Traveling to Europe This Season? Check Out the Things You’ll Need to Know Before You Go.
When planning a trip to Europe in the summer there are certain things that you will need to know before you set off on your vacation.
You must have a passport. For an American to get a passport you will need to submit an application, provide proof of citizenship, show valid identification, have passport photos done and pay a fee of $135. The whole process can take up to two months, so it is best to start the application a few months before your trip. Once you have completed the process you can track the status at travel.state.gov
Saving money on buying your tickets. If you are coming from the US then you will be flying. In order to find the best deals on flights you can check out sites like Orbitz.com or Priceline.com These sites can also help you find deals on hotels.
It is important to know what the currency exchange rates are. A trip to Europe can become very expensive, very fast if you aren't aware of the exchange rates. Since these change everyday it can help to use an app on your smartphone such as XE Currency or Currency Converter.
What about the potential language barriers? There are over 23 official languages spoken in Europe. That could be a bit overwhelming, but with the help of apps like Google Translate or iTranslate, communication becomes a bit easier.
Europe Travel Plan
Stay connected with Wi-Fi in 40 European countries for one low daily rate. With XCom, you pay no additional charges for these 40 countries.
Whether you are looking for the best pizza place in Italy, getting directions to a market in Spain, checking in so that your friends know you are at the Louvre or reading up on the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Belgium your smartphone is your most valuable traveling companion. The only problem is those data charges that you will have to deal with when you return home. Xcom Global offers an affordable solution to that problem. With MiFi – Xcom Global mobile wifi device you can access maps, reviews and information just as easily as you can back home, but for a reasonable price. No need to limit your Facebook and Twitter updates, Instagram as many photos and post as many videos to Vine as you see fit – all your social networking needs are met with Xcom Global's mifi services.
The Europe Travel Plan is only available in the European countries highlighted in blue on the map. Please be aware that if you use our devices outside of the designated countries, you may not get an Internet connection. If you do connect, you will be charged 1 cent/KB. Also, to prevent unexpected additional charges, please be very careful not to use our devices in the US before and/or after your trip.
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