You have just graduated from college/university or you have a vacation, and there are some money and time that you are willing to spend. It’s time to see the world. Many people dream to see Europe, but not everyone succeeds. It may be a little scary, but planning a Euro tour is not so difficult, especially with modern guides one can find online. Let’s say that you’ve already found a reason why travel to Europe, the question of today’s article is how to travel in Europe and get the best experience possible.
What You Need to Know Before Flying to Europe
- Decide and start saving money now. It’s too early to determine the exact budget, but a flight for one person will cost from 500 to 1000 dollars if you live in the USA.
- Get to the continent by plane or ship. A flight from the USA to London is much cheaper than to other European destinations. If you buy a ticket on the spot and not during the season, a round-trip flight to London can cost less than $ 500! The question of when to visit Europe depends on the season and the place you plan to visit.
- Get a passport if you still don’t have one!
- Decide where you want to go, make up a Europe travel map. This is the hardest part of planning a trip, you may require a European travel guide. Many people have little time to travel, so take this issue very seriously. Fortunately, it is quite easy to find a Europe tourist attractions map online.
- After scrolling through various Europe trip guides – see the most suitable travel plan on the map. Use the Google map, mark the places you want to visit and get directions on your trip. There are plenty of already made Europe travel guidebooks to be found online.
How to Plan a Trip to Europe
Let’s now figure out how to plan a trip to Europe.
Decide where you want to go. This is the most difficult stage in planning. People usually don’t have much time to travel, so immediately identify key locations. Make a list of places that you MUST see – it can be cities, countries, attractions, flea markets – whatever!
Choose a travel method
After you are done thinking about places in Europe and destinations you would like to visit – think about the way you will get there. How to go to Europe? Traditionally, the most reasonable option is to use trains that run all over Europe if you live on the continent. You can get small cities by bus. In addition, there are low-cost airlines such as RyanAir, EasyJet, and BMIbaby that make air travel more affordable. If you carefully study the sites of these companies, you can find many cheap flights. Typically, the price varies from 25 to 30 euros each way. But the Eurail/Interrail Pass trains can be great for your trip. One of the advantages is that you pay in advance, which means that there is less of a problem on the trip.
Make sure you have all the important documents. Learn how to cash out money and how to contact your home if necessary (many cities have cheap internet cafes).
Plan a budget
Most of the prices will be available to you online. After that, start looking for hotels or other places to stay in selected cities. You can either book a hotel or choose a more affordable option – a hostel. The hostels are good! The main thing is to study the reviews and all available information. Many hostels have a very friendly and nice atmosphere. A night in a hostel usually costs 20 euros. You can also look for people willing to shelter you for a couple of days. It can even be free, and it will give you some amazing experience. The hosts can show you a different side of life.
Pick a place to stay
Start looking for accommodation in the places where you are going to travel. You can reserve a place at a hotel, but if you have a limited budget (like so many of us do), staying in a hostel would be a great solution. Browse the ratings (there are a huge number of sites for booking housing for students, women, graduates, etc.), using common sense, and everything will be fine! Hostels usually cost 20-30 euros per night.
Don’t forget about insurance
Who knows what is going to happen abroad? What are you going to do in the case of an injury or something like that?
What Can Happen and How to Protect Yourself?
While we are on the topic of things that can happen and how you can protect yourself – let’s discuss some other scenarios.
Pocket thieves are everywhere
Traveling in Europe doesn’t make you immune to thieves. It is advisable to purchase another credit card in case one is stolen. Some banks sell Visa cards (be aware that credit cards used in Europe will charge 2-4 percent for exchange transactions. The exchange rate must match the purchase-sale rate, plus interest). But who cares? Money rules the world!
Take a spare battery and/or memory card for your camera or a smartphone and think about the issue of charging it
You may need a charger (ask at any hardware store). Some trains have power outlets near the seats or the toilet.
Notify your domestic bank of your plans to travel
There are many cases where travelers’ accounts were frozen due to “suspicious foreign activities.” Your bank has good intentions, but they can end up doing some serious damage to your trip, you may be unable to access your money for several days.
What to Pack for Europe?
Let’s now list some of the things you need to pack for Europe.
Clothes for different weather
Get the clothes that you feel comfortable in, not fashionable ones, there is no need to look exceptional, you are on a trip abroad to see new things and get all the much-wanted experience, and you need to feel comfortable doing so. Even if you are traveling with your partner – there is no need to be exceptionally fancy. But if you do get fancy, you will find many gorgeous European brides on your trip.
A folding umbrella, not a hat or a cloak. You will get things like soap and shampoo in the hotel, you can use them to wash your clothes, socks, and underwear.
Like we’ve already said, who knows what can happen on your trip to Europe, you need to get medical insurance for serious situations, but what simple cuts? Always have a medkit on you just to be sure.
Tips on how to save money when to visit Europe
Here are some tips on how to save money on your trip to Europe.
Take the opportunity of very cheap flights (from 30 to 40 euros) between the main European cities. For traveling long distances, you can save money by using the services of low-cost airlines (some of them won’t make you pay for the baggage).
Rent a car
Although there can be some age-related or other restrictions. A car will allow you to enjoy a long and picturesque trip, stay in local villages and eateries, for a picnic or for a photoshoot, save your luggage and also allow you to stop for a cheap overnight stay.
If you have arrived and stopped in a big city, it is recommended to park your car on arrival. By leaving your car in the city (as a rule, you need to pay extra at railway stations), you will save money (it is reliable and convenient to do so at the airport), as well as avoid parking problems in the city down the line.
Get the support of a local friend (if there’s one)
If you have a friend that lives in the city of your destination – get their help, let them show you the city and ask for a piece of advice when it comes to buying presents for your family and your partner. They will help you save some money and not waste your time. A trip to Europe can be an amazing experience, but you should put some effort into preparing for it, think over all the potential issues you can encounter, plan your flight, your trip, your stay, and then you will ensure fewer headaches down the line.