3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Traveling To Europe

Things i wish i knew before traveling to Europe_ Aly monique in front of Paris pillars

I did so much research and tried my best to prepare for my first ever trip to Europe. After actually spending time there, and experiencing what it is like traveling there for a month there were a lot of things I wish I knew prior. I rounded up my top 3 things I wish I knew before traveling to Europe.

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1. Small Luggages 

I feel like many travelers overpack! I am totally guilty of this LOL. But let me tell you, when you go to Europe, do not bring that extra large luggage! When I went to Europe for the first time, I used the normal check-in sized luggage, and I felt that was even way too much! I ended up wearing pretty much the same thing ALL the time and only like 2 pairs of shoes.

Based on what I wore, I know I completely overpacked and I should have used a smaller suitcase. I really didn’t need to bring 5 pairs of shoes… If I was more realistic, everything I needed would have fit in an airplane carry on sized luggage. Make sure to pack light so that everything will fit into a smaller bag, you definitely do not need large luggages for Europe.

This one is a really great choice of rolling carry ones. When I went to Europe, I also used this weekender bag. It’s large enough to fit more items and it also has a shoe compartment which is perfect for storing extra shoes when they will not fit in the carry on.

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Another reason to use a smaller luggage is because of the public transport system. I took the train from London to Paris and it was so DIFFICULT to lift a 50 pound luggage in the luggage rack. Not to mention if you walk to the nearest train station. It may be hard to push your bag across cobblestones and up the hills to get to the public transport system.

2. Comfortable walking shoes 

You are basically RUNNING around EVERYWHERE! and if you take a tour…you will be trying just to keep up with your tour guide. I had this problem in Italy. I got lost in the crowds and literally had to run after my group because I kept losing them in the crowds. When I was in London and Paris, I walked so much that my feet were killing me and needed an Epsom soak every night. You definitely need super comfy shoes. Ones made for walking.

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For about a week, I walked over 20,000 steps EACH day! When you want to see everything, you might do a lot more walking than you expected. So make sure that you have really comfortable shoes! My feet were hurting after my first day in sneakers, I cannot even image wearing cute heels or those really cute (but super uncomfortable) sandals! My shoes were lifesavers for these 20,000+ steps days. Comfortable shoes are definetly things to buy before traveling to Europe.

3. Figure Out Public Transport ASAP

Walking around can get really tiring! Trust me I know…after a week of over 20,000 steps PER DAY! I really wish I understood the public transport system before going to Europe. Or at least knew to attempt it rather than just walking or using Uber to get around. Although I really like walking around to find new and interesting things, it was really tiring. I felt like I was too tired to appreciate everything around me and all I wanted to do was sit down.

In London, you can use the public transport system with an Oyster Card. Its the way you pay for all your rides, whether it is a bus, tram, or tube. I would at least be familiar with the transport system before heading to London. There is soo much to see and a lot of it is fairly spread out! You can learn more about London’s public transport system here.

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In Paris, I would say think about using their public Metro system. Just because of the language barrier it might be kinda hard to make sure you are going to the right stop. The buses were fairly easy to use so definitely utilize that. I walked around A LOT in Paris, granted not as much as 20,000 steps a day. But still significantly more than I would on a normal day. You can learn more about Paris’s public transport system here.

Even though I specifically mention London and Paris, the public transport system anywhere in Europe can be very useful. I only had experience with these cities, but other travelers and citizens use the public transport system all over Europe. I wish I knew more about the public transport system before traveling to Europe.

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In Conclusion

These are my top 3 things I wish I knew before traveling to Europe for the first time. With the number of things to see and do in Europe, you definitely need to wear compy shoes and utilize the public transport system.

Learn from my mistake and make sure to balance between walking places and using modes of transport to make sure you are not so tired and cannot enjoy your views and surroundings around you. I also recommend using a piece of smaller luggage, especially if you are going to be traveling to different areas using public transport. Keep these things in mind for your first trip to Europe. It will make things easier for you in Europe!

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Share YOUR thoughts!

For those who have traveled to Europe already, what kind of advice would you want to share with those who still have not been? Would you find this info useful before you traveled to Europe? Share your thoughts and advice down below!

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