8 Things to Know When Planning Your Trip to Europe


Before you spend your vacation in Europe, you need to prepare for it. Planning your trip may seem tedious and difficult, but the better you prepare, the better it will pass. That is why it is important not only to buy tickets and book a hotel but also to think about such things as budget, documents, and entertainment.

In this guide, we will tell you some things to know when planning your trip to Europe. These 8 simple steps allow you to spend less time organizing your trip.

  1. Set a budget

The sooner you budget for your trip, the better. Prices in different European countries may vary. Even if you are traveling to Europe for the first time you can save everywhere. You can take off-season trips or book your budget accommodation. You buy tickets for visiting attractions instead of booking a guided tour. 

  1. Put your documents in order.

Applying for a passport requires at least 4-6 weeks. So if you don’t have it, you have to deal with it in advance. If you have the passport check the expiration date. In some countries, the passport must be valid for 6 months after the date of arrival.

If you plan to rent a car, bring a driver’s license. Be sure to check the expiration date of it. A number of European car rental companies require an international driving license.

If you are planning to visit several countries during your holidays and Turkey and Russia are among them, apply for an additional visa. It is not so easy. Sometimes this process can take weeks even after you have been approved.

  1. Choose your destination.

Choose your destination based on your budget. You should not be engaged in organizing holidays in a country which you can not afford. 

Choose the attractions you would like to see. For example, you always wanted to visit the Tsarskoye Selo and see how the Russian monarchs lived. This attraction is located in the suburbs of St. Petersburg – a beautiful city with a rich history and lots of entertainment. The sights that we want to visit can determine the direction of our trip.

If you want to visit several European countries, note that this type of vacation may require more spending.

  1. Create your route

If you want to visit several places, for example, 3-4 cities in Germany, do not buy a round-trip ticket to Berlin. Make a daily route. Buying a plane ticket from the city that will be the last during your trip will be more budget. You needn’t go back, spend money and time.

An alternative way to travel around Europe can be a cruise. In this case, you don’t have to think about accommodation and tickets from city to city.

  1. Buy airline tickets

Ticket prices can be the most expensive part of your trip. Buy them in advance. Check out several booking sites and choose the best price. Some sites allow you to set up tariff alerts, so you will be notified when the price of your flight becomes lower. Pay attention to discount airlines.

  1. Book your accommodations

Open to your holiday route and calculate how many nights you need for accommodation. Booking a hotel, as well as air tickets, is better in advance, especially if you are going on vacation in the summer.

European countries offer a wide variety of housing. Some of them may be no less interesting than local attractions. You can stay in a historic castle, a houseboat, on a farm.

  1. Buy travel insurance

There are several types of travel insurance: cancellation insurance, medical insurance, cancellation insurance. The best time to buy insurance is right after buying airline tickets and booking hotels. Many airlines and travel providers sell insurance, which you can purchase with your flight or vacation package.

Check your health insurance to see if you are insured abroad. It can be useful during your trip to European countries and even more. If not, you can purchase additional health insurance to cover situations such as the cost of home transportation for emergency care.

  1. Book private tours

If you plan your vacation yourself, the organization of entertainment also falls upon you. Find a company that helps you book private guided tours. In this case, you can not think about tickets to museums and transport, as they, like the work of a guide, are included in the price of the tour.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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