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Plan Your European Trip - Europe Travel Planning Guide

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How to plan your European trip. Here you'll find information about transportation, distances, general facts, and hotels.
  1. New to Europe Travel? Here's Where to Start Planning Your Dream Vacation
  2. The Best of Europe - Top Destinations for the First Time Traveler
  3. How Big is Europe? How Far is it to...
  4. Things You Didn't Know You Could Do on Your European Vacation
  1. Europe Transportation
  2. Where to Stay In Europe
  3. Types of Travel and Travelers
  4. Money Matters

New to Europe Travel? Here's Where to Start Planning Your Dream Vacation

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Here you'll find basic travel planning information. Our Europe Travel 101 will give you a time line to follow in planning your trip, from dreaming to leaving. Our planning and distance measuring tools will give you an idea of how far things are apart, so you can plan the way you're going to get around Europe.

The Best of Europe - Top Destinations for the First Time Traveler

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Everyone wants to visit undiscovered destinations. But some places are popular because they are so compelling they deserve to be popular. These "best" destinations are the places first time traveler to Europe should consider.

How Big is Europe? How Far is it to...

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When you're planning your European Vacation, it's good to know how big the countries of Europe are, and the distances between the major cities. We have several visual ways to let you get the big picture of Europe, from our Europe vs. US overlay map, to our driving distances calculator and map.

Things You Didn't Know You Could Do on Your European Vacation

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Climb a volcano? Drive a race course? Drink wine made exactly like the Romans Made it 2000 years ago? All possible. Check out these engaging activities while planning your vacation.

Europe Transportation

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European countries have very good public transportation. This section will help you figure out how to get to Europe and how to travel in Europe, including train, airplane, and car travel.

Where to Stay In Europe

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Ok, you're thinking "hotels," aren't you? But today's traveler has many more options for where to sleep--from renting a cottage in the Alps to staying on a farm to sleeping in dungeon.

Types of Travel and Travelers

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All sorts of things go into making a successful travel plan, including the compatibility of those traveling together. Here you'll find out about those little things in travel planning that you might not think about, as well as some travel history and philosophy.

Money Matters

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How you pay for things on your European vacation has changed over the years. Travelers checks are out (although you can use them as backups in an emergency) and plastic is in. The ins and outs of using credit cards, debit cards, and ATM cards in Europe.

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