Checklist for European Vacation

Has a trip to Europe always been on your bucket list? If you’re traveling overseas for the first time, you’re in for a real treat!  There is so much to explore and take in, it can be overwhelming. Planning for such a trip does not have to be overwhelming if you’ll just follow this simple checklist designed by the travel professionals. Start your research and get ready to pack your bags because you’re about to take the trip of a lifetime!

The first order of business is to determine your budget and travel dates. It’s strongly recommended for first time visitors to Europe to limit the number of countries on the itinerary to a maximum of there. Any more than this, and it will be nearly impossible to truly experience the culture and cuisine of each county. Confirm that there are at least ninety days remaining prior to the expiration of your passport by the return date of your trip. Many countries will not allow entry with a passport that has few than ninety days remaining. If you’re applying for a passport for the first time or are renewing a passport, plan on at least three months for the process to be completed.

Explore accommodation options and book as early as possible. It’s recommended to fly into one of the major European capitals and begin and end your trip in the same city. Explore the options available with multi-country train passes. The advantages of train travel are numerous. It allows you to truly see the country side without worrying about traffic rules or directions. Finally, most major train stations are in the center of the city. This will allow you to explore as soon as you reach your destination.

Finally, give careful consideration on what to pack.  Because you’ll most likely be changing accommodations rather frequently, force yourself to pack light. Most European cities are pedestrian friendly. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and invest in a pair of quality walking shoes from Also Shoes prior to departure. Charge your batteries and take pictures of memories that will last a lifetime!

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