When people dream of visiting Europe, the list of things to do is always ridiculously long. You could get lost in everything there is to do, and end up doing nothing without a properly structured trip plan. There are a few things you should know about this particular area of the world, especially if you are from the United States. The most common issue people encounter is the difference in electrical sockets. You can’t just plug anything you have into any kind of outlet you can find. Little things like this can make your trip rocky. Here are a few tips to help you effectively prepare for your trip, and get the most out of the time that you are in Europe.
Slow Down & Take Your Time
Most people want to visit many parts of Europe. They want to eat special brownies in Amsterdam, or stand on top of the Eiffel Tower while eating pasta with the Romans, and traveling down the Thames. You can’t do everything! Pick out a few choices, and focus your trip around those choices. The best advice would be maybe choose five locations you want to visit, and go from there. Then you will have to figure out how you’re going to get around while you’re in Europe. This takes us to our next point…
Traveling While Traveling
Before you head out on your European adventure, you should read up on the train system. There are specific packages you can buy depending on where you plan to travel while you’re there. Research thoroughly, and you should be able to get a pretty decent deal.
If you’re not big on public transportation, you can always rent a car. You aren’t required to drive a vehicle where the steering is on the opposite side, but you will want to keep your car on the opposite side of the road! Just know that there are plenty of familiar vehicles there to drive. You could easily rent a Honda, as long as it’s an ultra low emissions vehicle.
Before You Head Out
You should make sure everyone who is traveling in your party has a valid and updated passport. You may also want to let your credit card company and your bank know that you are going to be making purchases outside of the country. Most cards will report strange activity, and you might have to suffer through your funds being frozen if you don’t make the proper preparations.
You will definitely need to know how to contact emergency services in case of an accident. In the U.S., people dial 911, but it’s not the same in European countries. Most countries use 112 as their emergency contact, but a few select places use different combinations. For you and your whole group’s safety, you should look all of these numbers up and have them available before you travel.