Europe Travel Tips

The duomo in Florence

Don't forget to experience some of the not as popular sights while you are travelling abroad. These can be some of the most memorable times of your trip, when you are getting a feel for how people in that particular country really live. Learning about other cultures is very rewarding and you have to step out of the tourist areas of places to find those experiences.

Try to learn as much as you can about the country you are visiting before you actually get there. This will save you time so that you can actually appreciate where you are and what you are seeing. Just being able to say please, thank you, yes and no can take you a far way in terms of having a better and smoother trip.

Saint Peter's square in the Vatican

Make sure to try new foods you wouldn't normally try. I tried so many new foods and flavors and I know they will stick in my memory forever. What I would give for an authentic crostini Toscana, also known as chicken liver on toasted bread. Ordinarily if I had been at home I would never have tried this new food, but while in Italy I thought, why not?

Always make sure to keep aware of your belongings and surroundings. It is so easy to become a victim of pickpocketing thieves, especially when you are busy snapping photographs or looking at a map. One of the most common ways that people become a victim of pickpocketing is when they are distracted by someone else asking for directions or help. While you are focused on the person "needing help", their accomplice is grabbing your wallet out of your back pocket!

In Europe it is a lot more common to take a train to get from one city to another, instead of flying. Train travel is definitely an experience that you won't forget. A lot of times the city airport can be 30 minutes outside of town, while the central train station takes you almost directly to the city center. Instead of taking a taxi or renting a car, you can just walk right to where you want to go.