Tips for European Travel

Do you have a trip to Europe on your bucket list but are too overwhelmed to start the travel planning process? Europe is an exciting place to visit with so many different countries, cultures, cuisine and site seeing opportunities. Follow these pre-travel suggestions recommended by the travel professionals to ensure your European vacation is a huge success filled with memories for years to come.

Allow for at least two to three months for processing of new passport applications. Applications for passport renewal can also take up to two months, especially during the busy travel season. Many European countries will not allow entry unless there are at least ninety days remaining prior to expiration after your ticketed departure date.  Next, check with your cell phone carrier to select a data plan for European travel. The other option is to purchase a SIM card for data in each country you visit.

Once you have secured your dates, destination and budget, book your accommodations. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and book accommodations through RIU Hotels & Resorts provided there are properties located in your desired destinations. Next, place a flight watch tracker on the flights you’ve selected. This will ensure your ability to book the lowest fare available. It is strongly recommended to fly in and out of one of the major European gateways such as London, Paris or Frankfurt. In recent years, flights from one European country to the next have become very competitive. Another option that is always an enjoyable experience is to take trains from one destination to the next. This will allow you to see the gorgeous countryside.

Finally, check with your bank and order Euro currency in advance of your trip. Europe is much more of a cash economy than the United States and many smaller retailers and vendors do not accept credit cards. Exchange rates are much higher in airport and train station exchange kiosks than at US banks. Best of luck on your European adventure!

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