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Monthly Archives: December 2017

Tips for European Travel

Do you have a trip to Europe on your bucket list? Don’t succumb to the false notion that the costs for such a trip are prohibitive. Take that trip off your bucket list and start planning. The earlier plans begin for a large trip, the longer you’ll have to not only save, but also snare the lowest rates and fares for accommodations and flights. Follow these suggestions from the professional travel agents and travel gurus to make the most out of your planning. Prepare for the trip of a life time – and memories that will last a lifetime!

The first step in the planning process is to confirm the expiration date on your passport. For passport renewals and new passport applications, allow at least three months leading up to the busy travel season. Applications can be submitted at your local post office. Pay special attention to the documentation requirements for applicants under the age of twenty-one. Many European countries require at least ninety days remaining prior to expiration after the date of return on a round trip ticket. Only travelers with student or work visas are permitted entry with a one way ticket.

Check with your cell phone provided on data options for the countries you have selected to visit. Know that free public wifi is not nearly as prevalent in many European cities as it is in the United States. One option for data access is to purchase prepaid SIM cards in each country you visit. Before selecting this option confirm that your cellphone has a removable SIM card.

Order Euros from your local bank branch. Allow at least two to three weeks for delivery depending on the size of the branch. Many smaller establishments in Europe do not accept credit cards. While there are certainly possibilities to exchange currency at train station and airport kiosks, exchange rates will most likely be more favorable in the United States. It’s also convenient to have local currency upon arrival.

Finally, plan to pack light. Remind yourself that you will be lugging your suitcase throughout airports, train stations, cabs and hotels for the duration of your stay. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and select from the versatile styles perfect for European travel available from True Religion Brand Jeans.