Thinking of travelling to Europe? You couldn't pick a better choice for a vacation! Europe is a continent made up of many different countries including the Britain, France, and Germany. There are different things to see and do in each place that you visit there. You can even get a dose of Disney outside of the US, in Disneyland Paris. But whatever your intended destination is, read the tips below to make sure that you are as organised as possible before you set out.
Travel arrangements and documents
The first things you need to consider are your travel arrangements. If you are departing from places like Canada or the US, then you will want to get a flight over to the Europe. If you plan on visiting the UK, then it best to get a direct flight to London. Then travel from London to other European cities from there.
You also need to consider how you will be getting from place to place once you are in Europe. If you plan to travel from country to country, you can choose to fly, get some useful flight information at sites like www.ryanair.com. Or for countries on the mainland you can travel by road. Just make sure that you have your documents in order.
You will need your passport and airline tickets for European travel. Remember too that after November 2016, you will need to check and see if you have to apply for an ETIAS. This is a document like the US and Canadian style electronic travel authorisation. You can find out more about this on sites such as www.etias.com.
One you have your travel logistics sorted, then you can start to consider your accommodation choices. There is a huge range of different type of accommodation to pick, although some are specific to the country or area that you are staying in.
For example in Germany in the Black Forest, there are log cabins that you can rent for a night or two. Or how about a bit of luxury in a boutique hotel in Paris? Or what about a traditional English B&B?
There is always the option of renting an apartment from a site like Airbnb as well. But be warned as many European cities are cracking down on hosts buying to let for this purpose.
Mainland Europe also has a well established backpacking culture. That means that there are lots of hostel and campsites you can stay in for a very reasonable price. It will also be easy to find other people to chat to if you are travelling alone, as everyone is in the same situation.
Travelling alone in mainland Europe is not out of the ordinary, especially in the backpacker culture.
While safety is often a concern for travellers without company, most European cities are as safe as urban areas anywhere else in the world.
You can improve safety while travelling in Europe by researching your destination before you get there. You should also make plans to have regular contact with friends or family at home who can raise the alarm if they don't hear from you at the allotted time.
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