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Travelers give trip tips
European vacation requires planning,
knowledge of sightseeing ana language
No European travel adven
ture is complete without a few
mistakes and a few major mis
haps. Experience is tne best
weapon. Take a few tips from
On trip preparations:
Prepare yourself for the Euro
pean experience ahead of time.
Familiarize yourself a bit with
each country you plan to visit.
Invest in both "Let’s Go Europe,"
thestudent-in-Europe Bible, and
Rick Steves’ "Europe Through
the Back Door." While cheesy at
times, these books are invalu
able resources for the student
traveler. In the traveling subcul
ture, wanderers measure time in
how worn their guidebooks are.
If you’re not going everywhere
they cover, rip out the chapters
you do not need and leave them
If you’re not fluent in every
language, leam “please," "thank
you" and “hello" in all of them. It
will do wonders. Otherwise, you
can buy travel guru Rick Steves’
phrase book. It’s the only practi
cal phrase book available —- the
rest of them have stupid phrases
no self-respecting traveler would
Don’t buy into every “option"
available. Really investigate if a
rail pass will work for your itin
erary. Hitching is relatively safe
and easy in Europe. And don’t
buy a hostel membership. The
independent hostels are cheaper,
nicer and cleaner. They also let
you meet more than just the
college kids from New York.
Open your mind: Don’t be
such an American. Not everyone
wastes gallons of water bathing
every day and not all beer is cold
Drink the water. Nothing’sgoing
to happen to you, unless you’re
some kind of wimp.
Pack light. Buy a small back
pack, fill it, then take half of it
out. Take a tent and bedroll if
you decide not to hostel it. TTte
hostels are very crowded as the
summer heats up.
Remember it rains in the
United Kingdom often. So take a
sweater or a fold-up raincoat.
Scotland is cold. Spain is hot. If
you’re going to both places, be
prepared and dress in layers you
can peel. Wear Birks or other
comfy all-terrain shoes every day.
Give up makeup. Get a manage
able haircut or bring a ball cap,
bandanna or other suitable head
gear. Bring one foldable, nice
outfit for St. Peter’s Basilica in
Rome. The Pope doesn’t go for
shorts. Make sure it can double
for the dance clubs too.
Take more money. ALWAYS
use your money belt. Portable
silverware, travel Kleenex and a
hip bag are wonders. So are
bandages. A simple camera with
a built-in zoom lens is great too.
Ditch the stuff you don’t need
as you go along, especially as it
gets heavy. Don’t bring things
you can buy there. Don’t bring
things you absolutely do not
need. IF you question its value,
leave it behind.
On where to go and what to
Go to Prague. Go to Ireland.
Go to Scotland. Go to Paris. Go
where other travelers have had a
good time, even if you’ve never
heard of it. Go out of the way.
Don’t always follow the crowds.
They’re mostly stupid Americans
who don’t know what they’re
doing Talk to Australians, they’ve
got tne travel thing down. Drink
more good beer and spend more
time in Austrian beer nails ru n by
monks. Call your homeland "The
Check opening and closing
times of attractions: Otherwise
you'll spend too many days in
Rome waiting to see the Sistine
Chapel. Don’t forget things close
at lunchtime — plan naps ac
cordingly. Plan train time, know
which cars you can be on be
cause changing cars with half a
minute to spare sucks.
Within countries, reserve hos
tel beds in the cities ahead. Oth
erwise, go nowhere in a new
country until you’ve reserved a
bed. Lock up your stuff in the
available lockers at the train sta
tions while you explore.
Look around for decent ex
change rates in each new coun
try. A lot of Eu ropeans make a lot
of money that way.
Know that buses are a good
value in England and faster than
trains in Ireland. Walking is a
viable option and good exercise
— especially considering all the
bread you’ll eat.
Shop at street markets, in gro
cery stores and from comer
shops. They sell pizza by the
kilogram in Rome. Take your
luncn. Make eating in a sit-down
place a real treat — your funds
will last longer.
Remember that pictures are
more interesting with people in
them. Really, how many pictures
of the Eiffel Tower can you re
ally look at later? Favorite photos
always include some stranger
standing in front of an unknown
sculpture. You and your travel
ing companion will both insist
the other took it.
Most of all, do it. Go into
debt. Beg, cheat and steal. Bor
row on your life insurance. Bor
row on your dog if you can
figure out a way. If you go in
tending to have a good time, you
will have a wonderful time.
And don’t eat at McDonalds.
No matter what.
—Anne Steyer and Alan
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