If you haven’t flown to Europe lately—or ever—you might feel a little confused about the newest regulations for flying abroad or within the European continent. Keep these pointers in mind, and you’ll do fine.
What you might not have thought about is what to expect at your hotel. In the U.S.A., hotel standards are pretty consistent. You know what to anticipate at a Motel 6 and what to look forward to at the Four Seasons. In Europe, the lines are not so clearly drawn.
Travelers to Europe often assume they need to add a small, but weighty, converter to their packing list, but a converter often isn’t required.
It’s always a challenge to know how to pack for a trip abroad, but visitors to Italy tend to fret over their wardrobes a little more than they would if they were traveling to, say, Detroit.
The Schengen Agreement between 26 European countries eliminates border controls for individuals traveling between those countries. In other words, once…
Europe’s VAT—the Value-Added Tax—is essentially a sales tax, and can sometimes be refunded. That’s the good news. Every year, however, tourists leave behind millions of dollars’ worth of refundable tax. The bad news is that getting a refund is a tricky proposition.