Europe is a great continent to visit and a trip to Europe is a must, at least once in a life time. Regardless of the place you go to, there are certain rules which are generally available and which may transform your vacation into a chaos and the other way around.
1. Buy currency
When traveling to a particular country in Europe, make sure you know what the currency in the country you are visiting is. Be careful, because not in all European countries euro is accepted as a payment method and you will probably need to find an exchange office as soon as you get there. I advise you not to buy currency from airports or train stations, they tend to lower the exchange rate.
2. Airport Regulations
In order to make sure that you will not have any unpleasant surprise at the airport, check carefully the airport regulations, especially if you are not sure about them. The trickiest ones, which may differ from airport to airport, are liquid and luggage allowance, pet allowance in the cabin, and airport security procedures. Also, depending on the airline, you may be required to be at the airport 30 minutes or even 2 hours before. Check both the airport of your departure and that of the arrival.
3. Will you be understood?
Make sure you check if the people in the country you are going to, know English or not! There are countries in Europe where few people know English and there are others where the majority of people speak it. Check on the internet for such details which may not seem important at the beginning but when you find yourself in the situation of not being understood by anybody, it will become a serious deal. In this situation, you may need a conversation guide.
4. Once you are there
Once you are there, the first thing you should do is to buy currency if you did not do it before (as advised above). Then, when you prepare for the first exploration of the city, make sure you know how to return to your hotel. Touristic destinations in Europe are very close to each other, most of the times, in the city centre, so finding a hotel in this area is a great idea. Yet, even so, you may get lost, because street networks in many European cities are complicated and may cause unknowing travelers to lose their time wondering around.
Europe may be a pretty expensive place, so make sure you know what your budget is and you respect it! In order to take advantage of everything this continent has to offer without getting broke, make sure you know in advance what are the best options you have in terms of quality and price, and that you know how much you will spend in a certain location. For example, in a place such as the Grand bazaar, in Istanbul, or on Champs Élisées, in Paris, in you may find yourself spending much more than you might have thought.
Regardless of the place you are visiting, one thing is for sure: you will have a lot of things to see! Thus, you should plan your vacation from home, in order to make sure that you will get to see everything that is important for you.