The best travel guides and itineraries to travel around Europe.
Europe is a continent located entirely in the Northern Hemisphere and mostly in the Eastern Hemisphere. It is bordered by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Asia to the east, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. It comprises the westernmost part of Eurasia. It is the 6th largest continent in the world.
Europe is commonly considered to be separated from Asia by the watershed divides of the Ural and Caucasus Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian and Black Seas and the waterways of the Turkish Straits.
Europe contains fantastic places like France, Portugal, the Netherlands, Spain, Greece and the United Kingdom and it is because of them that more than 710 million international tourists decided to travel to Europe in 2018. And the number is growing!
The weather in Europe is greatly affected by the warm Atlantic currents that soften winters and summers across much of the continent, even at latitudes where the climate in Asia and North America is harsher.
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In Europe alone were registered 713 million international tourist arrivals, or about half of the total number. Southern and Mediterranean Europe drove the growth; however, the Western and Central European countries remain not only the most visited in Europe, but also the top tourism destinations in the world. Whether you look forward to a city break, a romantic getaway, a family or beach holiday, a cultural or gastronomic trip, alone or with friends, you will be spoilt for choice.
The following guide explains how to plan a trip to Europe in 10 simple steps—so you can spend less time worrying about your travel arrangements and more time staring at pictures of castles and men in kilts.
1. If you don’t have a passport, it will take at least four to six weeks from the time of application for you to receive one.
2. Establish a budget as early as possible—even before you know your destination, travel dates, or itinerary. Some destinations are generally cheaper than others, but there are ways to save everywhere: travel in the off-season, pick budget accommodations, plan a shorter trip
3. Pick a destination.
4. Create a rough itinerary.
5. Because airfare will probably be the most expensive part of your trip, you’ll want to book it before anything else (car rental, hotel, etc.).
6. Book your accommodations.
Europe welcomes tourists 365 days a year – and each season offers a different atmosphere and experience.
Generally, tourism in Europe is divided into three seasons: high season, from mid-June to August, low season (April to mid-June and September to October) and low season (November to March).
Summer is an ideal time to travel especially in the coastal areas, but it is where you will find more tourists and high temperatures. Winter is the ideal time to visit the big Christmas markets in the main European cities.
Still, the sunny climate, long days and lush nightlife make Europe a powerful magnet for any time of year.
Depending on where you go, and how you travel; the trip can be relatively cheap or expensive. A backpacker who’s travelling through Eastern Europe is going to spend a lot less than someone who’s living the high life in Oslo. Prices vary depending on the season you visit Europe and the type of accommodation you choose.
Requirements for travel to Europe from other continents depend on nationality. For any European destination you will need a valid passport, a Schengen visa (later: ETIAS).
Currently, U.S. citizens may travel to Europe for up to 90 days without a visa.