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The countries in Europe each have their own histories, cultures, and traditions, meaning that this continent is a wonderful place to travel to if you are hoping to experience an eclectic mix of people and places. Most people dream of travelling to the leaning tower of Pisa, tasting authentic Spanish Paella, and even indulging in some Champagne in the French vineyards. However, while the fantasy of travelling to Europe is wonderful, the practicalities of planning a big trip can be difficult and stressful to work out. Therefore, in order to make the process as easy as possible for you, here are four simple tips you need to know when planning your trip to Europe.
Establish a manageable budget
There is absolutely no point in starting the search for the perfect holiday location until you have figured out what your budget will be. Prices for holidays in Europe vary depending on where you are going to go. It can also be dependent on season, and how many of you are travelling. For example, if you are looking at holidays in the South of France during peak season, this is likely to become very expensive. However, if you were to consider Holidays in Lanzarote over the off-peak season, you would still be able to find luxurious villas with all the amenities, but they are likely to be more affordable. Once you know what your budget is, you can then start to search for accommodation and flights which comfortably fit within that bracket.
Get all of your documents organised
There is nothing worse than having all of your travel plans in place, before you suddenly realise that your passport is about to expire, or that you don’t have the right documentation to allow you to travel to a certain country. So, before you even book the hotel, the first thing you need to do is check over your essential documents. Is your medical insurance in date? Do you have a passport that will cover you for the whole time you are going to be away? Remember, a passport takes around four to six weeks on average to arrive, so it is vital you do not leave it to the last minute before you renew.
Create a rough schedule
While it is important not to over schedule yourself on holiday, as this can lead to further stress, winging it is also not the best idea. You need to have a basic understanding of where you need to be at what times on each day of your holiday, to ensure you don’t miss any important connections or activities.
One thing that many people often forget to consider when planning their holiday is how they are going to get around. Europe luckily has some of the best public transport services in terms of availability; however it is important to aware that on certain days these services may be a lot busier than others. Alternatively, you could look into rental cars or private hire taxi’s, but be aware of the added expense, and make sure that you have all of the necessary arrangements made well ahead of time.