When traveling around Europe, you do not want to be burdened with a slurry of heavy suitcases. The more places you visit, the more important this becomes as visiting the Continent is all about traveling to different locales. Dressing up is not as important as it might seem. The ideal situation is to dress casually and travel with one portable, medium-sized bag.
Learn Some Language
This does not mean you have to become fluent in German, Portuguese and Hungarian, but learning the basic salutations of the country you are in will help immensely. Europeans are by necessity multilingual, and by just learning a few introductory phrases, you will quickly come across someone who understands English much better than you understand French or German.
Don't Try to Cover Too Much Ground
The first-time visitor has a natural tendency to try to see everything. The second-time visitor knows better, but sometime falls into this gray area. Try not to cover the whole continent on your first trip, but instead focus on a general area or theme. A tour of the castles of the UK and Ireland would be a wonderful trip but still keep you very busy.
Do Some Research Before You Leave Home
Know something about the area where you are going. It makes all the difference when you arrive. If you want to visit modern art museums, find out the name and location of such places and take a closer look to see which ones most appeal to your interests. And don't forget that Europe also has many great places for the outdoor enthusiast to visit.
Bring Ample Money
Be aware that the Euro is often rather strong against the dollar, so everything will be in effect more expensive. And while you are over there, remember that one of the best ways to exchange money is at an ATM machine. The machine will give you a fair rate, but it might automatically tack on a transaction fee, so when you do use an ATM, go for the larger amount. You will probably need it anyway.
Article Written By Henri Bauholz
Henri Bauholz is a professional writer covering a variety of topics, including hiking, camping, foreign travel and nature. He has written travel articles for several online publications and his travels have taken him all over the world, from Mexico to Latin America and across the Atlantic to Europe.