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Europe For Beginners: What You Need To Know

The idea of going to Europe is something that appeals to many people but in order for your trip to be successful, you need to start planning today.

The most common scenario is to simply be going for a vacation. But, you may be going to study or even for work. No matter what the scenario you’ll need to know these facts:

Get The Right Tour Guide

If you’re considering cruising in Europe, It may be tempting to book all the different elements yourself. However, this can get very complicated when dealing with multiple visas, flights and other forms of transport.

You’ll find that a tour operator can handle all of this for you; preventing you from potentially being stranded without the right documentation. In other words, you need a tour operator who can take care of everything for you.

Cruising is also a great way to see several destinations which will improve the overall experience.

Europe Is Big

It’s surprising just how many things there are to see and do in Europe. It will take you years to see everything!

That’s why it’s essential that you consider what places are most important to you and create an itinerary. It’s probably best to pick 5 real highlights and work from there.

Go Independent

Traveling in Europe is very easy via buses and trains. There are also plenty of hostels that will give you cheap accommodation on a nightly basis. You can literally move from place to place as you wish.

It is important to note that the intercity bus is almost always cheaper than the train.

Do The Top Spots

You may wish to be an independent traveler doing your own thing. But, that doesn’t mean you should skip the major sights. The Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, and The Colosseum must all appear on your list somewhere.

Equally, you need to do the things you enjoy. The Louvre is incredibly famous and expensive to get in to. If you’re not really interested in art, then another venue is worth considering.


Unfortunately, there are many areas of Europe which are known to suffer from pickpockets. Keep yourself safe by having your money close to your body and only taking out what you need. Have backup cash somewhere else and use a prepaid card which can be reloaded from home.

The same is true if you’re offered something that seems too good to be true. It probably is and is a scam.

European Summers

In general, the weather is better in Europe in the summer. But this is also the most popular time to visit. Consider going in one of the other months when your money will go further and you’ll be able to see the sights easier.


There are hundreds of festivals in Europe which are worth visiting and will make your trip extra memorable. Consider whether Glastonbury, Tomorrowland or one of the others is your preferred choice and schedule your visit to include it.

Learn The Lingo

You can’t learn every language but you can learn to say “hello”, “goodbye”, and “do you speak English?”

It will help your trip to go smoothly.

Do The Extra

You may be visiting on a fixed budget but you need to have enough to indulge a few times. There will be once in a lifetime opportunities that you simply don’t want to miss just because of a lack of funds.

Above all, go with the flow and have fun. There are plenty of people who will help make your visit fantastic.

Layer It

The weather is quite changeable across Europe. Take plenty of light layers to help you cope with all climates and minimize your washing needs.

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