Planning a trip to Europe can be time consuming, difficult and frustrating. Even though each country is roughly the size of a state in the United States, most countries have their own language and some still have their own currency, such as the UK and Switzerland. For these reasons and many more, foreigners can find planning a trip to the continent cumbersome. Going through a travel agent can be expensive and can be time consuming as well. With the invention of the internet, many tourists now plan their trip online. It allows for flexibility and you can also plan a trip without having the pressure of a salesperson pushing you along. Currently, I am one of many across the world in the planning phase of an upcoming trip to Europe.
My wife and I are currently on an around the world trip; which started in South East Asia in January. We started out in Bangkok and travelled through Cambodia, Vietnam and up the East Coast of China. We are currently in Beijing, planning our trip along the Transiberian Express through Mongolia and ending up in St Petersburg, Russia. Once we get to St. Petersburg, we are planning on visiting as much of Europe as we can; hopefully continuing through Scandanavia, through the UK and on down through France, Switzerland and Italy, before returning home to the USA.
Along our trip, we have used many internet websites to help in our trip planning. Most of the time, we would have to go to many different websites to plan because Asia does not have a search engine that can compare multiple sites for the best value. For our Europe leg of our trip, we found that a site called GoEuro has helped us out tremendously. It has helped us the most in deciding how to get from one city to the next as it gives us many options of travel and also incorporates the cost of how to get from your hotel to the train station/airport/bus station etc. We have found this a useful feature as it compares not only like-kind travel, but also compares buses to trains to airplanes.
Our time in Asia is nearing an end. Even though we have had so many great experiences and memories during our time here, Asia has been amazing and yet exhausting at the same time. We can’t wait to start our Europe portion of our trip as it is time for us to enter our next part of our journey. We know that Europe will be much different than Asia and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us! We are looking forward to seeing the Northern Lights in Scandanavia, Buckingham palace in the UK, The Eiffel Tower in Paris as well as many other attractions along the way.