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18 Things To Know Before Visiting Europe

18 Things To Know Before Visiting Europe

Europe is an incredibly beautiful continent. In fact, out of the top ten most visited countries in the world, Europe has about six countries in it. It seems like everyone wants to visits Europe for one reason or the other; tourism, education, excursions, and vacations. Europe is filled with lots of activities to engage in; from visiting the exotic places like Rome and Italy, to the pretty much quiet places like, Lisbon and Santorini. There is always something exciting to do in Europe.

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However, you want to make sure you have an hitch free trip or journey. You definitely don’t want to have any form of hassles in an entirely new place. Because of this, you need to be knowledgeable about certain factors before visiting Europe. Some of them include;

Currency

Irrespective of where you’re traveling to, ensure you charge your credit card in your local currency. A lot of travelers are quite naïve when it comes to money matters, so they choose their local currency. This can cause a huge processing fee due to the exchange rate. To avoid this, always charge in local currency.

Man counting travel budget, vacation expenses or insurance cost. Traveler planning holiday in Europe. Cheap flights and hotel. Money and little Eiffel Tower souvenir from Paris on table.

Credit Card Policy

Not all countries in Europe accept credit cards, hence you have to take enough cash with you just to avoid sticky situations. The reason for this is due to the high tax policies.

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Uniqueness of All Cities

Europe is so diverse in a lot of ways. London is a city known for its regular hustle and bustle, while Berlin is a cool city. When traveling around Europe, add a little variety to the places you would visit. You’ll be able to discover and explore more.

BERLIN, GERMANY - Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) and TV Tower at sunrise, Germany. Berlin is the capital and the largest city of Germany.

Means of Transport

In some places in the world, public transport is meant only for the masses and for people in the lower or middle class. However, it is really not the same in Europe, as almost every one uses public transport, irrespective of their social class. Public transport in Europe is affordable, fast, and effective.

High-speed train Sapsan rides on the route Moscow-St. Petersburg.

Visa Policy

A unique thing about Europe is the freedom of movement between countries. Despite this, it is very much advisable that you travel with your passport or means of identification as you navigate through country borders.

visa free arrival stamp on foreign passport with airplane model. oversea travel in visa free arrival country concept

Budget Wisely

Before traveling anywhere in Europe, draw up a budget so you won’t overspend. Even if you would overspend, it shouldn’t be a significant amount that would make you go broke for months.

Man using calculator and counting budget, expenses and savings. Low income family living cost and rising prices concept. Calculating and budgeting. Making retirement plan. Writing notes on paper.

Travel Costs

In Europe, travel costs varies significantly. The prices depend on the time of year you plan to travel. The best way to save money is to book you tickets out of season. If you do that, you’ll get yourself a decent deal on both flight and accommodation.

If you have a bucket list, there’s every chance that travel features heavily. Perhaps you want to visit the ancient wonders of the world. Maybe you want to swim with dolphins or snorkel in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. When you look at your list, you may wonder how on earth you’re going to afford such adventures. Travel isn’t cheap. But that doesn’t mean that you have to bankrupt yourself if you choose to live your dreams. Here are some innovative, easy ways to save money on globetrotting. Take advantage of flight offers The cost of flights varies hugely according to the airline, route, and date. You may find that you can save a load of money by being flexible, and flying with budget airlines. If you can, try and travel out of season. If you take a vacation outside of school holidays, rates are usually much lower. It’s always wise to avoid special occasions, such as Christmas and New Year, as well. If you’re interested in visiting a specific location, look out for flight offers. Subscribe to coupon sites, and join mailing lists. You’ll receive information about flash sales and promotional deals like Yatra coupons. If you’re spending hundreds of dollars on flights, even a 5 percent discount code could save you a lot of money. If you’re planning an extended trip and you’re visiting numerous locations, do your research. It may work out cheaper to buy a flexible multi-stop ticket rather than a series of single flights. Look into round-the-world options, and compare prices for routes that take your fancy. Image source: https://www.pexels.com/search/flight/ Look for cheap accommodation Unless you have grand plans to visit some of the world’s most exclusive hotels, you can save money by booking cheap accommodation. If you’re visiting Rome, for example, you can pay anything from less than 10 to over 1,000 euros per night. If you’re prepared to forgo some creature comforts, you can devote your budget to seeing the sights and enjoying the experiences. Hostels are a great option for budget-conscious travelers. If you’re going in a group, you can book a dorm online and split the cost. You could also consider other options, like renting an apartment for an extended stay. This will work out much cheaper than paying for a hotel room. Image from https://www.flickr.com/photos/oh-barcelona/5511234895 Living for less When you’re traveling, you’ll have to pay for food, transport, and excursions. All this can add up. Before you go, try and do some advance planning. Look for coupons and vouchers for restaurants, food stores, and attractions. If you’re visiting major sights, always look online for ticket prices. You can usually save money by booking on the website. Make sure you take advantage of group discounts if you’re traveling with friends. Image via https://pixabay.com/en/coupons-promo-codes-shopping-coupon-580420/ Many of us dream of exploring the world and ticking off those bucket-list favorites. Sadly, money can be a barrier, but there are ways of making savings. The Internet is a great resource for those planning their next adventure. Look out for deals, and take a minute or two to compare prices.

Try Learning The Language

Europe is home to people of diverse culture and languages, hence learning basic words like “please”, “sorry” and “thank you” can help you during your stay. It’ll also prevent you from playing charade games when you’re trying to be courteous.

Rear view of a puzzled businessman in front of a huge chalkboard written with the word hallo in different languages and colors. Opportunity for learning many languages for students.

Phone/Internet Usage

Before traveling, you need to figure out how to move from country to country and still use your phone. Wifi is available almost everywhere in Europe. However, you might be charged a little fee for roaming.

Woman hands holding a paper sheet with WiFi symbol in the middle of the street in a big city. Dreaming of better WiFi, or excellent signal coverage concept. Safe network.

Safety

For every traveller, safety should not be taken lightly. As safe as Europe is, ensure you check local information you can rely on before travelling. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

LAKE LOUISE CANADA -: Skiiers and snowboarders descend the slopes at Lake Louise. Lake Louise is a popular ski resort inside Banff National Park.

Wear Comfortable Footwear During The Trip

Traveling to Europe may be a bit tricky. You might have to walk for long periods, so it’s important to take appropriate [easyazon_link identifier=”B00F5UXBLA” locale=”US” tag=”traveking-20″]footwear[/easyazon_link] with you so you won’t end up with a swollen feet.

Sport shoes. Red sneakers on a dark marble background. Footwear for outdoor activities. Footwear for sport. Sneakers for sport

Royalty

Although the most popular royals in Europe are the Royal Family in England, other European countries have their respective royal families as well. The magnificent castles like the ones in Denmark would definitely take your breath away.

Statue of Queen Victoria Republic Square Valletta Malta Europe. With the limestone National Library of Malta in background

Difference In Pricing

Even though most European countries use the Euro, the prices vary, depending on the city you find yourself in. A cup of coffee in Paris might cost more than the same cup of Coffee in Ireland. This is due to the difference in economies.

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Take Finger-foods Along

Take high protein and low sugar snacks. Protein bars and nuts would do you just fine. Take them along because you never know if you might get stuck in the airport where all shops are closed and you’re extremely hungry. You could also snack on them while on the trip.

Salty snack including peanuts, potato chips and pretzels served as party food in bowls

Visit Unpopular Spots

The continent has so many beautiful places you might overlook. Don’t visit just the popular spots. Check out some areas you think might be overlooked and catch a glimpse of their culture and lifestyle.

Famous luxury villa Monastero, stunning botanical garden decorated with mediterranean oleander flowers, lake Como, Varenna, Lombardy region, Italy, Europe

Pack Light

Sometimes, you might not go to places where there are elevators, so carrying your luggage around might be stressful. In essence, [easyazon_link identifier=”B00R280UQM” locale=”US” tag=”traveking-20″]pack[/easyazon_link] only what you need and save yourself a lot of stress.

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Eat On A Budget

In Europe, picnics are the way to go, especially if you’re traveling on a tight budget. Rather than do fine dining that might be expensive, head to the grocery and buy yourself bread, cheese, and cheap wine. You can eat it as you go on enjoying the city sights.

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Jetlag and Siesta

If you’re lucky to arrive Europe in the early afternoon, you might meet up with the siesta time. Yes, shops, eateries and some services actually close for a few hours. With that, you can take time out to relax.

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So, there you have it! These are the top things you must know before visiting Europe. Ensure you keep everything under check before leaving for the amazing continent.

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18 Things To Know Before Visiting Europe

18 Things To Know Before Visiting Europe

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Hi, my name is Samantha, Finance Managing Guru by day, Travel Blogging Enthusiast by... well... day too! Haha! Travelling King is the destination hotspot for the wannabe traveller! Showcasing affordable, luxurious getaways for the budget conscious!With the combination of my financial knowledge and travelling experiences I aim to show you, with a little planning, the right budget and a realistic goal you can fulfil your travel fantasies and explore the world whatever your budget or desires may be!