Traveling can be one of the most transformative experiences a person can go through. Whether it be domestically in the United States or abroad in Europe, there are some great tips to follow when traveling.

Visa Requirements
Make sure that you’re updated on the requirements to visit the different countries in Europe. This is one thing that can quickly turn a fun trip into a nightmare. Most countries in Europe don’t require a visa for a quick visit. Prior to your trip, do a quick online search for tourist visa requirements and if you have to obtain the visa when you arrive at the airport or online before you get there.

Fly Smart
There are so many airlines to choose from when planning your flight abroad. Make sure that you don’t skip the “budget airlines” in your search. Most times, you’ll find that you can fly almost anywhere using cheaper outlets. The least expensive seats tend to sell the fastest so make sure to snap them up before they’re gone. Take a look at any additional fees and taxes that may not be included in the advertised rate.

Plan in Advance
It may sound obvious but make your reservations in advance. Sure, you’re going to be having the time of your life in Europe. That doesn’t mean that you can’t plan the details out well in advance. If you’re traveling during peak travel season, it’s even wiser to make these plans in advance to avoid any potential booking issues.

Find the Secrets
Of course you’re going to want to visit popular cities like Paris, Rome, and Berlin. Look for the hidden gems though! Ask the local residents if they have any recommendations for lesser known sites to visit as a tourist. You’ll get the opportunity to take a little peek at the local culture a little closer than if you were to head to a tourist hotspot. Before arriving at your destination, doing a little research won’t hurt. It’ll give you an idea of good spots that are also safe to visit. Safety should also be at the front of your mind when traveling anyway.