Do you have a trip to Europe on your travel bucket list? If this is your first trip to Europe, you’re in for an adventure of a lifetime. Planning for such a trip can be both exciting and daunting. For less experienced travelers, it can be tough to decide where to begin. As you dream about the myriad of destinations and tour options in Europe, begin to check off the basic logistical steps to planning a European vacation. Follow these recommendations from the travel gurus to ensure your planning and trip are filled with positive memories that can last a life time. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and book your flight and accommodations through the experts at Expedia.
Check the expiration date of your passport. Many European countries require at least ninety days remaining prior to expiration after the date of departure on your round trip ticket. Allow for at least three months for processing of passport renewal applications and new passport applications. Applications and appointments for submission can be made at your local post office. Pay special attention to the documentation requirements for applications from minors under the age of twenty-one. Upon receipt, take a digital photo of your passport and email this to a friend or family member. Should your passport be lost or stolen while travelling, a photo will help in the replacement process at the embassy.
Order Euros from your local bank branch. While currency exchange is certainly available a train station and airport kiosks, exchange rates will be more favorable at your local bank. Many smaller establishments in Europe to not accept credit cards.
Check with cell phone carrier for data plan options in the countries you’ve elected to visit. Know that free public wifi is not nearly as plentiful in Europe as in the United State. One option is to purchase a prepaid data card, or SIM card, in each country you plan to visit. Be sure your cell phone has a removable SIM card before selecting this option.
Finally, be open to new ideas, cultures, tastes, sounds and smells. The culture and history of European countries is rich and varies. Remember that you are a guest in these countries – treat your hosts with the same respect you would while travelling at home.