Tips and Advice on How to Travel Europe

Europe is a diverse continent with unique cultures regardless of the country you visit. I haven’t been to every European country; however, I have been to 15 countries so I want to let you in on key tips for traveling to Europe. Depending on the city, you will find plenty of tourist attractions especially in the summer months of June through August and that is the high season with their shoulder season being late spring or early fall. If you travel during this time, you know that lines to attractions may be longer and accommodation prices may be higher but whenever you go you are bound to have a good time.

Western Europe vs. Eastern Europe

Western Europe will be more expensive than Eastern Europe so plan your budget accordingly. The UK and Scandinavian countries like Iceland or Norway are the most expensive whereas countries like Hungary or Croatia are cheaper. You can see some cool things in Eastern Europe so don’t shy away from it if it doesn’t seem as familiar to you. Many countries in Europe will use the Euro for currency.

What Should I Pack

As far as packing goes, make sure to pack the right adapters for your electronics. This is helpful if you have never been to Europe before. For shoes, I would definitely recommend some great sturdy shoes for all the walking you will do on the cobblestone streets. Also, ladies if you want to pack heels I would recommend some wedges or a pair of heels that have a thicker feel because of the cobblestone. Generally in terms of fashion, Europeans are very fashionable so it doesn’t hurt to dress up especially if you are going to restaurants or out to clubs or shows.

Security & Safety

Europe is very modern and westernized and is generally regarded as safe except for petty crimes like pickpocketing. Like anywhere, you want to keep your wallets around you and just be alert as you would in any city. So make sure to keep your purse or backpack always zipped; any wallets or phones in your front pocket; and always keep your eye up.

Getting Around

Getting around Europe is very easy and organized whether you are traveling by train, plane, bus, or car. The train system is extremely organized and comfortable and I would actually definitely recommend train travel as you can watch the beautiful countryside out the window as you go from city to city. It’s honestly so pretty and since many countries in Europe are connected by what’s called “fishing in zone” you can pass through many country borders with no need to go through customs. This feels similar to traveling across different state borders in the U.S.

Traveling by plane is pretty easy as well; there are also budget airlines like EasyJet, Ryanair, Swiss Air, and many more. These kinds of airlines will offer flights for sometimes as little as two Euros but keep in mind a lot of these budget airlines are no-frills and they will charge extra fees for carry-on and a lot of times they won’t point into the main city airport. So you want to ensure that you have the right transportation to get from that airport into the new part of the city. Sometimes it may be cheaper to just book a regular ride into the main airport if that’s closer to your accommodation.

Accommodation

Speaking of accommodations, there are plenty of good hotels, hostels, and motels all over Europe. Hostels are very popular for backpackers all over the world and are a great way to meet other travelers. A lot of hostels can actually be really clean and nice and I recommend reading reviews to determine if they are in a good, safe location, and clean.

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Things to know before visiting Iceland

In recent times, Iceland has gained its fair share of popularity, becoming one of the most visited places in the entire world for a good number of reasons. This magnificent wonderland suits basically all types of travelers, from couples, to adrenalin junkies, to solo travelers in search of self-discovery. Iceland has an unmatched landscape unlike any other in the world, with some of the most wonderful hiking trails, hot springs, volcano peaks and of course waterfalls, almost everywhere you go. Being the popular destinations that it is, here are some tips to take into consideration before planning a trip to this place.

Travel Tip #1: Skip the Blue Lagoon

You’ve probably seen some photos on the internet of the immense beauty that the Blue Lagoon offers, but what you’ve probably haven’t heard about, is that the Blue Lagoon is a man-made structure which waters run off on Geo-Thermal power plants. The country of Iceland is popular for its vast amount of natural geothermal pools, and it seems a bit foolish to pay a heavy price for a man made pool.

Travel Tip #2: Don’t Eat Out

Iceland is already one of the most expensive places to visit, so if you’re traveling on a budget you might want to skip dining out at some of its fancy restaurants. The average meal consisting of a main dish, salad and a drink will cost you over 50$, so the smartest thing to do is hit the grocery store, as the prices there at least reasonable.

Travel Tip #3: See the volcanoes

Iceland is a home to the highest number of active volcanoes in the world, featuring about 30 active volcanoes, the country is no stranger to volcanic eruptions, as they tend to occur once every year or so. Most of the eruptions are harmless and don’t really pose a threat, instead they offer a spectacular view and once in a lifetime photo opportunity. Consider adding a trip to either one of Iceland’s most popular volcanoes sites such as: Helka, Eyjafjallajökull and Öræfajökull.

Travel Tip #4: Visit the small cities in Iceland

Even though Iceland is largely popular for its diverse nature and wild life, don’t exclude a trip to some of Iceland wonderful cities. Travelers often miss out on exploring the warm and colorful small cities in Iceland, by spending most of their time wondering in the capital Reykjavík. When planning your trip around Iceland, be sure to include cities that offer activities suitable for you, some more notable places that you might want to see are: Hvammstangi, Akureyri, Hofn and Egilsstadir which I highly recommend you visit if you’re keen on glaciers.

Travel Tip #5: Waterfall sightseeing

By now we’re already well aware that the lands of Iceland are not short from a natural wonderland and waterfalls are its crème de la crème. The country of Iceland features more than 10.000 waterfalls, each differentiating from one another but all equally beautiful nonetheless.

  • Goðafoss: Waterfall of the gods in the Northeast
  • Morsárfoss: Highest waterfall in Iceland
  • Dettifoss: The most powerful waterfall in Europe
  • Seljalandsfoss: You can stand behind this waterfall

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