17 European Travel Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes

Traveling abroad can be fun, but it’s always good to know what behavior might get you into trouble. Someone recently asked an online forum, “What should people avoid while traveling to Europe?” Here are the best 17 responses.

Pickpockets

Pickpockets
Photo Credit: Shutterstock.

“Watch out for pickpockets in Western Europe. There is a stigma that Eastern Europe, like Romania and Bulgaria, is dangerous, but pickpocketing happens more in Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, etc.”

“Barcelona is the worst place I’ve been in the world for pickpockets, along with Lima, Peru.”

Any restaurant that tries to strong-arm you into eating there

Something for Everyone_ Restaurants
Photo Credit: Shutterstock.

“‘Come come, sit down’ as they shove a menu in your face, fast-talking, usually offering a free drink/entree/dessert, basically trying to get you to feel bad about turning them down.”

“Learn a few words of the country you’re traveling to so that anytime you walk past a restaurant, they will think you’re a local.”

Falling in canals

Falling In Canals
Photo Credit: Shutterstock.

“When I was in Venice, the first thing I did when I got off the little boat that brought me from the mainland was to reach into the Grand Canal to see how cold the water was. Took one step onto a mossy rock, and in I went. Fortunately, there wasn’t all that much sewage in the canal that day.”

“This happens a lot in England, especially Birmingham on a Friday night.”

Street scammers

Street Scammers
Photo Credit: Shutterstock.

“While grabbing wine on a patio in Rome, we watched the police break up a scam ring in front of us. It was quite entertaining, especially after dealing with these schmucks all day trying to hustle you. We just sat, sipped wine, and watched the fun.”

“In major cities, don’t let anyone hand you anything such as flowers or whatever. Once it is in your hands, they start asking for money. They even gave a flower to one of my kids and then wouldn’t take it back. Just set it on the ground and walk away.”

Getting caught out by different opening times

Unusual Opening Hours
Photo Credit: Shutterstock.

“Don’t assume that everything will be open during the hours you’d expect in your home country – this is true no matter where you’re going. It varies by country and region, but in my experience, grocery stores, banks, post offices, etc., had much more restricted hours than they do in the US.”

“Public transportation straight up just stops after 10 PM in Naples, at least in the area I was. I had to walk 5 km home.”

Getting your bag stolen

Bag Snatchers
Photo Credit: Shutterstock.

“Don’t leave stuff lying in the seat next to you on public transport…”

“Don’t leave stuff lying around anywhere. Don’t put your stuff next to you on the table if you’re sitting outside at a restaurant. Someone can just run up to you from behind, grab the phone/wallet and run away.”

Touristy restaurants

Tourist Restaurants
Photo Credit: Shutterstock.

“If the menu is translated to several languages that aren’t spoken in the country, then the restaurant is for tourists.”

“It’s a great way to empty your wallet and leave with a belly full of mediocre food!”

Lifts with strangers

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.

“Avoid creepy dudes outside airports trying to split cabs”

“And people standing there on the sidewalk offering you a ride because the taxi line is too long and telling you to follow them to their car.”

Insinuating that the whole of the UK and Ireland is England

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.

“Insinuating that Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland – and possibly some parts of Cornwall – are in England. It doesn’t go down too well.”

“Especially do not say this in Ireland.”

Ukraine, but just for the moment

Photo Credit: RAW-films/Shutterstock.

“I’d avoid Ukraine at the moment.”

‘But when this war has ended, Ukraine is beautiful and very affordable.”

Euronet ATMs

ATM Cash Withdrawals
Photo Credit: Shutterstock.

“Euronet ATMs, as they are basically a scam and will charge you up to 20% in fees for the money you are withdrawing.”

“This is the real tip. Decline conversion at any foreign ATM or POS, period.”

Visiting too many countries

Americans Don_t Travel
Photo Credit: Shutterstock.

“Avoid trying to visit too many cities and countries during the same trip and stay everywhere for a minimum of two nights. US tourists seem to want to see too many places for short visits and end up not really experiencing anywhere properly.”

“It’s because it’s probably the only time they’ll get to Europe, and they only have a week’s vacation, so they’re constantly in go-mode.”

Not knowing languages basics

Online Language Instructor
Photo Credit: Shutterstock.

“I’d avoid social media and watching TV in the month before your trip and spend that time on Duolingo instead. Not sure where exactly you’re going in Europe, but it’ll help you to know a couple of phrases in the language.”

“This is one of the most useful tips. Learn at least a few words in the local language, and people’s attitude towards us changes swiftly.”

Only visiting major capital cities

Photo Credit: DaLiu/Shutterstock.

“You will only see a small part of the culture there. Try traveling to some smaller cities or even villages and go for a few trips into nature as well!”

“Like the tourists going to Germany only to visit Munich, Berlin, and Frankfurt. You won’t find any half-timbered houses or castles there.”

Littering

Littering
Photo Credit: Shutterstock.

“You shouldn’t litter in general, but if you do it in a big city in Europe, you might get a hefty fine.”

Complaining it’s not like home

They Shouldn’t Complain
Photo Credit: Shutterstock.

“Complaining that something isn’t how it is in the US (or whatever your home country is).”

“This! Americans often wonder that things can be done differently outside the US.”

Assuming Europe is all roughly the same

Photo Credit: Prostock-studio/Shutterstock.

“It’s a continent, not a country.”

“There are over 40 different countries in Europe.”

24 THINGS FROM THE ’80S THAT HAVE COMPLETELY VANISHED FROM TODAY’S WORLD

Photo Credit: pathdoc/Shutterstock.

The ’80s were a time of iconic pop culture moments, vibrant fashion choices, and technological relics that have pretty much vanished from our lives today. Here are 24 once-necessary items that evoke nostalgia and remind us of a bygone era.

24 THINGS FROM THE ’80S THAT HAVE COMPLETELY VANISHED FROM TODAY’S WORLD

17 LESSONS EVERY PARENT SHOULD TEACH THEIR KIDS BEFORE THEY LEAVE HOME

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.

Preparing our kids for the real world is no small feat, but fear not, parents! In this post, we’ll share 17 lessons every parent should teach their kids before they leave home. Let’s equip them with the tools they need to conquer the big wide world.

17 LESSONS EVERY PARENT SHOULD TEACH THEIR KIDS BEFORE THEY LEAVE HOME

23 BOOMER HOME DESIGN TRENDS THAT ARE TOTALLY LOST ON GEN Z

Photo Credit: Kues/Shutterstock.

When it comes to your home, the atmosphere is important. Gen Z is particularly discerning about maintaining the right vibe and find some items unforgivable. Discover the 23 home decor pieces they insist you should never have in your home.

23 BOOMER HOME DESIGN TRENDS THAT ARE TOTALLY LOST ON GEN Z

17 HOME APPLIANCES THAT BECAME OBSOLETE IN THE LAST TWO DECADES

Photo Credit: Cast-Of-Thousands/Shutterstock.

Out with the old, in with the new! In recent times, our homes have undergone a technological revolution, making some appliances long-forgotten. In this post, we’re looking at 17 home appliances that became obsolete in the last two decades.

17 HOME APPLIANCES THAT BECAME OBSOLETE IN THE LAST TWO DECADES

15 THINGS AMERICANS ARE ABSOLUTELY FED UP WITH HEARING OVER AND OVER AGAIN

When They Call Me Boomer
Photo Credit: Shutterstock.

Every day, we rely on news outlets and the people around us to stay informed about current events. However, at times, we find ourselves repeatedly hearing the same boring or false information. Recently, an internet survey asked, “Americans, what are you tired of hearing? Here are the 15 best responses:

15 THINGS AMERICANS ARE ABSOLUTELY FED UP WITH HEARING OVER AND OVER AGAIN

Source: Reddit

Leave a Comment