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Title: The 36 Best Tips for Travelling in Europe


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The 36 Best Tips for Travelling in Europe
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  • Europe has so much history, a variety of
    cultures, languages, food, people that there
    really is no reason not to visit. But with so
    many travellers visiting Europe East, West,
    North, South, and Central, the region is changing
    rapidly and has sure evolved quicker than I could
    have imagined since I first visited over 7 years
    ago. So, here they are, Tips for Travelling
    Europe

3
Research Planning is key
  • If I could take back the 400, 8 hour drive
    from Romania to Serbia, I would. Sadly I
    foolishly led myself to believe there just must
    be a train I could catch, instead of doing a
    little research to find out well in advance.
    Europe is a tricky one because the West is so
    crowded with visitors and the East is still so
    difficult to travel throughout in comparative
    terms.

4
  • I love a challenge, so I love venturing East
    just be sure to do your research and planning in
    advance. Especially taking into consideration
    that during winter, almost everything in Europe
    changes opening (or more appropriately closing)
    hours weather light in a day and so on and so
    forth

5
Book everything in Advance
  • For normal holidays, it is more than
    sufficient to book your airfares and
    accommodation, and merely turn up to see what
    takes your fancy / where youll spend your time.
    But for Europe, especially during March (spring
    break) or Summer (June, July, August), youll
    often be stuck without a bed or disappointed to
    miss one of the top attractions if you do not
    book in advance.

6
Dont book through third party sites for
attractions activities
  • Sites like Viator are a great place to
    start when researching the various attractions
    and activities you can enjoy in a new city, but
    theyll also charge you up to double the amount
    for the bookings. Instead, go directly to the
    attractions website to book or for activities, a
    quick Google search will take you there.

7
Dont let anyone help you with your bags on
trains especially
  • The old saying goes if something seems too
    good to be true, it probably is. And alas, in
    most circumstances it is. Anyone offering to help
    you with your bags will proceed to demand cash
    from you so to avoid the hassle, keep a tight
    grip on your bags.

8
  • On that note, make sure you watch your bags
    when you depart each station as they might just
    so happen to wander off with another passenger.

9
Cheap airlines vs. National Carriers
  • The age old debate to save a few bucks and
    take the risk of paying the price of a new limb
    just for overweight bags, or to book with an
    established airline and save the hassle? If
    youre going to fly with a cheap airline, be sure
    to take portable scales around with you theyll
    save you hundreds of dollars.

10
  • Similarly, consider your luggage constraints
    in advance and book the necessary weight for your
    limit, rather than handing over hundreds of
    dollars for slightly overweight bags.

11
Choose the Right Credit Card
  • Do yourself a favour avoid fees wherever
    you can. They add up. 28 Degrees Mastercard has
    always been my go-to card, but on the 1/1/2014
    they introduced cash advance fees on withdrawals.
    Thus, the new best credit card in Australia is
    the Citibank Travel Card. On that note, dont
    forget to ring your bank to inform them of your
    travel plans!

12
Seize the Day
  • Big cities in Europe (Im talking London,
    Paris, Rome, etc) are always heaving with
    tourists. And I mean always. To see the city a
    different way (and often more enjoyable), start
    your day early and finish when you pass out on
    your bed, unable to exert even an ounce of
    energy.

13
Skip the Line Passes
  • Dont like waiting? Nor do I when my time is
    limited! Many European cities offer skip the
    line passes which allow you to do just that
    skip. the. line. Amazing!

14
Walk Everywhere
  • Not only will you save money, but you will
    also see more of the city, the more you explore
    on foot.

15
Dont exchange cash, Instead opt for the ATM
  • Cash exchanges were the in thing about a
    decade ago. Nowadays it is much cheaper and
    easier to simply stick your card in the ATM and
    withdraw the cash you need in the local currency.

16
Carry some Euros, Always
  • While not all European countries are on the
    Euro (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark,
    Hungary, Poland, Romania, Sweden, and the UK), it
    still pays to always carry some cash around with
    you. Euros will get you by in most countries, and
    in others you will need to withdraw a little cash
    on arrival.

17
  • Save yourself the hassle of not being able to
    buy lunch because you couldnt read the cash
    only sign.

18
When Packing, Consider the Cobblestones
  • Summer in Europe provides ample opportunity
    to dress up and enjoy the sunshine. Winter is
    even more of a trap with all your clothing items
    suddenly being x10 heavier i.e. coats, jeans,
    boots, etc.

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  • But when you pack, consider the cobblestone
    streets and walkways youll be dragging that 25
    kilogram case over it aint easy! Save yourself
    the dead arms and always pack less, never more
    and hardly ever enough. What you dont need, you
    can always buy there.

20
Avoid Restaurants with Pictures of Food
  • This is a general rule to follow across the
    globe, because quite frankly there could be
    nothing more off putting than choosing your food
    based on a photograph. Usually (if not always)
    these places are a dive. Avoid.

21
High Speed Trains Use Them
  • While they may put you a few extra dollars
    out of pocket, they will work wonders in terms of
    getting you from A to B in much less time, giving
    you more time to explore your next destination.
    Youve come all this way on a timeframe (be it 3
    weeks or 3 months), so make the most of every
    moment.

22
Do try the Local Cuisine
  • On my first trip to Europe I was almost
    petrified of eating anything I hadnt seen
    before. What was it? Whats in there? I would
    visually dissect any pastry or pizza and convince
    myself it just wasnt worth the worry.

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  • But nowadays, things have changed. I TRY
    EVERYTHING and so should you. There will be
    nowhere in the world that serves pasta like the
    italians, no better chocolate than in Belgium and
    Switzerland, and no better excuse to eat copious
    amounts of gelato for every meal of the day. Go
    all out!

24
A note on House Wine
  • It is cheap. and scrumptious.

25
Eat as Far Away from the Major Attractions as
Possible
  • And/or research great eats before you go. If
    you have food intolerances, you should make an
    extra effort to find a number of places you can
    eat throughout the city and save yourself the
    hassle of walking for hundreds of metres to no
    avail.

26
Allow yourself a mix of Tourist Traveller
  • Im always reading how important it is to be
    a traveller and not a tourist but Im going to
    make a bold claim here and say it is entirely
    okay to be both. Having a blend of both major
    attractions and off the beaten path experiences
    will give you a well-rounded experience of a new
    city.

27
When in London
  • There are many great free attractions on offer,
    especially by way of museums! Check out how to
    experience London on a budget to cut down the
    costs of one of the worlds most expensive cities
    to visit.

28
When in Rome
  • The Roma Pass is entirely worth your while if
    you plan on visiting loads of the sights and
    attractions in Rome (honestly, who doesnt!?), as
    well as giving you free metro transport
    throughout the duration you purchase. It also
    allows you to use a much shorter access line
    saving a lot of time and trouble.

29
When in Paris
  • Youre allowed to drink alcohol in public
    areas in Paris, I repeat alcohol. public. areas.
    So youre looking for the perfect picnic!? Grab a
    bottle of French champagne, cheese, bread, and
    head for the Eiffel Tower. You wont regret it.

30
When in Amsterdam
  • The best way to get around Amsterdam and feel
    like a local is to hire a bike for the day. If
    you want to take it one step further, consider
    renting a houseboat for your stay (there are a
    few on offer through Air BnB).

31
When in Berlin
  • Just because German food is traditionally
    heavy carbs meat, does not mean you have to eat
    this way in Berlin! Quite the contrary! Berlin is
    incredibly vegetarian vegan friendly, even
    having a fully vegan supermarket! There are some
    fantastic smoothie bars on offer, as well as
    plenty of options to eat and stay healthy.

32
When in Venice
  • A gondola seats six, so pack yourself in
    like sardines as the price is per gondola, not
    per person. Dont use a map in Venice ever.
    Half the fun of this city is to get lost. Dont
    skimp out and only visit for one day, this city
    deserves at least two.

33
When in Copenhagen
  • Copenhagen is expensive theres no denying
    it. But many of the top attractions are free to
    see and experience, even museums on Wednesdays!

34
When in Prague
  • Dont miss the chance to catch a 2.5 hour bus
    to Cesky Krumlov, arguably the prettiest town in
    all of Europe!

35
When in Lisbon
  • Take to the streets and explore Alfama
    neighbourhood on foot. It is here where you will
    find the most authentic and accurate reflection
    of Portuguese way of life, as well as many great
    cheap eats options.

36
When in Budapest
  • Dont miss your chance to bath in Europes
    largest thermal bath, Szechenyi, for around 12
    for the day.

37
When in Vienna
  • Head to the Opera an hour or more earlier and
    take the side entrance. It is here where you will
    be able to purchase standing only tickets for a
    few euros, much cheaper than the 60 euros price
    tag on regular tickets.

38
Swap Driving for Trains
  • Driving in Europe is a nightmare,
    particularly if youre crossing into other
    countries and trying to drive a rental car
    one-way. The easiest way to travel throughout
    Europe has always been to use the train network.
    A great option is to invest in a travel pass to
    ease the paperwork.

39
Come Prepared
  • This is a bit of an odd one to talk about,
    but certainly worth mentioning. Imagine yourself
    in India eating plenty of spicy foods your body
    is not used to, and imagine what would happen as
    a result when you rush to the bathroom.

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  • Then imagine this is reverse when considering
    all the bread and pasta your body is likely to
    consumer in Europe then imagine the reverse
    effect. Yup, come prepared with medicinal help to
    avoid trying to ask for them at the chemist
    counter.

41
Night Trains
  • Are a great way to save money on
    accommodation for the evening and are often
    cheaper than trains during the day. Book in
    advance to save money as prices typically hike
    nearer to the date.

42
Ski in Cheaper Locations
  • Plan on skiing in Europe during the winter?
    So do many others! If you head to the French or
    Swiss alps, youre gonna have to be prepared to
    hand over the big bucks. Alternatively, consider
    the likes of Slovenia or Poland for cheaper but
    still great slopes.

43
Be Aware of Political Unrest
  • Political unrest in Europe is not uncommon,
    so be sure to check online before and during your
    trip incase any arises.

44
Festivals
  • Europe has some fantastic festivals on offer
    that will make your experience all the more
    enjoyable and memorable. Consider The running of
    the bulls (Pamplona, Spain), St Patricks Day
    (Dublin, Ireland) and Kings Day (Amsterdam)
    among many others.

45
Carpe Diem!
  • and perhaps the most simple tip of them all
    never forget to seize the day.

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