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What You Need to Know Visiting Europe for the First Time

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | September 14, 2016

What You Need to Know Visiting Europe for the First Time

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If you are heading to Europe for the first time, there are some travel tips you need to know, according to the Seattle Times — and expert Rick Steves is just the man to provide this advice. 

“Things are different in Europe — that’s why you go. But every first-timer has concerns about getting along in an unfamiliar place. Travelers are worried or curious about everything from bed sizes and strange food to language problems and pickpockets. Here are a few friendly tips to help smooth the way,” says Steves. 

One tip: Don’t pack too much. 

“I’ve seen people pack a whole summer’s supply of deodorant or razors, thinking they can’t get them abroad. You can get virtually everything in Europe,” notes Steves. 

Language is another worry that many Americans have — but Steves says not to sweat it. 

“Many hoteliers and waiters speak some English, and are used to tourists. (I speak only English and manage just fine.) It’s helpful (and considerate) to learn a few words of the native tongue, but don’t try to master whole sentences,” he advises. 

Steves also notes that Europe is a safe place to travel - but to be vigilent about petty theft. 

“It has very little violent crime — but there’s plenty of petty purse snatching and pickpocketing. European thieves target Americans — we’re the ones with all the goodies in our day bags, wallets and purses,” he says. 

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