Folium: Rick Steves – 8 tips to prepare for a trip to Europe via USA Today

Folium: Rick Steves - 8 tips to prepare for a trip to Europe via USA Today

Folium: Rick Steves – 8 tips to prepare for a trip to Europe via USA Today

Folium: Rick Steves – 8 tips to prepare for a trip to Europe via USA Today

This isn’t the first time that we’ve deferred to Mr. Steves’ expertise, and I’m sure that there will be more to come. However, this is a great quick-read that illustrates the consuming struggle between planning and doing great things.

I’ve known people who have been planning their dream trip for years. They go over every detail of what would compose the perfect international travel experience, yet they never seem to make it to the final goal of boarding the plane and embarking on their adventure. The trip is all in their heads, and their fear of missing something keeps them from their ultimate goal.

Conversely, I also know plenty of people who strap on a backpack and run around the world with little regard to where or when they’re leaving. These are the “leaves on the wind”. They fly standby, crash at hostels, and usually have no money and lots of epic stories of their globe trekking. I love these people, but I could never be one.

Rick Steves

He knows what he’s doing!

I, personally, find myself somewhere in the middle. I enjoy the spontaneity of living in the moment, however I also deeply appreciate reservations at a place with warm beds and hot showers.

Planning can be a vital part of the travel experience, however it can also be the greatest deterrent to stepping outside your comfort zone.

“Going to Europe is exciting, but can be stressful, too. By arranging a few things while you’re still at home, you’ll greatly increase your chances of having a smooth, enjoyable European vacation. – Rick Steves”

These tips by Rick Steves, who knows a thing or two about international travel, are a great guide to the bare essentials of learning how to travel. This is a great start to learning how you travel best. (Also check out the Facebook comments below, more good things in there too!)

The only way you’ll learn is by taking that first big leap. Get out and learn how you travel best!

What are some important life lessons that you have learned in your travels? Let us know in the comments below!

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