From sleeping overnight at Barcelona airport and still near miss flight ,to almost losing passports in athens airport , to riding cycles in countryside of Amsterdam , to skydiving in Spain ,to scuba and cliff jumping in santorini , to swimming in open sea , tp smoke filled coffee shops in Amsterdam , to loads of beer, wine and sangaria , to driving to Spain border to explore vegas of spain , to caught by Spanish police , to living the Zindagi na Milegi Dobara moment , to watching the most beautiful rainbow of my life , to visiting th all possible non touristy places , this vacation was memorable.
If you like a planned holiday , can't sleep without eating Indian curry in night , like visiting all places which are there in typical tourist map , can't take risks , scared of traveling in local bus/metro , don't like to talk to locals ; this blog might not help you. I have also visited EUROPE in 2012 in Group tour with SOTC and you see a comparison in various places .
10 Travel Tips of traveling in Europe:
1. SIM Card - Buy from local airport
2. Communication in Spain - Learn few basic communicaiton sentence
3. Travel Light
4. Stay in apartement ; local advice (airbnb types)
5. Plan in advance
6. Skip museaums some time and do relaxing afternoon
7. Buy a day pass in Europe for unlimited travel in Metro /Bus
8. Supermarket /Grocery shops are much cheaper to stock breakfast/beer/wines
HOW much should I budget per day?
Pro Tip for Airlines - Budget airlines - Ryanair and VuelingNot To Miss - GYROS and Crepes in Fira santorini
Massage in Amsterdam airport (2 Euros)
The cliffside towns of Oia and Fira are the two main towns on the inner side of the island. Both towns overlook the famous caldera. Both these towns offer great sunset views and angles to get photos of blue-topped churches and blue-rimmed houses.
There’s more to the city than just coffee shops and red lights. I love this city so much, I lived here for a short period of time in 2006. Cobblestone and brick streets weave around lovely canals. Amsterdam has a vibrant art and music scene and friendly locals willing to help you out.
Finally, Ryanair’s check in luggage policy, hand carry policy &flight policy are very stringent and stingy. The hand carry luggage is smaller than Easyjet and when you miss your flight, it is all over ( new tickets are very expensive ) where else Easyjet allows u to change flight with some charges. Worst, for Ryanair, you need to check in online, if not a hefty charge is imposed!
And my biggest culture advice is to not expect everyone to speak English to you. Many people do as it is a universal language, but we had a much better experience and response from the locals when we tried to speak in the native language first, no matter how dumb we sounded. It is not only smart, it is respectful.