Now, depending on where you want to start your journey, you can make a list of the cities you want to visit and remember to choose them on a sequence for a smoother trip.
If visiting many places is your idea, I would recommend you to apply within a few months in advance because hosts might suggest you different dates than the ones you applied for due to availability or help needed.
So now, once the first host confirmed your stay you can apply to the next one and so on.
4. Things to have in mind before applying to a position
In general, hostels will ask for administration help (making check-ins, assisting guests and maybe do some paperwork), housekeeping (making the beds) and cleaning (taking care of bathrooms and common areas). But let's be honest, it's nothing we haven't have done before! If you have a nice attitude, you will have a great time there!
Check all the options available as some hosts offer meals in reward besides accommodation!
Also, some places offer airport pick-ups, free laundry (you will save time and money, so it's important) and in some occasions free activities such as yoga, pub-crawls or even tours!
5. Booking your flight getting the best rate possible
Personally, I organize myself like this:
First I use the app Hopper to choose the cheapest month to travel and you can also allow this little rabbit to let you know when the price drops so you can book it right away!
On the other side, I also check the same dates on Skyscanner and Student Universe to make sure I'm actually getting the best rate. Student Universe has good specials and they generally have a promo code to use! So also check it out.
Once you checked all the web pages, book your flight to give this new adventure a starting date and here's when you make a countdown widget on your phone to feel even more excited!
6. How much money I'll need per week?
This will depend on the country you're in, your lifestyle and if your host offers some or all meals, so all the prices below will be relative.
We can make an estimate of € 25-35 per week on food (buying in supermarkets so you can cook at the hostel).
Around € 20 if you go out for a beer or a meal. But if you're on a budget, you can always buy drinks to have a social and friendly night at the hostel making new international friends and sharing cool stories!
This might not be weekly but, another € 20 for things like a tour or buying a ticket to a viewpoint, museum or entrance to some cultural/historic place.
So, fellow traveler, hope all this information helps you with your planning to Europe and welcome to the Worldpackers community!