How do I plan a backpacking trip?

I'd like to organize a backpacking trip, going to Hostels or cheap hotels across Europe or the US....only thing is I don't really know where to start and I need some helpful advice to give me some momentum. FOR ALL YOU PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO HAVE PERSONALLY GONE BACKPACKING BETWEEN 1-12 WEEKS: -How did you... show more I'd like to organize a backpacking trip, going to Hostels or cheap hotels across Europe or the US....only thing is I don't really know where to start and I need some helpful advice to give me some momentum.

FOR ALL YOU PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO HAVE PERSONALLY GONE BACKPACKING BETWEEN 1-12 WEEKS:

-How did you organize the trip? By yourself or through a travel agency? How did you get from place to place?

-What did you pack in your bag? What kind of bag or suitcase did you use? Did you ever wash clothes, or did you buy new clothes or what?

-How much money did you bring? Did you take credit cards? Did you lose your money, and if so what did you do? How 'bout passports?

-Did you have any problems with foreign foods? Were people friendly? Where were people most friendly? Where would you go back to? Where would you not go back?

-What would be a good trip in your opinion? I have already been to italy and spain (on classic trips, not backpacking) so I was wondering about other destinations as well

-And any other interesting things or experiences that I can't think of but that I might want to know before going backpacking!

TO EVERYBODY WHO TAKES THE TIME TO ANSWER THIS:

THANK YOU SO SO MUCH, I REALLY APPRECIATE IT, YOU HAVE NO IDEA!!!
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