How to Plan a European Summer Trip

Eiffel Tower in Paris

Europe, as a continent, has a great deal to offer the average tourist. From the dense pine forests of the Baltic to the breathtaking straights of Gibraltar, Europe provides more activities, experiences and spectacles than you could enjoy in any given vacation or even a lifetime of them.

In other words, if you’re planning a trip to Europe you’ll need to prioritise and get your plans in order. Let’s take a look at how this might be done.

Pick your locations

It’s a good idea to start your plans with a list. Where have you always wanted to go? Which European locations leap out at you whenever you browse through the options? If you’re traveling with other people, then you’ll want to consider their wishes too.

Once you’ve got a list of potential locations, you can look at what can be feasibly visited in a single trip. Give your vacation a little room to breathe, and don’t be tempted to try and cram too much into a short space of time. If you end up rushing from one place to the next, then you might not enjoy your vacation as much as you really should.

Of course, all of this depends on your personality. If you’re the sort of person who likes to squeeze every last drop of enjoyment from a given trip, you might actually appreciate a crowded itinerary. Just be aware of the limits as there’s only so much you can physically get done in a given amount of time.

Eurostar European Train

Consider transport

There are plenty of ways to get from one part of the continent to the next. You might fly from one country to another, or you might prefer to use the continent’s impressive train system.

Of course, you might also make activities part of the transport process. European cycling tours provide a chance to work some exercise into a break, and to see parts of Europe that aren’t accessible through other means.

Your choice of transport should be chosen by what you’re comfortable with. But bear in mind that a little bit of the unfamiliar might provide you with a new outlook on the problem of transport, and perhaps pleasantly surprise you with an option you wouldn’t otherwise have considered.

Create a timeline

Once you have your destinations in mind and an idea of how you’ll travel between them, it’s time to get some dates set down. Think about the time you have available and how much of it you’d like to allocate to each place. Pre-book all of your accommodation and travel to try to minimise any stress along the way.

Fine tune your itinerary

The most popular European tourist destinations tend to fill up quickly, so it’s a good idea to book it as early as possible. Closer to your departure time, you can fill up any empty space with extra activities or simply leave yourself a little bit of freedom for spontaneous activities.

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