Travel Tips To Help Plan An Awesome Euro Tripadmin
Last Updated January 1st, 2019
Planning a Vacation to Europe
If you are planning a trip to Europe, you have made a great choice as you are about to have a wonderful experience. Europe offers visitors an abundant of wonderful countries with many incredible destinations.
Whether it is cruising the Mediterranean, exploring London, or traveling such countries as Germany, France, Spain , Portugal or another exciting European country, you will experience beautiful cultures, delicious food, fascinating historical sights, magnificent scenery, as well as lots of shopping, entertainment, festivals, and other unique activities and attractions.
When taking a Euro trip, it is important to properly plan so that you have an incredible experience and make many wonderful memories.
Choosing European Destinations
Because Europe is very large, diverse and full of such incredible delights, it is helpful to create a list of all of the places you would like to visit. By doing so, you will be able to narrow your selection to the places you really love and will fit in your trip time-frame.
The internet is a great place to start, or you could acquire a hard cover European travel guide or use an online travel website/blog like the one you are reading to gather useful travel information.
Paris is always a popular choice and Switzerland and Amsterdam offers tourists many things to see and do. Many travel experts suggest spending a day or two in each place, particularly if you are planning to visit many different places across Europe.
Locating European Travel Deals
If you are like most travelers, it is important to try to save money when traveling.
Great resources in locating cheap flights and European vacation packages are:
- online travel retailer.
- On a travel booking site – you can review and compare a wide range of cheap flights to Europe as well as all inclusive vacation packages.
- You can then search and compare to find the right travel deal that meets your travel criteria and budget.
Many of these online travel booking sites offer lowest-price guarantees, and others offer price-drop protection. You can start checking airfares a couple of months before the time you want to travel as you can often get a discount for booking early.
However, last minute deals are available for those who can travel on short notice.
In addition, there are often special promotion travel deals offered on these sites.
Obtain Your Passport
If you don’t have a passport, it is important to get one well in advance of your trip. If you have a passport, make sure it has not expired. If it has expired, get it renewed. As well, you should make photocopies of your itinerary, your passport, and your credit cards.
Give a copy to a family member and keep a copy of your passport and credit card info with you but in another place such as a hotel safe.
Obtain Travel Insurance
When traveling out of the country, it is essential to make sure you are protected in the event of an emergency. When buying travel insurance, make sure you have enough medical coverage and that you are protected against theft and loss of luggage.
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Contact Credit Card Companies
A few days before you embark on your trip to Europe, contact your credit card company to inform them that you will be using it in different countries so the charges you make will not be denied.
Transportation and Accommodation Considerations
Europe offers a wide range of Hotels, Motels, and Inns. If you are looking for a good deal on quality accommodations, check out travel discount websites. You will find a wide range of various types of accommodations in Europe at great prices.
If you want to reduce the amount of planning for your trip, consider an all-inclusive vacation package which can include such travel items as flight, accommodations, car rental, etc, for one lump sum. You can save a lot of money.
If you are going to travel to many places in Europe and do not want to rent a car, it is easy to travel by rail.
There are many benefits to getting a European rail pass. Check to see if a Eurail pass will make things easier and cheaper as you travel.
When you board the plane for your trip to Europe, you should make sure that you have your important documents such as passport, airline tickets, car rental agreements, hotel reservation information, credit cards, and other essential items such as any medications.
Why now is a great time to visit Europe
If you’ve always wanted to visit Europe but worried about the expense, now is a great time to make that trip. Due to the economic downturn in Europe, especially in countries such as Greece, Spain,
Spain, Italy and Ireland, the exchange rate is in Americans’ favour and you can experience all the tourist attractions and local traditions for a very reasonable price.
Because less people are travelling to and within Europe, travel companies are offering much more competitive deals to tempt visitors to use their services. This means you can stay in luxury hotels and get first class travel for the amount of money you might normally spend on a budget holiday, especially in the more severely affected countries. With less tourists around, you also won’t have to fight against so many backpack-laden, camera-wielding foreigners to get a glimpse of the Acropolis or the Sistine Chapel!
According to research by The Huffington Post earlier this year tourist attractions in Greece, one of the countries which has been hit worst by economic problems, are still open and busy, but not as crowded as usual. Tickets for tours of Greece and Athens are selling out, and although the locals’ troubles are evident they are still welcoming visitors warmly to ensure they keep their tourist trade alive and well. In fact, they are generally very thankful to visitors for supporting the Greek economy in its time of need.
Greece is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe due to its fantastic sights and fascinating history, in addition to its sunny weather and relaxed, friendly culture. Famous sights such as the Parthenon and the Delphi Theatre are must-sees during a visit to Greece, but holiday-makers should also take the opportunity to visit some of the beautiful Greek islands such as Crete and Corfu.
Another country which has faced tough economic problems over the past few years is Ireland. Because fewer Irish people are travelling abroad or booking expensive hotels, more are going on holiday within Ireland which means that tourist attractions are able to open as usual.
There are also more budget hotels and special offers available, to encourage Irish people and foreign visitors to holiday in Ireland.
Ireland offers a perfect holiday mixture of country and city. If you book a holiday in the Irish capital city, Dublin, you can also visit more traditional country villages and even spend a day at the beach during your trip.
Ireland isn’t too well known for its local cuisine, but you can’t go home without trying a proper pint of Guinness at a traditional Irish pub. If you really want to experience the Irish spirit, book a holiday around St Patrick’s Day, where the country comes alive with parades and street parties.
Despite the tense times depicted in the news, you shouldn’t be put off travelling to countries suffering in the economic crisis. In fact, now is the most important time to show them your support and help inject some money back into their tourist trade.
And, if you want to make your trip even cheaper, have a look through the various European tour packages online – they’ll guarantee you a great deal wherever you decide to go!
Things to do in Europe
Top 10 Christmas Markets In Europe
A concept born in the 14th century in Germany, Christmas markets are a long tradition in Europe and have gradually extended to the American territory as well.
Starting the last days of November, most European towns begin adorning their streets and squares with seasonal decorations and colorful lights. Small wooden huts or simple stalls make their appearance and all sorts of products are traded, to the delight of the youngest and of the oldest.
Depending on your Christmas travel plans , don’t miss the opportunity to visit one of the best Christmas European markets.
1. Dresden, Germany
Dresden Xmas marketStrizelmarkt, whose origins go as back as 1434, represents one of the reasons Dresden’s inhabitants are proud of their lovely town and of their long and well preserved traditions.
Although only meat was originally sold in this charming open air market that takes over Dresden’s Old Market (Altmarkt) each year from late November until Christmas Eve, nowadays you can buy here almost anything from delicious culinary products to crafted items, and seasonal decorations.
If you happen to be in Dresden for Christmas, don’t miss the opportunity to soak up the vivid atmosphere, to buy unique souvenirs such as the Pflaumentoffel and to taste traditional dishes like the Stollen yeast cake.
A 14 meters high pyramid is settled in the heart of the market and carols competitions are organized around it.
2. Valkenburg, Netherlands
Xmas marketA truly magical atmosphere is waiting for you in Valkenburg. Spending the winter holidays in this charming Dutch town means attending Christmas parades twice a week (on Wednesday and Saturday evenings), visiting the beautiful castle of Valkenburg aan de Geul and making your Christmas shopping in a unique setting.
Reaching its 29th edition in 2015, the Valkenburg Christmas market is organized in a cave (Velvet Cave).
During your visit, you can stroll among market stalls selling everything from food products to clothes and souvenirs. However, the major attractions are represented by the mural paintings, by the 18th century chapel and by Santa’s bedroom.
3. Strasburg, France
Xmas market 1Ever since 1570, when it was first organized, Christkindelsmärik has become a benchmark when it comes to Christmas markets.
Its size has also grown together with its popularity, going over Petite France and including the neighboring squares surrounded by timbered houses.
Located in Alsace, drinking mulled wine is one of the many things to do while strolling along Christkindelsmärik’s stalls. An interesting tradition refers to picking every year one country to be the focus of Christmas celebrations in Strasburg.
In 2011, it was Switzerland’s turn. Why not taking the chance and discovering what this charming French town has to offer for this year’s holidays?
4. Barcelona, Spain
Xmas market in Barcelona.
Overlooked by Barcelona’s imposing cathedral, stretching on a few streets of the town’s Gothic Quarter, Fira de Santa LLúcia is a traditional Christmas market organized in this vibrant Spanish town since 1786.
Organized in different sectors, Fira de Santa LLúcia is the place to go shopping for Christmas trees, or moss (the green area), music instruments, the Christmas crib, seasonal decorations and the typically Catalan figure – “El Caganer”.
Embodying a Spanish peasant with his pants down, El Caganer is the Catalan symbol of fertility. It is can be seen in all sorts of shops around this Spanish region and they often have the face of famous politicians or other public figures.
5. Prague, Czech Republic
Xmas market in Prague. Prague’s Christmas markets are known to be the most romantic in Europe and maybe in the whole world. After all, Prague is a romantic city in itself.
Four of them are really worth mentioning: two big ones organized in Old Town and Wenceslas Squares and two smaller ones in Havel and Republic Square.
Take the opportunity to find great bargains and buy lots of handcrafted objects, jewelry, scented candles, or ceramics.
The delicious Czech sausages are a good dining option and you can accompany this meal by a mug of mulled wine. It will help you fight the tough Prague winter.
6. Vienna, Austria
Vienna Xams market. When the month of December is approaching, all the Austrian capital city’s squares are filled with decorations and lit by colorful lights.
Among the many other things you can do while spending your Christmas vacation in Vienna, these traditional markets constitute a great discovery.
If the city’s Baroque palaces will show you a face of the Austrian history, while strolling through the Christmas market’s stalls you will certainly discover the other one – an exquisite folk art and the some well preserved traditions.
If you are traveling with kids, Christkindlmarkt, organized in the Town Hall’s Square (Rathausplatz) is the place to go. The little ones will certainly enjoy the interactive workshops organized especially for them.
7. Tallinn, Estonia
Xmas market in Tallinn. Although we cannot speak about long history, the Christmas market organized every year since 1991 in Tallinn’s Town Hall’s Square certainly has its share of beauty and romance.
There is no other better place to soak up the Christmas spirit than in the romantic Estonian capital.
If its Old Town’s medieval atmosphere can be felt throughout the year, an extra touch of romance and a fairy tales charm adds up when the winter holidays approach and the whole area is decorated with lights, stars and other seasonal symbols.
Mind your steps as you might run into Santa himself.
8. Trento, Italy
The best known Christmas market in the Alps is organized every year in Trento’s Piazza Fiera.
70 wooden huts selling culinary delights, presents, souvenirs and seasonal decorations just fill the square spreading the pleasant Christmas spirit in the whole area.
A great place for a stroll as well as for a shopping adventure, Trento Christmas Market makes a great way of spending your afternoon or evening after a dynamic day filled with outdoor activities.
9. London, UK
Xmas market in London It may sound like a stereotype, but spending Christmas in London is an experience you don’t want to miss.
The city itself is a Christmas show, all covered in lights and glitter and with the London Eye, the Big Ben or the London Tower beautifully decorated and ready for celebration.
A great Christmas market in London can be found in Hyde Park, but other good locations are Greenwich, Borough, Camden Lock and Southbank.
If you are not tired from walking through the Hyde Park Christmas Market’s stalls, try some ice skating at Winter Wonderland.
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Top Things to Do in London at Christmas
Spending Christmas in London is a great way of discovering the British capital at a festive time of the year and of reliving the holiday’s spirit while also having an unforgettable vacation.
From impressive shows of lights, to the local flavors to be found in the traditional Christmas markets and going through the ice skating rinks scattered throughout the city or the fun opportunities the British capital holds, London offers a wide range of things to do during this special time of the year.
If you are planning a romantic Christmas getaway, London is the best option as well.
Here are a few of the must-do things to if you choose to spend your Christmas in London:
Christmas City Tours
In London, the Christmas season starts officially once the special lights and decorations are turned on. Featuring a different theme each year, London Christmas lights offer an impressive show that you can discover during a night city tour. In Trafalgar Square you can admire the Christmas tree traditionally offered by Norway to the British capital ever since 1947.
You can have Santa himself or a private black cab guide your way through Oxford and Regent Street and the nicely decorated London neighborhoods. If touring the British capital on top of a red double-decker bus has always been your dream, you can fulfill it on Christmas day. You will certainly enjoy the unusual silence and ease of traffic for such a big city.
Christmas Sightseeing Cruises in London
The famous landmarks like London Eye, Tower Bridge or Big Ben can make a Christmas tree fade in front of their beautiful decorations. While walking along the British capital’s streets and getting a panoramic view over the city from the famous ferry wheel are interesting things to do while spending Christmas in London, taking a cruise on the Thames from Westminster Pier to Greenwich and back is a must-do for romantic couples.
Christmas Day Trips from London
Christmas may also be the perfect opportunity to tour tourist destinations in UK. After having visited the British capital city, you can take a day trip to discover history traces or the place where famous literary figures like Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare once lived, all while admiring breathtaking landscape the British countryside has to offer.
Christmas Eve Day Trips from London
If you are spending your Christmas vacation in London, take the opportunity to get away a bit from the urban hustle and bustle. Why not spending the Christmas Eve on a day trip to popular destinations like Leeds, Warwick or Windsor Castle? Everything will be more peaceful at this time of the year. Touring the monolithic stones of Stonehenge, Shakespeare’s native place or the historic spa town of Bath with its beautiful cathedral are great ways of spending Christmas Eve.
Boxing Day Trips from London
After an enjoyable Christmas in London, take a day trip to discover the lovely countryside before the crowds invade the British popular destinations.
Lovely castles, Gothic cathedrals, rugged coastlines, rolling hills and historic landmarks can be discovered on a day trip from the British capital.
10. Copenhagen, Denmark
When you say Copenhagen, the name of Hans Christian Andersen certainly pops into some people’s minds.
Children fairy tales are the exact description for the Christmas markets organized in Denmark’s capital city, in a very scenic location – the Tivoli Gardens.
All the lights and decorations are just a pretext for the delicious dishes you will savor together with a hot drink.
The park’s lake becomes an open air skating rink that represents not only an opportunity to slide on ice, but also a great way to relax while watching the more daring ones.
Then, go have a fantastic time in Europe and return home with many great memories.
Post by Angella Grey, the marketing manager at The Vacation Rentals Experts – an online and offline digital marketing agency that creates marketing solutions for vacation rentals, holiday homes and brands.