7 Tips To Start Planning Eurosummer Now!
If you think you can plan the perfect Eurosummer in less than a few months, you're in for a reality check. Life ain't no Lizzy McGuire movie.
From picking your destinations, to budgeting and who to bring with you (!?) It's endless. But thankfully, we teamed up with the experts at Flight Centre to nail down the best tips to planning your European sojourn now so that the experience is more fun than hair-pulling.
1. Start saving at least six months out
Saving before you start your trip is critical (obvs). Simple cuts to nights out for dinner and drinks equates to more cocktails on the Amalfi Coast. You have to start thinking long term: working hard now WILL pay off later. No need to become a hermit, but simply cutting back means you could save up to $50 on each outing.
Another way to think of saving is by splitting your income in thirds: one third you save, one third goes to booking your trip and one third is spent on rent, groceries and everyday expenses. Make alternative bank accounts to help you split these costs and ensure you meet your goals.
2. Plan your daily budget before take off
Once you've implemented your saving plans, your trip's budget is next on the list. Before you board your flight you should have your general itinerary planned and agreed upon. Outline the exact time frame, budget and destinations of the trip with your travel mate.
Travel money cards, available at most banks, are available to convert your cash in advance so you're not at risk to a crashing exchange rate. There are also no overseas bank charges on purchases and the withdrawal rate at an international ATM is $2 flat fee.
3. Keep open-minded (especially when travelling in a pair)
If you’re travelling to a destination you’ve never been before, you probably don’t know EVERYTHING about it. Try the native foods, speak a few foreign words no matter how broken and laugh instead of getting frustrated at lost in translation moments.
No you don't have to bungee jump off a cliff if you don't want to, but don't hold back your travel partner. If you want to check out a club on a night your partner wants to hang at the hotel, take the opportunity to explore by yourself and give each other the night off. You’ll most likely realise you miss each other and be excited to explore together the next day.
4. Plan your purchases
Do not shop before you leave the country. Picking up a top at Zara or H&M for your trip might seem like a good idea, until you realise that Europe has one on every corner with hundreds of more styles. Pack light and only the essentials to ensure you can make it rain in the next hemisphere.
Purchases should be purposeful – if you wouldn’t buy it at home, why would you wear it at home?
5. Get to know the local transport systems ahead of time
Make the local public transport your friend. Download the train and bus timetable apps overseases to avoid jumping in a cab while you’re frustrated and lost in translation. This is a great way to live like a local and maybe even meet some.
6. Pick, plan and book your events
Most events need to be pre-booked, that's a given. Tomorrowland? Contiki? Wimbledon? Yeah you're not going to rock up and walk straight in.
7. FOMO isn't cute
To avoid FOMO ('Fear Of Missing Out') you should probably spend less time worrying and more time actively planning and being open to opportunities. With plans in place you won't wither away until your holiday arrives – enjoy every day, you might be surprised how much more time you have on your hands.