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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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Making Your Way to Barcelona

Making Your Way to Barcelona

Five years ago I knew I was going to spend all of September in Europe.

But all I had booked were round-trip flights from San Francisco to London.

I hadn’t made a decision about which places to visit. So many interesting choices, so little time.

I came up with several possible itineraries, and one would have taken me south from Madrid to Granada, northeast to Barcelona, and from there into Southern France.

But instead, I flew to Prague, wound my way north to Berlin, south to Munich and the Austrian Tirol, west to France’s Alsace, north to Amsterdam, and back to London. Alas, each stop was hundreds of miles from Spain.

But something I just saw has got me thinking again about making my way to Barcelona.

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