Tips for Traveling to Europe in Summer 2021

Traveling to Europe
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany. Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash

With a recent announcement by the European Union that vaccinated Americans will soon be allowed into Europe, lots of people are planning a European vacation for the summer. If you’re one of them, here are some things to keep in mind.

Flights Will Be Confusing – But Flexible

While it may be legal for Americans to enter Europe, there is still going to be a lot of confusion and back and forth when it comes to airline service to and from the continent. Thankfully, most airlines maintain the flexible rescheduling policies that they started in the beginning of the pandemic.

Hotels Are Less Flexible

That being said, don’t just assume you can book everything and change it at the last minute if you want to. A lot of hotels are going back to pre-Covid cancellation policies, and some only offer credit instead of refunds.

Stick to the Plan

Not only that, but many tourist destinations like museums and restaurants are now operating on reservations only, so that classic free-spirited European spontaneity isn’t exactly an option anymore. So make your travel itinerary and expect to stick to it if you want to see and do everything that you’re hoping to while in Europe this summer.