Do you have a trip to Europe on your bucket list? If this is the first time you’re venturing to Europe, the planning process for such a big trip can be both exciting and somewhat intimidating and over whelming. If you’re completely stumped, or truly a novice traveler, enlist the assistance of a travel agent. They can generally find great deals and steer you towards areas of special interest. Take these recommendations from the travel experts on planning tips to undertake before you even leave the country.
European cities are by and large designed for pedestrians. As such, prepare to do an enormous amount of walking. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and invest in a pair of athletic shoes from the terrific selection available from Foot Locker. Wear them as you plan for your trip. The first priority in planning for a European vacation is a passport. Many European countries require that at least ninety days are remaining prior to expiration after the date on your return ticket. If you passport has expired or you need to apply for the first time, allow for at least 2-3 months for processing at your nearest Passport Office.
Check with your cell phone service provider for data options in the countries you are visiting. Some carriers have special plans for Europe that can be added for the duration of your trip. Another option, albeit somewhat cumbersome, is to purchase SIM cards preloaded with a data allotment for the country in which it’s purchased. As such, a new SIM card would need to be purchased for each country on your tour.
Finally, order a lump sum of Euros from your bank. This may take the better part of a week to arrive at the branch office. As most smaller vendors do not accept credit cards, it’s wise to have a sum of cash upon arrival. Exchange rates in train stations and airports won’t be nearly as favorable as the rates you’ll receive directly from your bank. You’re now ready to book your flights, accommodations and in country transportation. Best of luck on your grand European tour!