Europe has every­thing from huge cities to quaint vil­lages, moun­tains, beach­es and lakes. All these places will be exact­ly as you imag­ined them. Venice will reveal all its charms to you, and spring Paris will even exceed all the expec­ta­tions of lovers of romance. The Oxford col­leges are real­ly like the film sets of the Har­ry Pot­ter movies. There is some­thing here not only for lovers of antiq­ui­ty — Europe can sur­prise with its mod­ern sights and archi­tec­ture. If you are embark­ing on such a trip for the first time, fol­low these tips for trav­el­ing in Europe. They will help you com­bine prac­ti­cal­i­ty and impul­sive­ness and have a great time.

European travel tips

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Choose the right season

If you decide to trav­el dur­ing the peak sum­mer sea­son, then it is bet­ter to choose the east­ern part of Europe — the Balkan coast­line, the Sloven­ian moun­tains and the Baltic cities. Here you will find many fan­tas­tic places for inex­pen­sive hol­i­days. When the tourist traf­fic dies down with the onset of autumn, head to cen­tral Europe. The famous coast­lines and islands of south­ern Europe are more serene at this time of year, while the cities of Spain and Italy take on a spe­cial charm. In the win­ter, Europe can offer world-class ski­ing and fes­tive New Year’s cheer. In the spring it is worth direct­ing your eyes to the north, to the Nether­lands, Scan­di­navia, France and the British Isles. Each Euro­pean coun­try has its own sea­son and sea­son. Be clear about what exact­ly you want before book­ing a tour.

Book your accommodation wisely

Although accom­mo­da­tion is one of the key costs when trav­el­ing, it should not be a stum­bling block when plan­ning a bud­get tour of Europe. Indeed, even in the more expen­sive cities of Europe there is a sys­tem of hos­tels where there is always an afford­able place at an afford­able price. The lev­el of hos­tels in Europe some­times even sur­pass­es many hotels. If you are ready to camp, then take care of a tent and a sleep­ing bag. You can stay in spe­cial excel­lent­ly equipped places. Come in the sum­mer when cheap uni­ver­si­ty hous­ing is avail­able for tourists. Be sure to book hotels and hos­tels in advance, no mat­ter what your bud­get, espe­cial­ly dur­ing the peak sum­mer months.

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Travel by train

Trav­el­ing by train is the best way to expe­ri­ence the diver­si­ty of Europe. Plus, the train cov­ers even the longest dis­tances very quick­ly, and you can sleep at this time. The cost of the tick­et will cor­re­spond to the cost of accom­mo­da­tion dur­ing the night. Most Euro­pean coun­tries are cov­ered by the Inter­Rail train net­work, or a sim­i­lar Eurail sys­tem. Depend­ing on your free time and bud­get, choose all the coun­tries you are inter­est­ed in and book train tick­ets. An unfor­get­table trip is guar­an­teed to you.

Travel during festivals

There are many events, fes­ti­vals, big noisy par­ties and oth­er events in Europe. It is best to trav­el around the cities of Europe dur­ing these hol­i­days in order to immerse your­self in the atmos­phere of noise and fun. But it is worth plan­ning a tour and book­ing hotels in advance. Some of the most excit­ing hol­i­days include St. Patrick­’s Day in Ire­land, when Dublin becomes the epi­cen­ter of the extrav­a­gan­za, as well as all kinds of Christ­mas mar­kets, a toma­to bat­tle in Spain, flower parades in the Nether­lands, etc.

Eat like a local

You will encounter some of the world’s finest cuisines on your trip to Europe, so enjoy your meal to the fullest. A low bud­get should not be a hin­drance if you avoid the tourist traps. Try to eat and drink with the locals, who always know the best and cheap­est places. Don’t miss free break­fasts in hotels where you can eat well for the whole day ahead. Vis­it local fairs where farm­ers sell fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles at low prices.

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Look for a freebie

No mat­ter how it sounds, but even with a min­i­mal bud­get, you can ful­ly enjoy the trip. A low bud­get does­n’t mean you can’t vis­it the most expen­sive cities in the world. Plen­ty of icon­ic Euro­pean expe­ri­ences are read­i­ly avail­able, and some­times even free: look for free city walk­ing tours, expe­ri­ence the Ital­ian aper­i­ti­vo tra­di­tion in Rome, make the most of free muse­ums in Lon­don, and try to cook your own food with local ingre­di­ents.

Expand your horizons

It’s tempt­ing to plan your trip across Europe in the major cap­i­tals — but you’re miss­ing out on a lot. Europe offers a wide vari­ety of out­door activ­i­ties, from horse­back rid­ing in the Bul­gar­i­an Moun­tains and surf­ing in Por­tu­gal, to cross-coun­try ski­ing in Nor­way and breath­tak­ing hik­ing in Swedish Lap­land.

Allow yourself a little squandering

One ben­e­fit of inex­pen­sive trav­el is that it makes spend­ing even more sweet and plea­sur­able. If you are stay­ing in hos­tels, throw your­self a nice par­ty. It could be a cock­tail par­ty in a hos­tel in Paris, or a pas­ta meal in Rome. Alter­na­tive­ly, orga­nize a day of water sports in Croa­t­ia. You should not con­cen­trate only on sav­ing, some­times you need a good dis­charge.

Don’t stay up late

Whether it’s a tour of Berlin, or the hip­ster atmos­phere of Lon­don, fla­men­co in Seville, the bars of Budapest, or the eth­nothe­ques of Italy, there are count­less rea­sons to walk before sun­rise. Europe lives dur­ing the first hours after mid­night, and many well-known estab­lish­ments are ready to receive tourists around the clock. You can order a glass of Duv­el beer in the his­toric Brus­sels tav­ern La Fleur, where Magritte liked to hang out, or sip a foamy drink in one of the his­toric Oxford pubs, where J.R.R. Tolkien and Lewis. How­ev­er, try to get plen­ty of rest and don’t go to bed too late. This will allow you to save ener­gy for fur­ther trav­el.

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Visit the beaches

Tired and out of breath? It’s time to vis­it the beach. For­menter­a’s beach­es are qui­eter and wilder than neigh­bor­ing Ibiza, while Croa­t­ia and Italy have plen­ty of beau­ti­ful white sand beach­es. If you want to relax in the wilder­ness, pay atten­tion to Mogren in Mon­tene­gro, part of the so-called “Bud­va Riv­iera”. There are a huge num­ber of arti­cles about the beach­es of Europe on Life­Globe, where you can eas­i­ly choose the most suit­able place for your vaca­tion.

Deviate from tourist routes

If you want to expe­ri­ence the charm of Europe with­out the crowds, then it is worth some­times devi­at­ing from the well-trod­den tourist routes. Try vis­it­ing Olo­mouc in the Czech Repub­lic, a minia­ture Prague with great archi­tec­ture and few­er tourists. Pay atten­tion to Berat, a mag­nif­i­cent Alban­ian city with the remains of Ottoman archi­tec­ture and pic­turesque nature.

Take precautions

You can eas­i­ly become a vic­tim of scam­mers in Europe. One of the main tips for trav­el­ers is to take pre­cau­tions. Avoid tourist traps, try not to high­light your expen­sive cam­era or smart­phone too much. Keep an eye on your bags, be care­ful in hos­tels and on trains, espe­cial­ly at night. Make a pho­to­copy of your pass­port and store it some­where online, which will avoid many prob­lems in case of loss of doc­u­ments.

These were the top tips for trav­el­ing in Europe. Have a good rest, stay healthy and take care of your­self!