6 Useful Tips for a Weekend in Europe

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You’ve found an unmissable offer and booked a flight to spend a weekend in Europe? That’s a great opportunity to have some fun, relax and visit new cities without spending too much time or money there. Here are 6 tips to help you organise your trip and plan the best experience!

#1 Plan before you leave

Of course a good trip requires advanced planning. There are many times throughout the year when it’s possible to find very cheap and convenient options for a trip. Many airlines put special offers during times like Autumn/Black Friday or Spring. You can look up the flights directly on the companies’ official websites, or you can use many useful travel apps and filter the results to find the best options for you. Be careful though: we recommend you not to book the trip through the app straightaway, but to always go check if the offers are also on the official websites of the companies first. This will grant you more security and sometimes it could also help you avoid surcharges. You can find some recommendations at the bottom of the article!

Once you’ve booked your flight, train or bus, it’s time to think about your itinerary. Since it’s only a quick weekend in Europe, you will not have a lot of time on your hands, hence you must make sure to make the best of it! Look up the places you want to see and the activities you want to do, and try to organise them according to a timetable.

Also don’t forget to do your research about the place you’re going to visit – health conditions, travel documentation that you need to enter the country, and other important information. This will allow you to travel safely and prevent inconveniences during your trip.

#2 Get all your documentation in advance

In order to avoid unpleasant surprises, such as being denied access to your destination country, make sure to have all your documents ready way before the day you leave. And if it’s a last-minute decision, make sure you already have everything you need before booking your trip. You can check out the government pages of the city you’re going to visit, see if you need a special VISA or other documentation to enter the country, and if so ask for it as soon as possible. Also don’t forget to check your Passport or ID expiration dates, just in case you need to renew them before you leave.

#3 Set up a budget and equipment

When you do your research, you may also want to look for information about the weather and the activities you may want to do there. This will help you find the best equipment for your travel: the best thing to do is not to bring too much, but still not too little. Be comfortable but also cautious.

If the weather is mild, dress in layers so that you’ll be able to adapt easily to different temperatures without the need to bring too many clothes. You may also want to choose more specific and appropriate outfits if you’re planning to do an activity like, let’s say, playing a sport or going to the opera.

As for the matter of safety, don’t forget to bring an adequate medical equipment and emergency kit which will suffice for the duration of your trip. Make sure to also have some cash on you – not too much though! – just in case you need it in a moment when you can’t use your credit card. Always keep your money and important documents safe, maybe in a compact document holder, which you can put in a safe pocket of your backpack in order to make sure not to lose it while you’re around. Finally, save some extra space just in case you want to bring back something from your special weekend in Europe!

#4 Manage your time

Since your stay is going to be only about 2 or 3 days, one way to make the best of it is to plan your visits and activities in advance. Make a list of the attractions you’re interested in and try to put them in an order so that it will be fast and easy for you to visit them during the days of your stay. Try to use the online maps to calculate time and distances between the places you want to see and choose the combination which is more convenient to you.

If you’re planning to do a specific activity which requires an entrance, we also strongly recommend you to check if you can book the tickets online. This will often give you the chance to save some time once there and sometimes you will also be able to benefit from special offers if you buy them some time in advance.

#5 Stay in the city centre

For a trip like this, the best option is to stay in the city centre. This way, you’ll save time and money on transport and will get the opportunity to visit all the main attractions easily during your stay. We recommend you to stay at a hostel, especially if you’re on a budget. Not only it’s cheaper and can grant you a great location, it’s also a precious opportunity to experience the culture of the country you’re visiting, to improve your language skills and also meet a lot of travellers like you.

And if you prefer not to share a room with people you don’t know, hostels often provide private rooms as well. They’re a bit more expensive, but they will give you the privacy and space that you need without depriving you of the chance to experiences the advantages and the atmosphere of an hostel.

#6 Try local food and nightlife

Another great way to make the best of your short stay in a new city is to try its traditional food. There are plenty of restaurants, cafes, taverns and bakeries where you can taste the local specialties at reasonable costs. What’s more, if you’re looking forward to meet new people, some pubs very often organise social activities such as karaoke, tandem nights where you can practice speaking other languages, live music and much more.

The best way to find these events is to check out the social media pages of the facilities. It’s becoming more and more common for the activities to be advertised on there! The same applies to nightclubs if you don’t want to waste any of your time there – even at night! – and feel like going out partying with your travel buddies!

#Bonus: A couple useful links before you go!

Travel apps to find offers:

Some websites to book your accommodation:

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