Many people dream of touring Europe; from visiting the Eiffel tower to munching on Rome’s authentic pizza, traveling around Europe would be an invaluable experience. While you may be very excited about your trip, planning and taking care of the logistics can be quite overwhelming. Although a lot of people like to go wherever the wind blows, this shouldn’t be the way to approach your European vacation. You don’t tour around Europe every day, which is why you must be prepared if you want the trip to live up to your expectations. There are many things to consider when it comes to venturing around Europe. This is why we are here to share some vital tips which you must remember before embarking on your European tour.
Prepare Your Documents
Before booking your trip to Europe, you must first make sure that all your documents are in order. Many travel documents take a lot of time to prepare; for instance, passports take at least 4 to 6 weeks to be issued from the time of the application. While you can refer to expedited service through an expeditor or the state department, it will cost you extra fees and you’ll only end up cutting the waiting period down by no more than a week. If you already have a passport, make sure to check its expiration date. Keep in mind that many countries require that your passport remains valid for 6 months after your arrival and departure dates. If you plan on renting a car, you should know that all car rental services demand valid driving licenses in their own countries. Make sure that you bring an international driving permit along with your valid driving license.
If you are touring Europe, you might feel tempted to visit the most popular European destinations. While it is normal to want to do so, going off the beaten track can be extremely rewarding. If you explore beyond the typical tourist destinations and roam the less popular cities, you may be able to make the most out of your experience. Although some tourist destinations can’t be missed, you should save some of your time for the smaller towns. Create an itinerary that allows you to check out all the popular sights, but leaves even bigger room for the smaller cities. These cities will allow you to experience the country’s culture more authentically. Not only that, but you can end up saving more money by spending less time at all the tourist attractions and hot spots.
Now that you know where you want to go, don’t be so quick to book a roundtrip and a hotel room. Make sure to create a rough, day-to-day itinerary of your entire trip. Figure out which areas of each country you want to visit the most and how many days it will roughly take you to do so in each country. For instance, if you are going to Slovakia, find out how long it would take you to tour around Bratislava and Kosice. Search how you can transfer from Bratislava airport and the flight rates from each destination to the other, and decide the best order in which you should travel. You should also have a good idea regarding how you will be transporting around each country, and how long it would take you to go from one city to the other- if you plan on visiting multiple cities in each country.
Set a Budget
Europe is not a cheap place to visit; while many countries are considered affordable, others can get quite expensive. This is why you must set a budget as early as possible, even if you don’t know which countries you’ll be visiting yet. If you pick pocket-friendly accommodations, travel off-season, and plan an overall shorter trip, you may be able to cut down on your costs. You can also search for cheap flight deals and affordable vacation packages. Setting a budget will help you set realistic expectations; some people create exorbitant itineraries, price-wise, and end up feeling disappointed when they find out that they can’t afford it.
Touring around Europe is the experience of a lifetime. Europe is a very versatile continent; it offers a blend of divergent cultures and sights. Each country has something to offer- whether it’s food, architecture, arts, or recreation, you will surely find something or two to enjoy. There are many things that you must consider before traveling around Europe. From selecting your destinations to setting a forgiving budget that won’t break the bank, you might end up feeling lost. This is why we gathered some tips that will help you enjoy your European tour to the max.