- By kevin
- On Apr 8, 2018
- Travel Tips
Book a Europe land tour to visit Europe as the beginners, something you need to know firstly. It's tempting, when you plan that big first trip to Europe, to try to do everything, to fit every single highlight into a whirlwind tour around perhaps the planet's most diverse continent. You want to eat pasta in Rome, and stand on top of the Eiffel Tower, and smoke a joint in Amsterdam, and party in Dubrovnik... Unless you've got years up your sleeve, you're going to have to do some culling. That's one of the keys to enjoying your first stint.
Travel Tips you need to know firstly:
Crime is not rampant
Despite what you may have heard, street crime is not a huge problem in Western Europe. In fact with a few simple precautions like zipping up your bag and not keeping a wallet in your back pocket, your travels should be hassle free, even in formerly dodgy cities like Barcelona and Rome.
Trains can be expensive
I know how I can save money, you think – I'll take the train. Except intercity trains in Europe, if you don't book in advance or use a rail discount card, can be extremely expensive. Often more expensive than flying.
Buskers are great
Surely the best buskers in the world reside in Europe. From the old guy playing accordion outside the restaurant to the full jazz band playing in the city square, there's some serious talent on the streets of Europe, and it only costs you a few coins to enjoy it.
You'll be overwhelmed. And underwhelmed
Some of the world's most famous attractions – the Coliseum, La Sagrada Familia, the Eiffel Tower, the Swiss Alps – are truly gob-smacking to see in the flesh. Others, meanwhile, like the Spanish Steps in Rome, or the Manneken Pis in Brussels, will leave you scratching your head and wondering if you actually came to the right place.
Everything works. Unless there's a strike
Public transport in Europe is amazingly good, from the U-Bahn in Berlin to the hire bikes of Seville and the trams of Amsterdam. The only time you'll struggle is when there's a strike – which should only occur about once every fortnight or so.
You can't buy a Europe-wide local SIM card
Annoyingly, for travellers, if you're planning to visit more than one European country, there's no local SIM card you can buy that will work across the EU (at least not one with reasonable rates). For the best rates, buy a new local SIM in each country.