How to Plan Your European Adventure
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should go on a European adventure at least once in their lives. Whether
you’re from the Europe area or overseas, a little planning can go a long
way to creating a plan that’s both exciting and affordable. It doesn’t
take a connoisseur to make a trip that’s perfect for you and your
travel companions. When working on your budget or setting your schedule,
get a few things hammered out before you hit the road. Here are a few suggestions
on how to plan out a European trip that will make your friends and family
The key to having a successful
trip through Europe is planning. Although not everything will go according
to plan, sitting down and mapping out the skeletons of your journey (where
you’re going, how you’ll get there, how long you’ll stay) will help tremendously.
If you’re the type of person that likes to do things on the fly, be warned
that things are very different in another country and be sure that you
are at least prepared for the worst situations possible.
Fees – There are a lot
of different fees that will pop up on your travels if you’re not fully
prepared for them. Your bank may have international service fees for transactions
done outside your home country or extra ATM and currency exchange fees.
Your cell phone can charge you a ridiculous amount of fees for roaming
if you’re not careful (you may want to look into plans like Mobi-data
that are great specifically for people who travel internationally). Save
a bit of extra money as a ‘Just In Case’ fund so you won’t be completely
out of luck if you forget to account for something.
Transportation – What’s
the most affordable and efficient way for you to get around? Your best
bet if you’re traveling Europe is probably to go by train, as long as you
have plenty of time to get from one destination to another. For the cheapest
fares check out Travelocity
and do a side-by-side comparison of the different options there are. If
you’re in a hurry you can also go by plane but you’re likely to be spending
more money going about it that way. Book your travel first so you can get
a rough outline of the places you hope to hit and how much time you have
at each city.
Stays – If you’re looking
for places to stay, you can do the traditional search of hotels and hostels
near your preferred form of transportation or you can try something a bit
more exciting. Couch Surfing has become a huge success in recent years
with websites set up to help you find a hospitable guest for a night or
two while you’re in town, often free of charge. Choose a site that does
background checks on the people who enlist their services so that you can
guarantee you’re safe and don’t try this on your own. But couch surfing
is a great alternative for those who only need a sofa or an air mattress
to make themselves at home.
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