Your European Vacation Planning Timeline
Thinking of heading to Europe this year? Then, keep reading for our handy planning timeline to keep you on track!
12+ Months Before Departure: Your Budget & Wishlist
Decide your budget range and preferences so you can narrow down where in Europe you want to visit. Also consider the type of trip you’re looking for –whether it’s tropical and relaxing or active and adventurous. We also suggest selecting your top three destinations and determining places that are definitely out.
DESTINATION TO BOOK NOW: Greece
9 Months Before Departure: Contact a Travel Pro
Always utilize a travel pro to help you do the planning. We’ve been to a majority of fabulous destinations ourselves and can provide you with numerous suggestions at the very best prices.
DESTINATION TO BOOK NOW: Spain
7 Months Before Departure: Travel Documents
Make sure your passport or visa is up-to-date, as well as any medical paperwork you might need. We also recommend purchasing travel insurance. Lastly, make sure you get vaccinated depending on the country you’re visiting.
DESTINATIONS TO BOOK NOW: Italy and Paris
3-6 Months Before Departure: Activities
Now would be a great time to start planning your European itinerary! This includes everything from activities and excursions, to spa and restaurant reservations, tour bookings, transportation, and more. You’ll also want to consider booking any inter-Europe flights, car rentals, and rail travel passes at this time. The best part? We’ll help you with all of that!
2 Months Before Departure: Shopping
Plan on getting a little shopping out of the way so you don’t have to run around looking at the last minute. This also includes any travel gear you’ll need like a duffel bag or suitcases or even electronics like a new set of headphones for your flight.
1 Week Before Departure: Final Checks
It’s getting down to the wire! Make sure you have all your paperwork, travel documents, and airfare in order. We also suggest making copies of your passport, exchanging your currency and begin packing so you’re not scrambling. You also might want to look into an international phone plan, so you don’t get hit with a big bill when you return home.
Day Before Departure: Ready to Go!
Yes! Your European getaway is finally here. The day before, you’ll need to check in for your flights, print your boarding passes, and make sure your carry-on has anything important in there like medication, your passport, and valuables.