5 Things You Need to Know Before Traveling to Europe
Europe is an exciting destination offering a variety of attractions and experiences, all in one nifty visa. While it will entail a lot of pre-trip planning, it’s not as intimidating as it should be with this practical list of things you need to know before your trip to Europe. What falls under the Schengen visa? […]
November 13, 2019
Europe is an exciting destination offering a variety of attractions and experiences, all in one nifty visa. While it will entail a lot of pre-trip planning, it’s not as intimidating as it should be with this practical list of things you need to know before your trip to Europe.
What falls under the Schengen visa?
Philippine passport holders are required to secure a visa prior to arriving in Europe. A good rule of thumb is to have a reputable travel agency help or assist you with applying for the Schengen visa, as they will look out for you and make sure that you submit or fulfill all the necessary requirements.
Take note that, as of publication time, there are 26 countries that you can visit with a valid Schengen visa:
When is the best time to go?
In general, the best season to go is dependent on a traveler’s expectations.
Summer season in Europe can be a bit frustrating for some, as the weather will be unbearably warm and there will be a mass exodus of both tourists and locals. Prices for accommodations will also be more expensive due to the high demand.
Winter, on the other hand, will mean freezing temperatures, shorter days and the possibility of closed attractions, but the rates will be more affordable and the crowd will be leaner.
Spring and autumn are considered to be shoulder season, meaning it sits right between peak season and off-peak season. Accommodations will be priced mid-range, and there will be decent weather versus winter and more manageable crowds versus summer. Do note that shoulder season varies by destination, so it’s best to research beforehand.
Where should I go?
There are two sides to Europe: Western Europe, where the cities like Paris, Barcelona, Santorini, Amsterdam, and Rome are located; and Eastern Europe, where cities like Prague, Budapest, Warsaw, Krakow, and Bled can be found.
While both sides have a rich culture and history, world-class cuisines,and beautiful landscapes, Western Europe is generally more expensive and potentially more crowded when compared to the road less traveled cities of Eastern Europe.
Similar to picking when to go, going on which side of Europe also depends on your preferences as a traveler.
Is it safe to travel to Europe?
Due to the ongoing threat of terrorism in the continent and a globally growing political tension, it only makes sense that most countries are upping their security.
This usually translates to long lines at the airport, both at the security gates and at the immigration, along with the border control checkpoints between countries and even in tourist-heavy attractions such as The Louvre in Paris.
It’s best to be patient and understanding, as they are only doing what they deem to be necessary for their country’s safety and security. Take into account the queue time, especially if you have an important flight or train ride to catch.
What’s that one thing I might forget to consider?
Imagine getting to your hotel after a long flight, with your phone drained from heavy usage. You reach out for your reliable charger… only to find out that the adapter won’t fit into the plug. You call your hotel concierge to borrow an adapter plug, but it either (a) comes with a hefty extra charge, or (b) they don’t provide one at all. Sounds like a nightmare? Don’t let this happen to you!
Seasoned travelers will know by now that countries have different adapter plugs, so it’s wise to bring a universal adapter in case your hotel can’t provide or lend you one. Local hardware store, Ace Hardware or even novelty shops like Quirks and travel stores like The Travel Club, sell this for an affordable price.
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