Anywhere you travel, you would want to get the best and most out of every minute and every rupee you spend. These practical tips can help you travel smart in Europe.

Transportation: To get to your hotel from the European airports, public transportation is the best option. If you carry a heavy luggage or are with a small group, a taxi can be the best bet. If you travel light, trains and buses are best as they are much cheaper. Almost all local train terminals provide lockers to store your luggage. To enjoy a pleasure walk inside the cities, you need to travel light. Carry just the essentials after locking up your luggage in the railways lockers.

Some cities have more than one stations. For example, London and Paris have five or six each. Stations and tickets are clearly marked. There would be no problem if you check well.

Save time: To avoid long queues while visiting museums and top attractions, make an online reservation for a ticket or a pass for the place of interest you would like to visit. This saves time.

Take home a broader perspective.
Explore the city you are in. Try to stay at least more than one day at a place. To explore a place, the best option is to walk or cycle. Rental bikes are everywhere. Cycling or walking through the off-beat tracks can give you an enriching experience.

Cash, on the go: Don’t bring too much cash. Your bank debit card or a prepaid forex card is your best option. There are umpteen ATMs to get your cash. But every transaction has a fees. So, it is better to withdraw a high amount each time you use the ATM. Don’t withdraw 10 or 20 Euros at a time. Withdraw 200 Euros to maximum 500 Euros at a time. Some establishments may accept only cash. Ask before availing services. It is vital to inform your bank back home before you leave about your overseas vacation, to avoid card hang ups. Europe now insists on four-digit PIN for credit card transactions. Ensure you have them ready before you travel.

Invest wise: A good guide book helps you understand the history and makes the sights interesting. Invest in a good guide book to know the tourist spots or a good restaurant around you.

Plan prior: Chart out the number of days you want to spend in each city you would visit in your European tour. Ensure that the list covers the no-stress and comfortable destinations. This allows ease of travel. An exhaustive list can stretch out your holidays and limit the time you would get to spend in each destination.

The European B&Bs: Consider a good Bed & Breakfast accommodation where possible. This works economically and comfortable too. It ensures interaction with the owners as well as fellow boarders and an instant friends circle is a bonus!

When it comes to food, go for the local special is a safe bet. Check where the locals go. Is there a queue to get in? Modest bistros can offer the best food. What more? They are economical too!

Smart travel can give you the best tour experience and is money well spent.