Wherever you travel in Europe, you’re bound to encounter untold natural beauty and timeless, awe-inspiring works of art—and a remarkable amount of decadent, delicious food. Did we mention the food? From Greece to Portugal, Finland to the Czech Republic, there are countless amazing experiences just waiting to be had. How do you make the most of your European vacation?
We have some very simple travel tips that should help, regardless of where your European vacation is.
When In Rome, Do As the Romans Do
The saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” might be as old as Rome itself. It holds true, regardless of how old and cliché it is. When you’re traveling through Europe on vacation, you may be tempted to carry on just as you would at home. Don’t.
You have the unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of the way people halfway across the world live. Take advantage of that, and participate in the local culture as much as you possibly can—even if you find their customs to be out of the norm for you. You might just learn something about yourself in the process.
Skip Out on Tourist Traps
Tourist traps are called “traps” for a reason. They suck you in with the promise that they’ll be worth it. The truth is: they rarely are. Sure, it’s amazing to see some of the most touted sights in the world, but if you have to pay an exorbitant amount to get a lackluster view of anything, you’re better off spending your time and money on other pursuits. It’s better to venture off the beaten track once in a while.
Don’t feel bad if you miss out on seeing some of the classic touristy “must-sees.” Europe is bursting with so many other things you really must see with your own eyes.
Savor Your Memories and Take Pictures
Speaking of things you must see with your own eyes, when you’re in Europe, you should be sure to contemplate things in person, but don’t forget to take as many pictures as possible.
It may seem silly to take pictures of random moments, but you’ll be glad you did when you look back on those photos.
That street sign in the middle of nowhere that made you laugh out loud? The cappuccino you enjoyed at the corner café one afternoon? The puppy sitting in the garden at the little bed and breakfast you stayed one night? They’re all worth snapping a picture of, even if only for yourself to glance back on.
Whether you’re traveling solo or with friends and family, these tips will help make the most out of your European vacation.