Do you have a trip to Europe on your bucket list? It’s exciting to plan a large trip and uncover all the possibilities for accommodations and sight-seeing. One of the greatest advantages of advanced planning for such a large trip is to ensure the travel itself goes as smoothly as possible. Follow these basic guidelines from the travel professionals to ensure your trip to Europe is filled with positive memories!
The first step is to secure a passport. If you already have a passport, most European countries require at least ninety days remaining prior to expiration upon ticketed departure from any European county. When applying for a passport renewal or initial passport, allow at least two to three months for the process – more in the busier spring months. Upon receipt of your passport, make a hard copy and keep a copy on our phone.
Check with your cell phone carrier. Various plans are available for European cell service when travelling. Failure to inquire and secure a plan in advance can result in prohibitive charges for data access while abroad. Another option is to purchase a SIM card in each country you visit for data access. Finally, the option also exists to simply use public wifi when it is available.
Order Euro currency in advance from your bank. Europe is much more of a cash economy than the United States. Many smaller merchants prefer, and some will only accept, cash. Purchase a small zippered or snap coin case. Euro coins have a much higher value than US coins and as such, many transactions are made with coins. You’ll appreciate having a coin case instead of having coins accumulate in your pockets.
Finally, take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and select from the great styles available from Pacsun to begin assembling your wardrobe for Europe. Simply styles that pack and wear well are recommended. If you insist on wearing shorts on the streets in the major capitals, know that you’ll quickly be tagged as a tourist. Have a grand time on your European vacation!