Traveling to Europe will be a wonderful experiences in your life. However, to avoid the mistakes for your trip, take care the following tips.
1. Prepare Budget for your trip
Before to start traveling, let’s plan a budget for your trip to Europe. Make sure it’s realistic and you can afford it. Remember to use it reasonable. The good news is that Europe can be done fairly inexpensively. You can travel Europe cheap if you’re smart about it, but I would plan on $1,000/person for each week just to be safe.
The cheapest way to travel Europe is to plan ahead and shop around for the best deals on accommodation, transportation, and airfare because there are tons of Europe travel deals out there on the internet!
3. Buy Flights Early
You can usually get the best deals to Europe by booking early. Start keeping an eye out for cheap flights as early as possible.
4. Read Information About your Destinations
Once you decide where you’re going in Europe, find related information about your destinations to read about it. The more you read about your destination, the more understand about the new places, you will avoid the problems and get a lot experiences.
5. Pack Light
Pack light, especially if you’ll be traveling around Europe and taking public transportation. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to haul heavy luggage around on trains!
Make a packing list, then take less than you think you’ll need. If you’re going to Europe for more than one week, pack for one week, then plan on washing and/or re-wearing what you’ve brought.
6. Don’t Try to See it All!
This is probably one of my best Europe travel tips! Traveling to Europe for the first time will be so exciting and you’re going to want to see as much as you can. Europe is filled with so many bucket list destinations screaming to be visited! Unless you’re staying in Europe for a year, don’t try to see it all in one trip! Europe is huge and each country is so different. Just one city could honestly keep you busy for a lifetime!
7. Book Your Accommodations as Early as Possible
Once you know where you’re going in Europe you can book your accommodation. The sooner you book your accommodation in Europe the better! You’ll have more options and lower prices.
8. Travel Europe by Train
Train travel in Europe is an efficient and inexpensive way to get around within the countries and between them. When you travel Europe by train, be sure you know the rules for each country.
9. Have Cash with You
I recommend using an ATM to withdrawal the local currency as it will use your bank’s exchange rate, which will most likely be lower than the currency exchange booths at the airport.
You’ll also want to have cash as some places may not accept cards. This is especially true for many elaterids in Europe! You want to be sure to have cash for those important things like gelato!!! Some small towns in Europe may not even accept cards at restaurants, so you’ll want to have a decent chunk of cash hidden away.
10. Know About the Currency of Each Country
Every country had a different currency. It was really fun to collect the coins, but a nightmare when you were road tripping through Europe! Most countries in Europe use the Euro, but some countries still use their own currency.
11. Know How to Stay Safe
This is probably one of the most important travel tips for Europe. Europe is pretty safe in general. But just like anywhere in the world, it is best to be on your guard and be away of risks and threats around you. Be especially careful in highly touristy areas where there are large crowds in small spaces. I highly recommend wearing a fanny pack instead of a backpack. Don’t walk alone at night down dark alleys. Basically, take the same types of precautions that you’d take at home. Also beware of scammers asking for you to sign a petition, mothers with children asking you for money, or people posing as train company employees offering to help you buy tickets.
12. Always Carry Your Passport
You just never know what could happen and it’s always better to be prepared for anything. You may have trouble anywhere when you are traveling, the polices may asked for seeing your identify documents, bring your passport will be helpful at this situation.
13. Know How to Find Authentic Restaurants
When you’re looking for a great authentic and affordable place to eat in Europe, get AWAY from the main tourist attractions at least several blocks before considering anything.
Avoid places with pictures of food and a million things on the menu and no prices. Good restaurants will have only a small selection of food and no pictures!
14. Be Aware of the Coperto
Coperto is known as a charge for sitting down to eat. Some people in Venice have recently been scammed and charged several hundred dollars for the coperto! It’s rare, but just beware and don’t be afraid to ask. Most menus will have the coperto price listed in really small print somewhere.
15. Know About Tipping in Europe
Tipping is pretty expected in Europe, but not the 15-20% like in the US. It’s hard for me to let this one go, but the customary tip is usually the small change if you’re paying cash.
16. Take a Bus Tour
Take a tour around the cities by bus will be an interesting experience. Taking the HOHO bus (hop on hop off) on your first day in a new city can be really helpful. It allows you to get a good overview of the city quickly so you’ll be prepared to take it on by foot! Another choice is take an uber tour.
17. Take Free Walking Tours
Many European cities offer free walking tours, which can be a great way to learn about a city. Be sure to tip your guide well since your tour was free!
18. Visit Museums
No one does museums better than Europe! Maybe because there is so much history there, they seem to be masters at preserving and displaying artifacts and also making it really fun and educational at the same time.
19. Talk to the Locals
The best way to get to know a destination is to get to know local people. Don’t be afraid to talk with the locals. Learn their stories. They have probably lived in the area for a long time and can tell you the best places to eat and spend time. Talk to the locals is very interesting activity.