Last Updated on January 7, 2021
2018 is the year where we can travel to Europe comfortably, especially during summer months because there are new nonstop routes from the United States and Canada. The new routes are not only from Air Canada or Delta, there are also other discount powerhouses available like Norwegian Air.
However, spending a long, well-deserved vacation in Europe needs a lot of planning and a few friends or family members to share with us the unique cultures, the beautiful languages, the natural wonders, and of course, the delicious cuisine.
When you reach your destination, remember to slow your pace and explore what makes the place interesting in order to feel the essence of Europe. When you do, all your senses will fall in love with every small part of each country.
Check Your Passport
Before sitting a date of departure or booking a ticket, make sure to check your passport’s expiration date. There are many travelers whose dreams were broken because of that small print.
In order to travel to the 26 countries of Europe that are border-free (Schengen Zone), your passport should be valid for at least 3 months beyond your date of departure. In fact, and since U.S. passport owners are allowed to travel for 90 days without a visa within the Schengen Zone, they need to have 6 months of validity in their passport.
This summer, the U.S. Department is expecting a lot of new applications and renewals warning the citizens that it could take up to 3 weeks for expedited service and 6 weeks for routine service.
Thanks to Schengen, we can have lunch in France, hop a few trains, and then have a great night in San Sebastian in Spain with no border check. Keep in mind that not all countries are a part of the agreement like Ireland, UK, Cyprus, Romania, and Bulgaria, which where you should expect many checks and stamps.