Traveling to Europe means a lot of preparation beforehand. There is research to do, documents to obtain, consulting with your travel agent to plan your trip, booking your trip and getting your trip covered by travel insurance. Start preparing for your trip months in advance to insure ample time to get everything in order. This will yield the most satisfactory and enjoyable trip possible.
Check with your local consulate to find out what you will need to enter Europe and get back home safely. Visas are required for some country’s nationals while others, like United States citizens, can cross most European borders without one—if you are staying less than three months. If you are traveling from the U.S. to Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania or the United Kingdom you will need a visa. Passports are required no matter where you travel in Europe because you need one to get back into the United States. Visas and passports take time to get so apply early, or if you already have them, make sure your documents are up-to-date.
If you are a “do-it-yourselfer,” you’ll want to get on the Internet and start researching your travel accommodations and flights early on. Don’t like to go it alone? Travel agents are great resources because they are experts on travel and all it involves, and can get you the best flight and accommodations with little hassle for a small fee. No matter which method you choose, be sure to plan your trip to see as much of Europe as you can. This continent has so many wonderful countries very close to one another, which enables you to have optimal travel enjoyment from visiting multiple countries instead of just one.
Be sure to book your trip early for the most savings and the biggest assurance that your trip’s details are in order. When booking early you lock in the price for your flight and won’t be subject to rising prices due to fuel costs or other factors. You know you have a seat on the most cost effective flight and your accommodations are not subject to availability. Many travel agents, hotels and airlines require you put down a deposit or pay everything up front, so be prepared to have the money available at the time of booking.
When booking your travel early, you do risk losing the money you have put up if something comes up and you have to postpone or cancel your trip. However, travel insurance, which includes trip cancellation coverage, will cover the risk and make sure you don’t lose your money because of life’s unpredictability. Also, be sure to pick up travel medical insurance in case you have an accident while visiting Europe where your traditional insurance coverage isn’t in effect.