Cheaper European Vacations...Discover How
Over the last few
years, European vacations have gotten over 20 percent more expensive
for Americans as the US dollars weaken against the Euro.
Those planning for
their european vacations will be disheartened by how little a dollar
buys. Fortunately, there are a few ways to make up for these lousy
currency exchange rate, here's a 3 tips to show you how...
1. Use Rail Europe
In Europe, train
travel is much easier, faster and cheaper than it is in the US. You can
reach most destinations conveniently, and enjoy the trip and the sights
along the way. You can travel from Paris to Venice literally in your pajamas by the train or from Paris to London under the Channel.
sells rail passes for train travel to 17 European countries. These
passes allow the holder unlimited train trips during the designated
period of up to 30 days on most trains (some special trains may require
Passes let you hop
on and off the trains during your Europe Tour without buying tickets
for each ride. Rail passes often are good for municipal travel in most
of the European cities you visit as well.
Some passes have
senior or youth versions, and also offer discounts for 2 or more people
traveling together. For more information, visit Rail Europe. Its online brochure is an extremely useful guide to all the different available passes and to Europe Tour rail travel.
2. Best Currency Exchange Rate
With the exception
of Denmark, Sweden and the United Kingdom, the euro is the legal tender
for the 300 million people in Austria, Belgium, Finland, France,
Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal
The symbol for the euro is €. Be aware of the currency exchange rate. Commercial exchange booths in tourist areas are likely to give the worst rates. Add high commissions to that.
purchasing enough euro prior to your departure to cover taxi, a meal
and tips. Chances are you will find a more competitive exchange rate
with an ATM.
In my opinion, using
your credit, debit and ATM cards while traveling will provide you with
the best value in terms of cost, convenience, and security. Withdraw
enough to last a few days so that the $1.50-to-$3 ATM charges don’t add
up. Make sure you know your numeric PIN. European keypads usually don’t
have letters on them.
3. Keep Your Receipts
If you shop a lot, you can get a refund of the Value-Added-Tax (VAT) of up to 25% of what you spent during your european vacation at the airport on your departure.
Important Items to Pack
carry your up-to-date passport if traveling internationally. Some
European countries require passports to be valid for six months before
the expiry date.
Learn how to renew your passport at our passport renewal page.
Also, make a copy of your passport picture (front page) and keep it in your luggage.
anything were to happen to your passport, then you would at least have
a copy of the document. If you are traveling to a country that doesn't
require a passport, you'll need an official certified copy of your
birth certificate with a raised seal, in addition to your photo ID. The
responsibility for proving your citizenship is yours.
you have chronic illnesses, it is best to have a letter from your
physician describing the medical condition and listing all active
medications and doses. You should also purchase traveler insurance with extended coverage.
You might want to consider purchasing a travel
wallet. It is a pouch that goes around your neck and under your shirt.
You may not want to hear it, but pick pocketers are out and looking for
tourists to prey on especially in Paris.
Check the travel warnings for your European Vacations
Also copy down this number and keep it with you during your Europe Vacation, 00800 6 7 8 9 10 11 for free advice on your rights as a traveler and any other rights and where to go for help anywhere in Europe.
do not need a visa if visiting Europe for three months or less. If you
get a visa for any European country (except Ireland and the United
Kingdom) or for Iceland or Norway, also known as the 'Schengen
countries', it will automatically allow you to travel freely throughout
the Schengen area. There should be just about enough information here
to help you have a good time at any European vacations not enough to
ruin the surprise!
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