Saturday, December 24, 2005

Five important tips for traveling Europe

Five important tips for traveling Europe
Author: Jay Bauder

Traveling through Europe is definitely an exciting experience.
To ensure a smooth and enjoyably safe tour, here are some tips
for your Europe vacation.

1) Documents.

  • All of the people in Europe, including tourists, are obliged
    to own documentation for personal identification.

  • Since the increasing number of terrorists that try to enter
    Europe, the checkpoints on all borders have been strictly
    controlled. All tourists, depending on which country in Europe
    they intend to visit, should always have their passport and visa
    wherever they go.

  • When you are unable to surrender your valid visa or passport
    when authorities ask for it, you would be deported or even

2) Languages. There are 320 mixed spoken languages used in
Europe today.

  • Out of the 320, the most used and important are the Baltic,
    Celtic, Romance, Germanic and Slavonic languages.

  • Majority of the people in European countries speak multiple
    languages besides their mother tongue. English is used daily for
    politics and business.

  • Learn to speak the native tongue for important questions and
    courtesy you would need in your tour.

3) Electricity.

  • Majority of the European countries make use of 230 volts that
    operate in 50 Hertz.

  • Prevent plugging a device intended for 60 Hertz into a 50
    Hertz outlet.

4) Cars and driving.

  • To be able to drive a car in all the countries in Europe, you
    should be 18 years old and have a valid driver's license.

  • It is illegal for a driver not to wear a seatbelt. This is
    also applicable to everyone inside the car.

  • Majority of the countries in mainland Europe have right-hand
    traffic. Left-hand traffic is used only in Ireland, Cyprus, Malt
    and the islands of England.

  • The insurance of all cars is obligatory. If your car has been
    pulled over, the insurance certificate is always asked for.

5) Planning your necessities is important. This includes
transportation, food, and hotel accommodations.

  • Food in Europe may come expensive. But if you plan ahead and
    check your travel guide, you could always search for a
    reasonably priced meal around your area. There are hundreds of
    local markets and groceries for your food supply.
  • If you are planning to take the train, call the station for a

  • Always arrive at least 30 minutes before the train schedule to
    ensure that you will not miss the train if ever you get lost on
    the way to the European station.

Traveling in a foreign European country should not be a hassle.
Plan ahead. Know the native tongue and have the best time of
your life.

About the author: Jay is the web owner of Discount Airline
, a website that provides information and resources
on vacations, airfare, hotels, and travel. You can visit his
website at: Cheap Hotels

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