Over the past few years, travel in almost all forms has been heavily restricted. The pandemic ruined vacation plans, as well as just about everything else! Now, though, restrictions are starting to ease all around the world, meaning vacations are back in business!
If you’re feeling like a caged animal and ready to see the world once more, it’s time to start planning your next trip. In this article, you’ll find a selection of bucket list items that you should add into your plans, especially if you are planning a trip to Europe this year. Read on for every place you should visit!
Plan In Advance
As the title of this article suggests, planning is a necessity. You shouldn’t just fly to one of these countries and hope for the best! Although there is a certain romance to leaving without any plans, you may find yourself at a loose end or worse, missing out on things you really wanted to see.
So, get planning! You should book tours and activities from the comfort of your armchair. By booking online, you’ll likely find the best price and have that peace of mind that you’ve booked something. No queuing, no panic, just get on that plane with all your tickets and get exploring!
Let’s start in Paris. There is so much to see here; from the Eiffel Tower to the Champs Elysees. However, one thing you should certainly book in advance is trips to the Parisian art galleries.
There are plenty of galleries to choose from in Paris. Some of the most famous include the Louvre and the Museum of Modern Art. Booking tickets for these will ensure you get a view of some of the most spectacular artworks ever created. Certainly not something to miss.
When visiting Europe, there’s nowhere quite as magical and historical as ancient Greece. Some of the most incredible architecture you will ever see can be found in Athens. Buildings like those at The Acropolis have stood for nearly 2500 years and will blow you away. Once again, it’s worth booking a visit where you can get a guided tour of Greek architecture and city history. There is so much to learn and experience in places like Athens; why not travel with an expert for a few hours and learn about it!
No matter where you’re from, there will likely be some great live music and theater entertainment. However, nothing quite matches the magic of London’s West End. From Covent Garden to Soho, you can’t turn a corner without seeing another theatre. Plus, these theaters house some of the greatest productions in the world, with actors traveling from far and wide to perform here.
In many cases, tickets are held to be sold on the day of the performance. However, this involves getting up early to queue and trying to beat the rush. Instead of putting yourself through this – or risking paying an extra high premium for the tickets – book in advance. Then, you can plan your dinner, drinks, and day around the theater trip.
A stone’s throw from London – well, not really; it’s about 80 miles drive – you’ll find Stonehenge. Nowadays, it’s nestled by the side of an English A road and you can drive straight past it. Once, it stood proud in the middle of a field without a road in sight. Either way, it’s still darn impressive.
Many theories exist about how the stones came to be placed in such a formation at Stonehenge; none have been proven. It is one of the world’s great mysteries. Over the past decade, the site has been revamped with an awesome visitor centre, making it perfect for a day trip.
Finally, back in mainland Europe, you’ll find Venice. Built on hundreds of islands in a lagoon at the edge of the Adriatic Sea, this city is truly something to behold. You can cruise down canals and see some of the most beautiful buildings in the world. It truly is a city like no other. Sadly, the sea levels are rising, putting Venice at risk of being buried underwater forever in just a few years. If this happens, a true treasure will have been lost. Try and visit it before this happens – you will not regret it.
These are just 5 of the most popular places to visit in Europe; and with good reason. Add a stop in Spain, Germany, or Ireland, and you’ll have yourself an extensive, beautiful, and exciting European tour. These places will make up for the previous loss of traveling in a post-pandemic world.