If you want to explore Europe, you’re certainly not alone. After all, Europe is a place which embodies the perfect blend of old-world charm and modern edge. Famous for its plethora of museums, galleries, heritage sites and elegant architecture, Europe is a continent beyond compare.
Most people who visit hit the highlights, such as Paris and Rome – however, there are tons of countries to check out (51 independent states at present!) and endless things to see and do.
Getting the most out of a trip to Europe is all about learning how to plan correctly. Planning ahead may also be the key to saving money…
How to Start Planning a Trip to Europe
The process should begin with your dreams. What do you want from your trip? Do you like action or do you prefer a more serene experience? Perhaps you want to blend quieter, more reflective times (such as wandering museums or town squares) with a bit more activity? Knowing what you want is really important. For this reason, we encourage you to brainstorm (alone, if you’re travelling solo, or with your travel-mates if you’re going in a group).
Deciding which countries and cities are most enticing will help you to create an itinerary which helps to promote the ultimate European experience. Some people have the time and money to go to a lot of cities in different nations while others need to streamline.
Unless you can afford to stay awhile and travel around within Europe, it’s best to choose two or three destinations and then make your time at each one count. Once you know where you want to go, you’ll be able to delve further into research, which helps you to know what you’re getting into and to find great prices on flights, trains, hotels, food, attractions, etc.
Everything will fall into place once you create an itinerary. It doesn’t have to be too detailed. You may flesh it out later, once you’ve chosen flights and hotels. It’s just the foundation for a great European experience. Utilize trip planning tools if you want more direction during this phase.
Naturally, knowing the dates of a prospective trip will be helpful. However, it’s more important to know where you’re going to go. You may finalize dates later and then scour the Web for travel deals.
Start Buying What You Need
Most people start by purchasing airfare and hotel within Europe. Some people fly around from place to place, while others rely on trains, rental cars or other forms of transport while they’re in Europe. In terms of finding cheap flights, there are so many options, including the world’s most popular “travel deal” websites, such as Expedia.com and TravelPirate.com. It’ll be helpful to have dates for your trip finalized before you start shopping around for hot deals on flights and hotel. However, there may be a special flight and hotel package or very cheap flights which inspire you to change dates. If so, you may take advantage of these deals and travel then instead.
Comparison-shopping at these websites is really easy. Shop by date or based on other criteria in order to get the results that you want. Don’t box yourself in too much at the start – take the time to see a lot of what’s out there.