Are you heading to Europe for a trip this summer and are already knee deep in the planning process? This is a great time to review your itinerary to ensure that you are not about to make any costly European travel mistakes that could ruin your vacation.
From flight or train arrangements to hotel accommodation, there are several things to keep in mind before you head to Europe so you don’t make these European travel mistakes. Coming in from our pros at Euro Tripping, here are a few mistakes you should especially avoid when travelling to this part of the world:
For most people, vacations are scarce and trips abroad are infrequent. Therefore, there comes along a natural tendency to pack in as many cities as possible into our trips, as we want to try and maximise our ‘Value’.
However, this can turn into a costly nightmare as over-packing trips with too many cities means more time spent on the road, more tickets and more costs, but ultimately ZERO quality time in each destination. Instead, analyze the amount of time you have on your hands and practically list down the number of cities you can visit in that time and spend some days there.
The best advice here is to go spend ‘quality’ times in cities that actually speak to you as an individual and that will leave a strong impact on you after you leave. Don’t just visit because it’s the in thing to do or someone told you to. By hitting up the ones that offer something that resonates with you as a person, it will leave lasting memories and build your curiosity for future trips and future new destinations.
Don’t be that person guilty of making the mistake of racing home one day and planning to go to work the very next day.
This is one of the biggest European travel mistake due to the fact that you need to factor in jet lag! Depending on where you are coming from and returning to, jet lag can be one major headache (Literally!), hitting you very hard and fast. Leaving you a mess for a few days after, especially those who plan on returning to work the next day. Make sure you give yourself a day or 2 to relax and ‘re-acclimatize’ to home.
Majority of travellers coming to Europe instinctively search for a car rental on the day they arrive. However, if you plan to spend at least one day in the city you arrive, don’t rent a car. This won’t just help you save on parking and rental, it will help preserve your jet-lagged sanity.
Whether you are traveling to Berlin, Vienna or Prague- any city with rich and well-preserved historic centers, driving your way around won’t work. Either your wallet will be empty paying the parking fees or with the dense traffic conditions the car will end up in a garage.
Ultimately, you will lose the experience of wandering the historical streets, meeting locals and finding those out of the way eateries and shops. So ditch the car rental, hit the pavement and learn every cities metro and public transport system. It will be cheaper, faster, safer and you will experience so much more in your European vacation.
Remember when you choose websites to help you book hotels, the names are typically ranked according to what the website wants you to see. In most cases, the hotels listed on page one are the ones that pay the website the most. Don’t hesitate to keep looking and remember to filter your search results according to guest ratings and/or prices.
Another major factor is to know what area of the city you want to be staying in and why? Pick your hotel and it’s location based on how close it is to city centres, significant sights, transport and best experience.
If budget is your problem, then your best option is to ignore the star ratings of hotels and some of the comforts you may not even need, such as gym or business centre, and as mentioned go by the guest ratings to find something that hits all the marks and makes your eurotrip holiday experience amazing!
Many people are guilty of this one! They spend so many hours planning the destinations to visit, prices and budget, booking and time dreaming of escaping their work world that they often forget to do one important thing… Plan their adventure for when they are over there!
The amount of people I have met who head to a magical European destination that they wanted to see their whole life to then say, “Um.. so what is there to do here?” Wow I’ve lost count! If you are on a guided tour you have the luxury of a guide who can help you with all this extra knowledge needed to have a remarkable eurotrip. However, for the poor suckers who don’t have this gem of knowledge, entire days can be lost aimlessly wandering or asking people for advice on what to see and do.
So it is important to avoid this European travel mistake and do a bit more research before you leave for your holidays. Trust us it will be so worth it when you can get the absolute most out of your European vacation.