TRAVEL TIPS

Tips: Planning A European Vacation

July 11, 2012

Putting together a European vacation can be really overwhelming

There are so many choices here

I admit to finding myself frozen in indecision

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Tips for European Travel

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Thanks to the internet, we can save money (but not time)
by becoming our own travel agents

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Here are a few tips I have picked up along the way:

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Google your desired location and click ‘Images’
to see photos captured by real people  and to see if it is what you are looking for

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Use TripAdvisor and Expedia to research the heck out of hotels by reading reviews
Look at photos posted by travelers as well as by hotels

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Cruise Critic provides reviews on cruises

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Jetsetter offers great accommodation deals by signing up for their free alerts

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i-escape has some good getaway ideas too

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If you have more than 2 people traveling in your group,
ask for quotes for creative rooming such as a Junior Suite,
which can be cheaper than a connecting room

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Ask the hotel to arrange transportation to/from the airport
It can be the same price as a taxi and takes out the stress of
negotiating a price in a foreign language/currency

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Find one stop shopping for airlines at Google Flights
The two major London airports are Heathrow and Gatwick,
gateways to many European cities from the US

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Discount airlines from England to the European continent
include Easy Jet, Flybe, and Ryan Air, among many more

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The time of using travelers checks is way gone
Once you arrive at your destination, find an ATM to retrieve money in the local currency

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Most European hotels do not have clocks in the room, so bring one

Many countries within Europe have different plugs, so buying one of these clever adapters is a good investment

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Global Adapter with 2 USB ports via Brookstone

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Don’t bring your hair dryer or anything that creates heat (ie curling/straightening iron)
because you’ll need an electrical wattage converter too
Just use a hair dryer provided by the hotel

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If you plan to use your mobile phone abroad,
be sure to talk to your phone carrier in advance to get on a daily international plan
International roaming and calls can cost a fortune

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You may want to take photos of your luggage with your camera phone
to show the airlines in case bags are lost in transit

And bring a copy of your passport too

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When we hotel hop frequently in one trip, I don’t unpack my bag

I put all my clean undergarments and socks on the bottom right of my bag for easy access

Pajamas are packed on top, as they are the first thing I need if we travel all day

Quick-drying items are washed with hotel shampoo and hung to dry

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Lastly, learn from my mistake: bring your camera battery charger

What tips do you have to share?

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