Do you have a trip to Europe of your bucket list? It’s exciting to research and explore the endless possibilities for sightseeing dining and destinations. For those travelling to Europe for the first time, follow these recommendations from the travel experts to ensure your trip is a huge success filled with a life time of memories.

Begin the planning process by defining your budget and dates. Before booking your flight, check the expiration date on your passport. Many European countries require at least ninety days remaining prior to the expiration date past the date on the return airline ticket. Entry into Europe with one way tickets is only permissible for those that have secured temporary work visas or student visas. Allow at least ninety days for applications for new passports or passport renewals to be processed at the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Appointments for passport renewals can be made at your local post office. Pay special attention to the documentation requirements for children under the age of eighteen.

It is recommended to spend at least three nights in each country if you are planning on touring several countries. Any few than three nights and you’re apt to miss many of the highlights of a country and will be spending a tremendous amount of time travelling from one country to the next. Book your flight to Europe into one of the major capitals and start your journey there. Given that the flights from the United States to Europe are in excess of nine hours, take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and stock up on healthy snacks from the huge assortment available from MediFast. Drink plenty of water throughout the flight and limit alcohol consumption to avoid dehydration.

Check with your cell phone plan provider on options for data access in the countries you’ll be visiting. Wifi hotspots are not nearly as plentiful in Europe as in the United States. Another option for data access is to purchase a SIM card in each country you visit. These are prepaid data cards. Check that your smartphone has an interchangeable SIM card prior to departure if you elect this option. Finally, order Euros from your local bank branch. These may take up to two weeks to arrive. Many of the smaller establishments in Europe do not accept credit cards. Exchange rates will be much more favorable at your local bank than at train station or airport kiosks.

Book your flights, book your accommodations and prepare to have the adventure of a lifetime!