Are you a first-time traveler to Europe? Then this article is for you. I will give some general tips everyone should follow when they are visiting Eur
Are you a first-time traveler to Europe? Then this article is for you. I will give some general tips everyone should follow when they are visiting Europe. Europe’s uniqueness lies in the fact that you can find incredibly diverse landscapes within a small geographical area. Each one has its own history, culture, and scenic wonders.
These destinations are great for anyone who is new to Europe. Backroads have everything you need. They offer an excellent introduction to European beauty and food, as well as dependable public transport and friendly locals.
So here are some tips.
Slow down. Take your time.
When you’re planning your first big trip to Europe, it’s tempting to try and do everything. To fit every highlight into a quick tour of the most diverse continent on earth. You’d like to eat in Rome, eat at the Eiffel Tower and smoke a joint in Amsterdam. And party in Dubrovnik.
It’s impossible to do everything. You will need to cull unless you have years of experience. This is one of the keys to enjoying your first job. A few weeks back, I received an email from a man who was about to embark on his first overseas trip. His question was “Any tips for first-time visitors to Europe?” It sounded like the perfect topic. Here we are.
The first is the culling. Europe is a diverse continent with many postcard-worthy locations. You can’t visit them all. You’ll end up spending more time on trains, buses, and planes than you will actually be seeing things if you try to do them all.
Here’s a tip. Choose five top things to do for your first OS adventure. You might choose to drink at the Hofbrauhaus Munich, eat tapas in Barcelona or visit the Tate Modern London. No matter what it is, write them down and plan your trip around them. All the rest will fall into place.
Save by Destination
Are you a local expert who knows where to find clean accommodation and affordable lodging in Rome? Which neighborhoods are known for selling overpriced food to tourists in Venice? What’s a good, cheap snack to eat in Berlin? As you plan your European itinerary, there are some tips specific to each destination.
Many people are intimidated by the reputation of European cities. People have heard of people spending $14 on a hamburger and $300 per night for a standard hotel room. It’s possible to spend such large sums of money, but it is possible to save even in the most expensive cities.
Note the conversion rate
This is not a problem if you’re only visiting countries that have the Euro. This will not be a problem if you plan to use multiple currencies on your trip. I traveled to Hungary, Sweden, Germany, and the Czech Republic last fall. Five countries and five currencies, two weeks.
When I was in Hungary I used a different currency to tip the taxi driver. I ended up tipping 10x more than I intended. Only when I turned around to see the taxi driver counting his tip, acting as though he had won a small lottery, did I realize my mistake.
Book some sightseeing tickets in advance
After you have decided on your destinations and dates, it is time to start looking for the best sightseeing tickets. I was in Milan when I hesitated to purchase tickets for Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, and all of them were sold out. So first time
You can save hours waiting in line if climbing the Eiffel Tower is a priority on your sightseeing itinerary by purchasing tickets in advance. However, you should not pre-book every activity. You have the right to adjust or cancel depending on the weather.
Always Pay in Local Currency
When they swipe my credit card overseas, I see one of the most common scams they commit. They try to make it seem like they are helping you save money by saying, “Oh, would it be okay to pay in U.S. Dollars or euros/pounds (or whatever local currency they use).
Although it may seem more convenient to pay in U.S. Dollars, it is not. It’s actually a scam because the exchange fees charged by these stores are higher than those charged by your bank. Remember to always pay in local currency wherever you are.
Get Validated Tickets for Trains and Buses in Europe
This type of transport operates on the honor system. You must endorse your ticket to get on the transportation. But this doesn’t mean that everyone can get away with not buying tickets.
The transport ticket police arrive on the bus to check all the tickets. They can see if the tickets are not endorsed. You can try to explain that you are tourists who don’t know the language but it won’t work.
There are lots of regulations that you have to follow before visiting Europe. Some of them will be enacted in 2023. If you want to get more information regarding these regulations, visit this website.
My last tip, which is perhaps the most important, is to take lots of money. Save lots of money. Save as much money as possible. Then more. You traveled all the way to see sights. Save a little more money before you leave.
You can be a bit more frugal at home, so you don’t have to lash out while you are away. Most importantly, have fun. Are you a travel expert? Comment below. Do you want to travel to Europe yet? Let’s discuss your questions and see if we can help you.