Europe First Time Travel Tips!

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You might think that organizing a trip to Europe is just like any other vacation: book your flights, rent a holiday home, do a bit of research, and you are ready to go. While that approach might work the majority of the time, it is always wise to be well-prepared.

We've put together some top tips for travelers. From what to expect while you are there to the best methods to get around, here's some useful information for before and after booking your European rental on FlipKey!

1. Apply for a passport. You are going to need you to travel throughout Europe. Avoid fees to expedite the process by applying when you can--it often takes up to eight weeks to get yours in hand. Make a copy of your information page, as soon as you've got it and keep it handy while you're abroad.

2. Avoid peak season. There are tons of benefits of timing your visit to Europe. Besides the benefit of spending less, avoiding peak season will provide you the opportunity to experience a more authentic Europe with tourists and lines at attractions.

3. Reserve a vacation rental for additional space. From bedrooms to portion sizes, most things are smaller in Europe. Travelers seeking extra breathing room (and great value!) Ought to think about booking a vacation rental in Europe for a more comfortable stay. When it's a modern flat in central London or a Grecian villa perched on the cliffs of Santorini, FlipKey has over 300,000 rentals to choose from.

4. Carry a pocket dictionary. While it's smart to practice several common phrases before you arrive (please and thank you can go a long way!) , having a dictionary in your pocket or purse won't hurt. Before you go, but, with so many languages spoken in Europe, it is going to be impossible to learn them all. You'll want your own pocket dictionary handy when you're desperately trying to remember how to request directions or where the bathroom is!

5. Think before leaning too much at restaurants. While tipping is valued almost everywhere (except possibly Japan), it's not as common as it is in the usa. The final invoice at European restaurants includes support, but it's recommended to reward good service with a modest tip of 5 to 10 percent. Whenever possible, tip to ensure that your server gets it!

6. Dinner is started by many Europeans at a later time, eat at a slower pace than Americans, and see mealtime as an chance. Expect every evening, to sit down for a leisurely meal. If you have a tendency to be an early-eater, we recommend keeping snacks at your holiday rental and waiting to eat lunch until mid-afternoon. Try to embrace not being in a rush!

7. Make the most of public transportation. Buy explore each city using the metro system that is local, or a rail pass to travel from country to country.

8. Be favorable. This is one of our top tips for first-time travelers to Europe, although it may seem obvious. Chances are you will need directions or help tackling a language barrier at some point, so put on a smile and give a greeting. You'll find most Europeans eager to help out you. Who knows? You might even get a great dinner recommendation or even make a new friend during your journeys!

9. If you venture the unassuming path down some of the most picturesque landmarks and charming cafes can be found.

Europe First Time Travel Tips!