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Europe is known for its rare mix of eclectic cities and multicultural history, beautiful scenery, and arts. There are pictures, and cool footage all over the internet, but all of these don’t do justice to how awesome Europe is – it’s always best if you experience it by yourself.
A little bird once said, “if you haven’t seen Europe, you are making a mistake” – don’t make the mistake of missing out on Europe.
To not miss out on the fun or get lost on your trip/visit to Europe, we will share a good number of essential tips to make your journey smooth, enjoyable, and memorable.
Here are the tips that will help
1. Get the Necessary Documents Ready
Validating your visa is the first thing you should take care of while planning any international trip, and Europe is no exception. It takes a lot of heat off you if you plan your trip ahead of time.
If you are too busy plan your journey, you can get a travel agency to help you with your documentation and all the paperwork that’s required – you wouldn’t want to be denied entry or get turned back at the last hour!
2. Have A Budget!
How deep your pocket is will determine a lot on your trip to Europe. Don’t fall in the trap of thinking you can keep track of your expenses as you go. It’s almost impossible not to overspend when you’re engrossed in activities and making instant or reflex decisions on a trip.
3. Take Advantage of Offseason
Planning your trip around the offseason is the best way of avoiding crowds and saving on accommodation, transportation, and tours. It also allows you to see as many places as you want without getting stuck in traffic and seemingly unending queues.
4. Travel by Train
Traveling through Europe by train is also a great way to savor the beautiful cities of Europe. The rail system in (most parts of) Europe is efficient, and most of the trains are cozy – fitted with comfy seats, Wi-Fi, and sockets for your gadgets.
Traveling by train also takes you to inner cities, and villages fast compared to using the bus or local flights. They take you through fascinating tunnels, lush valleys, and mountainsides – and they are quite cheap too.
A trip from Berlin to Prague by rail will leave you astounded as the rail network is state of the art and offers you precious “me-time” to sit back and savor Europe from a different perspective.
5. Make Advance Reservations
One way to secure the best accommodations and avoid peak period rush and pressure is to make your reservations in advance. Reservations and booking for air and train tickets, tours, and hotels come with juicy discounts, and you will get the best prices at these times too.
6. No Dead weights!
Traveling light should be your watchword whenever you are traveling to Europe. With so many places to visit and activities to partake in, struggling with your luggage or backpack is the last thing you want to deal with.
You can imagine the stress of dragging your luggage through the train station and cobblestone streets.
Also, considering that most European hotels don’t have elevators, climbing stairs with heavy luggage won’t be fun – not to mention the fees you have to pay on extra-large luggage.
7. Stay Longer in One Place!
If you genuinely want to enjoy your travel and savor all that Europe has to offer to the fullest, you should stay in one place longer.
Changing cities every day or wanting to see everywhere in one day will seem like a race, and you will end up missing out on everything. Take time to explore the neighborhood, meet people, and hang out with friends at the local restaurants – these are ways to spice up your travel!
8. Be Smart with Your Credit Card
Virtually every store and restaurant in Europe accepts credit card payment. You should notify your bank in advance about any foreign trip so that they don’t flag any transaction as fraud and block your card.
Not being able to access your money when you are away from home can be very frustrating and make you wish you never left. Also, try to make payments in the local currency to avoid foreign fees and higher exchange rates who would be happy if you pay in dollars.
9. Get A Map!
Navigation has been made easy. Thanks to technology, you can carry download any map onto your phone, and you won’t miss a turn. Regardless of where you find yourself in Europe, you can find your way quickly.
It will help a lot if you get a reliable translation app to help you communicate with locals whenever you need to.
10. Have Your Essentials Handy!
Remember to pack essential like umbrellas, earplugs, sunglasses, moisturizers, adapter, and of course, a spacious backpack.
Walking around Europe during winter and spring without an umbrella isn’t a good idea because the weather can get tricky and play a fast one on you. It would help if you also had earplugs for noisy places and a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes.
A trip to Europe is not one you will forget soon. All of these tips will help you plan and make your trip enjoyable. We wish you happy travels.