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Preparing To Travel To Europe - Four Important To-Dos
You have your tickets, your hotel or vacation rental reservations, passports are up to date, and you are ready to go. Not yet! Here are four important things to add to your preparation list:
1. Prepare Your Bank
Exchanging money in Europe is usually easiest and least expensive through an automated teller machines in Europe. Be careful to withdraw using your bank ATM card rather than your credit card. If you use your credit card for withdrawing cash, you may find yourself taking out a high interest loan.
Must dos with your bank:
2. Safeguard Your Documents
Photocopy your passports and airline tickets and stick them in a few places in case something gets lost and you need to recover. Ensure some of those places are in your carry-ons.
A high tech way to keep track of your passport info and other important documents in case of loss is to scan them in and email the scanned document to yourself at an email address you can access from anywhere. For example, one of our guests in an apartment in Florence found herself locked out of her apartment, so she went to a nearby internet point, retrieved the electronic copy of her apartment information from her email and made the call to be let back in.
3. Buy a Good Map
If you are visiting only major cities, your guide books and the inexpensive maps you can obtain at tourist offices will be all you need. But, if you are driving, you need a good, detailed regional map.
If you wait till you get to the region you are visiting, I guarantee that you will waste time looking for your map and the only one you will be able to find for your region will be in Swedish. A map of the whole country is not detailed enough for driving, get a regional map.
4. Buy a New Guidebook
Be sure to take recently published guidebooks with you. Sights open and close, hours change, phone numbers change, and they move things around in museums. You will experience frustration and lose time if you take an old guidebook; take my word for it.
To avoid having to carry a whole book, pull out and take just the pages for the places you will visit. You can do this for the trip and for the day.
Don't count on finding a good guidebook when you arrive. I find the English language guides published in non-English countries are often hard to read and filled with stuffy direct translations from the original language.
Pat Byrne is the president of Excellent Europe (http://www.ExcellentEurope.com) a company that selects exceptional vacation rentals in Italy. She is also the author of the Kids Europe Italy Discovery Journal (http://www.KidsEurope.com) a resource book, journal, and guide just for kids traveling in Italy that has over 500 ideas for free and fun activities in Italy.
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Learn From My Personal Experience About Bahamas Vacation Rentals
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Welcome to Floridas Emerald Coast!
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Why Visit Magical Cape Town?
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Visit Western Australia and Stay in Fremantle - Holiday & Short Term Accommodation
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Ten Reasons to Move to the Costa Brava
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Sussex County Delaware Beach Area Towns and Villages Are Unique and Historic
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Considering Condo Vacation Rentals in Lake Tahoe
Because many people want to live in or near Lake Tahoe, or at least own a piece of property they can call their own in the area, condominium growth has been explosive here over the last ten years. Due to a local government dedicated to preserving the natural pristine surroundings of the environment, a spiraling real estate market and the ever growing popularity of the area, prices for real estate have risen to dizzying heights.
Have you ever wanted to travel to far away places and live like a native but somehow there never seems to be quite enough money to get you there?Well have you ever thought of Home or House exchange holidays?It's the vacation with a difference, because you find the dream destination and all you have to book is your flight. You stay in the house exchange family house and usually have the use of their car also and they in turn stay in your home and have the use of your facilities.
Why are Townhouse Rentals are the Way to Go when Visiting Walt Disney World
The first words that come to mind when people think of Central Florida are usually Disney World, attractions, theme parks, and vacation, or holiday.Of course, if you are coming to the Orlando area, you want to experience the many things that you have heard about and the many things for which this area is so famous.
You Have To Love The Location, Say These Owners Of Orlando Florida Villas
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A Guide to Cozumel Vacations
What kind of traveler are you? Do you want everything handled for you so all you have to do is arrive at the airport on time and everything else is already arranged? Or do you like to be a hands-on manager of your vacation planning? Do you want to arrive at your luxury hotel with your time scheduled out in advance - massage at 3, dinner at 6, dancing at 8 - or do you prefer to arrive at your efficiency suite, grab the local yellow pages and let the adventure begin? Whatever it is you want, however you like to travel, as long as you enjoy beautiful island paradises, great food, a choice of adventures to experience and friendly people, you'll find it on Cozumel. Start with a travel agent in the town or city where you live.
European Car Rental - Top Ten Tips for Europe Travel - Tip #5: Restrictions
It is a common assumption for most Americans that they can jump in a rental car and drive to wherever the spirit is willing to go. This makes sense as there are few restrictions in North America regarding international travel.
Palmetto Dunes Plantation - Hilton Head Island
An Award Winning Vacation, Golf, Tennis and Beach ResortIf you are planning a vacation for your family this summer and still are not sure where to go, I recommend going to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. This luxury getaway is just forty five minutes away from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.
Hotels Aren't the Only Place You Can Stay on Vacation!
Today, we as travelers have a ton of options to consider. Where to go, how to get there, where to stay, what to take, how to plan, where to find deals? You get the point.
The Inn at Woodstock Hill: Classic New England Atmosphere in Beautiful Northeastern Connecticut
Many vacation spots purport to offer true relaxation, but upon closer inspection impede the promise with myriad outlet stores, souvenir shops, heavy traffic akin to the kind you were trying to ecsape, and trendy restaurants offering lots of attitude and very little food.The Inn at Woodstock Hill, in Northeastern Connecticut's pristine town of Woodstock, avoids these modern day tourist trappings by just being itself.
Costa Rica - A Paradise in Central America
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Finding Vacation Rentals in North Lake Tahoe
The main difference between North and South Lake Tahoe is that most people who live on the lake year around tend to own houses on the northern end. Here you'll find housing developments of the highest quality, serene resorts, campgrounds, beautiful beaches as well as shopping and dining as good if not superior to the choices in the busier, more crowded southern end of the lake.
Vacation Getaways and Healthy Living Tips
Going away on a vacation brings numerous benefits. It refreshes our enthusiasm, helps us to know ourselves a little better, and makes us, upon our return home, happier, healthier, and much more effective in coping with stress.
You Only Have One Life, Let Your Caribbean Dream Come True
Turning your dream to Reality-Buying in the CaribbeanBuying a home in the Caribbean is something many people only dream of. A little determination and, some financial resources can easily make this dream become a reality.
The Cape Town Wine Route Wonders
Just drive out to one of these delightful wine estates to find something quite magical about the art of viticulture and we dare you to say you didn't have a great time.The most trouble you'll have is trying to decide which wine estate to visit on which wine route - there's so many and they're all different.
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