Never thought luxury European vacations was quite in your grasp — too out-there, too foreign, too unaffordable? We’d argue that’s just not the case! The truth is, right now is a great time to start planning first-time travel to Europe, since you’ll currently find pretty competitive pricing for European vacations on airline seats and accommodations. In fact, you can plan a whole escape for not much more than you’d spend on a resort vacation in the Caribbean or Mexico. You just have to be open to new experiences, ones that can broaden your mind — and just maybe change your life forever. Photo by Jad Limcaco on Unsplash
That’s the magic of Europe. Ready to experience it?
Luxury European Vacations: Three Tips for First-Time Travelers in Europe
1. Makeover Your European Vacation Expectations:
If you’re used to luxury cruises or luxury resorts stays in the sunny Caribbean, know that you’re in for a different kind of vacation across the pond. A vacation in Europe isn’t necessarily about getting in rest and relaxation — though you can certainly build some of that into your itinerary! — rather, it’s about awakening all of your senses.
It’s about exploring the centuries-old architecture of the world’s greatest cities, putting your taste buds to the test with classic regional dishes and incredible wine, and relishing the sound of people rushing down the crowded city sidewalks, with a street musician’s joyful tune floating above the commotion.
The journey doesn’t end when your plane lands in Europe. In fact, that’s just the beginning.
2. Start with the European Classics: Italy, France or England
If this is your first time planning a trip to Europe, start out with Italy, France, or England (particularly London).
These are considered classic European vacation destinations for a reason — they’re home to world-renowned art and cuisine and some of the most stunning natural beauty to be found on the continent. Plus, they’re fairly well traveled by other tourists, so you’ll be able to get around more easily without a good grasp on the native language.
Locals are used to helping (and often more than willing to do so!) tourists navigate their beloved city.
3. Don’t Be Intimidated:
The grand old continent, with its museums full of treasures and cobblestone streets full of busy inhabitants, can often feel mighty intimidating to a first-time traveler.
Things don’t slow down just because you’ve arrived on vacation! But that’s one of the great things about visiting Europe; you’re awash in authenticity. And things really aren’t intimidating as they look.
Take, for example, the stereotype that European locals (particularly Parisians) aren’t fond of American tourists. That stereotype is completely overblown — locals in any of the popular countries in Europe are very friendly and eager to help, although it’s a good idea to learn a few key words in the native language, particularly greetings, out of respect and politeness.
Don’t let fear hold you back from a vacation of a lifetime — Europe is far more welcoming than you think, and you have a trusty team of travel professionals to rely on every step of the way.