Visiting Europe is the ultimate dream of almost all tourists. This large region, with a total population of 743.1 million (as of 2015), has something to boast: ancient sites, spectacular tourist attractions, breathtaking views, and delicious foods and drinks (talk about pizza and wine). Not to mention it is rich in history. Europe is a good place for walking, too.

Wanting to make your European trip a reality? Here’s what you need to know.

Visa Application

The European Commission outlines the procedure for securing a Schengen visa. Take note that some countries are exempted from the application process, including Australia, Japan, Singapore, and the United States.

A person must submit his visa application at the consulate of the country he plans to visit. In case you intend to go to more than one nation, lodge the application to the embassy of your primary destination.

Normally, the consulate reviews the application within 15 calendar days, but it can be extended up to 30 days or 60 days in some cases. All applications must be given no more than three months before the planned trip. It can also be submitted at least 15 calendar days before the scheduled tour. But one should consider the national holidays observed by the nation where you applied.

Tips for Budget-Friendly European Tour

  • Fly on off-peak travel period. You can book the cheapest flights during fall and winter seasons. However, it is difficult to beat autumn rates.
  • Connecting flights are better. Connecting flights are much less expensive than direct flights. Before booking that trip, compare rates and routes.
  • Book at larger airports. The best deals are offered by bigger airports, including Los Angeles International Airport. You can also check the prices at
  • Travel light. Use a carry-on luggage. As mentioned earlier, going to Europe is tantamount to lots of walking. You only appreciate the continent if you walk from one location to another. Plus, it spares you from body ache.