Category: Travel Tips

Tips for Traveling to Europe

Tips for Traveling to Europe

(Tales Told From The Road just completed a virtual month-long trip across Europe visiting France’s Alsace and Austria’s Tirol regions, and the cities of Berlin, Dresden and Munich in Germany, Prague in the Czech Republic, plus Amsterdam and London. Here are some tips for planning your next European journey.)

Here are some things to know before you go if you are an American tourist planning a trip to Europe this year:

Trip StuffPassports: Check the expiration date on your passport.  Some European countries will deny you entry unless your passport will be valid for 3-6 months after your scheduled date of return to the U.S. Others (like Turkey and Russia) require you to have a visa as well as a U.S. passport.

Renewing your passport is cheaper than getting a new one issued(More information).

Rail passes: Rail Europe is one of the largest sellers of European train rail passes and point-to-point train tickets.  You need to have your Rail Europe pass in hand before leaving home; you can’t buy one in Europe(More information).

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How to Cut Travel Costs by Taking a Group Tour

How to Cut Travel Costs by Taking a Group Tour

I’m not a die-hard travel bargain hunter.

And I travel “independently” rather than taking group tours.

Grand Canyon Tour Bus
(Grand Canyon National Park Flickr Photo)

But last week at a nearby high school I took an “adult-ed” evening class entitled “Travel Bargain Secrets” and learned about a novel way to use a group tour to save on travel expenses, even if you don’t want to tour with a group.

Here’s how it works.

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Amtrak: A Time and Cost Competitive Mode of Travel?

Amtrak: A Time and Cost Competitive Mode of Travel?

I’ve ridden trains back and forth across Europe. Doing so has been easy, comfortable, and reasonably affordable.

But train travel in the U.S. is problematic. Few passengers trains run to few places all too few times a day or week. And all are operated by Amtrak.

Amtrak Carriage
(Francis Storr Flickr Photo)

Nevertheless, sometimes you do have the option of taking the train as well as driving or flying, so I sat down to figure out which was best for visiting one of my favorite destinations.

Here’s what I learned.

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