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Grand European Tours: Tips for a Great Vacation

August 20, 2014 - 11:08am
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If you are interested in grand European tours, then you may need to be aware of a few things before you book your vacation and pack your bags. It is important to consider what type of tour you wish to take, as well as what season it will be at your destination, so you know what to pack. Here are a few things to consider when booking your tour.

Tips to Consider for Grand European Tours

-What season is it where you are going? Most of Europe sits above the equator and follows the same seasons as the United States. However, if you are traveling below the equator, it is important to note that the season will be the opposite of the season in the United States.

-Will your electrical devices plug in to European outlets? If you are planning to take your tablet, computer or cellular phone, you may have to buy or borrow outlet adapters so you can power and charge your devices. In the US, most outlets are 120 volts with a frequency of 60 Hz, while in Europe, the standard is 220-240 volts at 50 Hz. Some electrical devices, such as hair dryers, shavers, and toothbrushes, may be rated for dual voltage, while electronic devices (typically those with computer chips) are often rated for multiple voltages.

With this rating, you will only need an adapter plug. If your device is single-voltage, however, you may also need a voltage converter or a transformer. Check your device's power supply label, located either on the back of the device, the power supply, or possibly the plug, for more information. Dual voltage devices will include a slash between the two voltages they can handle, such as INPUT AC120/240V 50-60Hz, while multi-voltage devices will feature a dash to show that they can handle a range: INPUT AC100-240V 50-60Hz.

If you are traveling to Europe, you will want an adapter plug that can handle C, E, and F type outlets; for the United Kingdom and Ireland, you will need an adapter plug that can handle G-type outlets. It is not hard to find adapter plug “bundles” that can handle multiple devices in multiple countries.

-What language do they speak? You may need to buy a translation book or install a translator app on your phone. Are you going to Italy? Then you will need to learn basic Italian words and phrases such as “per favore,” “grazie,” and “Dov'è il bagno?” Are you going to England? Then you may need to note that a “bobby” is a police officer and the “loo” is the bathroom.

-For how long are you traveling? Make sure you pack enough to cover your trip. There may or may not be laundry facilities where you are going, so packing an extra pair of underwear or socks may serve you well.

-Should you drink their water? Many times you hear people say not to drink water from another country. Because it comes from a different source than the water you have at home, your body may not be used to the minerals that are in another country’s water. However, the water is still clean and safe to drink.

-What sites do you want to see? YMT Vacations has many grand European tours that will appeal to your desires. It might be difficult to decide, but you are sure to find a package that fits what you want to do and see while you are overseas.

-Will you have fun? Of course! You are creating memories to last forever. You are spending time relaxing and having fun whether by yourself, with your spouse or with your grandchildren.

We hope that these simple tips help you and allow you to enjoy your time with your loved ones as you cruise Europe. Book with YMT Vacations and start planning for your grand European tours today!