Tips For Traveling To Europe For The First Time

Going to Europe is something that a lot of people have on their bucket list.  It is something which opens your eyes to an entirely new way of life and can be a great way to spend your time off.

Many people who go to Europe for the first time may not be sure what to expect.  It’s important to prepare yourself as much as possible so that you have the best possible experience. When it comes to going to Europe for the first time, here are some of the best tips to get you started.

Bring Comfortable Shoes

In Europe, people are known for walking all over the place.  While there is no shortage of public transportation or cars, it’s simply a way of life to walk more than the average American.  You will find that you are walking much more than back at home on a daily basis during your trip.

Therefore, you will want to make sure that you pack shoes which are comfortable enough to walk in all day long.  Otherwise, you run the risk of injuring yourself or burning out quickly.

Try to opt for shoes which are light and won’t be too bulky.

Additionally, you’ll want to make sure that they are versatile with a wide range of different styles.

Pack Lightly

When planning a trip abroad, you may be tempted to want to pack everything you could ever possibly need.  However, all that this will do is potentially increase your baggage cost with the airline, and cause you to be burdened by lugging a heavy bag around during all of your connections.

Since most people don’t go to Europe and stay in just one place, you will be exploring a lot of different cities.  This means having to carry your bag to each new destination.

If your bag is too heavy or uncomfortable, it’s going to put a damper on your experience.

Avoid Eating In Big Tourist Areas

While it may be tempting to want to enjoy a croissant below the Eiffel tower or drink a cappuccino in the main piazza of Venice, you’ll find that you may end up paying exorbitant prices for something which would cost a fraction of the price elsewhere.

If you are on a budget, like most people, then you should try to avoid eating and drinking in dense tourist spots.

Always Keep Your Belongings Close To You

It may seem harmless to put your bag on a table or place your luggage across from where you are sitting on the train, however it’s important to stay vigilant while traveling.

The best thing that you can do for yourself is trying to keep your belongings close and eliminate the risk of theft.

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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