These money saving Euro travel tips are essential if you’re planning a trip there in the coming year.
Ronica Cleary’s Money Saving European Travel Tips:
- Carry-on restrictions are different including the size and weight of your carry-on luggage. Plan ahead and check out the restrictions on the flight provider’s website before you leave North America, or you’ll likely be learning the hard way in the form of extra baggage fees!
- Most cars in Europe are stick shift. In fact, 85% of all cars in Europe are sold with stick shifts, whereas 95% of North American cars roll off the lot with an automatic. That doesn’t mean you’ll not be able to rent an auto in Europe, but you’ll pay at least 3x as much for the pleasure — and that’s even if there’s one available at the place you rent from. So, make sure you know how to drive a stick shift or be prepared to pay the price!
- Appliances run on 220 volts in Europe, contrary to North America’s 120 volt system. What Ronica is saying about converters is true, the cheap ones do overheat. I suggest spending over $100 and reading the reviews carefully for any converter you buy. If you’re staying at a modern hotel or motel, don’t worry about your smartphone or tablet if that’s all you need to charge, nearly all rooms have usb built into their outlets which put out 5 volts.
- Ladies, buy a 220 curling iron if that sort of thing is important to you. Same with a hairdryer if you just can’t do without.
- Expect to pay for WiFi in Europe. It’s true folks, you’ll rarely find even an expensive hotel that lets you surf on their connection for free. Check out this post and do your research before you set off thinking you’ll be able to connect to your company’s servers or stream your favorite vlogs without incurring expensive charges.
If you notice any glaring omissions that fellow Euro-travelers should know, do leave a quick comment down below. Us travelers got to stick together!