Europe is a great destination for any holiday. It offers so many different countries, and thus different cultures, sights and landmarks, that it would be a shame not to see all of them during your lifetime. However, it might be close to impossible to visit every single one of the most popular cities, but you can start now and book your trip to one of European beautiful capitals. If this is the case with you, before you immerse into your European dream and eating those Spanish tapas or sipping that French wine, it’s important to have a to-do list with all the places and activities that appeal to you. Take a look at the most important things that you have to bear in mind before setting off to see the beauty of Europe:
Think of the documents
Just like it’s the case with any trip, the first thing that you need to do is check to see if you have all the documents. Make sure to place them all somewhere you won’t forget them, as this is the only thing that you won’t be able to buy once you arrive at your destination. This includes the passport, any flight and booking accommodation receipts that you have and your travel insurance (but we will focus on this a bit later in the article). If you want to do a road trip around Europe and you plan to rent a car there, you have to have your driver’s license with you. Of course, check the expiration dates on all of your documents – it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Did you establish a budget?
Establishing a budget before even choosing your destination is very important. Some European destinations are generally cheaper than others, so it’s always good to know how much money you are allowed to spend. Not only will this determine the actual European destination you will be going to, but it will also be easier for you to calculate how much money you will be spending there. Paris, for example, is one of the most expensive destinations in Europe, even though many airlines offer cheap flight tickets to the city. Think about this, check the prices for accommodation and google the average prices in restaurants and bars just to know what to expect.
Last minute logistics
A week or two before embarking on this trip, think about the last minute logistics. Make sure you have money and that you’ve booked the accommodation. You should also think of those seemingly unimportant things, such as a house sitter or checking you have enough power banks and that you have downloaded all the relevant maps to your smartphone. If you’re traveling with several of your friends, it would be a good idea to opt for the useful European SIM card that will help you get in touch whenever you want to. These SIM cards are connected as soon as you land in a European country, and not only do they offer the possibility of calling anyone you want to, but you can also browse the internet as you have free internet GBs.
Make plans beforehand
It’s very easy to lose time once in Europe; mostly because there are so many things you want to visit. So, if you really wish to see a specific landmark, pub or restaurant, it would be a great idea to make a detailed plan of your trip beforehand. You can use the help of the internet for this – see what the things you want to see are and make a preliminary schedule. Also, check online how much time you will be spending at each place – Anne Frank’s house, for example, is just a museum in Amsterdam and you might think you will be done with it in two hours, but many don’t know that unless you want to queue for 8 hours, you need to book your ticket in advance.
Consider travel insurance
Finally, always opt for the medical travel insurance, as you never know what could happen so it’s good to be prepared. Once you’re done with booking your flight and your hotel room, this should be your purchase. However, check your medical insurance coverage to see if you’re covered overseas.
Traveling to Europe is always fun. You can opt for any country – you will have an amazing time wherever you set off. However, to make your stay there even more comfortable, think about these things first.