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Planning to tour Europe anytime soon and not sure of how to make the plans? No worries because travel planning is both interesting and hectic. But when you know all the important nuances of planning, the whole process gets easier and you will come up with effective plans. All you need to consider are the basic research about the countries you want to visit, the visa process, money exchange, flight tickets and local travel and food expenses. It’s high time you know about the process and plan a trip to Europe!

How to plan a trip to Europe for a vacation?

The main things you need to plan are

List of countries you want to visit and the weather conditions

Decide on the number of days of travel

Work on the Visa

Book flight tickets well in advance

Choose the best money exchange agency

Allocate money for local travel and food

List out the countries you want to visit and the weather conditions. The first and foremost thing to do is do the ground research and make a detailed list of the countries that you want to visit in Europe. Make sure you know all the basic details of the country. Here are some of the best countries in Europe that you can try visiting on your vacation. France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Austria and Croatia are some of the most famous and top-rated countries in Europe.

Sort the countries according to the weather conditions, the best time to travel and countries with the easiest visa processes. Mostly, the European countries are best to visit during summer (from April to June) and August to September. The temperature ranges from 10 to 25 degrees celsius so you can leisurely spend time in every country

Decide on the number of days of travel.

Planning is the most important and basic thing about travelling. First, you need to plan the total number of days you are going to spend in Europe. The most common and recommended time frame is 2 weeks to tour as many countries as possible. You’ll need at least 10-12 days to explore a minimum of 5 countries. You can extend your trip as long as you wish but plan to spend at least 10 days in Europe to enjoy the most.

If you have some favourite countries on your mind, then you can spend more days in that particular country. For example, if you want to stay in Paris and Rome for 2 days each, then you can allocate more days for France and Italy and book tickets accordingly.

Work on the Visa

Indians need to get a Schengen visa which is more like a tourist visa to visit Europe for a vacation or short visit. You can travel to all the countries that come under the Schengen list. Mostly all European countries come under the Schengen countries list except the United Kingdom. You should have at least 3000 EUROS in your bank account for 6 months in order to apply for a Schengen visa.

Schengen Visa Process

Apply for a Schengen visa either by yourself or through an agency

Have all the documents ready

Book an interview slot

Attend the interview and wait till your visa is processed

The visa process will take at least 2-4 weeks so the faster you do it, the sooner you will get to travel to Europe!

Book the tickets will in advance

Booking flight tickets very well in advance is one of the best and highly recommended things to do while planning for an international trip. And by doing this, you will also save a lot of money. After your visa gets processed and stamped, you can book your tickets and get ready to fly!

And while booking, check for the best airways with the least number of hours of layover. Also, check with 2-3 airlines and do a comparative study on the ticket costs and then book your tickets. Booking tickets as a round trip is the best way to save your money than booking separately.

Choose the best money exchange agency

Money exchange is another important step to do during any international travel. While you travel from India to Europe, you need to have at least 2,00,00 INR that is 2500 Euros (approx) for a 2-week trip. Thomas Cook, Quick Forex, ICICI, SBI express remit and HDFC quick remit are some of the best money exchange mediums in India. And also be very careful before exchanging a huge amount and exchange it with only a trusted firm because there are many fake and fraud forex agencies too.

Allocate money for local travel and food

Allocating extra money for local transportation, food, shopping and emergency use is an essential part of any local or international travel. You need to have at least 20,000 INR 250 Euros (approx) for all the above-listed things. You can enjoy the iconic dishes, desserts, buy the best souvenirs and experience the local rides and transportation.

This is the detailed process of how you can plan a trip to Europe in a very effective and stress-free way. All that’s left to do is start the process as soon as possible because the sooner the better. Travelling to European countries is one of the best experiences to enjoy at least once in a lifetime. Ancient cities, aesthetic buildings, authentic food, dance, art, culture and centuries-old histories that each country holds is inestimable!

Hope you now have a clear idea about how to plan a perfect trip to Europe. Follow all the above steps for a happy and hassle-free journey. You can extend your trip to as many days as you wish because the memories that you are going to create are going to travel with you for a lifetime! Also, you can check out Europe tour packages to choose the best pre-package that suits you the best! Have an impeccably splendid stay in Europe!

ThankGod Mark, a Europe Tour Packages travel consultant at Pickyourtrail and an avid traveller and blogger himself. He aims to reach out to more people with his travel stories and wishes to influence people in travelling more often.

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