European Summer: 12 Tips for Stress-Free Travel

Every summer, millions of people embark on a journey to Europe to soak in its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant cultures. In fact, the European Travel Commission reported that around 538 million international tourist arrivals were recorded in Europe in 2018, with a significant spike during the summer months. This influx makes sense—Europe is an excellent summer destination due to its diverse attractions, pleasant weather, and countless festivals. If you're planning a summer vacation to Europe, here are some essential tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip.

1. Plan Your European Itinerary

Europe offers a plethora of destinations, from the beaches of the Mediterranean to the historic cities of Central Europe. Research and decide on the countries and cities you want to visit. Make sure to include must-see attractions and allocate enough time for each destination. There are many European travel itineraries online, so even if you don't use a travel agency, they will still offer a lot of insight into the must-see places in each city.

2. Book European Accommodations Early

Summer is peak tourist season in Europe, so accommodations can fill up quickly. Book your hotels, hostels, or vacation rentals well in advance to secure the best options and prices. Don't forget to explore sites like Turo for car rentals and VRBO for lodging in addition to traditional rental and hotel platforms.

3. Check Passport and Visa Requirements

Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay. Check if you need a visa for the countries you’re visiting and apply in advance if necessary. Global Entry can be an incredibly useful certification to get to avoid long lines in customs. Once you complete the application and interview process, it can be used immediately. Remember, each person in your family (even babies!) need their own individual Global Entry number.

    4. Pack Wisely

    Use packing cubes to organize your belongings and maximize space in your suitcase. We are obsessed with these from Peak Design that are available in a set of 3, 6, or 8. Pack versatile clothing that can be layered, as European weather can be unpredictable. Don’t forget comfortable walking shoes, as many European cities are best explored on foot.

      5. Notify Your Bank and Credit Card Companies

      Inform your bank and credit card companies about your travel plans to prevent your cards from being flagged for suspicious activity. Check if your cards charge foreign transaction fees and consider getting a travel-friendly card if necessary.

        6. Consider Travel Insurance

        Travel insurance can be a lifesaver in case of trip cancellations, medical emergencies, or lost luggage. Compare policies and choose one that suits your needs.

          7. Pack Snacks and Entertainment for the Flight

          Long flights can be tiring, especially with kids. Pack snacks, books, games, and electronic devices to keep everyone entertained. Healthy snacks like Chomps sticks are easy to pack and provide a lot of protein.

            8. Prepare for the Long Flight

            An overnight flight to Europe can be challenging due to the time change. Ensure you get enough rest by using sleep aids like Go Botanicals CBD Sleep Gummies. These gummies combine melatonin and CBD to help you relax and sleep, ensuring you wake up refreshed and ready to explore.

              9. Stay Hydrated and Move Around

              Drink plenty of water during your flight to stay hydrated. Take short walks and stretch your legs to reduce the risk of blood clots. Consider taking additional hydration with you like the easy-to-pack Liquid I.V. They offer a wide variety of flavors as well as options with and without caffeine, a great option when you're constantly on the go.

                10. Adjust to the New Time Zone

                Once you arrive in Europe, try to stay awake until the local bedtime. This will help you adjust to the new time zone more quickly. If needed, enhance your rest with a combination of melatonin and CBD to help you relax and sleep while you adjust.

                  11. Europe with Kids

                  When traveling with children, pack a travel bag with essentials such as snacks, toys, books, and a change of clothes. Ensure they stay entertained and comfortable throughout the journey. Consider family-friendly activities and attractions at your destinations. Don't forget to pack an eye mask for them and something snuggly so they can also get comfortable on the plane, as well as any other train or bus trips while abroad.

                    12. Use Public Transportation

                    Europe boasts an excellent public transportation system. Trains, buses, and trams are efficient and can be a cost-effective way to explore cities and travel between countries. Many of us aren't used to this kind of travel in the U.S., but it is widely available and an enjoyable way to see sights in Europe.

                      13. Stay Connected

                      Check with your mobile phone provider about international roaming plans. Alternatively, consider buying a local SIM card or an international phone plan to stay connected without incurring high fees.

                        14. Stay Safe and Healthy

                        Research the safety and health guidelines of the countries you plan to visit. Carry a basic first aid kit, and know the local emergency numbers. Don't forget Tylenol, allergy medications and vitamins.

                          15. Learn Basic Phrases

                          Learning a few basic phrases in the local language can go a long way. Phrases like “hello,” “please,” “thank you,” and “where is…?” can help you navigate more easily and connect with locals.

                            16. Embrace the Culture

                            Be open to experiencing the local culture, trying new foods, and participating in local traditions. This will enrich your travel experience and create lasting memories.

                              With proper preparation, your summer travels to Europe can be a magical experience filled with adventure and joy. Divertiti!

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