Traveling East to Europe is your best option, simply hop the short distance in a boat or plane across the North Atlantic and you’re there. If you were to take the Western route, you would be heading across the North Pacific Ocean and around the world to get to Europe, which might be fine if you wanted to stop over in Russia, China or India.
Make friends with your local travel agent
If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, then you may not like this suggestion, but to find the safest, cheapest and best route to the European country of your choice, you’ll need to consult a travel agent. They are experts at finding the ultimate way to get where you want to go. Sure there are a ton of websites out there that profess to be the best at finding you a good deal, but that good deal might just include four stop-overs and a puddle jumper flight on a plane that should have been grounded years ago.
Also, if you are going to be visiting several different European countries on the same trip, a travel agent can help you figure out the most direct routes at the most inexpensive cost. Say you want to see Spain, Italy and France on your trip to Europe—is the best way to travel by air, car or train? A travel agent will know the way to go.
Make sure you’re covered
No matter the direction you’re headed or the way you plan to get there, If you are leaving your home country you will need travel insurance. Trips to Europe are not inexpensive and what if you have to cancel or delay your trip for some unforeseen reason—trip cancellation coverage can save your investment. Trip cancellation coverage provides reimbursement for lost travel expenses if you have to cancel. Think of it this way, you should buy insurance if the trip costs more than you’re willing to lose. Depending upon the insurance company, there are different covered reasons for trip cancellation, so get a list detailing these.
Traveling in an unknown place can also lead to accidents and possible hospitalization. From food or water poisoning to a broken leg, you never know when an accident or illness might strike. Medical/evacuation coverage can include emergency transportation to the hospital, medical care before and while at the hospital and medical evacuation back home if necessary.
No matter which direction you take to get to Europe, East or West, you’re leaving your home country and that means you need help getting there and staying safe while there.