology that keeps the back breathable, adjustable shoulder straps and back height
  • A side opening to fetch things that are very far away in the bottom
  • The 50L fit every length of travel (used for one week and for one month).

What I don’t: I haven’t found anything so far, but they discontinued it 🙁 The closest in features and size would now be the Osprey Ariel 55L.

Picture of Osprey Ariel 55
Osprey Ariel 55

Patagonia Black Hole Red packing cube 10L

What I love about it:

  • Its oval-angled shape fits perfectly in a backpack
  • 10L fit a lot of clothes
  • 2 distinct compartments make it easy to organize
  • The hook on the top of the bag makes it easy to hang

What I don’t: it is huge and takes a lot of space in my rather-small backpack (50L), as opposed to several smaller cubes. Should I do it again, I would go for the Black Hole 6L.

Picture of Patagonia Black Hole Packing Cube 10L
Patagonia Black Hole Packing Cube 10L

Eagle Creek Pack-It Isolate cube set XS/S/M

What I love about them: all these sizes make it so easy to pack in whatever you’re trying to fit them in. Whether it’s your backpack, a piece of luggage or a bike-packing seat pack, it fits perfectly.

Picture of Eagle Creek Pack-It Isolate cube set
Eagle Creek Pack-It Isolate Cube Set XS/S/M

Biking gear

Bike – which to get?

For road biking outside of Amsterdam and for longer bike-packing trips, I use the Decathlon Triban RC100. It’s a hybrid between a road and a gravel bike, which works wonders – and is pretty cheap! I highly recommend it for first-time gravel-bikers.
Wondering what would be best for you?

  • Gravel bike: the all-round bike for traveling. You can go on road surfaces, from concrete to gravel, without the need to worry about the condition of your route.
  • Road bike: faster than a gravel bike, it has aerodynamic frame, wheels and composition making it fly on the road. You will however need to make sure that the path you are about to ride on is in good condition. You can find cheap road bikes at most bike vintage stores.
Bike against a fence in Brittany, planning bags helped us
The Cannondale road bike on our biking trip to France

Biking bags

For any cycling trip, I recommend using these types of bags:

  • Saddle bag: for tools
  • Top tube bag: for snacks or clothes
  • Frame bag: for snacks or essentials
  • Seat-pack: for your clothes
  • Handlebar roll top bag: for more clothes or a lightweight tent
  • Fork bag: for longer trips – optional
  • Dynamo: to produce energy while you bike and be more self-sufficient – optional

Best brands – these brands offer lightweight and waterproof gear, but they come at a premium:

More affordable brands – if you’re not going to use the bags as often:

Now that you have the gear, are you curious where to venture out?
Check out our 5-day Biking Trip to the Loire Valley for inspiration!
An active trip full of castles, wine and delicious food.

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