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The Biggest Travel Lesson Europe Taught Me

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If Europe is going to teach you something, it’s going to be something big. It might potentially change the way you plan your travels and book your travels, and ultimately, it will change you as a traveller. 

If Europe is going to teach you something, it’s going to be something big. It might potentially change the way you plan your travels and book your travels, and ultimately, it will change you as a traveller. 

Travelling in Europe is one of my favourite things. I haven’t been everywhere, but I’ve been to most places. As a European, I already understood that if I were to travel for longer and cheaper, I needed a better plan. 

In this very personal travel blog, I will try my best to explain what you might not find so obvious and problematic about Europe. 

The biggest travel lesson Europe taught me

Europe is a gorgeous continent. Here, you’ll find over 50 territories close to each other, and most of them speak a different language. Americans make fun of us, saying you can drive through three countries in 45 minutes. You can. The first example that comes to mind is Hungary – Slovakia – Czech Republic. I know because I drove on this route more times than I can remember. 

But there’s one thing that is probably the biggest travel lesson in Europe, and it often serves to identify non-Europeans for a far, although it’s not a rule. 

And this is how you pack your luggage. 

I can probably tell where you’re from based on how you pack your stuff when you travel. It’s not a special talent of mine, but it’s something you learn early on when you start travelling around Europe. 

Remember that old cliche which talked about young adults taking a sabbatical to BACKPACK through Europe? Well, it’s not because they’re broke. Maybe they are, but most of them aren’t. Having a backpack is the easiest way to move around, and it provides the most mobility while still moving around Europe a lot. 

My lesson about always trying to carry only the things I need, travel light, and stick to the basics. 

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Why do you need to understand this lesson?

The reason is simple – flexibility, commodity and, of course, budget. 

Most low-cost European airlines will charge you a lot extra if your luggage is too big. In many cases, it can be more than the price you paid for being on the plane. 

Also, remember that most European destinations worth visiting are OLD. And when you think about an old European city, I want you to picture a crowded place with narrow and winding cobblestone streets. Why would you want to carry a huge suitcase in that place? Unless you’re a fashion model and you need all your dresses for your morning photoshoot, then I see no reason. 

So, this sums it up. Big luggage is my personal no-no when it comes to travelling in Europe. I often travel for more than a month, taking different planes to different locations. I still only have a small carry-on and a laptop backpack. That’s it. 

If there’s anything you need, you can buy it at your destination. 

I know a lot of travellers have different styles, but you are here because you’re looking for personal experiences about travelling in Europe. And that’s what you got. My experience. 

Hope this helps. 

Iulia Vasile

Iulia is a travel expert, blogger, engineer, freelance copywriter, and a curiosity-driven personality. She sees travel as the ultimate tool for self-improvement and personal growth, and that's the main topic of her blog, Juliasomething.com.

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