Tips on travelling to Europe (part 2)

11:16:00 AM

Firence, Italy


I think it’s about time to make part 2 of this post. So if you’re a traveller and you happen to travel to Europe - here are some things you should know.
P.S. Many people commented on my last post saying those tips can be used all around the world. They probably can, but since i’ve never been outside the Europe yet (but i’m working on changing that ;) ), i didn’t want to write about something i’m not 100% sure of.

1. Carry a map everywhere. And i’m talking about good ol’ old-fashioned map. You never know how good wifi connection will be (and will you have it at all) so you can’t count on Google maps. And, although it may be fun to get lost sometimes, there are some situations where it’s not so fun. So, safety first.

2. Don’t miss festivals! Some of the best music festivals in the world take place in Europe. Exit in Serbia (i’m not putting it first only because i’m from Serbia, it’s seriously ranked #1 on many lists), Tomorrowland in Belgium, Sziget in Hungary, Glastonbury in the UK are just some of them. No matter what kind of music you listen to, you’ll find something for yourself. There is an atmosphere specific only to festivals - full of good vibes, TON of people came just to have fun and are super chill, you’re able to hear so many great bands, artists and DJs LIVE and also discover new ones. It’s a party than lasts several days, without stopping.

3. Open your mind. This may seem like an obvious thing, almost crucial if you’re a traveller. But this is a reminder. Don’t assume something is wrong just because it’s different from what you’re used to.
Also, i’m living in Serbia and many people think really horrible things about us, because of all the things western media have been saying (yet, we are bombed by them - NATO in fact, who called that mission Merciful angel. Oh the irony. After looking at all the dead people and ruined buildings, merciful angel wouldn’t be the first thing that would come to my mind). Yet, we are not that bad as we’re portrayed. Many, many people had an amazing experience travelling here. (I may sound really subjective talking about this, so my recommendation is Charles Cather’s youtube channel. Go check it out)

4. Learn. Of course, you can just visit and take pictures of all must-see things, but for full experience i think it’s great to learn a thing or two about the history of the city or country you’re visiting. You’ll understand it better. Plus, you’re not on the boring history class in school, you won’t believe how interesting (and juicy!) information you can find.

5. Eat. As i mentioned here, i love trying new food, so eating food that is characteristic to country i'm visiting is the must-do thing for me. It may not be croissant in France, pizza in Italy or beer in Prague, but give it a chance.

Picture taken in Florence 2014.

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45 comments

  1. This is great! I'll save this directly in my bookmarks for the time when I finally get up and travel.

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  2. If I can add, the one thing I need is always a prepaid local SIM card that allows me to make phone calls and use the internet. Especially in western countries, using apps and maps are a breeze!

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  3. Helpful tips for traveling. Traveling really firs open the mind. I love to experience new things! There are so many places I want to visit.

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  4. Totally agree with all the points. Especially map and food. Europe is my favourite continent to travel across and through. Venice being the fav.

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  5. Love the points you've laid out! I'll be saving this!

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  6. I once went to Paris, and I saw a couple kissed each other on a bridge. So romantic. Yes, I should be open minded, as in my own country, that thing is taboo.

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    1. That's so cute, i guess it can be seen everywhere in Paris because, after all, it's a city if romance. Where are you from?

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  7. Good tips! I have never made my way out of the US yet, but I do need to remember a few of these for my next trip. I LOVE trying new food!

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    1. Thank you! I wish to travel to the US :)

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  8. Very good tips! I like the last one, "eat". There are so many people that don't want to get out of their comfort zone and never try new foods. It's always funny to see how full the McDonalds from the touristic places are, especially in Italy. I find that a blaspheme, how can you be in Italy and eat from McDonalds? Haha! :)

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    1. I agree! I could partly understand it if they don't have McDonald's in their country, but still..

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  9. Me being born in Asia, have only been to Europe 5 times. Pretty important tips actually. And sadly I missed the October Fest in Germany this year ;p Great Article.

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  10. I was already anticipating the EAT on the list. Hahaha. Most of the times, aside from the scenery of the place, people tend to be motivated to go to a certain place for their food. And hell yeah, I have been wanting to go to a place for their parties and events. Soon!

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    1. Only is you do it all you can have the full experience :) Happy travelling!

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  11. Beautiful picture, being in Europe myself, I have one more sugestion: always bring your passaport with you, because at least in Portugal you may not be able to find your embassy.

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    1. Thank you! That's a smart thing to do, i always carry it with me :)

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  12. Wonderful article. Europe is no 1 in my travel list though we still have to pick up which country first!

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  13. Wonderful article. Europe is no 1 in my travel list though we still have to pick up which country first!

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    1. Thank you! I would honestly suggest you Italy, there are so many wonderful places to visit, wonderful food and language and probably weather, everything is wonderful haha

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  14. Awesome! Almost everyone wanted to go in Europe. You're lucky you don't even have to go that far! I'll keep these tips when I find myself there :)

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  15. One of the main things on my hit list when we can afford is to take our 7 seater with a full rack on the roof and travel Europe in the 6 weeks holidays with the children. I can't wait to do this, it will be such an adventure. I'll be hitting up your blog for lots of tips :)

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    1. That sounds great and i'm sure you'll have soo much fun! And you can visit many things during 6 weeks!:) If i can help you with anything or give you some more tips, feel free to ask me :)

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  16. I haven't been to Europe yet, but having a map could have definitely helped me out when I went to the Bahamas!

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  17. You are definitely right, saying to be open-minded. Though I have hardly met any travelers not being open-minded. That is what I love about travelers, thanks for pointing that out again :)

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    1. That's true, travelling teaches you to accept all differences and other cultures :)

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  18. Great tips and definitely need to travel more

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  19. Good Post!!! I'm sure that since you are working on making your upcoming travel plans happen that you will be posting about it soon. Needless to say but I'm going to say it anyway, which is that you are going to have an absolute blast with awe inspiring experiences. Are you going to travel solo or with a travel buddy. It maters but which ever travel style you choose, take in the moments!

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    1. Thank you!! I always travel with 2 best friend of mine or with my family. I still don't have a courage to travel solo. What travel style do you prefer? :)

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  21. Hi nice blog you've got.I hope you visit mine too
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  22. Lovely blog. I love to travel and have been to several countries in the world. In Europe, I have been to Italy, Spain, France, Hungary and Netherlands. My husband and I use google maps. It makes life so much easy. You have shared some lovely tips. Are there any more parts coming up?

    Fatima | www.blogsbyfa.com

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    1. Thank you! Maybe i will. Do you plan on visiting more places in Europe? :)

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  23. am African but truth be told this post is awesome and great also... nice one again dunja...

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  24. Thanks for sharing the tips. I've never been to Europe. Which countries are a must see for a first-timer?

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    1. I'd say Italy, France, Greece, Russia.. but whatever you choose you won't regret it :)

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  25. Always loving reading your posts. I almost missed this one! Oops :) Anyway, great tips and I definitely agree with the tip no.2, festivals are a must-see thing in Europe! xx

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  26. Eating is one of my favorite things to do when I travel! It is definitely something I research and ask the locals about because I love it so much and food is such a great representation of a place and its history.

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