It comes as no surprise that world tourism is concentrated in Europe, with 58% of tourists visiting the continent. The second highest continent attracting tourists in Asia, far behind Europe with 19.5% world tourists visiting the continent. Almost 80% of the top countries for tourism are European. Undoubtedly, Europe is home to some of the world’s most historical attractions and breathtaking destinations. But what are the factors that make Europe an easy, rather the first pick for international travellers?
Here’s decoding the list of reasons:
Why Travelling Across Europe Is Easy:
1. Schengen Visa: 1 visa | 28 states
First and foremost, the key factor in international tourism is the visa and paperwork. While many passports enjoy the incredible power and visa-free access to more than half the world, most don’t. We, Indians don’t have visa-free or e-visa access to the Schengen states. Hence, the paperwork and visa play a crucial role.
But the fact that one Schengen visa gives you access to over 28 countries in the European subcontinent, makes Europe an easy choice.
An important point to note is that a Schengen Visa also gives you access to some non-Schengen states for a short duration. In such cases, you’re due for passport checks at border control/ airport.
2. Cheap Flights
Since the visa looks into access to all Schengen states, it the comes to flights. And inter-city/ inter-state flights in Europe are extremely cheap. Thus, making air travel affordable and multiple distances accessible on a single trip.
3. Connectivity- Rail | Bus | Road
Beyond flights, there are also additional means of transport which are cheap and accessible to all.