When you’ve never been to Europe before it’s hard to plan because, you’ve never been there. You don’t know how things work or how easy they can be. I remember people telling me that traveling around Europe is cheap and easy, but how?! After helping a friend plan out her first trip to Europe I remembered what it was like planning that trip for the first time. To help you plan your first trip, here are three things to remember!
Don’t Over Do It
I know you want to go everywhere possible when you’re in Europe. I remember wanting to fit as much as possible into the trip. Because if you’re there then yo might as well go. But this isn’t the case. Pick an area or country you want to see and try to stay around there. You will spend less on travel time and money getting to those places.
Here is an example of wanting to go to too many places in two weeks!
After showing my friend this map of how far every country she wanted to visit was and that she would need a plane for every trip, I helped her plan a better route.
Utilize Trains, Ferries, Buses, and Public Transportation
In America these things are not that common to use to get to places. But in Europe they are so easy, convenient, and cheap! I would have never thought to take a ferry to Tallinn from Helsinki, but it was cheaper than flying and a cool experience. Look at all the options you have to travel to your destination when planning. Also, public transportation in awesome. You can get where you need to be quicker than walking. Don’t be daunted about trying to figure out a metro system in a different language. You will probably get lost, but that’s normal and you will figure it out!
Take Time to Go to Less Touristy Spots
While of course I think you should check out the famous tourist things, because those things are really cool! But also there are so many other cool things that are not as famous. You can also really see a culture better when it’s not overrun with tourists.
Wherever you go, have a blast! And I hope these three things help when you are planning your trip 🙂
What advice do you have for first time travelers? Or where is your first trip to?
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