5 tips for traveling to Europe
As far as places to travel go, Europe is one of the worlds must-see destinations. You can traverse an entire continent in a matter of weeks – from the heat of Spain to the beauty of France to the history of Italy to the modernity of Germany, right through to the ancient civilization of Greece.
It’s that variety and the ability to take in so many different people and cultures that make it a popular place with visiting Americans. It’s also easy – pretty much one currency across the whole continent, a universal healthcare system and public transport that makes getting from one city to another an absolute breeze.
If you’re lucky enough to be heading there this summer, here are five tips for traveling to Europe.
Check your passport
Visitors to the USA must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months past the date of their exit from the country. It’s the same in Europe, so before you head off on your travels make sure you find your travel documents and check they are valid, otherwise there is every chance you won’t be allowed in.
Speak to your Health Insurance Company
You don’t need to worry too much about getting sick or injured in Europe – it offers high-quality medical care that is as competent as anything you’ll find in America. You will need to ask your health insurance company to check whether your emergency medical coverage extends outside of the US however. If it doesn’t or if you need health insurance, then Medicalhealthinsurancetoday.Org can help.
Chances are you are going to be doing a lot of moving around and a lot of Europe features cobbled and uneven streets that aren’t going to be much fun dragging a large suitcase around on. Take only the essential items that you need in one bag – Europe has plenty of laundromats for washing clothes throughout the trip – that is easy to carry and you’ll make life a lot easier for yourself. If you can fit it all in hand luggage, it will also save you long delays at airports waiting at the baggage carrousel.
Let your credit card company know you are going
All of the major credit card companies have extensive checks for fraud in place, so if all of a sudden your card is being used in deepest, darkest Poland there is every chance they will flag it up as suspicious activity and put a block on your credit card. You can avoid this by letting them know in advance when and where you will be traveling, as the last thing you need is to be stuck with no access to funds while abroad.
Use Google – its your friend
Where would we be without Google? Make sure you have Google Maps downloaded and ready to go to help you get around the cities you are staying in and get Google Translate while you are at it. While most Europeans, especially the young, speak English, you can point the app at text which it can also translate for you – particularly handy for working out exactly what you are about to order for dinner in Paris or what a road sign means in German.