Hey there fellow travelers! Last week we showed you how Europe’s top 5 tourist cities London, Paris, Istanbul, Barcelona and Amsterdam rank in different disciplines like weather, sightseeing, shopping and more, according to our data analysis.
But a Europe trip has so much more to offer. So today, I want to provide you with as much information as you need to travel Europe the smart way.
So, welcome to episode #1 of the Smart traveler roundup. When researching for the Travel Lab, I encounter lots of interesting pieces of content. In my smart traveler posts, I collect the most helpful ones around a certain topic and present them to you.
So here we go!
1. Pack your stuff for your Europe trip
Before starting off your Europe trip, the more or less fun part of packing your stuff is inescapable. Though we know, some people find it harder than others to accomplish this task.
There are hundreds of packing lists on the web, so I dug out the most helpful ones for Europe travelers. Have a glance at this list:
- A superb general travel list for a Europe trip is the 5 step system by Eagle Creek. It does not only tell you what to pack, but also HOW to pack it.
- Many of you will backpack through Europe, so here is a very helpful backpacker packing list from the savvy backpacker.
- As we learned through the very scientific graphic above, men and women pack differently. So here are two lists for traveling women, I strongly recommend this comprehensive list by travelfashiongirl. If you’re looking for something simpler, the list by restless soul Demi is just right for you. I must admit, that’s a LOT of stuff to pack… 😉
- Believe it or not, but men travel too. So here are two lists, once again thanks to travelfashiongirl and thanks to Ken for his list!
- Going in summer? We have a packing list for that, hello again travelfashiongirl (only for the ladies)!
2. How to travel Europe
Need help planning your trip? We can help with that. Wikihow provides lots of suggestions on how to travel through Europe. It helps you with planning your trip before leaving, deciding for the right accommodation and transport, how to handle your money while on vacation and more. Especially for tourists from coming from the US, there are plenty of helpful tips.
Even more interesting and with concrete help on what to do before and during your Europe trip comes from Mandy Living Life, super helpful. Want examples? There you go:
- Make sure your credit card has a 0% foreign transaction fee
- Starbucks is the gold standard of free wifi
- Use Google Maps offline feature
- Do buy an actual waterPROOF jacket, not a water resistant one.
Thanks for this very helpful list, Mandy!
— tripsuit (@tripsuit) 29. Oktober 2015
3. Europe budget tips
Traveling a whole continent can not only be time- but also very money-consuming. Even if you’re not a budget traveler, you’ll be grateful for some travel hacks on how to save money on your trip. So I gathered plenty of links for you to look through. All in all, there are more than 200 ideas on how to keep your money together.
- Travel+Leisure gives you 13 general ideas on how you can save money on accommodation, transport, sightseeing, shopping and food.
- budgettraveler.org gets way more precise and offers 75 (yes 75) tips on how to travel Europe on a budget. Everything from local transport systems, free wifis, low cost airlines, hitch-hiking, money withdrawal, travel seasons, accomodations and much more. That’s a long and very informative list!
- Want to know how to fly from the US to Europe for under $200? Then listen to northtosouth!
- On basis of their own journey, Alex from Sweetdistance gives you some proven travel hacks. There even is a spreadsheet on what cost them how much.
- Stephen from abackpackerstale concentrates on how to use transport systems efficiently in order to save money on your Europe trip.
- I close this list with another 30 tips from foxyroxie and 50 more by Rick Steves. That’s some serious money saving business over here!
- The girls over at travelchicks suggest 15 very cool activities, such as visiting the Blue Grotto in Capri with a boat, taking a cooking lesson in France or dancing in an Irish pub. Very cool stuff!
- The savvy backpacker has 10 completely different, but still very creative ideas for you. Or did you ever bottle your own wine in a Tuscany vineyard or hunt Nessi at Loch Ness?
- The sail-croatia blog concentrates on events you can visit when in Europe with another 10 ideas. For example, the Tomatina in Buñol, Spain, the Tomorrowland festival in Belgium or Carnevale in Venice.
- We close with another 50 suggestions by CNTraveler, like sleeping in a car in Stuttgart, eating oysters in Croatia or spending a night at the opera in Vienna.
— tripsuit (@tripsuit) 1. November 2015
4. Bucket List – What to do on a Europe trip
So we read lots and lots of ideas on how to plan and do your trip and save money when on vacation. But what about the fun? Europe has so many things to offer. Sure, there are innumerous sights to see, so many cities to visit. But I wanted to concentrate on things to do – things to put on and cross off your bucket list. Things you will remember years later when thinking back to that great eurotrip.
Bonus Eurotrip hint by the Travel Lab
So here is my super secret bonus travel hack for traveling Europe: You are NEVER missing something, you are always experiencing something. As long as your trip does not take a life time (and not even then), you will never – and I mean never literally – experience “whole Europe”. Concentrate on the things you like to do, the places you like to see, concentrate on new friends you meet along they way. And concentrate on the moments you will remember all your life.
Traveling is not about collecting. Traveling is about broadening your horizon, about creating memories, about getting to know the world you live in and getting to know yourself. About fulfilling dreams. Go with that – and be aware of the fact that you don’t miss out anything – you only choose a way.
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