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title:Planning Your Trip to Europe

title:Planning Your Trip to Europe

author:Walt Bargener
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/travel_and_leisure/article_614.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:20
category:travel_and_leisure
article:

Plan Ahead for Travel to Europe
Most people who plan a trip to Europe expect it to be fun. It can be if you take the time to plan for as many contingencies as possible before departure. A few tips that could help you are:
1. Plan sooner, not later. Now is the time to get the best prices, the best seats, and the best schedules. Delays limit your options. Check out promotional offers through airlines and travel agencies and remember to use those frequent flier miles!
2. Get necessary documents ready. Make sure your passport is current. Find out if any countries on your itinerary require a visa for entry. For those that do, request visas well in advance of the trip to avoid last-minute delays. Bring copies of your birth certificate, immunization records, and driver’s license. They aren’t required in most European countries, but they will help to identify you if your wallet or passport are lost or stolen.
3. Go to the doc for an exam. Ask if there are any areas of Europe under any kind of health alert. Bring your records, prescriptions, and immunizations up-to-date. Get instructions for any chronic ailments that may be problematic. See your pharmacist to assure you have sufficient quantities of medications for the trip as getting refills in Europe could prove difficult.
4. When planning your Europe itinerary, get complete information about hours of operation for sites or departure and arrival times for tours and transportation. Get information on currency exchange rates, what common terms would be useful to recognize in the languages of the countries you’re visiting, locate maps of the areas you’re travelling in, and any other information you feel you need to insure an efficient and satisfying trip. You may want to get a book or two from the library about the countries you’ll be seeing. Getting a recording for language study is also a good idea. Like everything else suggested here, do these things long before you depart for Europe.
Europe is a great place to visit. There is a lot of living history and tradition that is waiting to be experienced by you. Do the hard work now so you can take it easy later when you’re supposed to!

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