Europe is a great place to go, so it’s not surprising that you’d like to visit. Here are ten handy tips so you can get the most out of your vacation.
1. Set Your Budget.
A comprehensive budget should include everything – transportation costs, lodging, groceries or restaurants, souvenirs, attractions and even currency exchange. It may be hard to come up with every expense you might encounter on your trip, but give it your best shot. And then, make sure you have some emergency money for any unanticipated expenses.
2. Choose when to travel.
To be sure you don’t miss out on anything that might be seasonal, check to see if your destination has a specific tourist “season”. To create lasting memories, make sure you’ve booked your vacation to coincide with the things you want to experience. Weather can play a factor, too. So, find out the kind of weather you’re likely to encounter when you visit.
3. Check the political climate.
Generally, most countries will do whatever they can to ensure that tourists are safe. Having said that, it’s still smart to make yourself aware of the current state of affairs, particularly if that country has had political unrest in the recent past.
4. What’s your preferred schedule?
If you’d prefer to sleep in and then have a leisurely breakfast (or brunch), then perhaps a guided tour that requires you to be ready to go early each day is not for you. However, a Mediterranean cruise might be a reasonable option for you. That way you could possibly experience a more leisurely schedule and still get to visit the places you want to see. Often the ships travel at night and arrive in port very early in the morning. Then they frequently spend the entire day there giving you the opportunity to come and go as you please just as along as you’re back on the ship before they set sail for the next port.
5. Don’t delay.
If this is your dream vacation – do it! Don’t keep putting it off and saying things like “maybe next year”. Make sure you do the things you’ve always wanted to so you’re not saying to yourself – “If only I’d done that, or seen that.”
6. Plan each day.
Take some time to plan what you’re going to do each day of your vacation. Don’t think that means that you’ll be rushing around each day just to fit things in. If you want to spend a day at the beach doing nothing – great! But, make it part of your plan so you don’t miss out on it.
Don’t over plan either. Sometimes you can get up in wanting to “do it all”. Decide what is actually important for you to do on this particular trip. Then leave the other stuff for another trip. Remember, this is your vacation. Chill out!
7. Do your research online.
Use the internet to your advantage to find out about your destination. There are many ways to find free tourist guides for just about anywhere you might want to travel. The majority of us tend to us the internet to find travel deals as well on things like – airfares, accommodations, attractions and even travel insurance.
8. Pack as sparingly as you can.
And, be sure to pack appropriate items for your travel destination. That will, of course, depend on the time of year you travel. Only take items that you will actually need. It’s best to plan to do laundry along the way if you taking an extended vacation. And, take clothing that you can mix and match. Think layering. Think about how to accessorize your day clothes to make them work for that night on the town. Think light and easy to pack fabrics. If you find that you’ve forgotten something you just can’t do without – buy it when you get to your destination. That’s how your emergency spending money can work for you.
9. Get organized.
Confirm that your passport and any other required documents are current. Double check that the travel insurance you purchased adequately covers you for your entire trip. Have some local currency available when you arrive at your destination just in case you need it.
10. And the most important tip? Have fun!
That’s what it all about. But, should you encounter some difficulty along the way, try to relax. Odds are everything will work out fine. Remember there’s no such thing as a perfect vacation but something unexpected can lead to a great adventure and wonderful memories.
Think about taking packaged tours in Eastern Europe if your budget is limited.
If you are willing to be flexible, have a look at some of the “last minute” vacation offerings – you might get some amazing deals. Traveling out of season can also help to reduce costs.