Europe trip is always one of the most cherished dreams for many of us. We spend years dreaming about it, planning it and saving for it. And suddenly the stars align and everything falls in place for us to embark on that memorable journey.
Today we would share five important tips so that you can enjoy your upcoming Europe trip even more.
Without further ado, here they are:
1. Travel Light
It is age-old, But it still remains a golden rule.
You should print it out and paste it around the house before you start your packing. Because we are tempted to ignore it so often. Try to cut down on things which you can & probably will buy on the trip. This includes — clothes, estimate your shopping destinations and plan one or two days of clothing from that shopping itself. Shoes — one for the cold and one for the comfort. Enough. Woolens — Check the weather forecast. You would probably be carrying one entire big suitcase for the whole trip, just for Jungfrau-josh, which is less than half a day event.
A heavy luggage will slow you down everywhere. And you will be forced to take taxis instead of wonderful public transport.
2. Pack Home Food
Food can be an issue, especially if you are a vegetarian. Also it is pricey. You will find good vegetarian options in McDonald’s as well as at Subway. Look for them everywhere. Use google for help.
Chances are, you will start craving your home cuisine as soon as the second day itself. So carry some dry non-perishable versions such as theplas, khakras, MTR, Maggi which you can just microwave and eat. They are also very useful while you are taking long EuroRail journeys.
Visit a good neighborhood supermart in europe in the morning or while you are done with a day’s attractions and buy packs of croissants — they are great for both adults & kids throughout the day.
3. Don’t Cut on Taxis
This can sound opposite to conventional advise, But if you failed to pack very very light, which you will, then better not to cut corners on Taxis. That is, when you are moving bases. There is no point dragging 2 large size suitcases and 3 of their babies in a tram or metro. You will regret this even more when you will have to climb stairs with them in a suburban metro station where there are no escalators. It will only diminish your spirits, waste time and take out the fun.
For rest of the days when you are just with a handbag, take the public transport for sure.
4. Add one more day for Switzerland
Here is a prediction, even if you allocate equal days for different countries, chance are that you will remember and cherish Switzerland far more disproportionately. One does not believe this until it happens with her.
So it would not hurt at all to add another day for Switzerland in your itinerary (if you already don’t have enough days for it)
5. Track Your Expenses
This is important as we did not find this advice anywhere. But it will be easy to get lost in all the expenses made at several places. Install a nice expense manager app such as FinArt.
While it will automatically record expenses wherever you get SMS from Bank (enable international roaming before going, it will be handy), there is a widget to easily enter the expenses. You can do it one or twice a day whenever you get time. It will make your life much easier once you get back. Especially true if you are travelling with a group of friends.
Did we say 5 in the title? Here are some Bonus Tips:
6. Keep a good Mobile Camera
We know you are planning to take your SLR but plan for a good mobile camera with enough memory space (get an SD card). Mobile cam is handy and you can click pictures in a jiffy. You will end up capturing some nice moments. Plus side is that you can upload them on facebook/Instagram as your trip progresses.
7. Be Mindful of your Belongings
Italy is a beautiful country. And this advice is true to almost anywhere But be especially mindful of your belongings while travelling in public transport in Italy. There are enough reported incidents of pick-pockets in Florence/Pisa stretch. Be especially careful of visa & passports. Carry photocopies with you in your handbag at all times.
We hope you come back with a treasured bag of memories to be cherished forever.