Planning a Last Minute Travel Trip to Europe

By Brad Alexzander

Planning your travel can be a big hassle: you need to know what things to pack, what things you should not miss, and what you should bring in order to have better travel and a good time at your destination. You need to get great tickets to where you want to go, and if you are going to Europe, you need to get really good deals because travel to Europe can be expensive. Moreover, you need to get good deals on the hotels and lodgings that you pick, because Europe is so picturesque, you need days and days to see what makes each city special.

Traveling last minute almost guarantees that you will lose out on some of the "book ahead" hotel deals that you might otherwise have found. There are a variety of other difficulties that can occur if you decide to travel on the spur of the moment. Insufficient planning can result in late arrivals which can certainly ruin any itinerary you had previously planned. It is also likely is that you will forget to pack crucial items such as travelers checks, passports, and international drivers licenses which can ruin a holiday. Two of the most common reasons holidays end in chaos are panic and distress.

If you want to plan a last minute travel trip to Europe, here are a few tips that you could take into account.

- Making lists can save your holiday. Even if are mentally aware of what needs to be done you want to put it on paper. Plan ahead for that unexpected trip, write down what you WOULD take to Europe if you were to suddenly hop on a plane tomorrow. You will even want to write down the basics of a passport and toiletries as these are commonly forgotten. Once you have written your list place it somewhere you will easily find it when the opportunity for travel arises.

- Talk to friends or agents who have traveled there already. Prepare lists of discounted lodging and find out if there are any items particularly necessary for European travel (i.e. power converters). Through your discussions with others you are creating resources for when you do find yourself winging your way to Europe.

- Subscribe or get log ins to discount hotels in Europe. This means that you need to get onto their website and log yourself in regularly in order to see what deals they have. This way, you are aware of what discounts there are, so that when you get to start going to Europe and have to travel at the last minute, you can immediately log on to the website that you need and get yourself discounts on lodging.

- Learn if any of your credit cards or insurance companies offer discounts when it comes to travel. Various credit cards offer reward points on air travel or entertainment tickets while some insurance companies have car rental discounts. Hopefully by now you realize that doing a bit of prior research should help you get some great deals!

- Subscribe to travel magazines and read about destinations in Europe. Read up on some history as well! This way, if you suddenly get the urge to go to Europe, you already know where to go and you don't mess up your touring plans.

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