4 mistakes people make when planning a trip to Europe

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The planning stage of a trip to Europe is a lot more crucial than you would think and making simple mistakes can add a lot to your travel costs.

There are a number of things you can do to avoid having to pay for things you didn’t expect to, so that you can concentrate on enjoying your trip.

Here are four mistakes people make when planning a trip to Europe and how to avoid them:

1. Cramming in too many places

One thing we’re all guilty of when planning to visit a new country is over-stuffing the itinerary. Europe is full of fascinating places, so it’s completely understandable. However, packing your time with trips to different places can cost a lot in travel money. Rushing from place to place can also stop you from enjoying the experience. Take your time, take in everything and don’t rush around the country or you’ll spend more time on the road than you will having fun. If you don’t get to see everything you want, there’s always next year.

2. Not applying for a European Health Insurance Card

One thing many people don’t consider is the possibility of illness or injury when planning a trip to Europe. This can be a huge error and result in medical bills. Quickly applying for your European Health Insurance Card can be a life saver. This will entitle you to free healthcare in 31 European countries. Fingers crossed you’ll never need your EHIC, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

3. Booking the wrong hotel

So many people choose to sacrifice location to save money on their hotel booking. It’s worth paying that bit extra for a hotel that’s close to the places you wish to visit, because you’ll find that the money you saved will probably be spent on taxis and trains anyway. Take plenty of time and choose the hotel in the best location.

4. Forgetting to contact your phone carrier

Another thing that holidaymakers forget is to check how much it’s going to cost them to make calls in the country they’re visiting. Always contact your carrier before you travel.

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