We’ve all heard the same advice over and over again when it comes to travelling
to Europe. Pack light, learn some of the local language, keep your valuables well
hidden, book your transportation and accommodation well in advance, and so on
and so on.
Tell us something we don’t know!
Here are three unusual tips you may not have been told that will hopefully help
you have the best time possible on your next European holiday.
1. Leave Your Sim Card at Home
Instead of incurring expensive roaming charges on your next trip to Europe, leave
your sim card at home and purchase a local sim card in the country you’ll be
spending the most time in. Sim cards are relatively easy to get – all you need is your
passport – and quite cheap. Make sure you choose a pre-paid plan that includes
data. Having consistent and reliable access to the internet, accommodation and
transportation booking websites, and communication apps such as Skype and
Whatsapp, is vital when travelling anywhere. Sometimes it’s hard to find good Wi-Fi,
and relying on it solely for all your logistical needs can put you in some pretty
undesirable situations, such as having to lug your luggage around from place to
place in order to find Wi-Fi to make a last minute booking.
2. Head to Ghent in Belgium
It’s not exactly clear why Ghent doesn’t feature on more European itineraries. This
architecturally beautiful and vibrant cosmopolitan city in Belgium is something of a
hidden gem and well worth a few days of exploring. Go for a walk through the
city’s Old Town, take a boat ride down a canal, and visit one of the many
museums that call Ghent home. After a full day of exploring, kick back with a drink
or two in one of the city’s quirky bars or night spots.
Search for Free Walking Tours in Each City You Visit
There’s a phenomenon that’s been sweeping through Europe for the last ten years.
That phenomenon is called the Free Walking Tour and you’re pretty much
guaranteed to find one being offered in nearly every European city you visit, from
Budapest to Rome, Amsterdam to Barcelona. Although these tours are technically
“free,” they are tip-based and guests are encouraged to tip according to how
much they enjoyed the tour. It’s always great to learn about the city you’re visiting
from an experienced guide who really cares about giving you the best possible
time in a new city.
If you prefer having a guide with you the whole time you’re in Europe – which is
a great idea if you’re a first time traveller or appreciate the convenience of having
the nuts and bolts of your trip pre-organised – then consider booking a tour with an
established and reputable tour company in Europe, such as Albatross Tours (
www.albatrosstours.com.au). Jumping on an organised tour through Europe is a
great way to explore the region and meet lots of interesting people along the
Do you have any other unusual tips for visiting Europe? Share them in the
comments below and help others make the best use of their time in Europe.