Tips for European Travel
Do you have a trip to Europe on your bucket list? Planning such a huge trip can be both exciting and over whelming. The possibilities for tours, cities, and accommodations are truly only limited by your imagination. Take these recommendations from the travel professionals and European gurus to ensure your trip is a huge success. The earlier you begin your planning; the greater the chances are that you will be able to secure great rates and fares. There’s no better time than the present to get started.
The first step is to confirm the expiration date on your passport. Many European countries require at least ninety days remaining prior to expiration after the return date on your round trip ticket. As a tourist, you must purchase a round trip ticket. One way tickets are reserved for those with student or work visas and citizens of the common market. Allow at least three months processing time for renewal or new passport applications. Appointments for processing can be made at your local post office. Pay special attention to the document requirements for minors under the age of twenty one. Upon receipt of your new passport, take a photo of the inside cover and mail this to yourself. It will serve you well to have a copy should your passport be lost or stolen while traveling abroad.
The next step is to set your budget. The overseas airfare will be a large portion of this budget. Plan to travel mid-week. Know that you arrive in Europe the day after you leave the United States and return on the same day as your departure. Check out the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and check out the awesome rates offered by Travelocity.com. Plan to arrive in a major European capital from which you can start your tour and return to the same city for departure at the end of your trip.
Check with your cell phone carrier on data plans available in the countries you’ve selected to visit. One option is to purchase a prepaid data card, or SIM card, in each country you visit. Confirm that your cell phone has a removable SIM card prior to electing this option.
Finally, book your accommodations. It’s strongly recommended to spend at least four days in each country. Otherwise, you may end up spending more time touring than actually travelling. Best of luck making memories that will last a life time!