Not All Cathedrals, Castles and Castilians.
Yes, there are at least a million reasons that make a trip to Europe more than worthwhile. It can be the trip of a lifetime. However, don’t fool yourself. There are some things about Europe that will simply drive North Americans crazy!
Below are 11 of the things you should be aware of before you make a trip to Europe. If you can live with them — and understand that they’re simply part of visiting Europe — you’ll enjoy your trip. If they are incredibly bothersome, you might want to re-evaluate your decision because they are simply part of the reality of traveling to Europe.
1. Exchange Rate
Since the majority of Europe adopted the Euro as their official currency, the value of the dollar dropped dramatically. While most places still take the dollar if you don’t want to pay for the interest of a poor exchange rate, you’ll still end up losing a good deal of the value of the dollar. If you pay with dollars at smaller shops, hotels and restaurants, you’ll take an even bigger hit because most smaller venues don’t stay up on the latest exchange rate, so they over value the Euro.
It’s best to just take your lumps, pay for an exchange and put your losses behind you. Paying with debit or credit cards means you’ll get the latest exchange rate, but not necessarily the best.