It’s a long journey all the way from Australia to Europe and once you’ve endured that epic flight, you want to make the most of your time on the ground. A trip to Europe is an adventure of a lifetime, where you can encounter different cultures and visit fairy-tale cities with long and impressive histories. Soak it all in and enjoy your trip from start to finish with these travel tips especially for Australians.
Book a tour
Booking a tour is a wonderful way to see Europe. It takes all the stress out of the organising process, plus when you are at each destination, you’ll have informative guides to give you a greater understanding of the places you are visiting. Tour Companies such as albatrosstours.com.au have many different itineraries allowing you to find one to suit you. Whether you are a first-time traveller looking for an introduction to the continent or a seasoned wanderer opting for the benefits of a tour guide, a tour is an easy way to get the most out of your travel time.
As it is such a long journey, it can be tempting to try and see everything all at once. However, don’t overschedule by trying to pack too many places into your itinerary as you can end up having a very rushed, tiring trip. It is better to spend longer in each place so you can become immersed in the culture and head off the beaten track to visit sites outside the usual tourist attractions.
Organise visas and passports
Allow yourself plenty of time to organise your trip, especially all your travel paperwork. Get your passport sorted well ahead of time and remember to check expiry dates. It is important to also research each country’s travel restrictions. Russia, for example, has very tight border controls so getting a visa is a lengthy and complex process that cannot be rushed.
Many cities in Europe are renowned for their shopping, especially the fashion capitals Paris, Milan and London. So pack light, taking only the essentials with you, so you can take advantage of the excellent shopping there. Also, bear in mind that European winters are much colder than those in Australia, which means that often Australian clothing isn’t quite warm enough for the climate. It’s best to buy winter coats and shoes while you are away as they will give you the protection from the cold you need. I found a cool article on 15 items of clothing to pack for any trip here.
Learn a few phrases
Be a courteous tourist and learn a few phrases in the native language of each country. Even just memorising the words ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ will make for a more pleasant interaction with the people you meet along the way. The question ‘do you speak English?’ is also useful, so you can nicely ask if they will speak your language, instead of assuming. Bring a good phrasebook with you as well, just in case you forget.
Will you be heading off to Europe soon? What are your travel tips for making the most of your European experience? Share your experiences and suggestions in the comments section below.