You have finally saved up enough for your first dream trip to Europe! The excitement is sure to tingle in your stomach for a long while. Europe is home to history and culture, it’s tempting to want to do everything. You want to experience it all; the sightseeing, the roads, the food, the parties, the festivals, the old and the new. It’s natural to have that feeling and wanting this holiday to be a memorable one. But for that to happen, you need to take a few things into consideration and be practical about your planning so that you get the most out of this trip. There are a lot of things that can go wrong for a newbie traveler. But to make your Europe trip amazing, we have compiled a list of tips for first-time traveler Europe that you need to keep these tips in mind before you board that plane. Check it out.
- Choose Your Must-Dos
- Don’t Avoid The Cliches
- Travel Off-Season
- Festival Timings
- Practical Packing
- Save Money
- Beware Of Scammers
- Choose Budget Friendly Options
- Language Learning
- Don’t Forget To Read
Check List For First-Time Traveler
1. Choose Your Must-Dos
Europe is a huge continent with lots of countries and each country has a specialty that is worth a visit. But it is not feasible to cover each city for the traveler experience in the short duration of your trip. So, make a list of your top five “must have” experiences that you simply cannot miss. It may be drinking in the Hofbrauhaus in Barcelona or seeing the Big Ben in London, or even to go for a midnight stroll in Paris. Plan your itinerary around your list.
2. Don’t Avoid The Cliches
In pursuit of being different, you might think of avoiding the most visited places. Do not do that. There is a reason these places are popular sightseeing destinations, because they are amazing, and you would want to complete your journey wholly. Similarly, do not do everything the guidebook tells you, be smart and figure out what you would want to experience in the city yourself.
3. Travel Off-Season
This might be the most obvious advice and is true too. The months of July, August and September are full of tourists in Europe, which means too many people will be roaming around making the trip crowded. Accommodation will be booked out, or too expensive. Travel will be difficult, trains will be full. Plan your trip in the autumn or spring. And if you’re comfortable with the cold weather, you can plan your trip in the winter season too.
4. Festival Timings
Europe has several traditional festivals throughout the year that can add more beautiful memories to your holiday. From Oktoberfest to La Tomatina to Glastonbury to Tomorrowland, there are many celebrations that are an experience on its own. So try and time your trip around these for more fun moments.
5. Practical Packing
You are on a vacation across Europe, which is a huge continent. So pack light, and in easy to carry luggage bags. And pack according to the weather of each country you are visiting. Also, you do not need too many outfits. Leave space for souvenirs and shopping. Remember to pack at least one pair of decent outfit if you decide to go for a fancy dinner. And also take a towel with you.
6. Save Money
This might be your once in a lifetime trip to the amazing European continent, so prepare yourself for expenditure. Save as much as you can, wait for a few more months if you have to. But you do not want money to be an issue why you couldn’t go somewhere, or do something that you wanted to. Also, get a debit or credit card that works internationally. You might not want to take that much cash with you, so you can use your card or an ATM wherever you are. Also, avoid money exchange counters.
7. Beware Of Scammers
Every country has some people who lure around popular spots to con innocent tourists for money, European countries have them too. If someone is being too friendly, or trying to give you something on a great offer, it is probably too good to be true. Be wary of such miscreants, especially with your money. Just go with your instincts and keep a distance from these people.
8. Choose Budget Friendly Options
Plan everything from your sightseeing spots to bus rides and explore all budget-friendly options available on the internet. Pre-booked tickets online may get you a deal or there may be a package that will cost you less. A lot of websites will compare prices and help you with thorough planning. Don’t leave anything to options or last minute.
9. Language Learning
It is good to learn a few common phrases in the native language of the country. Do not rely on the internet for help, it may not work when you want it to. At least learn to say, “Do you speak English?”, in every corresponding language of the countries, you intend to visit. Write them down if you can, and keep them handy.
10. Don’t Forget To Read
There is a lot of content on the internet and it is all for you. Read about places and experiences, read about local lifestyle and culture, read about important cities and festivals, read about bad experiences of tourists, read tips and how-to’s, read dos and don’ts. Fead tips for solo travelers in Europe. Just gather as much knowledge as you can. Make pointers to remember. Do not leave without relevant information embedded in your brain.
The fun comes with responsible planning. You do not want to go unprepared to an alien country of which you know nothing about. These are a few major tips that will surely help you for the backpacking trip to Europe.
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