Quick Tips For Europe Travel this Holiday Season
The Holiday season is close. Many of us are thinking of travel. And Europe is an all time favorite destination.
Travelling, however, can sometimes be a lot of pressure on mind and purse. So I thought of jotting down some quick tips regarding traveling in Europe.
1. PLAN: You cannot see all in one trip. So plan well ahead.
• Plan according to your budget. Some places in Europe can really be costly. If you enjoy snow boarding, but Switzerland is too pricy, go to Austria instead. If you love a beach vacation, but are thinking twice before heading towards the French Riviera, go instead, to Spain.
• Plan according to your interest. Ask yourself. Are you mainly interested in places of historical importance? Do you love to get lost within the beauties of nature? Do you love skiing, bungee jumping and all sorts of outdoor sports? Is art and culture your main interest? Or do you love cities and nightlife?
Or do you want a combination of these in balanced doses? If you mainly love historical places, don’t waste your time in the Alps. London, Berlin, Paris, Rome, Florence, Greece…Europe is history alive.
• Plan according to Season. Many attractions are closed in a specific time of the year. Vineyards are more beautiful in summer or fall than winter. Many mountain trains and cable ways are closed in November for maintenance. For example, Mt. Titlis Rotair cable car in Switzerland remains closed for 2 weeks in November.
• Plan according to your time. If you have 30 days, make the main tour plan for 22 days maximum. Traveling to and from the United States combined with jet lag will consume a few days. Leave the rest for unforeseen circumstances. You never know when you will need those few extra days. I, for example, sprained my ankle in Rome and due to a tight schedule, had to limp across the Colosseum, as there was no time to see a doctor. Make the time, and if everything is okay, spend the extra days shopping.
• Plan with some spice. Variety is the essence of life. How much ever you love to visit art museums or historical places, you might get bored if you visit them the full 20-30 days. So plan with some variety in your itinerary. For example: After four days of soaking myself in art and history in Louvre, Orsay, Rodin and Paris, I would then prefer to head straight to Switzerland. Boarding one of the legendary scenic trains (like Golden pass panoramic or Glacier Express) and letting the beauty of nature take charge of me is ideal. Then I would spend a day in a car free village like Zermatt or St. Moritz; go skiing if I loved snow sports. After I’ve had enough of snow, I would head south towards some beaches in Italy, southern France or Spain. Then plans are made for spending a few days in Rome, immersed in history and art again.Continued on the next page