Study Abroad Europe travel Tips

#SeanAbroad – Tips on Transportation Modes While Studying Abroad in Europe

I’ll start by talking about airports because flying is the way most people will travel while studying abroad. Airports in Europe are similar to airports in the US but also very different. One thing that is different is the time in advance you should show up for your flight. In the US, you usually get to the airport two hours early, maybe even three just to make sure you get through security. In European airports, if you arrive 3 hours early, you will be waiting a long time. Gates for flights don’t usually open and start boarding until less then a half and hour before the flight is scheduled to take off. This happened to me when flying from Rome to Athen and I found this out the hard way when I had to run to board my first plane of the trip. Before you get to the gate, however, you have to get through security. This can be easy if you are prepared by keeping your travel-sized liquids easy to grab and not wear a lot of metal when traveling. This is also something I’ve learned the hard way. The first few flights I was holding up the line taking my belt and watch off while finding my liquids in my suitcase. If you are prepared and get there on time, you can conquer European airports. And when you do visit Santorini, its beautiful.

Another type of travel you are, most likely, going to encounter while abroad are trains. Trains seem simple, you get to the platform, get on the train and relax, right? Well, they actually can be even more confusing then planes! Train stations are usually confusing because different trains going to different places might stop on the same platform. My advice is to always ask someone where your train is and if you are getting on the right train. This will save you the embarrassment of walking on to multiple wrong trains. Also, always check to see what you need for a ticket. A lot of companies are starting to use e-tickets but some still want a machine printed one. A friend of mine didn’t save the code for her ticket to the airport in Rome. She didn’t have any internet and was forced to spend more money for a new ticket. Trains are a great way to travel because you get to see a lot more of the country you are traveling through. Taking the high-speed train through Italy was beautiful. Once you get off the train your going to need to get places within a city.


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