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First time travelling to Europe, so many questions....

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11. Posted by Haylee1234 (Budding Member 19 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Steph :) Thats true. I guess a back pack will be a safer option. I am doing a tour with Topdeck so I should be pretty safe anyway. Im sure they will be able to point out where not to go.

People on this website have been talking alot about trying to get the price down of things that travellers buy. Is this something that I should do just at markets or in shops also? I usually just pay what ever people ask..

12. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hey haylee,

That's a strange one . . . I haven't heard of bargaining in Europe. Usually, I assume that the price marked is the price paid. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule, like at yard sales, flea markets, or if you are buying a used car, for example. Otherwise, I would just pay the price marked.

One thing to note, though, is that in certain European countries the gratuity (tip) is included in the price of the meal (at a sit-down restaurant). This is the case in Germany, for example. Sometimes it is written directly on the menu or there is a sign in the lobby notifying guests of this. Sometimes it is assumed that people just know.


13. Posted by chris6263 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Here's a little trick for reducing jet lag on your way to Europe. Get up (in the US) around 3-4am on the day of your flight to Europe. Force yourself to stay awake during the day. By the time it gets dark on your flight, you'll be very tired and you'll be able to sleep on the flight over (don't watch the movie!) You'll wake up and not be exhausted when you arrive. You'll be able to enjoy your trip from the first day.

14. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Don't take those Hollywood films so seriously. There's more crime and murder per head of population in many other countries than Slovakia could ever think of doing. It is a wonderful country, although Bratislava is nowhere as pretty as Praha (Cz).
I wouldn't worry too much about the jet-lag. Just have a few cans and a shot or two before you get on board and you'll sleep for long enough to be OK. I've done UK-Oz and Moscow-Vancouver on direct flights before. Both planes stopped for refuelling and a staff change and that was it. It's always a bit of a bummer the shaky legs and waking up at 4am. However, less than 2 days and it's all back to normal.

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16. Posted by Marta1979 (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Do not worry. I was in Bulgaria with my husband. We took an agency guides. They took as from the airport in Sofia and all the time they were with us. They took care for everything we wanted. We used to change our plans almost every day. So the guides were really professionals. They used to suply us. And the most important was the fact that it is cheap in Bulgaria. For a 10 days we paid 6000 Euro for. Both me and my husband were satisfied. So we plan to go there again. I want to see wath snow is it?

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