Top TEN tips for traveling in Europe

I know a lot of people are thinking about Summer vacations right about now, so I thought it would be fun today to share our TOP ten tips for traveling in Europe, along with a little video Neil did of our European vacation a couple summers ago!!

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#1 Guided Tour

The guided tours we took with only 4-6 people were our favorite! I love that it's just a little more intimate –  you can ask questions and feel like you're getting more out of the experience verses the giant group tours. We loved Context Travel and used them for our Colosseum Tour and Vatican Tour.

#2 Crossbody Bag

A must for traveling! It's so important to get a cross body bag that properly zips and that you can wear in front. You could get a fanny pack too … if you're into that haha. I think my mom still has one from the early 90s!

#3 Photocopy of Passport

This is a tip I learned from my world traveler sister. Make a photocopy of your passport and keep it in your luggage! This is so nice for peace of mind if anything were to happen to your passport while in Europe.

#4 Local Currency

Get a small amount of currency from each country in Europe that you're planning on traveling to before you go! The currency exchange rate tends to be a little higher at the airports and train stations, so getting some before you go is smart, if you can plan ahead. We didn't though haha. Oops!

#5 Adapters

Different countries = different plugs. If you plan on charging your phone at all or using a blowdryer while you're in Europe, you will not be able to be able to plug in your American products! This adapter is the #1 rated adapter on amazon.

#6 Roaming International Package

I loved that we had roaming international package for our phone. We set this up in advance and I signed up for the medium package – I didn't want to go nuts, but I wanted more than just the bare bones to only be used in extreme emergencies. We mainly used wifi when it was available, but the plan is nice for those times when you need to do some quick research or pull a map up or whatever.

#7 Watch out for Scams

Europeans can pretty easily spot tourist and unfortunately, we're easy targets. It's kind of sad, but always be skeptical of random people you meet. Even children who come up and are trying to sell you something, or someone showing you a picture of something or a person with a petition for you to sign. These guys are super sneaky and definitely don't feel bad stealing from you! I usually just politely say “no thank you” and move on, and I make sure I have my bag in front of me at all times.

#8 Europe Travel Checklist

This “Before You Go Checklist” is a really great check list to go over as you're packing and preparing for your trip!

#9 Don't try to see everything

Traveling in Europe can get totally overwhelming, so my suggestion is to come up with a plan before, BUT if things don't totally go as planned, just enjoy the ride. We were much more stressed at the beginning of our trip about hitting every touristy spot, and by the end, we were relaxing, taking time to just sit and eat and soak things up and we had a much better time once we just chilled out a little!

#10 Comfortable Shoes

You guys know me – I live for comfort! But especially when in Europe. I wore these sandals and these shoes over and over. Just say NO to stilettos. Unless you're on a fancy 5 year anniversary date night in the most romantic city in the world. Then I totally give you permission, as long as you take a taxi 😉

 

Our Europe Highlight Video

This video has me dying to go back to Europe!! Someday soon hopefully. If you're headed to Europe soon and you have any questions, leave them in the comments below!

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Corrine Stokoe

Corrine Stokoe is a blogger, podcaster and content creator behind the brand Mint Arrow. She and her husband Neil live in South Orange County with their 3 little girls (and soon to be baby boy!) and run a blog and business with 8 total team members, where they find the best daily deals and share favorite finds in fashion and beauty. They also run a podcast called Mint Arrow Messages. Mint Arrow has been featured in Forbes, Women's Wear Daily, Business Insider, The Wall Street Journal, AdWeek and Allure. Corrine is passionate about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ as often as she can and teaching others to use social media for good.

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Comments

  1. I am in love with that dress you wore in Paris in that video. Where did you get it? Or do you know somewhere that has a similar one?

    1. I’m so sorry you guys, this was a dress from Urban Outfitters but it was sold out by the time I published this blog post!

  2. Awwww so fun to see you enjoying your time in Europe! Especially loved seeing you back at the London center! so sweet <3

  3. We just went to Paris for our 10 year anniversary last month. All your tips are true! I walked in one pair of shoes all 35-ish miles!
    I would suggest knowing opening and closing time of the top places you want to see, we got to two places too late in the evening. We did a bike tour as well towards the end of our trip, I would say so that one of the first days to get an idea of places you might want to go back!
    Can’t wait to go again!

  4. This is such a fun post! And I LOVED the video at the end! Makes me want to go on a trip soon. Love you.

  5. I’m in London on BYU’s Study abroad right now so it was so fun to see that in your video as I’m sitting here in the London Centre watching it! I have two weeks left! Do you have any recommendations of must-dos (food, things you saw, markets, etc,) before I leave?!

    1. Oh yay that’s so fun!! I love it there so much. Have you been to Wagamamas (I’m SURE you have) or Fisher’s? They’re featured in the video and they have the BEST Fish & Chips in all of London! Also we used to love to go to Harrod’s on Saturday night right before they closed and take advantage of their half priced desserts since they’re closed until Monday.

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