The first thing for an Australian tourist travelling to Europe is to know the cheapest flight to get in! Once you’re in the continent, you’ll find it cheaper to travel to next destination. Flights from Sydney to Warsaw, Milan, Paris, Rome, Barcelona and Frankfurt, are usually less than $900. Flights to London and Copenhagen would charge slightly less than $1000, while Venice and Kiev would go over that.
Once you get your tickets booked and have your itinerary sorted, there are some things to take note of! Read the following to know them in brief.
Things an Australian tourist should know on his European holidays:
You need a SIM card for every country: If you are travelling to more than one European country, one SIM card won’t work for you. You would need a new one at every country you travel to.
Ways to save money:
Europe, as we all know, is very pricey. However, you have two options to cut on costs. At first, live like a local, stay and eat at affordable places. Secondly, travel to cheaper places like Portugal, Berlin and South of Spain. However, if visiting the Eiffel Tower or feeling the French connection if your main goal, you’ll have to spend more.
Everything is shut in the afternoon:
If you take a stroll at mid-afternoon you’ll suddenly see every window shut and every door closed. People go for a siesta at this time and they get back to work after 4 p.m. So, keep the shopping-spree for the evenings!
Eat at selective places:
The Michelin 5 star dinning and local bistros would add to your culinary desires, but you might come across places with average food quality and taste. Do a little research before getting into your gastronomic mood.
Italy is where you get your coffee:
Most places in Europe won’t serve you coffee the way you are used to. Italy is probably the only place where the coffee can live up to your mark.
Wine is water:
European holidays are incomplete without having the best of wines in your life! They are not just cheap but they also come in extensive variety.
Smoke everywhere: being an Australian you might believe that the world has stopped smoking. However, you will find most public places filled with fumes.
Locals eat late:
you are probably a typical Australian who eats on time or probably before time. Most restaurants popular to tourists have two dinner timing, one at 7 p.m. for tourists and other at 9:30 p.m. for locals. However, to have a proper experience and to mingle with locals, you should eat late.
everybody you can think of – from young to old, have a tendency to ‘hang out’. You will always find the plazas and piazzas bustling with groups of people. Europeans always make time for their loved ones! You might also get lucky to talk to the locals here and enhance your itinerary options.
The truth is Europe is not far away! You simply need a day of traveling to come from one side of the world to the other. So, book your dates and get ready to experience some amazing food, people and places to see!