Tips For Aussies Travelling to Europe
Europe is a destination that everyone dreams of visiting at least once in their lives, and the great thing is that it’s so easy to visit, with countless experiences to have, and a plethora of sights to see. Now, the one thing we can’t deny is how far away Europe actually is; it might be easy to get there, but it is certainly going to take you a fair amount of time!
Is it worth it?
If you’re thinking of fulfilling your European vacation dream, and you’re looking for a bit of valuable European travel advice on where to start, as well as making your trip the best it can be, check out these handy travel tips:
Take Out Comprehensive Travel Insurance
Obviously, we don’t want to think about the ‘what if,’ but that ‘what if’ can occasionally eventuate, so we have to safeguard against it in some way, shape, or form. The best way? Always remember to take out comprehensive travel insurance, making sure you declare any pre-existing medical conditions and checking that your policy covers you for any activities you are planning on undertaking; such as any adrenaline sports or skiing.
Think Travel Comfort
No matter which way you spin it, you are going to be spending a lot of time on an airplane, so you need to be comfortable. Take a change of clothes in your hand luggage (get a good anti-theft cross body bag), so you can freshen up during stop offs, and wear comfortable clothes to actually travel in the first place – jeans aren’t that comfortable, so think leggings, jogging pants, that kind of thing. On top of this, think accessories for travel too, such as a neck pillow, blanket, eye mask; basically, anything which helps makes the journey more comfortable. We wrote a whole post on the topic, check it out here.
Give Some Serious Thought to Your Hand Luggage
Moving on from our previous point, give some thought to what you’re going to need during your travel time. For example, make sure your tablet or iPad is charged right up, consider buying a backup battery bank for when your battery starts to run low, remember your earphones and load it up beforehand with games, books, films, etc. Think about your favorite sweets you might like while you’re traveling, who doesn’t love on munching on lollies, as well as things like hand wipes for freshening up, a hairbrush and any toiletries you might need (although remember the 100ml liquid rule), and any chargers for your phone/iPod.
Check your passport
Most destinations in Europe, if not the world, require you to have six months’ validity on your passport after the date you return home. Check your expiry date and renew your passport early if you’re going to fall short at all.
Leave Copies of Your Travel Documents at Home
If for some reason you lose any of your important travel documents, it’s vital to have a plan B. In this case, leaving a copy of your passport, visa (if needed), flight details/tickets, any reservations, etc, at home with someone you trust, such as a family member or friend. On top of this, if you have any email confirmations, such as flights, make sure you keep them in your email inbox so that you can access them easily in the event of a problem with your paper copy.
Ensure That You Have Enough of Your regular Medications
If you take medications on a regular basis, make sure you head to your doctor beforehand and get a prescription to last you for the duration of your stay. After this, pack your medications in their labeled boxes in your hand luggage, and for any special medical equipment, you may need a letter from your doctor to carry with you too.
Shoes Are Important
The great thing about Europe is that there is so much to see and do, but the best sights are reached on foot. For that reason, you need to pack comfortable shoes like these – forget this being a fashion show, you seriously need to think about the state of your feet at the end of your trip!
Book a Transfer For Your Arrival
Oh man, that travel time to Europe is brutal. Rather than trying to figure out how to get a bus or find the taxi stand. Pre-arrange an airport transfer – they cost way less that you may think.
Also, you could arrange a transfer between cities, eg; between Split and Dubrovnik if you think gettng from the airport to the main city is easier.
Know How to Claim VAT
If you plan to drop some serious cash in Europe shopping, you are eligible to get the VAT (you better know it as GST) refunded on your purchases. You can find all of the best ways to do that here.
Have a rough itinerary
Because there is so much to see, and so much ground to be covered, it helps to have a rough idea of where you’re going and when. We’re not suggesting you find a clipboard and write yourself out a rigid day by day to-do list, but having a general guide will help, which can be changed in the event of a problem or a change of mind.
If you can follow these suggestions, your trip will be hassle-free, leaving you to enjoy the wonder of Europe and it’s many glittering and cultural destinations.