Tips for Traveling to Europe

July 29th, 2013

Europe is the sixth largest continent in terms of square miles and the third largest in population. With a wealth of cultural diversity, one can definitely learn a lot from a European backpacking excursion.

With fifty countries to visit, a trip around Europe takes a lot of prep work. It might be confusing to determine where you want to visit. listed the top 20 best places to visit in Europe and the top five include Barcelona, Paris, Rome, Berlin and Budapest.


Once you’ve decided where your expedition is going to start, you are ready to embark on the journey of a lifetime. To help you settle into European lifestyle with ease, we’ve compiled some tips for you.

1. Europe is bordered by the Atlantic, Pacific and Antarctic oceans, so you’ll have to plan for a long flight.

2. Rather than flying back to your starting point each time, it’s wise to fly into one city and out of another to save time and money.

3. Traveler’s checks are not as convenient as using an ATM, but you might be charged a transaction fee. The best option would be to find a currency exchange before you take off.

4. A lot of European countries, like Paris, have exclusive shopping with high prices. For the most unique and affordable items, save your shopping for cheaper countries like Turkey.

5. So you get the most out of your experience, get knowledgeable about traditions for the countries you plan on visiting. For example, it’s customary to drink tea in England, red wine in France and beer in Prague.

6. Sightseeing is all around you. Rather than paying for each individual attraction, purchase a map and explore by foot.

7. Many European places only accept cash as payment so make sure you carry plenty of local currency.

8. It is common in many European countries that in summer and on weekends, business hotels offer the best rates for accommodations. On a weekend at a business hotel you could wind up spending $100/night instead of $300.00. Be sure to check with hotel guest service for business rates.

9. Americans tend to tip the 15 to 20% that we do here, but it’s not required in Europe. A 5 to 10% tip is just fine.

10. Europe is full of history that is worth experiencing. Purchasing museum passes ahead of time will save you the hassle of waiting in long lines.

11. Throughout popular European tourist spots, many restaurants will offer a “tourist menu” that can consist of a three course meal at an affordable price. This can help those who are confused about European eating.

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