10 Things You Need To Know Before Traveling to Europe
Veselin Peev - 17/01/2020
Traveling to Europe can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be! With this list of things you need to know before traveling to Europe, you’ll save money, travel smarter and be a much more relaxed traveler. These are the things I wish I knew on my first trip to Europe!
1. Call Your Credit Card Company
2. A Rail Pass Can Save You Money
3. Make Reservations in Advance
4. Don’t Over-Plan
The urge to do and see everything can be overwhelming, but who wants to spend most of their vacation in transit? If you overload your days, there’s a good chance that you’ll end up doing even less than you want because you’ll get burnt out. Make sure that you allow sufficient time for sleep and adequate rest between activities. Your body will thank you, and at the end of the trip, you’ll find that you’ve had a more fulfilling experience.
5. Don’t Avoid the Cliché Sites and Activities
6. Don’t Only Visit the Popular Spots
That being said, you shouldn’t allow for only the popular spots in your trip. Make a point to hit up some more overlooked areas where you may run into some locals. Often, you’ll get a better glimpse of the culture of the country you’re in, and you’ll have a story to tell that few others do. Picking up travel books or just looking online yields plenty of ideas for experiences off the beaten path.
7. Pack Light
Not many hotels in Europe have elevators, so you’ll want to make sure that you’re capable of really lugging your suitcase around. This goes double for traveling by train as you’ll encounter similar moments wherein elevators are just not available. Every wonderful new country you see is another time you have to move your belongings around, so carefully consider what you really need and cut out the rest to save yourself the hassle. Also, don’t forget your electrical plug adapters!
8. Be Prepared to Go Over Budget
Even the most budget-conscious among us struggle with spending on trips. It’s nigh impossible to account for all of the various scenarios in which you’ll incur extra costs. So go ahead and add a decent cushion when planning and realize the likelihood with which you’ll go over.
9. Be Cell Phone Savvy
10. Check Visa Requirements