It’s a long way from New Zealand to Europe. Travelling such a great distance to visit one of the most fascinating continents in the world is incredibly exciting, and it’s easy to see why Europe is one of the most popular tourist destinations for Kiwis. To ensure everything goes smoothly, it’s essential you plan your journey carefully. Here are some tips for Kiwis travelling to Europe.
1. Book Flights Ahead of Time
Before you get carried away with planning your European adventure, figuring out how to actually get there from New Zealand should be your top priority. Long haul flights can be tiresome, so you’ll want to make the experience as quick and comfortable as possible. If you book your flight at the last minute, you might be forced to take an unnecessarily long route to Europe with long stopovers in foreign airports. Tickets bought at the last minute also tend to be more expensive. To avoid unnecessary costs and exhausting jetlag, try to book your flights well in advance. For the most cost-effective airfares, use a flight comparison website.
2. Travel with a Tour
There’s no question that Europe is an amazing place to visit. However, it’s also extremely big and multi-lingual, and it can present many logistical challenges for inexperienced travellers. If you’ve never travelled overseas before, or if the prospect of planning a trip abroad by yourself is a little overwhelming, think about booking your holiday with a tour company. With accommodation, travel and sightseeing logistics taken care of, you’ll be able to relax and travel Europe without the stress of having to organise everything yourself. Consider booking with a travel company like Albatross Tours, who especially cater to Kiwis and Australians, allowing you to visit culturally relevant sites such as Gallipoli Cove.
3. Travel at a Steady Pace
With so many sights to see and landmarks to visit, it can be tempting to race your way across Europe at a frantic pace. However, taking the time to properly explore each of your destinations presents the opportunity to really immerse yourself in the diverse culture of Europe’s many different countries. Staying at least two nights in every town along your journey will allow you to explore at a leisurely pace.
4. Pick the Right Season
European summers are renowned for their beautiful balmy weather. Some of the most popular destinations for the June to August period include Croatia, Italy and Spain, but you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to planning a European summer holiday. Alternatively, wintertime in Europe is just as appealing, with the prospect of a white Christmas luring many travellers from New Zealand to visit during the coldest months of the year.
5. Avoid Currency Confusion
In the European Union alone, there are eleven different currencies, and travelling from one country the next can get a little confusing when it comes to keeping track of your money. To avoid currency confusion, consider signing up for a travel card. Prepaid travel cards can be used all over the world without incurring fees when you make purchases or withdraw money, and you can put as much money on it as you want.
With over 40 countries to explore, there’s something for everyone in Europe, whether you want to going skiing in the Austrian Alps, feast on pizza in Italy or take in the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Do you have any tips for Kiwis travelling to Europe? Share them in the comments below.