Tipping – Tipping is common practice and varies from country to country. As a rough guide, expect to tip in most establishments from smaller coins in cafés to 10% in restaurants. Your bill might already include a “service fee”. Check with your local guide if you are unsure what is appropriate. Power Plugs – Throughout Western Europe the sockets are configured for two round prongs, so adapters will be required for Australian and New Zealand appliances. The voltage is generally 220V, however, check each country you are visiting and ensure you have a suitable adapter/converter for your products. Currency – The currency throughout Western Europe is the Euro. ATMs are easily accessible and dispense local currency, however, it is always recommended to have some cash for when you first arrive. Check with your bank what options you have available to you and any fees involved.
What should I bring?
Secure Bag – In bustling tourist areas and train stations it is important to make sure your gear is secure. Take a bag that closes completely and is worn close to the body (or even under your clothes) to give you the best protection. Moisturiser – In winter months your skin will dry out quickly, and if you are exploring Western Europe in summer then you may want to lather up your reddening skin after a visit to the beach. A smaller tube (keep it under 100ml) is also a handy addition for your flight. Wheeled Backpack – A multi-purpose bag that you can wheel through airports and throw on your back when you are traversing over cobblestones or through train stations is convenient for travel to Western Europe. Before choosing your baggage, please make sure you check the baggage specifications for your tour (and whether porterage is included).
Don't miss these authentic experiences on tour!
Spanish Flamenco – This traditional Spanish art form is comprised of guitar, singing, and dancing and stems from the southern regions of Spain. For a vibrant evening full of colour, spirited tones, and festivity, make sure not to miss this experience if offered on your tour! Portuguese Custard Tart – Keep an eye out for “Pasteis de Nata”. These Portuguese egg custard tarts are also known as “Pasteis de Belem”, a throwback to a shop in Belem (a municipality of Lisbon) which has been making these delicious morsels since 1837! Tip from a local – choose a tart with a little more blackening on top! Local Wine – While touring through this patchwork of superb wine country, treat yourself to a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in Bordeaux, pick up a Sauvignon Blanc in the Loire Valley, or a bottle of Port from the Douro in Portugal. Belgian Chocolate – Though you don’t need a reason to devour chocolate on holidays, Belgium gives you a good one. This humble country tucked away in Western Europe invented the praline (a chocolate shell with a soft centre) and continues to be world renowned for its exceptional chocolate. Go on, treat yourself!