Euro-Tips

Since my hubby and I had not been to Europe in almost 10 years, going back for our honeymoon to Greece was truly a wonderful experience. It was like being home again. We had such an amazing time that I can’t wait to go back again. However, I would like to offer a few “Euro-Tips” from my experience.

  1. Washcloths: Bring your own. Europeans do not use washcloths; they seem to be more partial to sponges, but I’m a washcloth type of girl so make sure you pack a few for your journey.
  2. Everything costs: From the ice on your table, to the chips that you thought came with the dip you ordered. Everything is broken down and costs.
  3. Swim shoes: Bring those for your beach experience. A lot of beaches in Europe may be rocky so these are great should you want to go for a dip.
  4. Tip is included: The tip is factored into the cost of all items so there is no need to tip on top of your purchase unless you feel your service was exceptional.
  5. Bring good sunscreen: European sun is no joke. Bring Some! It works great and is VERY important to not burning.
  6. Use credit card: Bring your credit card and call the companies before you do any foreign travel. Try to make sure that the card you are using has benefits for foreign use. Prior to your trip, call your bank and credit card company to let them know which countries you’ll be visiting. This will ensure that they don’t decline foreign transactions. While you have them on the line, confirm your debit card’s daily withdrawal limit, request an increase if you want, and ask about fees for international transactions.
  7. Limited phone usage: European phone towers are different and you can only use phone on Wi-Fi unless you purchase a prepaid phone/card. Otherwise, you will have limited to no phone usage.
  8. Learn how to read a map: Chances are your phone isn’t going to work and you will need to be able to read a map to get around. It’s not very hard, but it’s an important skill to have while abroad trying to get around.
  9. Trip advisor: Great tool for the person who wants to see what’s the hot place to visit, or eat at. Very accurate, up-to-date, and current, right down to the minute. Includes price location reviews and more.
  10. Converters: European electrical outlets are different than American electrical outlets. Get them from Brookstone, Target, or Wal-Mart.
  11. Make copies of credit card/important documents: Whether at home or abroad, anybody can experience unexpected problems from loss or theft. If you have a copy of a valuable document, it’s easier to replace the original. In fact, make two sets of photocopies of your passport and rail pass or car-rental voucher. (For debit and credit cards, just record the numbers rather than photocopy them.) Pack one copy and leave the other with a buddy at home, to be faxed or e-mailed to you in case of an emergency. I hide my copy in a second money belt clipped into the bottom of my luggage (shhh…don’t tell anyone).
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