Planning to travel to the Europe for the first time or have you already visited Europe multiple times?
There are some common mistakes that we all make.
However, avoiding these common travel mistakes will make your trip all the more enjoyable. All you have to do is plan in advance and these 8 tips will lead you to a relaxed and peaceful tour of Europe.
1. Enquire About the Visa Requirements
You might be refrained from entering the country if you have not checked the visa requirements.
Try to avoid this as it will surely ruin your trip if you do not have a tourist visa. Most of the European countries do not require a visa for short visits, but there is no harm in finding out which countries do.
Once you have finalized your Europe trip dates, make sure you do a quick search and find out which countries in Europe allow visa on arrival and which need a visa prior to arrival. A lot of agents and websites fulfill the visa requirements. Find out the visa requirements ahead of time.
2. Try Not to Plan Your Trip in Peak Season
Summers are usually crowded in Europe. Tourists often visit the Mediterranean beaches during summers hence the beaches and tourist attractions will be overcrowded.
In order to avoid the peak season chaos and save money on stay, transportation and airfares make sure you travel during off-season.
Almost all the tourist spots are open throughout the year, however, to be on the safer side make sure to check the closing time for a few have shorter hours.
3. Travel Through Low-Cost Carrier
Flying with budget airlines is one of the most important ways to save on your travel cost, as more than 50% of your trip cost is spent only on flight tickets.
Alternatively, you can and make your flight booking in advance so that you can book your flight for cheap and ultimately you will be saving a huge amount.
While searching online, you will find numerous flight deals claiming the best price, make sure to check for additional fees and taxes which are mostly excluded from the offer rates. When you book your flights also check the baggage allowance. It is advisable to pack lighter to avoid any baggage fees and you can easily pass through the airport.
4. Travel by Train
Trains in Europe are considered to be the most cost-effective option to travel. Traveling by train obviously depends on your destination however whichever destinations are covered by train routes should not be avoided as they are easier and efficient than air travel.
5. Reserve Your Accommodations in Advance
Since traveling in off-season is advisable you are bound to get good deals in some of the best hotels in Europe.
To avoid any last minute chaos and panic of not getting the accommodation make the reservations in advance so that you get the best hotel deals. Booking flights, trains, sightseeing tickets in advance will help you save.
6. Leave Your High-Heels at Home
Since you are on a holiday and plan to explore the city, you will have to do lots of walking. So having a pair of walking shoes will be of great help and your feet will not get tired even after walking throughout the day.
7. Explore the Unseen
As tourists, we all wish to explore places that are most popular however you should make it a point to visit the lesser known site.
Locals are one of the best sources for recommendations which will give you a glimpse of the local culture. To explore the offbeat paths you can research online or refer travel books.
8. Avoid Using Credit Cards Everywhere
It is a great idea to use the credit card. A lot of places in Europe still accept only cash hence a hand full of cash will useful for taxi rides, shopping at local markets, paying at restaurants etc. Using cash will make your payment transaction smoother and help you save money on foreign transaction fees.
Before you embark on your flight to Europe get the currency exchanged locally in your country or right at the airport upon arrival.