Do you have a trip to Europe on your bucket list? The options for travel and experiences in Europe are truly only limited by your imagination. Planning a major trip can be both exciting and daunting. The secret to a successful trip often lies in thorough planning before even leaving the country. Follow these suggestions from the travel experts to ensure your trip to Europe is a huge success.
The first step is to set your budget, define your dates and determine which countries you’d like to visit. It’s strongly recommended to spend at least three nights in each country. Otherwise, you’ll end up spending more time traveling than exploring. After the budget, dates and destination has been established, check the expiration date on your passport. If you are renewing your passport or applying for a passport for the first time, allow at least two to three months processing time. This can be longer leading up to the busy spring and summer travel months. Be mindful of the fact that many European countries require at least ninety days remaining on your passport prior to expiration after the date of return on your airline ticket.
Contact your cell phone carrier to explore options for data plans while in Europe. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon and check out the deals on international data plans offered by AT&T Wireless. Another option is to purchase SIM cards in each country you plan on visiting. Know that this can be time consuming and cumbersome. Be aware that free wifi hot spots are not nearly are not nearly as plentiful in Europe as in the United States.
Check with your bank and order a sum of Euros for your trip. If often takes a week or more to receive foreign currency at a local branch. The exchange rates at your bank will be much more favorable than those found at train stations or airports. The European consumer economy is much more cash based than in the United States. Many smaller establishments do not accept credit cards.
Best of luck to your on your grand European adventure!