Have you ever thought about traveling to Europe? You may be overwhelmed with the idea, but it is actually very simple. You can travel to Europe on any budget and in any amount of time. Once you get there, you will be amazed at the beautiful architecture, history, the marvelous food, and the friendly people who will surround you. It is almost like stepping back in time. With careful planning your trip will be a success!
Having a passport is a necessity when traveling to any foreign country. It is not difficult to obtain one; you can go to your local post office to pick up and turn in the application. According to the U.S Department of State, the cost for a passport is $70 for a child 16 years of age and younger, and $85 for those over the age of 16 (U.S Department of State, 2002, August 19).
You can expect to receive it in about six weeks. Once you have begun the passport process, you need to begin thinking about what kind of trip you would like to take.
There are a few options on how you would like to see Europe. You may choose to go with a guided group, or you may like to be adventurous and do it alone. Traveling with a group has its advantages and disadvantages. Your itineraries, travel plans, and accommodations are decided for you, and you can see many things in a short period of time. This may not allow any flexibility. You may find yourself to be rushed and not able to venture off the beaten path, which is where you will find many of Europe's hidden treasures. I have traveled with a group, but prefer the adventure and spontaneity that traveling alone provides. You can...