Europe is the most visited continent, attracting over 58% of global tourists
according to travelagentcentral.com.
This is not surprising considering the fact its’
diversity of destinations in terms of history, culture, and beauty.
Europe boasts more historical, geological and
architectural attractions than any other place on earth. With 51 independent
states and over 60 indigenous languages, Europe is definitely a destination for
the bucket list.
However, when you are planning to visit Europe,
you need to get everything right. Here are some tips to help you enjoy your
Check Your Visa Requirements
One of the most frustrating things is to get denied a visa when you have
already made travel arrangements. If you are planning to visit any country in
Europe, do some research to determine whether you qualify for a visa. Tourist
visas are relatively easy to acquire and may be able to visit various European
countries using a single visa depending on your destination.
Most countries offer visas on arrival at the
airport. This gives you the freedom to visit several countries during your
Use the Train
Once you are in Europe, traveling by train is much more convenient than air.
You can book your ticket at the station and immediately get on the train. The
good news is that Europe boasts of the most advanced train network that
connects almost all countries. You can sometimes travel from one country to
another in a matter of minutes.
Smell the roses – don’t rush!
One of the biggest mistakes most tourist make is trying to view everything in a
short time. If you want to enjoy the beauty of Europe, you need to take your
time at your destination.
European cities have so much to offer considering
their far-reaching history. When you chose to stay somewhere, take at least
three days to explore the city and its environs.
And don’t just restrict yourself to the big
cities with all the well known places, try to immerse yourself in the local
culture by visiting villages and small
towns. You will be amazed at the discoveries out there.
Cash can still be King
While it is obvious that credit cards are the most convenient way of carrying
your money, do not be surprised when you enter a cash-only restaurant or shop.
There are many shopping destinations that do not
accept credit cards even today. Make sure you have some of the local currency
with so that you can be able to pay in cash if need be.
Note. Euros are the currency in many mainland
Europe countries but not everywhere so do that advance planning to make sure
that you are not caught out!
Consider Less Popular Destinations
A lot of attention is drawn to Western Europe and people can forget about the
adorable beauty of Eastern Europe.
While UK, Germany, Spain, France Italy and many
othern Western countries may seem more attractive, there are a lot of things to
be experienced in the Eastern Countries. Furthermore, visiting East Europe can
In 2017, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Serbia, and
Hungary were considered the cheapest countries to visit in Europe.
Avoid Restaurants In Tourist Areas
Tourist hotels tend to be more expensive everywhere in the world. If you want
to save a little on your vacation, try visiting restaurants that are off the
beaten track some distance from tourist attractions.
Make Early Reservations
Considering the fact that there are plenty of tourists visiting Europe, you
need to make your reservations in advance. Book everything starting with your
accommodation, tours, and even meals in advance. This will help minimize the
chances of missing out.
It will also hamper spontaneity so perhaps build
in a day or two when no restaurants are booked and try to find the gem of a place
that you will talk about for the whole of your trip.
Europe is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. It is rich in
culture, history and natural attractions. However, you need to plan your
European travel carefully to make the most of your adventure.
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