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How to Plan a Trip Across Europe: 5+ Easy Steps for a Great Adventure


When it comes to international travel, you should know the do’s and don’ts to keep yourself safe while having fun. Use these tips for your big trip.

Planning a vacation can be stressful. You must account for your luggage, airplane tickets, hotel reservations, and travel documents.

This stress increases when traveling with a big group, since there are more people to account for. Nonetheless, those traveling internationally must take all precautions before their trip to ensure a safe and satisfactory experience.

gondolas in Venice canal Italy
Gondolas in a Venice canal, Italy. Taken by R. Angel via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

All travelers should know these tips on how to plan a trip across Europe to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Have Your Documents Together

Naturally, everyone needs to have the proper documentation when traveling overseas. Passports are essential. Without one you cannot travel internationally. Additionally, you may be responsible for a driver’s license or second piece of identification. You may be subject to further identification, like a visa, if traveling to countries with tighter security, like Russia or Turkey.

Set a Budget

When traveling, you must establish a budget so as not to overspend. It’s important to do this as early as possible to secure the best travel, lodging, and food options for your budget. It’s a good idea to research budget-friendly options for each city you plan to stay at. For instance, some travel providers, airlines, hotels, and restaurants offer budget accommodations. Additionally, familiarize yourself with the exchange rate to avoid unfair rates at some vendors.

Create an Itinerary

Another important step is to create the perfect itinerary that fits everyone’s interests. Itineraries are important for scheduling your routes, events, plan-of-action, lodging, and other important information. Since this is a clear and laid out schedule, you’ll feel comfortable and safe when traveling freely. Still, you can have fun exploring a new city but it’s safer to have an itinerary in place.

Book Your Flights and Hotels

Obviously, always make sure your flights and hotels are reserved. You do not want to travel across the globe only to not have a reservation in place. You do not want to be stuck in a foreign place with no lodging options. Therefore, you should ensure your hotel reservations are solidified. Similarly, make sure your airplane tickets are booked so you have a way to get there. This applies to your international and European flights if you plan on flying within the continent.

Check Out Local Hotspots

As an international traveler, you must check out the local hotspots and sightsee local landmarks. This is your opportunity to immerse yourself in a culture different from your own. Therefore, it’s a good idea to check out local restaurants serving authentic regional cuisine, museums, landmarks, parks, and other places of interest. Europe is full of rich histories and cultures to experience.

Pack Appropriately

Of course, anyone taking a long-distance trip must pack appropriately. Clothes are one of the easiest things to pack for, but do your research on the climate and weather of the areas you’re visiting. Lightweight tops, pants, shorts, closed-toed shoes, and swimming trunks are all important items to include. However, your packing is also dependent on your intentions. Just make sure you pack smartly so you don’t inadvertently have to spend extra on luggage.

For more on traveling across Europe, we’ve got travel guides for them all, from Belgium to Bosnia and Herzegovina and more!

Brittany Gora
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