Are you planning a trip to Europe? If you you’re anything like me, planning a vacation requires more than just booking a ticket. There needs to be careful consideration and contingency plans in place, otherwise I spend more time stressing out, than enjoying my vacation. Lucky for you, I’ve outlined 7 easy tips to make your trip to Europe easier.
Build a travel itinerary
Before ever boarding the plane to Europe, you should sit down and map a travel itinerary. This itinerary should be the schedule that drives your vacation and keeps you on trick for the optimal enjoyment. Fortunately, with technological advancements, you can easily map out your whole trip on your mobile phone.
Don’t stretch yourself too thin
When planning your route through Europe, try not to overdo it. Of course, we’d all love to see all of Europe’s attractions, but the truth is; you can’t see it all. Sometimes the best part of Europe is relaxing with a glass of wine, or enjoying a relaxing stroll in the park. If you pack too much in, you’ll struggle to really enjoy the activities.
See what you’ll enjoy
So many people think that they have to see the Eiffel Tower or The Colosseum because that is what “travelers do” when in Europe. Well, if you’re not into architecture and you’d rather spend your time at a wine tasting in Italy, then do that. It’s your trip, plan to do and see things that interest you and not what others say you “have to do.”
Have a finance plan
The best part of planning your trip through Europe is that you have a chance to outline costs and allocate your finances accordingly. If you wait until you’re in Europe to start deciding, you’re more apt to spend in excess. Additionally, by building your itinerary ahead of time, you can find the most cost effective activities.
Bonus Tip: Don’t forget to alert your bank that you’ll be traveling. The last thing you need is to have your card frozen.
Adapt your itinerary
Unfortunately, no plan is perfect. Undoubtedly, you’ll need to modify your itinerary at some point to remove an attraction or shorten your stay in a city. The best way to adapt your itinerary is to put free time or lax in your schedule. This will allow you to spend longer at the places you enjoy and will make last minute changes easier.
Know your transportation options
The beauty of Europe is how easy intercontinental travel is. Whether plane, train, ship, or automobile, you can easily, and affordably visit countries like Spain, France, and Italy without much effort. For budget travelers looking to explore all the Europe has to offer, you’ll want to look for the best discount airlines. Some of the popular ones are RyanAir and EasyJet, which offer a wide range of inter-city flights for less than a steak dinner in the US. There is also a growing network of train services expanding across Europe. While these two options are definitely the quickest way to travel in Europe, you can also take the scenic route with hourly or daily car rental options.
Understand European driving laws
If you do decide to rent an automobile while in Europe, then you’ll need to adhere to the European laws. Navigating the roads and highways in Europe can be challenging enough, without factoring in the varying rules and regulations which must be followed. There is much more to it than just driving on the opposite side of the road. It’s vital that you take time to familiarize yourself with Europe’s rules of the road, otherwise you risk a financial penalty, driving ban or worse. iCarhireinsurance, a leading provider of car hire excess insurance, produced an interactive infographic to help you familiarize yourself with some of the most important driving laws in Europe. Click below to view the graphic:
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