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Monday July 24th 2017

Plan your first trip to Europe

Get your passport and visa

Indian citizen need visa to travel to Europe. 15 EU countries (Austria, Germany,Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Netherlands) participate in  Schengen Visa program that will allow you to travel to any of these 15 countries on one visa. The visa is valid for 90 days. You would need separate visas for travelling to UK, Switzerland and some Eastern European countries like Czech Republic etc).

Select your travel destination

If this is first trip, you can choose to visit few major cities in several countries or focus on a single country. For example you can visit London, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, Zurich etc  in one trip or  if you decide to travel to italy only – you can visit Rome, Vatican Venice, Florence , Sicily etc). Although EU countries have adopted single currency, some European countries are more expensive than others. Spain, Portugal and some Eastern European countries (like czech republic) are comparatively less expensive than say Italy, UK, France, Switzerland.

Book Hotel and Flights

Europe is a popular tourist destination, so there are a number of  travel packages and travels deals available online. If you can, travel during the off-peak season. Hotels and air fares are expensive during peak travel season (May- Aug) and you’ll avoid the crowds as well.

For traveling from one country to another, you can take trains which are usually cheaper than air travel. There are discount airlines that connect many European cities or you can travel by road by renting a car. For travelling within a city,  use public transit. Most european cities have excellent public transportation systems – metro-rails, buses etc. so you do not need to spend on taxis etc .

Plan and Pack

Have a day by day itinerary planned of what you want to see in each city, where you want to eat, shop, how you want to travel from one location to another. Get maps for each city that you plan to visit and book ticket to any shows in advance. Some things to note – Hotel beds and meals sizes in Europe are muchAustria smaller (esp. when compared to US).  The electric plugs are different in Europe. So recommend getting a universal adaptor to use with your laptop, phone chargers  and other electric appliances in Europe. English is not widely spoken in many European countries but you can manage in large cities.

Have Fun

There is so much to see and experience in Europe that one trip will not be enough.  I bet you will starting thinking about your next trip to Europe as soon as you are done with this one.

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