Our First European Adventure:
Traveling around Europe for the first time we learned a lot of valuable lessons, do’s and don’ts and tips from locals, tourist guides and people who actually knew what they were doing when they got here. So here is our list of tips to follow for your next European Vacation or any vacation that requires you to be on the move all the time.
- If you are not staying in one place during your whole trip, or can’t leave your luggage there while you go off and explore new and exciting places BRING A BACKPACKING BAG or a CARRY ON! I hate re-wearing clothes and never know what to pack but being jumping around cities in busses, airplanes and trains with a 42” luggage and a carry on has been exhausting and overwhelming.
- Plan your trip day by day, train tickets are cheap and you can get them the same day, you can also get sightseeing and activities tickets with 24 hours anticipation. Don’t be an over planner, go with the flow because an uptight agenda when your traveling is the worst!
- Take time for yourself, sleep in if you want, it will all still be there when you wake up, except if its winter where in eastern Europe 4pm is the new 9pm.
- Have a nice, full and heavy breakfast, grab a granola bar for the day and you’ll likely be full until dinner and save a couple of bucks.
- Don’t fly everywhere, don’t be that person, taking a train is so much simpler and takes just as much time. Barely any lines, no fuss and so much less expensive than a plane ride.
- Buy your plane tickets at least with 4 months advantage. We bought our tickets to Madrid for $230 but waited to buy our return ticket home and that ended up costing us double what we payed to get there.
- Uber is your friend but the metro is your life. The fares are so low and take you everywhere you want and need to go, also they are way more simple than you imagine and easy to figure out. I wouldn’t go out on a limb and say they are moron proof but if you are wary of the signs it’s likely you wont get lost.
- At the beginning of everyday, plan it. Just when you wake up, before leaving your bed, grab your online map and route your day, take screenshots of every route you need to take to and alternate routes in case you decide to explore more things, this will come in handy and prevent you from paying those extra $10 dollars a day for your cellphone usage.
- Don’t forget the power adapter, we did.
- Airbnb is your new bff, you will spend twice as less here than in a hotel. Almost all include Wi-Fi but not all include elevators so be sure to read every little detail before renting it. We had an apartment on the third floor with spiral staircases and six luggage’s (we are 3 people and didn’t think over packing was a problem) and almost died going up and down to get the luggage.
- Almost all places have free Wi-Fi, relax.
- Bring all of the medicine you may need, you probably wont need it but if you do, finding the one that always works best for you may be a problem.
- Change cash, banks charge you a percent of each transaction they have to convert.
- Try to eat healthy. Your body will thank you and you will thank yourself when you don’t have an upset stomach that last a week.
- Bring snacks from home, a good book and adventurous spirit.