Secrets of well-travelled twenty-somethings is presented in partnership with Visa, the easier and more secure way to take your money overseas. With Visa you can behave like a traveller, # notatourist.
You've settled on dates, booked your flights, packed your bags, started your holiday countdown on Facebook and got your Euros ready to go — all that's left to do now is board the plane. But before you do, here's what you need to know to nail your trip to the continent full of amazingly unique countries, history, hot boys and pizza. Safe travels, ladies!
Create a Daily Budget
Travelling is expensive, but it doesn't have to be if you're sensible when it comes to spending — by no means are we suggesting you skimp on fun (definitely don't to this, you deserve all the fun!). Allocate yourself a realistic daily budget — relative to where in Europe you’re travelling, because a Parisian getaway will be very different to a trip to Croatia — and if you’re working with $2,000 spending money for a two-week period that will give you just under $150 a day. Doing the math each day will ease a lot of stress and prevent you from over-spending at the beginning of your trip.
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Explore the Back Streets
Discovering an amazing park/restaurant/bar/street you didn't read about in the travel guides makes for the best holiday experiences. Venturing off the beaten track is exactly where you'll find the most delicious slice of pizza you've ever tried (in your life!) and a bar locals love — it will also make for a more authentic experience.
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Learn the Language
Knowing the basics in any language will make for a trouble-free holiday. TRUST. US.
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Make New Friends
Whether you're travelling on your own or with your favourite people, making new friends will be an added holiday bonus. Hostels and bars are a great way to find like-minded travel buddies.
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Avoid the Hot Tourist Spots
For a more authentic introduction to Europe try to avoid areas heavily populated with tourists (or at least during peak hour!). Not only are everyday things, like a coffee, bottle of water, or even a meal overpriced, if you visit the major attractions when they're busy you'll spend too long fighting through the crowds only to cue for hours to see the sights.
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Get Inspiration From Your Favourite Bloggers
Look to your favourite bloggers and Instagrammers for the best shopping and food destinations. If it's worthy of a blog post or an Insta pic then it's definitely worth your time. Just don't forget to take your own pic — it would be a shame to miss the Insta-opp.
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Buy a Good Camera
You're about to embark on a holiday of a lifetime, right? So make it count by taking photos you can look back on forever. Investing in a good camera is definitely worth the splurge, just make sure you insure it before you board the plane.
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