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Best way to get around-
Europe's transportation system makes for some of the easiest travel. Take a train if you want to travel by land. Grab a cheap Ryanair ticket if you need to get from A to B quickly. Anywhere you want to get to in Europe, there's a way. Most of the big European hubs (think Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona) will have relatively inexpensive flights to places not as touristy. Head to those spots first so you can have better transportation options to the smaller destinations.
Europe is diverse! While each country has its only national language, you'll find common languages to be English, German, French, and some Spanish. As visitors, try to pick up a few of the key phrases of whatever country you're visiting. It's always a good idea to know hello, thank you, and I need help. This isn't only helpful for you, but also is a nice way to set yourself apart from most tourist.
- backpacker avg. $40
- comfortable avg. $70
- luxury avg. $250+
Outside of the large European cities, you'll rarely run into unsafe situations. The larger cities can host a few exceptions such as petty theft and scam. Be sure to read situations well and get out of situations that make you uncomfortable. While the nightlife of Europe is a great thing to experience, be sure to not carry anything of value and to keep things out of your back pockets.
What to eat:
Every region of Europe is going to have its only specialties. Of course, you must try to baguettes in France and the paella of Spain, but don't forget about the Polish pierogi and the Macedonian zelnik. If worst comes to worst, you'll be able to find doner kebab in every single European city. We travel the world in search of a bad doner kebab...
when to go:
Northern Europe is going to have mild summers and cold winters. To hit these spots you'll want to head there during the summer when you're able to travel without weather being an issue.
Southern + Western Europe are going to have much milder winters (if a true winter at all). If you're trying to beat the crowds, this would be a great time to go. What's more romantic than the Eiffel Tower during a light snowfall? Anywhere along the Mediterranean will also have optimal weather year-round. To beat the crowds, try to stay clear of summer months and the end of spring when new graduates tend to get the travel bug.
Trying to really stay clear of tourist crowds? Think of the less traveled European countries during the summer months. Think the Baltic countries (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia) and Scandanavia (Finland, Sweden, Norway). These will likely have fewer crowds and still offer beautiful sites and rich culture.
What to pack
From country to country in Europe, you're going to need different power adaptors without a doubt. Save yourself the hassle and grab a universal power adaptor. They'll be great to use all over Europe and will work for your next adventure as well.
The weather in Europe is so diverse. Bathing suits in Croatia, shorts and t-shirts in Italy, and then a jacket for the Alps of Switzerland. While a variety of clothing is needed, you'll want to pack light to make traveling from place to place easier. Compression cubes are a great way to not only save space but also to stay organized while on the road. Check them out at trippedtravelgear.com
Hostels. Hostels. Hostels. Not only are they cheap, but you will meet some of the most incredible people and hear the best stories. Even if your budget accounts for some upscale places, we recommend hostel traveling for the experience if nothing else. Airbnb is also a great way to find accommodation. These can get pretty pricey though if you're looking to stay in city centers.