Traveling To Europe? Here Are All The Important Points You Need To Remember

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. Featured photo is from Pixabay.

When you are busy planning a vacation abroad, it can be all too easy to get wrapped up in all of the excitement. There is nothing wrong with looking forward to your big trip, but you should also remember that it is equally important to plan your trip and ensure you have everything you need before you leave. 

So what do you need to organize before you jet off to Europe? Here are some of the most important points to remember.

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It is incredibly important that you have your visa all sorted before you leave home. If you fly into your destination without a visa, you might be sent straight back to your home country! Thankfully, applying for a visa isn’t too difficult. You just need to remember that each country has its very own individual requirements regarding what is required from each applicant. Not only that, though, but some countries require applicants to apply for a visa waiver. For example, the ETIAS for France.

Valid Passport

You will have no doubt double checked that your passport will still be valid throughout your journey. However, some European countries require that travelers’ passports are valid for at least six months after they leave. So if your passport is due to run out a month after you leave the country, you might have a difficult time getting into the country in the first place. So go back and check your passport again to make sure that you have plenty of time on it. 

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Be Prepared For Jet Lag

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to escape jet lag if you travel to Europe. It’s just one of those things that you have to learn how to deal with! Thankfully, there are a few things that you can do to make sure you can deal with it as best as possible. 

First, make sure that you change the time of your watch to that of your destination before you board the plane. Then you can start to adjust your meal and sleep times while you are on the long-haul flights. 

There are also a few things you can do once you land to make your jet lag less painful. Try not to go to sleep until it is nighttime in Europe. If you do feel very tired, going for a walk and getting some fresh air should wake you up.

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Get Your Money Ready

There are a few ways you could end up losing money when you get your currency exchanged. Firstly, make sure you get your money changed somewhere that is offering you a good exchange rate. The best way to find the best rate is to shop around.

Secondly, make sure you get most of your money changed before you leave home. Try not to use your credit and debit cards while you are traveling in Europe, as you could face some large bank fees and a poor exchange rate!

Once you have all of the above organized, you can start to look forward to Europe! Have a great trip!

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