10 Things to Remember before packing your luggage to visit Europe
Traveling is starting recovering and people are eager to explore more and far. Are you a non-European who’s planning a trip to Europe? We hope it will be a memorable one. Be it the culture of Europe, delicious cuisines or its history, no doubt it is an awesome continent to explore. If it is the first time you are visiting Europe, you might have some confusions and curiosities in your mind. So, before heading around the land of Europe, take a look at the basic essentials to make your trip a success. In this blog you will be guided and advised to follow the most accurate travel tips to avoid any undesirable situation. So, let’s get it started.
What you need in the first place?
Firstly, check your eligibility if you can enter Europe without any travel visa. Non-European citizens based on their nationality may need a Schengen visa along to travel Europe.
When you are about to travel using a Schengen visa, you must apply at least 15 days before the start of your trip to Europe. Sometimes applicants might be asked to submit any additional documents that may cause delay in visa processing. To avoid that, we suggest you to apply 30 to 60 days before the start of your trip.
To apply the Schengen visa legally, the visa applicant must apply from the country of his/her permanent residence. To proceed, you must schedule an appointment at the Schengen consulate and gather all the important documents listed below:
– Valid passport (with at least six months validity)
– Round Trip Flight Reservation or travel itinerary
– Travel medical insurance
– Proof of accommodation (Hotel bookings)
– Other traveling documents required in visa application form
What you need to know before packing your luggage?
Even if you have gone through the documental process successfully and your visa is processed, still there is a lot to know about. If you don’t, you are quite likely to face some undesirable situations en route to Europe or after landing there. Scroll down to get some of the best travel advice for Europe tour.
Inform your Credit Card Company
Notifying your credit card company about the Europe tour is really important. Otherwise your trip can have a real damper in the form of blocking of your credit card (which means no shopping in Europe). So, you are advised to call your credit card company and let them know about all the traveling details including days and dates of the tour.
Don’t forget to book your rail pass!
All the non-Europeans who are traveling to Europe, are advised to book their rail pass online. Purchasing rail passes online ensures relaxation in the form of advance reservation. It is also a better option than going for point to point tickets on every station. As most of these passes are available to those who are staying outside Europe, so this option is applicable before the start of your trip.
Set Advance Reservation
Making an advance travel booking, especially a hotel reservation is the wisest decision to make when traveling to Europe. Especially when it is the peak travel season, an advance reservation not just keeps you away from last minute hassles of finding some room, it also can save you a lot of money that you would have to spend on accommodation otherwise. Lastly, advance hotel reservation enables the travelers to explore multiple reservation options and book the best deal available.
Packing the right luggage
Packing light is the sanest thing while traveling abroad. It can be a very economical decision as you do not have to pay the charges in the name of excess baggage fees, checked baggage fees, airport trolley fees etc. And last but not the least, you do not have to spend hours in packing. Of course, you already know we are there to keep your luggage safe during your visits within so many European cities!
Big Trip, Big Budget
When it is about traveling abroad, sticking to your budget is very important. So, before starting your tour, you must come up with a better budget plan. Budgeting well is far better than running out of money in the middle of the trip. Remember to have enough amount to support your trip even if you have gone over your budget.
Leave the beaten path!
Do not always focus on visiting the popular spots. If you really want to know the culture and lifestyle of Europe, there are many lesser known places and towns that would give you a better glimpse of the European lifestyle and history. So, before leaving your home, find out some amazing travel destinations in Europe. You can get help online or through some travel book.
Stay Cell Savvy Abroad
To use your cell phone and to avoid unexpected billing while traveling abroad, you must subscribe for some good international roaming package for your cell phone. Inquire about it to your local network provider beforehand.
To make your trip an easy-going experience, you need to download certain mobile applications that can assist you in multiple ways. Once you have landed in Europe, getting help from some cliché site is just like having a good travel guide. Furthermore, advanced apps like Google map and Google Translate app make sure that you don’t feel like a stranger (even if you are one) there.
Always Pay in Local Currency
Wherever you are traveling to, always remember to pay your bills in local currency of the destination you are in. When you are in a European country, you must pay in European currency. Sometimes travelers, with lack of knowledge, pay in their local currency which cost them an unexpectedly higher exchange rate as compared to the amount their local bank charges back at home.