It's that time, I'm planning my summer adventures including Vegas - Twice, Colorado, and a solid 5+ weeks in Europe. I've never backpacked before, nonetheless on the opposite side of the world, so suggestions, comments, places to go, things to see, I want all the input I can get. So far, I have the Europe and Western Europe Lonely Planet books. I'll try to narrow down places to which I want to travel. I know people in London, Lisbon, Rome, Paris and Amsterdam. All great places, but may be a bit hard to navigate and Western Europe can get mighty expensive. Note I do need to be in Germany in the middle of my trip for a wedding and I want to go to Prague - just to go.
Other than that, time is my only enemy (and maybe not spending my savings before b-school)... where should I go? What should I see? And what shouldn't I miss? I've only been to Paris, Rome, Florence, and Capri - thus I'm a newbie.
Any suggestions on backpacks? Items not to forget or items not to pack? I know travel light and only pack what you need. Though I do want to enjoy BOTH the nightlife and the sights. Recommendations on clubs would be appreciated as well!