Planning a Europe trip is a dream for many. It is probably on everyone’s bucket list. Europe is truly a place for any kind of traveler and has something or the other to offer to everyone. Be it the mesmeric Alps of Switzerland, sun-kissed Mediterranean beaches, the romantic Paris or the historic monuments of Greece. It has a plethora of options to explore.
So make sure to make your travel comfortable and a seamless one by keeping the things mentioned below in your mind while booking your trip.
1. Check Visa Requirements
The first thing to keep a check on when planning a trip to Europe is to check the visa requirements of different countries. Some countries give on-arrival visas, some don’t have any such requirement when going on short visits. So check it online so that it won’t ruin your trip. Generally one needs to apply for a Schengen visa to get access to different countries of Europe. Here are some points you need to keep in your mind-
The validity of your passport should be at least 6 months post the date of travel with your entire past visa history and two blank pages.
You must have a valid and authorized travel insurance of a minimum of €30,000 before applying for the visa.
Documents required include a visa application form, complete itinerary, photographs, approved leave application and sufficient funds.
When planning to travel to different countries, apply a visa for the country where you will be staying for the maximum number of days.
2. Plan a vacation in the offseason
As most of the places are open all round the year, avoid planning a vacation in the summer months when most of the people fantasize about visiting the place to sunbath upon the Mediterranean beaches. It is the best way to avoid overcrowded beaches, the over expensive flights and hotels and long queues at tourist attractions. So plan your vacation during the off-season to save your hard-earned money and to peacefully enjoy the place.
3. Travel by Train
It is more efficient, economical and hassle-free to travel between different countries in Europe by train rather than by air. Book your tickets in advance depending upon your destination and to avail the best deal. For eg, if you have to travel from Brussels to Paris, air travel would cost you some extra bucks, but the train will make you reach the place in just about 2 hours and that too at less cost.
4. Book everything in Advance
Besides booking your air and train tickets, make sure to reserve the tickets for the attractions you are planning to visit. Europe has never-ending places, monuments, and structures to visit. There are palaces, museums, gardens, and churches where there are long queues of visitors, so book tickets online to save your time.
Booking everything in advance also ensures that you get the best deal as you have several options to choose from.
5. Packing Tips
It can be a bit confusing when you start to pack for your Europe trip. First of all, pick a suitcase you can carry easily as you need to navigate the train station, walk on cobblestone streets and carry it up several flights of stairs at your hotel. Here is a checklist of packing essentials for your trip-
A Small Backpack- To carry your phone, camera, and souvenirs while exploring the place.
Footwear- Make sure they are comfortable enough as you will need to do a lot of walking during your vacation.
Travel Umbrella and Raincoat- For the unexpected Europe rains
Sunglasses and Sunscreen with good SPF- Protect yourself from the harmful sun rays
Ear Plugs, Travel Adapter, Water Bottle