Europe features 51 states, of which 44 are countries recognized by the United Nations. Though there are only 24 official languages, there are actually more than 200 different languages spoken on the continent. Europe is by far one of the most culturally diverse continents on earth; traveling to Eastern European nations such as Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ukraine can feel like visiting a different continent altogether when compared to exploring Western countries such as the United Kingdom, France, and Germany.

Europe has something to offer for everyone: Western Europe offers backpackers an easygoing, luxurious traveling experience where nothing becomes too unfamiliar, while visiting the beaches of Southern Europe will offer plenty of colorful cocktails and relaxation. More adventurous travelers can find their kicks east of Budapest, where the sameness of the western cultures is left behind and diversity and adventure begin.

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If you’re still thinking about where you want to go, you can also check out our pages for Africa, West and Central Asia, South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Oceania, North America, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America.

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