There are two kinds of people: tourists and travelers. I will never be a tourist since for me it`s boring as hell. If you are a traveler, a brave person who wants to explore Europe spend some time reading this post as I`m going to give you some tips about traveling (like a pro).
VISA: The worst time to apply for Schengen visa is summer since people prefer to go on a vacation at that time and there is a big chance you won`t get your visa on time. I usually travel during spring and autumn. There are less tourists traveling at that time, the prices are lower, it`s not too hot or cold and plus a lot of festivals are organized during spring/ autumn. If you want the cheapest tickets and you are not afraid of cold you should travel during winter. Last year I was able to find a flight from Budapest to Brussels for around €10.
If you are traveling during spring apply for your visa in January. That`s when there are almost no applicants. Book cheap flights several months before your trip, show where you are going to stay and even if your are going from one city to another show the bus ticket. Show all the details to have better chances.
TICKETS: Once you get the visa you can check this webpage to compare and find the best flights for you: skyscanner.com . If you are traveling from one city to another or from one country to another you can check busradar.com to compare and find bus/train tickets. My favorite bus company in Europe is FlixBus. They have comfortable buses, good Internet connection and sockets.
ACCOMMODATION: When you are backpacking and you are young the best places to stay are the hostels. You will have to share the room with several people but it will cost you 3-4 times less than a hotel room. I use booking.com to find good hostels/ hotels in Europe. You can make the booking and pay when you arrive to the venue.
If you are traveling alone staying at a hostel is a good decision as you can meet a lot of travelers. But be careful and use the lockers or ask the receptionist to keep your expensive stuff.
SAFETY: The worst thing is to be robbed when you are traveling alone. There are robbers everywhere even in developed and rich countries. I advise you to keep your money not only in your wallet but also somewhere else. Keep your bank cards and ID/passport separated, take a photo of your passport and keep it in your google drive. I have one more trick I put my wallet in a plastic bag. When the robber opens your bag to steal something the last thing he/she will take will be that plastic bag. 😉
I hope this post was helpful for you and I hope you guys never stop traveling. Don`t be afraid to go solo and don`t be afraid to do something wrong…practice makes perfect!