Your first trip to Europe can be an overwhelming experience. From savings, booking flights and accommodations, planning an itinerary to navigating customs regulations and dealing with unexpected situations, there are many things to consider and plan for.
While preparing for your first Eurotrip can be daunting, there are many things to look forward to. Traveling is an exciting opportunity to experience new cultures, meet new people and create lasting memories with your loved ones.
Travel restrictions continue to ease and more people are starting to feel comfortable traveling again, taking much-needed vacations to make up for lost time during the pandemic. It has sparked a new wanderlust in some and rekindled the love of travel in many. The desire to travel and explore the world is stronger than ever.
Prepare before you set off on your adventure. Here are some things to expect and prepare for when planning your first trip to Europe so you can just focus on having a great time.
Have the necessary travel documents.
With or without health restrictions, there are some basic documents you should prepare before you leave. This is not limited to your valid passport and plane tickets. Destinations like Europe require a visa if you are a Philippine passport holder. When traveling to EU countries such as Spain, Italy or France, a Schengen visa and a Schengen-accredited travel insurance policy are required. Other European countries, such as the United Kingdom and Ireland, have their own application and approval processes, so be sure to research and prepare before scheduling your visa application appointment.
Other necessary documents you will need are your accommodation reservation and itinerary details. As COVID-19 travel policies are still in effect in some destinations, travelers are also encouraged to have their vaccination certificates ready.
Different countries, different cultures and restrictions
The food, climate and language in Europe may be very different from what you are used to, but don’t worry, it’s all part of the adventure. Discover what sets each country apart. Try their local delicacies, visit their historical and cultural attractions and interact with the locals. Maybe visit Iceland’s Vatnajökull National Park and the Blue Lagoon, try a traditional Margherita pizza from Italy, and even make new friends at Germany’s Oktoberfest. it’s a world of possibilities out there.
In addition to the different norms, also double-check whether in the European country where you will still be taking measures for COVID-19. These policies change frequently, so be sure to research the countries you’re visiting to avoid unnecessary stress during your trip.
Whether it’s your first time traveling or not, safety should always be a priority. Be alert and aware of your surroundings. When visiting unfamiliar places, it is best to have someone accompany you, preferably someone who knows the area.
Be sure to also take any medications you take regularly, as some European countries may not have the exact medication you need or may restrict the sale of controlled substances to tourists. And even as the number of COVID-19 cases around the world declines, make it a point to take the necessary safety precautions and maintain good hygiene practices.
Seeking medical care in a foreign country like Europe can also take a toll on your finances. It is always beneficial to have a reliable travel insurance policy to protect you in case of unexpected emergencies or urgent medical and evacuation expenses due to COVID-19. Do your research and find the one that best suits your needs.
AXA Smart Traveler, AXA Philippines’ top-tier comprehensive travel insurance, provides comprehensive coverage for both domestic and international travel. This insurance offering recently won the AXA Philippines A Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand Gold Award in the Travel Insurance category.
One of the most notable features of AXA Smart Traveler is its medical coverage of up to PHP 3.5M per illness and/or injury sustained while traveling, ensuring travelers have access to quality medical care wherever they are.
Another advantage of the classic and elite versions of AXA Smart Traveler is its Schengen accreditation, which is required when traveling to countries that are part of the Schengen zone. Schengen visas require a minimum amount of travel insurance, and AXA Smart Traveler meets these requirements, making it easy for travelers to get their visas and enjoy their trip.
Enjoy every moment with your family and friends with AXA Smart Traveler. It also offers 24/7 emergency travel assistance, non-refundable expense payments in case of trip cancellation and/or delay, and protection for your luggage in case of loss or damage.
Visit axa.com.ph/travel-insurance to learn more about AXA Smart Traveler and get a quote for your next international trip today.
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