10 Things to Know Before Visiting Europe

Nothing’s more exhilarating than packing your bags and getting ready to visit a new and exciting destination. 

– Collaborative post from Ella Mason

Europe is a fascinating and beautiful place, with so much culture and diversity tightly packed into its 44 countries. Whether you’re visiting for a city break, a holiday or travelling around for an extended period, you’ll want to do your research and plan properly before you arrive.

To get you started, here are 10 things you should know before visiting Europe.

1. Hotels in city centres can get pricey

The big cities around Europe whether it is London, Madrid or Paris, all have a lot going for them, as do the smaller ones too. It’s best to start shopping around early in order to find yourself the best hotel deal in a central location.

2. You’ll need to pack your big coat in the winter

In fact, you’ll likely need to pack enough clothes to cover all types of weather. The weather in Europe has a tendency to be a little unpredictable at times; boiling hot one minute, freezing cold and wet the next.

3. Not everywhere accepts the Euro

Don’t just assume that if you pop to the foreign exchange counter, you can change all your money to Euros and you’ll be set for whichever countries you go to. Not all countries in Europe will take Euros as a form of currency. In fact, only 19 of the EU member states do.

4. You can cross off multiple countries at once

The beauty of Europe is that there are so many small countries so close together. You could easily do a week in Europe and still manage to cross off a handful of countries, such as Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

5. You’ll get a taste for beer

Europe is home to some of the best beer in the world, be it Pilsner in the Czech Republic, Heineken in the Netherlands, Guinness in Ireland or… just about any in Belgium.

It’d be rude not to sample some for yourself.

6. …and chocolate. And Mediterranean food. And any food, for that matter.

Taste authentic Belgian chocolates, Italian gelato, British fish and chips, Spanish tapas or a freshly-prepared Greek salad while you’re there. If there’s one thing for sure, you’ll need to be buying some bigger clothes.

7. Almost everyone will speak English

No matter how hard you’ve been practising your French or German, if you test your lingo with the locals, they’ll most likely reply to you in English anyway and save you the embarrassment. ‘A’ for effort though.

8. It’s got everything covered

From breathtaking beaches and snow-covered mountains, to the most ancient wonders and the world’s party capital. Even someone with the most unique interests and hobbies will be satisfied on a trip to Europe.

9. You should avoid the main squares

Europe’s main squares are where all the hustle and bustle and top attractions of the city can often be found. They’re great to take a wander around, but if you fancy a drink or a bite to eat, you’re best venturing away from the crowds and find somewhere more reasonably priced down a little side street.

10. You won’t be able to resist the cheesy selfies

Whether it’s trying to make the royal guards crack a smile at Buckingham Palace, holding the Eiffel Tower in the palm of your hand or taking the weight of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Europe is full of cheesy selfie opportunities. Go ahead, take them; we won’t judge you. Just think of how many likes you’ll get.

This is just a taste of what you can expect to experience while exploring Europe. And everything else?
Well, you’d better get packing and see for yourself.

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