There’s no end to the list of reasons why you should think about heading to Europe in 2017. There are of course so many countries you could visit, each with their own unique cultures and amazing landscapes, but why just stick to one of these fantastic destinations? As European countries tend to be fairly small and relatively close together, you won’t have too much trouble fitting in more than one country on your travels.
But before you get too excited, don’t forget, there is quite a bit of planning that goes into a European adventure. So, what exactly do you need to remember before leaving for an exciting trip to Europe? Here’s a quick list of do’s and don’ts.
Don’t Forget Your Passport
This may seem obvious, but you need a valid passport to enter any country you travel to. However, what you might not know is that to visit some European countries, you’ll need to make sure that your passport will still be valid for at least six months after you leave. So even if your passport is going out of date a couple of months after you get back home, that’s not enough. Without those extra six months, you probably won’t be allowed into your destination!
Do Research Visas
If you are travelling from any other continent, you will probably need a visa to enter most European countries. However, there is the chance that your destination accepts the new European visa. This is known as an ETIAS, and it works much in the same way as the American visa waiver system does. Most countries that are in the Schengen zone accept this new ETIAS, however, you need to remember that each individual country has their own requirements for entry, so be sure to research these thoroughly to ensure you can get all the required documentation sorted before you leave.
Do Consider The Euro and Other Currencies
The Euro is a currency that a high number of countries in the European Union have adopted in recent years. If you are travelling to the countries that use the Euro, then money should be fairly straightforward for you because you’ll only need to exchange money once. However, things could get complicated if you choose to travel to destinations that don’t use the Euro. You’ll need to change your money quite a few times, and the various exchange rates could make this expensive. To ensure things remain on the cheap side, exchange the majority of your cash at home into the various currencies you require.
Don’t Be Scared to Travel Alone
Can’t find any friends who want to go to Europe with you? No problem; simply travel alone! Solo travel is becoming increasingly more popular, and there are now more and more travellers choosing to go it alone. If you stay in hostels, you will easily meet new friends and travel buddies! Europe has a great hostel network, and many people who stay in them are hopping between countries, so if you’re on the lookout, you’ll easily meet someone to spend part of your travels with!