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5 things to keep in mind if you’re traveling to Europe for the first time

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If you’ve ever thought about traveling to Europe but have been intimidated by the idea, we feel your pain. It’s not that it’s hard to get there—we’re fortunate that most major airlines fly in and out of many European cities. And it’s not difficult to navigate once you’re here either; most European countries speak English and use the same currency (the Euro). But what about those pesky details? Are there any hidden costs or secrets that will cost me my vacation budget? Is it safe? Do I need a passport? What about vaccinations!? These are all things that will come to your mind before taking my first trip overseas as an adult. Here are some of the things to keep in mind.

You can pay for things with your phone.

Europe is a pretty easy place to travel to, but you may not know that you can pay for things with your phone. For example, if you’re using Apple Pay or Google Pay, you can use the app to get around the city and pay for food and drinks. You’ll also be able to pay for public transportation.

Some countries use a different currency than the Euro

If you’re planning on spending time in Europe, it’s important to know that some countries use their own currency. This means that if you’re traveling from country to country, you may have to exchange your money for local currency.

In general, the Euro is used throughout most of Europe. However, there are some countries that do not use the Euro and instead use their own currency: Andorra (Andorran Peseta), Monaco (Monaco Franc), and Vatican City (Vatican Lira).

Most of Europe is safe as long as you follow common sense safety rules.

It’s true that Europe can be a dangerous place, but it’s also generally safe. Most incidents of violent crime occur in major cities and tourist destinations, so you have to be smart when you’re traveling.

Here are some tips that might help you avoid losing your belongings and money: 

  • Avoid dark alleys and other places where you might not have visibility or passersby who could help if something happens to you.
  • Make sure someone knows where your hotel is located and has the phone number for after-hours emergencies (as well as yours).
  • Don’t walk around with a lot of cash on hand. If possible, use debit cards instead of credit cards; if one gets stolen or compromised, it will take longer for whoever stole it to drain your bank account than if they were able to get access through a credit card company.
  • Invest in the right insurance that covers theft and lost items on the trip just in case something happens while you’re abroad. In case you didn’t know, renter insurance covers your personal belongings from theft also while you’re abroad.

Almost everyone speaks English, but it’s nice to learn some language basics before going.

Knowing basic words in the local language will help put people at ease around you as well as make your stay more fun and memorable. You may find yourself surprised by how much fun learning some of these things can be!

If you enjoy hiking and nature, you’ll find plenty of it.

If you enjoy hiking and nature, you’ll find plenty of it. As a whole, Europe is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. There are mountains, rivers, and lakes all over Europe—and what’s more, many countries have designated attractive trails for hikers. For example:

  • Germany has its famous Rhine River Valley trail;
  • France is known for its Alps mountain range;
  • The United Kingdom has its Lake District landscape;
  • Spain has its rugged coastline along the Mediterranean Sea (with lovely beaches), and
  • Greece has numerous islands with picturesque bays.

Traveling in Europe is much easier than many people think!

Traveling in Europe is much easier than many people think!

  • Traveling around Europe is mostly safe.
  • You can use your phone to pay for things. Most countries have a contactless payment system, and all major credit cards are accepted in major stores and restaurants.
  • A lot of people speak English (but not all). So if you’re worried about being able to communicate with the locals, don’t worry: most people will be able to help you out or direct you toward someone who can!
  • Many countries use the Euro currency (Germany, France, Spain), but some don’t (the UK). If you want to make sure that your money is worth more than it would be back home before converting it into another country’s currency (e.g., British pounds), wait until after leaving England before exchanging any cash at an airport ATM.

Conclusion

In conclusion, we would like to say that Europe is one of the most amazing and beautiful places on Earth. It is filled with history, culture, and amazing people who are willing to help you out when in need. So, we hope this post excites and informs you about your next vacation.

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