5 steps to help you plan your travel in Europe by; Mikayla Litevich

 Fall break is coming up, has everyone planned their trips yet?!

 After traveling many amazing weekends with the bus2alps program, I decided that I wanted to try something new and plan out my own trip, how hard could it be right? Well, let me tell you, it was one of the most stressful processes I’ve had to deal with here. Planning a trip within a foreign country all on your own while managing classes, internship, and social life does get a bit overwhelming, believe me I know. However, I can finally say that I’m all booked and 100% ready to go! It was definitely a learning experience and that’s why I decided to share with you a few tips to give you a helping hand. Whether it’s for your fall break or any future trips I got ya covered! You are not alone!

Step 1-

Find your travel buddies if you want them and plan ASAP- Did everyone I know tell me to do this? Yes.  Did I listen? No :/

 Seriously though listen, it’s not only a million times cheaper, but it’ll take a huge weight off your back, I promise.

Step 2-

Set aside an entire day or two, and get everything booked at once!

Do lots of research on the places you want to see and just by looking at a map figure out an efficient route, if you’re traveling place to place.  Also, choose how many days you want to spend at each place you’re traveling to.

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Step 3-

Once you know where you want to go and when the next step is to find the cheapest and most time effective way of transportation.

Consider buses, trains, airplanes, taxis, and even renting a car. Here are a few travel agencies that I discovered as the most cost efficient for me:

http://www.ryanair.com/en

http://www.it.lastminute.com/

http://www.edreams.it/

http://www.skyscanner.it/

http://www.eurolines.co.uk/

http://www.terravision.eu/?adws=EN&gclid=CJbB3NySmboCFcmz3goddHYALg

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Step 4-

Next it is time to figure out where you are going to slumber!

In busy season times, the longer you wait to book your hotel or hostel the more expensive it will be.  Something I discovered is that some hostels can actually be nicer than some hotels so don’t be scared away by the word “hostel.” Another way to save some money is to stay in a room with 10-14 people. Hey don’t knock it until you try it! Just think of it as an experience and plus your barely going to be in the room anyways. Get out there and explore, you can sleep when you’re dead!

The best websites to use are:

http://www.hostelworld.com/

http://www.eurobookings.com/

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Another option may be to bring a group of friends and everyone split a cheap Villa.

Step 5-

The Checklist:

□   Passport and visa (bring copies of each as well)

□   Print all your travel tickets (otherwise you have to pay a huge fee)

□   Print reservations

□   Check the weather

□   Pack one carryon bag (yes, that’s right time to downsize)

□   List of places to visit (make an itinerary)

□   Maps

□   Check the currency (exchange at the most efficient location)

□   Spending money (consider night life, shopping, food, museum fees, taxis, etc.)

□   Credit\Debit cards (if you even bring them make sure you notify the company of the places you’re traveling)

□   Don’t forget your camera

□   Make sure to have the emergency numbers saved into your phone before you go (SAFETY FIRST!)

Most importantly have a crazy time!

 

 

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^^^^^^^This is where I’ll be How bout you?!^^^^^^^

 

 

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