Before you europe can experience authentic Spanish tapas, piazzas in trip Rome or rooftop terraces in Prague, an planner important to-do list stands between you and tool your European vacation. The logistics involved in planning a trip to Europe may seem itinerary tedious or overwhelming, but the more prepared planning you are, the greater your chances
of a a successful trip that lives up to to your expectations. That’s why it’s important to for do a bang-up job creating an itinerary, 2 arranging transportation and tackling the brass tacks weeks before you’re off to the Continent.
The following budget simple steps will help you engineer a app well-planned escape to Europe — so you packages
can spend less time worrying about your plan travel arrangements and more time staring at by pictures of castles and men in kilts.
1. train Get your documents in order.
If you don’t have a passport, it will take at least four to six weeks from the time of application for you to receive one.
Expedited services can trim the process down to two or three weeks, but it will cost you an additional fee, so it’s best to take care of this well before your trip. Already have a passport? Check its expiration date. The last thing you need is to find out your
passport has expired while you’re in line at airport check-in.
All car rental companies require drivers to have valid licenses in their home country, so you’ll also want to check the expiration date of your license. Some car rental companies also require an international driving permit for European rentals in addition
to a valid driver’s license. For U.S. citizens, these can be obtained through the American Auto Association (AAA); in Canada, try the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA).
U.S. travelers to Russia must have valid visas in addition to passports; obtaining one is a complicated process that can take weeks even after you
have been approved — so start early.
For more information:
How to Get a Visa
Passport and Visa Expeditors
2. Establish a budget.
When planning a trip to Europe, establish a budget as early as possible — even before you know your destination, travel dates or itinerary. Some destinations are generally cheaper than others, but
there are ways to save everywhere: travel in the off season, pick budget accommodations, plan a shorter trip. For example, London is an expensive city with an unfavorable exchange rate for Americans, but many travel providers and airlines offer affordable vacation packages to the city, and it’s not hard to
find cheap air deals to London, especially during the winter.
Set your budget early on, and you’ll avoid any disappointment that could come from forging a fabulous itinerary, like two weeks in Geneva during summer, and then discovering you can’t afford it.
For more information:
9 Creative Ways to Save for a Vacation
Reasons to Visit Europe in Winter
Top 25 Ways to Save on Europe Travel
3. Pick a destination.
Now that you know how much you can spend, where do you want to go? If you’re like many travelers (including us!) and you have a humongous list of places in Europe you want to
visit, this could be tricky. Some tips:
Pick a particular site that’s on your must-see travel list, and plan your vacation around that. Last year I planned a trip to Ireland centered on an excursion to remote Skellig Michael Island, a World Heritage Site I’d dreamed of visiting. The excursion turned
into an unforgettable two-week Emerald Isle road trip.
Pick someplace timely. Visit countries’ tourism websites and search for seasonal events like festivals or local holidays (which you may want to either avoid or join, depending on how you feel about crowds). Don’t forget to check the weather before you decide on