Travelling to Europe can be the most exciting experience of a lifetime, whether it is done enjoying luxury all the way, saving some dollars on a budget, and in the company of others, or as a solo trip. But before you jump on that plane, check out our top 5 tips to get the most out of your holiday.
By the way, we regularly post articles like, ‘Tips when visiting Stonehenge in England‘ because we get so many people contacting us and asking lots of questions about travel. So check back often.
And now we are pleased to present our top 5 tips for travelling to Europe.
Visit in the off-season
You might think that Summer is the best time to visit Europe, and in many cases you would be correct. However, so would all the other tens of thousands of visitors travelling there at the same time. This influx of humanity of course drives up prices, makes getting around more difficult, and can reduce your options when it comes to flights, accommodation, and available tours.
However, with a little planning and research in advance, you may find that greater enjoyment will be found at greatly reduced prices by travelling in the off-season when prices will be lower, visitors will be fewer, and you can actually enjoy the experience a lot more. The queues will be less at major landmarks and you might even grab some better photos without thousands of others getting in front of you trying to get the same pic.
Travel by train
Forget the expensive cabs and escorted tour companies. If you want to see the real Europe, then consider grabbing something like the Eurail Global Train Pass that will give you some great train travel in many countries using just one travel pass.
You can travel where you want, when you want and there are often other discounts and benefits that comes with the pass. Travelling by train across Europe can be a great experience as documented recently on the BBC’s Great Continental Railway Journeys.
Always be aware of your own personal safety
While we all hope that every holiday will be a fun-filled and thoroughly enjoyable experience, the wise traveller will always travel through an unknown landscape aware of their own personal safety. Regardless of your age, gender or skin colour, the world today presents some challenges when it comes to avoiding those who would cause you harm or seek to take from you what is yours. Whether it is pick-pockets, terrorists or scam-artists, it pays to be alert when travelling. To be aware, but not alarmed, as we often hear from our governments.
That advice will mean different things to different people, but at its essence it could mean that you:
- keep your guard up when approached by people you don’t know
- travel as a crowd rather than being alone in a remote location
- try not to stand out from the crowd or display your wealth
- travel at times when you know others will be around
- take heed of relevant warnings and government travel advice.
Do your research before going
Of course you will want to grab all those coloured travel brochures before you go, but dig a bit deeper on the Internet for the real stories of where to go and what to see. The Internet is filled with reviews, complaints, recommendations, advice and so much more from people who have been where you want to go. So spend some quality time checking out what they have to say about London, or Paris, or Stockholm, or wherever you would like to go.
Whether you are looking for the best places to eat, the best way to travel, or the best place to enjoy a white Christmas, you will find some great advice from others who have been there – done that. And this advice can make the difference between having an awesome holiday, or not!
Work out your budget – and then take more than you think you will need
If you plan your trip well, you will be able to fit in many great experiences, some of which will be free, and many won’t. And just when you think you have allowed enough money each day to enjoy your holiday, you suddenly find that food is more expensive than you had expected. Or the cost of getting around is not what you had expected. Or you suddenly find that there is a terror attack in a city you had planned to visit, and now you need to reschedule and rebook accommodation and car hire.
These things happen and the sensible person will have a ‘Plan B’ just in case. You always want to hope for the best when travelling, but at least if you plan for the worse, and it happens, it will not catch you unawares, and you will be well placed to respond.
We were amazed how much everything cost us during our times in London. Even though we thought we were ready for the cost, we found we eventually needed to dip into our additional ‘expense’ account to continue enjoying our holiday. And thank goodness we did. We were able to have a great time away and not be concerned about having to cut our holiday short or spoil the holiday due to lack of funds.
We hope you enjoyed today’s post and found it helpful. And if you are looking for other great posts to help you with your next European holiday, make sure you check out our popular post titled: ‘Top tips when travelling to Scotland.’
Living each adventure,
Christine and Trevor Barre
Empowering people to live a healthy, authentic and fulfilling, personal and business lifestyle.
Adelaide, South Australia.
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