Europe Trip Planning

In this section we cover the trip planning items that are common for Europe trips. Read through this section first and then go to the country section for more specific information for that country.

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Booking a Trip to Europe (overview): An overview of when to go, where to go, how to book the trip.

Booking a Flight: How to find good fares, business class, open jaw tickets.

Low Cost Airlines: Information and tips about some of Europe's low cost airlines.

Booking a Rental Car: Renting a car in Europe, how to book, what to consider.

Alternative to Car Rental: Purchasing a car in Europe may be a better alternative than renting, especially if you plan to travel slow, and you actually do need or want a new car.

Booking Hotels and B&Bs: How to book accommodations in Europe, what to look for.

Hotel Booking Process, an Insider's Perspective: a hotel manager explains the ins and outs of booking a hotel through booking sites and through the hotel's website.

Choosing a Hotel Using the Internet: A hotel manager/experienced traveler provides perspective on what to consider and look for when choosing hotels by using the information found on various internet sites.

Booking Hostels: How to find and book good hostels, inexpensive accommodations all over Europe, recommended hostels.

B&Bs in Europe: Comparison of how Bed and Breakfasts vary in different European countries.

Travel Insurance: Do you need travel insurance for your trip?

Planning for Your Pet's Care: Suggestions on what to do with your pet, especially for extended travel.

Purchasing Train Tickets: How to buy train tickets for travel in Europe.

European Cell Phones: Options for using a cell phone in Europe, how to purchase a cell phone and SIM card.

Buying Luggage: Detailed notes on suitcases, carryon bags, travel accessories and packing.

Top Travel Books: all time favorite travel books for countries around the world.

Buying Guidebooks, Maps, Novels: Notes about guidebooks and maps in general for Europe. What to read to prepare for Europe.

Word Translator: Use this page to look up a word translation.

Learn a Language: If you are traveling to any country except the United Kingdom and Ireland, it is a good idea to learn some of the language spoken in the country.

"Time, time, what is time? Swiss manufacture it. French hoard it.
Italians squander it. Americans say it is money. Hindus say it does not exist.
You know what I say? I say time is a crook."
- - From the movie Beat the Devil directed by John Huston,
written by John Huston and Truman Capote (1954) - -

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How to Use this Web Site: Use the Slow Travel website to plan your European vacation.

What is Slow Travel: All about vacation rentals, how to find them, how to book them, what to expect.

Your First Trip to Europe - Advice from Experienced Travelers: General advice for traveling in Europe by members of the Slow Travel Message board.

You Can Afford Europe This Year!: Tips for saving money, from experienced travelers, Kathy Wood and Pauline Kenny.

Travel Consultants: Lists of travel consultants to help you plan your trip.

Tour Guides: Lists of tour guides for Europe.

Booking Your Vacation Online - How to Evaluate Websites: How to tell by the website if it is a reputable business. Stephanie from Rome.

Coping with Jetlag: Planning your trip so you get over jetlag quickly - various viewpoints.

Bob the Navigator's Europe Trip Planning

Bob's Trip Planning: Planning help from Bob the Navigator with sample itineraries for Italy and other European destinations.

Bob's Thinking and Planning Small: Plan a trip and stay in the wonderful small towns, instead of the cities.

Bob's Travel Tips: 22 travel tips for Europe.

Traveling With Children

Enjoying Europe with Young Children: How to make the trip work for the whole family.

The Trials, Tribulations and Treasures of Traveling with Teens: Suggestions for traveling with your teenagers.

Finding Family Friendly Accommodations: Traveling with Kids to Europe? Things to Consider When Selecting Accommodations.

Vacation Rentals with Children: Guide to finding kid-friendly vacation rentals.

Traveling to Rome with Children: tips and resources for traveling to Rome with young children. Many of these suggestions are applicable no matter the destination.

Different Types of Trips

Large Groups, Seniors, Traveling Solo, Disability Travel

Planning and Executing a Large Group Trip to Europe: Planning suggestions for taking a large group to Europe.

Slow & Solo - The (almost) Guilt Free Travel Alternative: Tips for successful trips traveling alone.

Tips for Traveling With A Senior: How to plan a successful trip with a senior.

Disabled Travelers: Notes about accessibility in Europe, traveling with limited mobility.

Getting Ready for your Trip

Airline Security: Links to check current carryon regulations and security information.

European Trip Checklist: Pauline's checklist for preparing for your trip.

What do I wear?: Dressing ideas for Europe.

Packing for a Trip to Europe: How and what to pack for a trip to Europe.

Packing Light: Packing advice from a light packer - one carryone and a small backpack for a trip to Europe.

Packing Not-Light: Advice from someone who takes a lot of luggage and does longer trips.

How to Survive the Heat of Summer Travel: Tips for keeping cool when traveling in the summer.

Avoid Theft - Don't Get Ripped Off When Traveling: Advice for taking precautions when traveling.

Money Matters

Currency Converter: Use this page to do a quick currency conversion.

SWIFT money transfers: You may need to transfer money to Europe for payments.

Converting Money: Saving Money with your dollars and euro. Exchanging money, ATMs, Credit Cards.

Making International Phone Calls

Calling To, From and Within Europe - How to Dial: Dialing instructions for calling to Europe from the US/Canada, calling from Europe, calling within Europe.

International Phone Cards/Calling Plans: How to pay for your calls to and from Europe - ZapTel Phone Cards, Tel3Advantage Calling Plan.

Calling To Europe From the US - Best Way to Pay for Calls: Options for paying for international calls from the US.

Calling To the US/Canada From Europe - Best Way to Pay for Calls: Options for paying for calling home from Europe.

Cell Phones, Computers, Electronics, Cameras

European Cell Phones: Options for using a cell phone in Europe.

Roaming with Cell Phones in Europe: If traveling to more than one country, you need a SIM card that lets you easily roam in Europe.

Bringing your Electronics to Europe: Plug and telephone adapters, what you will need to bring.

Internet Access in Europe: Using Internet Cafes or bringing your computer to connect to the Internet.

Traveling with a Digital Camera: Preparing for your trip - what you need to bring, options for storing digital photos while traveling.

Pack Information on an iPod Touch: Stop carrying loose papers, maps and reviews on your trip. Put your iPod Touch to work.

Miscellaneous

The Ordinary Tourist's Guide to Appreciating Modern Art: How to enjoy modern art in European museums.

Podcasts for Travelers - All The World's A Pod: Recommended travel podcasts, directories and software.

Fun With Google Earth: Explore the world from your computer at home - how to use Google Earth.

Get Lost!!: Getting lost when traveling, how to best deal with it and why it can be fun.

Peter's Hotel List: Peter's favorite hotels around the world.

Resources: Pages of links for websites for European Trip Planning.

Europe Postcards

A Quick Trip To Frankfurt and England: So, You've Got an Interview in Frankfurt on Monday, eh? Jeff needed to be in Frankfurt on Monday for two days of interviews, after which he was headed to UK for more. This is a short summary of events trying, trying, trying to get there.

Recommended Guidebooks and Maps

Europe on a Dime: Five-Star Travel on a One-Star Budget by Dru Pearson (Dru on our Forums)

This is a good book if you want to go to Europe, don't know how to afford it or never traveled with a tour. Lots of tips on eating, booking vacation rentals, and making the most of your time without spending most of your money.

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Europe - DK Eyewitness Travel Guide, by Ferdie McDonald, Claire Marsden & Paul Jackson

Dorling Kindersley Publishing, revised edition, 2010

This is a good book if you know you want to travel in Europe but are not sure where you want to go. It covers: Great Britain, Ireland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland.

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Michelin Europe: Tourist and Motoring Atlas, spiral-bound

Complete road atlas for Europe with western Europe at a scale of 1:1,000,000, eastern Europe at 1:1,300,000, Scandinavia at 1:1,500,000 and Greece at 1:700,000. Good for multiple country trip planning.

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