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How to prepare and travel Europe

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So, you’re going to travel Europe!!!!

A trip to travel Europe will be a once in  lifetime experience! On your first trip to Europe you will experience different countries, delicious food, unique culture and historical sights.

Whether you’re coming from Asia, America, Australia, or anywhere in the world, Europe will be different! The money, language, weather, and power plugs! Here is your guide to preparing for Europe and all the travel tips you need and mistakes to avoid to ensure you have a seamless trip and an amazing time!

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Firstly, left cover the basic, you need to have to correct plug to travel Europe. We highly recommend investing in a universal plug though, as it makes it much easier when you travel anywhere in the world.

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Language

The main languages that are spoken in Western Europe are Dutch, English, German, Swedish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. But the great thing is that English is taught throughout schooling in Europe, so you should have no problem finding someone to help you with directions or ordering meals.

Money

Money in Europe could not be easier if you’re in the European Union. All you need is the Euro! ATMs are everywhere and are generally safe to use. But just like in any country, if something doesn’t look right, look for another ATM. I have had money taken from my account and not dispensed in Europe. If this happens to you, get a receipt and take down the ATM number, which is displayed on the machine and call your countries bank.

Scammers

Unfortunately, Europe is known for its scams, gipsies, and occasional pickpockets, and I have not been immune to this in my travels. It’s important to be mindful when interacting with strangers or if anyone is trying to offer you anything for free. Just remember; if something looks too good to be true, it probably is a scam! We highly recommend not carrying valuables in your pockets and using a bag that has a zip.

Weather

Europe is so big, so you can really get all the season, from tropical beaches to snow-capped mountains.

Winter
Mid-December through to the end of February and sometimes even into March is definitely the best time to visit Europe for snow. Across the whole of Europe, it’s much cooler, but you can generally get away with a few lighter layers the further down south you get, closer to the Mediterranean. Definitely, pack a warm jacket and some thermals if travelling anywhere in Europe during this time of the year.

Winter essentials

Summer
June through to August are the warmer months and the busiest! It’s not uncommon for the weather to reach over 35 degrees, especially in central and southern Western Europe. Light clothing is essential, but if you are heading further up north, you should consider packing a light jacket for the evenings, which a common mistake made by travellers.

Summer essentials

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