Two quick tips here:
Firstly, I missed on visiting Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam because,I didn’t book the ticket sufficiently in advance!So, if you are keen on visiting any attraction that requires early booking ensure that you book it online and sufficiently in advance!
Secondly, wherever possible, visit the most important attraction in the city before noon.For example, I visited Schönbrunn Palace as soon as it opened at 8am, after which the crowd swelled up unbearably!
Packing list for the Trip:
Carry enough local currency!
Credit cards levy transactional charges generally ranging from 3 % to above plus a host of local food joints do not accept cards, so, having cash helps.
It is advisable to always carry enough cash in hands! But be reasonable- don't over carry as well, especially when you are travelling alone!Also, if you're travelling to multiple European countries ensure that you have sufficient local currencies!For example , Swiss francs when you are travelling to Switzerland etc…
Also, ensure that you have an international debit card.A number of banks will require you to activate your international banking services.So do make a call to your bank’s customer care well in advance!
Especially when you are travelling alone, if you don’t travel light you are sure to regret.Having to travel to another city every second day with all your luggage, use local transport etc., it surely made me feel sorry for myself carrying heavy luggage day in and day out!!
Have a sling and a backpack!
On my day outings I would always carry a sling bag, which would contain my passport, wallet and phone at times and sometimes a backpack, which would have water bottle, sunglass case, a small umbrella, shawl and basic makeup accessories etc., Having your passport and essentials in a bag visible to you at all times(and backpack is not!) is very important.
If I were to list out some of the other essentials for your packing list they would be- A selfie stick(especially since, you are travelling alone!), Adaptor(one or two), Power bank,Sunscreen, Comfortable shoes etc.,
Well,I don’t have to explain why you need this.
I had downloaded Here maps for all the cities and town I intended to visit and I must say, since, Internet wasn’t working a couple of times, it was of great help.
Reading a restaurant menu or a street name or a travel booklet, google translate can be quite a friend!
Depending on the country you visit, ensure that, you have their train apps. For instance, sbb, in Switzerland was the most helpful. This app helped me book tickets in a click with special online discounts and also gave precise timing of the train, the right platform, connecting trains etc., Similarly, in Austria there is obb, which also helps in instant ticket booking and tracking the trains.
The Parting Note:
Well, armed with a lot of enthusiasm I stepped into Europe and this was undoubtedly my best trip ever.