Submitted on Tue, 28-October-2014
Thanks to centuries of history, popular movies and legendary literature, the allure of Europe’s landscapes and cultures has been romanticized for ages. Many people dream of turning the European vacation in their hearts into reality. Here’s why now is better than ever to visit Europe.
For years, traveling across Europe required frustrating border stops. Now, many EU countries are part of the Schengen Area. This agreement allows travelers to cross borders freely with a single passport stamp on arrival, and another upon departure from the continent. Going from Denmark’s endless coastline to Romania’s legendary Transylvanian castles just got a whole lot easier.
The smallest of the seven continents, accessible transportation abounds throughout Europe’s tight geography. The European rail system extends from dense cities into the quiet countryside connecting curious travelers with many distinct regions. Purchase a rail pass and save on more than the price of rental car. Ride the rails and enjoy every inch of scenery through the snow-frosted Alps or the plains of Slovenia before stopping on Montenegro’s golden beaches.
Even a short visit to Europe exposes travelers to multiple countries, languages, cultures and diverse history, architecture and cuisine. Archeological ruins in Greece can lead visitors to the ancient rock-carved cities of Cappadocia in Turkey. Taste authentic Spanish red wines and then contrast with the sweet Rieslings of the Rhine Valley. Trace your family’s heritage back to the European home of your ancestors. There are countless reasons to visit Europe, but you only need one to get started.