Europe is a go-to destination for most travel lovers. Some of the benefits of this unique continent include a diverse range of culture in each country.
Planning a trip to a continent as vast as Europe can be daunting and overwhelming. However, with no-nonsense planning, it needn’t be.
If you are at your wit’s end and wondering how to plan a trip to Europe, our comprehensive guide will put you on the right path.
Got your mind set on Europe? You will need to ensure your passport hasn’t expired. Then the next step is to plan your budget and how long you intend to stay. Once you have figured that out, it will be easier to plan the rest of your trip.
If you are traveling internationally to Europe, you will need a valid passport.
The last thing you want is to realize your passport has expired on your way to the airport. If that’s not a buzz kill, we don’t know what is.
If your passport has expired, you will need to know the cost and time-period to renew it.
Luckily, we cover this in our condensed passport renewal guide.
In summary, it could take between six to eight weeks. However, if you want to expedite the process, you will need to pay extra fees.
According to the Schengen Agreement, U.S. citizens with a valid passport can stay up to 90 days without a visa, providing that stay is for tourism or business during any 180-day period.
Knowing how much you can stretch your purse strings will influence your European trips a great deal.
Your budget will determine where you can travel in Europe and what activities you do. Naturally, your financial situation will also affect how long you can stay.
Once you’ve created your budget, we advise you use a budget-tracking app when you are on vacation.
During vacation, it can be difficult to stay on track with all the petty and substantial cash that comes out of your pocket. Now you don’t have to because popular budget traveling apps include Trail Wallet and TrabeePocket will do the grunt work for you.
This goes hand in hand with working out how long you want your vacation to be.
There are a million things to experience in Europe.
Do you want to be impressed by the art museums in Rome? Lie on a golden beach in Greece? Go skiing in Austria? Enjoy the nightlife of pulsating cities like London or Berlin?
Is your trip romantic, about self-discovery or adventure?
To prevent getting overwhelmed, decide what kind of trip you want before you arrive your destination.
After deciding the parameters of your budget, Once you have the fundamental aspects of your trip sorted out like the budget. It is now time to book what you need to convert your hopes into reality.
When it comes to booking your ticket, you will no doubt want to know the cheapest time to book an international flight.
Travel gurus advise that fliers should buy their tickets abroad between one a half months and five and a half months from departure.
When it comes to booking accommodation, remember that if you are traveling during peak-season, it’s best to book sooner rather than later.
With great travel planning tools like Kayak, you are sure to find a flight and accommodation deal to fit your budget.
When you travel to or from EU, remember that you have some rights if your flight gets delayed or cancelled. They are all described in the ec regulation 261 2004. That could save you a lot of money in the end, that you can spend on your holiday in Europe.
Now you have all the bits and bobs concerning your vacation, wouldn’t it be handy to have everything from your flight ticket to your hotel booking in one place?
With travel planning apps like Tripit, you can have all your travel plans in one place.
No more frantically sifting through sheets of paper in a battered folder or wallet to locate your travel documents.
Have a think about your personal situation and execute all last-minute tasks to ensure your trip has no bumps along the road.
What do cities like Geneva, London and Amsterdam all have in common? They are all high on the list of the most expensive cities to visit in Europe.
Despite this, if you wish to have a frugal European vacation, it’s still possible. You just have to know the essential areas to cut costs.
Here are some things to consider when planning a cheap trip to Europe.
Whether you are planning an extravagant or more affordable trip to Europe, our guide will ensure you get the most out of your trip.
Flight delays happen, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept them. You may be entitled to a much as €600 in compensation. If your flight was delayed, canceled, or overbooked within the last three years.
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