Planning Tips for European Travel

Do you have a trip to Europe on your bucket list?  Exploring options for a large trip can be exciting; executing the details can be intimidating. Follow these recommendations from the travel experts to ensure both your planning and your actual trip are a huge success and filled with many wonderful memories that will last for years to come.

The first step is to define your dates and your budget.  When planning a trip to Europe, it’s strongly recommended to spend at least three nights in the countries of your choice. This is preferable for many reasons. Fewer than three nights and you’ll find yourself spending more time traveling, packing and unpacking than actually exploring the local culture. At least four days are needed to explore the highlights and get a sense of the cuisine, culture and people of most European capitals.  One of the ways to travel on a budget in Europe is to avoid the major cities and select smaller towns which can be less expensive and certainly less crowded. However, when flying to Europe, you will need to select one of the major gateways for arrival and departures. Take advantage of the awesome deals on flights offered by Groupon coupons and book your flight with  Emirates Airlines.

Don’t forget to include the following tips in your planning process. Allow at least two months for passport renewals and applications for new passports to be processed. This could take longer in the months leading up to the busy summer travel season.  Check with your cell phone service provider on the best data plans available for multiple country travel in Europe. While you can always purchase a SIM card in each country, this can be cumbersome and time consuming. Free Wifi hot spots are not a plentiful in Europe as in the United States and Canada. Finally, order Euros from your local bank. The exchange rate will be more favorable than that offered in airports or train stations.  Smaller shops, restaurants and vendors largely trade in cash. You’ll be thankful you secured the local currency in advance once you arrive. Europe is much more of a cash economy than the United States. While credit cards are popular, not every establishment accepts them Best of luck to you on your European adventure!