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Tips for People Considering a European Road Trip, Top Places to Travel in Europe, and Must See Attractions, Plus a Couple of Cost Saving Ideas

It is likely that you’ll be excited about the prospect of taking a road trip around Europe. This will be your chance to see quaint English towns, historic Italian buildings and glorious Spanish beaches.

You’ll be able to cruise the autobahn and explore pretty rural lanes. You can also expect to learn about different cultures and make new friends. If you follow some of the tips in this article then you’ll be sure to have a wonderful time.

Piazza Chiesa San Giusseppe-Taorminab Sicilia Italy

Piazza Chiesa San Giusseppe-Taorminab Sicilia Italy. Image Credit: gnuckx. Creative Common License.

If You Are Comfortable with it, Get a Motorhome/RV

You might have been dreaming of cruising the open roads in an Italian Ferrari or a classic English Rolls Royce. However, the rental of such vehicles will prove extremely expensive.

The best advice would be to rent a RV or motorhome. for the duration of your European vacation. This will open up the opportunity of traveling with friends and family. Some motorhomes can sleep six people or more.

They also have spacious kitchens and relaxation areas. You’ll find that there are a variety of dedicated motorhome sites in various parts of Europe.

Top Places to Visit in Europe

City / CountrySights / AttractionsPopulation
Rome, ItalyThe Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica, Trevi Fountain2.6 Million
Paris, FranceLouvre, Musée d'Orsay, Sacré-Cœur, and Notre Dame2.2 Million
London, EnglandBritish Museum, Tower of London8.7 Million
Venice, ItalyGrand Canal, theaters, churches, & historic sites260,000
Florence, ItalyMichelangelo's David, Duomo, renowned museums370,000
Barcelona, SpainGaudi's Parc Güell, La Sagrada Família, La Seu, Montjuïc Castle1.6 Million
Amsterdam, NetherlandsVan Gogh museum, Red Light District.820,000
Prague, Czech RepublicGothic architecture, Very affordable & Impressive1.3 Million
Vienna, AustriaHabsburg's Schonbrunn Palace, MuseumsQuartie, Innere Stradt1.9 Million
Tuscany, ItalyFlorence, Siena and Cinque Terre3.7 million
Dublin, IrelandGuinness Storehouse, Beautiful parks, towering cathedrals and castles530,000
Athens, GreeceAcropolis, Colonnaded Parthenon temple, National Archaeological Museum, 660,000
Madrid, SpainRetiro Park, Mercado San Miguel3.2 Million
Berlin, GermanyHolocaust memorial, Brandenburg Gate, Berliner Philharmonie3.5 Million
Budapest, HungaryBuda district, Budapest History Museum, Trinity Square 1.8 Million
Stockholm, SwedenGamla Stan, Storkyrkan Cathedral, Kungliga Slottet Royal Palace930,000
Lisbon, PortugalSão Jorge Castle, Tagus Estuary, National Azulejo Museum530,000
Istanbul, TurkeyBosphorus Strait, Sultanahmet district, Byzantine Hagia Sophia 14.8 million
Copenhagen, DenmarkFrederiksstaden, Amalienborg Palace, Rosenborg Castle565,000
Edinburgh, ScotlandEdinburgh Castle, Calton Hill495,000
Hagia Sophia interior showing Byzantine Architecture

Hagia Sophia interior and an awesome example of Byzantine Architecture. Photo Credit: Around the Globe

Safely Navigate the European Roads, the Laws are Different – Slightly

Some of you may be worried about the prospect of driving on the European roads. You might have heard terrifying stories about the hot blooded Italian and Spanish drivers.

You might also be concerned about the prospect of being caught unawares by hidden speed cameras and money-hungry traffic wardens. It’s for this reason that you should take time to research the road networks and carefully plan your route.

It would be really sensible to take a GPS to reduce the chances of getting lost.

Holy Trinity Square in Budapest, Hungary

Holy Trinity Square in Budapest, Hungary is a reasonable place to visit if you are on a budget.

Staying Connected in Europe is Easy, Keep in Mind More Remote Places

It would be very sensible to pack mobile phones and computers in preparation for your European road trip. You’ll find that it’s possible to purchase relatively cheap phone cards in the countries that you visit.

It may even be worth paying a little extra for enhanced roaming services. You will then be able to call friends and family from particularly remote areas.

You’ll be happy in the knowledge that you can call for help if you should experience problems during the course of your road trip.

Don’t Forget the Credit Cards

And don’t forget the credit cards. You might not be aware they carry roadside assistance which could be helpful. Here are the major card companies and their prices:

TypeCoverageCost
MastercardTowing, Tire Replacement, Fuel Delivery, Jump Start Billed to your card, typically 3 to 15 dollars.
Visa Towing, Tire Replacement, Lockout, Jump Start, Winching, Fuel Delivery$59.95 per dispatch
American ExpressTowing, Tire Replacement, Lockout, Jump Start, Winching, Fuel DeliveryPrice Quote
Notre-Dame de Paris

A beautiful shot of Notre-Dame de Paris, France should be at the top of your bucket list.

Prepare in Advane & Identify the Places That You’d like to Visit

There is a seemingly endless list of world class attractions and exciting activities to try in Europe. You will have an endless amount of choices. That’s why you should think about the priorities during your European vacation.

You could explore the rolling hills of Ireland and enjoy some traditional Craic with the locals. Or perhaps you’d prefer to tour the spectacular white sand beaches of Greece. You could even set off on an Italian culinary adventure.

Just remember not to consume too much of the fabulous vino if you’re planning on driving.

Top Places in Europe to Put on Your Bucket List

RankAttractionLocation
1The Eiffel Tower
Paris, France
2AcropolisAthens, Greece
3Sagrada FamiliaBarcelona, Spain
4Notre-Dame de ParisParis, France
5The ColosseumRome, Italy
6Buckingham PalaceLondon, England
7Vatican CitySurrounded by Rome, Italy
8Edinburgh CastleEdinburgh, Scotland
9LouvreParis, France
10StonehedgeWiltshire, England

Buy Travel Insurance & Don’t Have Regrets, Better Safe Than Sorry

You will probably have an absolutely wonderful time on your European road trip. However, it would be worth investing in comprehensive travel insurance in case of unexpected eventualities.

You’ll find it much easier to relax and enjoy the different activities and sightseeing opportunities when you know that your finances are protected.

Louvre in Paris, France

View of the Louvre in Paris, France

Those of you who are unsure of which packages to buy should take a look at specialist sites such as Allianz.

Here is a table of top travel insurance companies and their benefits:

RankTravel Insurance CompanyBenefits
1Allianz Global AssistanceCustomize travel insurance solutions and probably the cheapest
2Travelex Insurance ServicesHave single trip coverage
3TravelSafe InsuranceOne of the best for international travel
4Travel InsuredCancel at any time. Will not insure if trip is longer than six months.
5HTH Travel InsuranceUp to $1 million in coverage, very flexible
6John HancockEasy to purchase, but claims are reportedly to be difficult
7TripAssureReimburses you for 100% of your trip costs if you cancel

If You Drive Ensure Your Vehicle is Covered

You can greatly reduce the risk of accidents by learning and driving in accordance with the road laws in the countries that you are visiting.

However, you will be at much risk of accidents during your vacation as when driving around the roads of America. You might even be unfortunate enough to experience a vehicle breakdown.

It’s worth preparing for such events by ensuring that you can rely upon roadside assistance make insurance claims.

Here is a list of top companies offering Roadside Assistance:

Insurance CompanyCostPhone Number
State Farm Emergency Road Service$4.56 / year877-627-5757
GEICO Emergency Road Service Coverage*$15.60 / year800-424-3426
Progressive Roadside Assistance$16 / year800-776-2778
Farmers Towing and Road Service*$23 / year800-255-7828
USAA Roadside Assistance$24 / year800-531-8555
Allstate Towing and Labor Cost$125 per Occurence800-255-7828

*Companies which require you to have an auto insurance policy.

Sam Butterworth

Sam Butterworth

Sam Butterworth is a journalist, blogger and auto enthusiast with a particular penchant for classic sports cars and motorhomes/RVs. He currently drives a completely insensible but fun 1992 Toyota MR2.

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