Last Update on July 11, 2018 // Written by Hank No Comments

It’s a common rite of passage to take a trip to Europe in your early twenties.  Experiencing this charming old world in your younger years when you have so much hope and enthusiasm can be incredibly romantic.  Although it’s common to go in your early twenties for the first time, make no mistake that it’s terrific at any age.   There is a certain charm and beauty about Europe that is irreplicable.  These charms can only be experienced by going there.   If you’re planning on going to Europe for the first time, you should be very excited about what’s in store.  Before you jump on the plane without any preparation, however, take a look at some of the most useful tips to help you on your adventure.  

Familiarize Yourself With Driving Laws

  If you’re planning on driving abroad, you should make sure that you know the rules of the road.  Often foreigners assume that everything is the same, yet are in for a rude awakening when they realize the signs are different, and some places even drive on the other side of the road.  The last thing that you want to do is get into a car accident while on your vacation, so make sure that you do your homework.   In addition to the traffic laws, you should make sure that you’re authorized to drive with your current license.  To be on the safe side, you should get an international driving permit before you leave.  

Learn Some Basic Phrases

  Try to do your homework on basic phrases for the countries that you plan on visiting.  You’ll want to know how to order food, ask for directions, and basics like hello and goodbye.   Although many people speak English in Europe, it’s not guaranteed.  Assuming that you’ll be able to get by on English without knowing any of the language in the country you are can be disastrous, and possibly even offensive to locals.  

Pack Lightly

  Since you’ll likely be going to several different countries during your trip, it’s best to pack as lightly as possible.  Having the weight of a hefty bag will only slow you down and potentially increase your risk of theft.   Try to pack only the essentials which you’ll need. You’ll thank yourself later once you see how much moving around you’re doing.    

Alert Your Bank

  It’s essential that you alert your bank ahead of time about your travel plans.  Otherwise, they may put a hold on your account when they see charges which are outside of the country.   Because of the time difference, you could find yourself with no access to money until banks open back at home. Additionally, you should make sure that your card has a chip in it rather than a swipe.  Chip cards are standard in Europe, and you can never be sure you’ll find a swipe reader.

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