Travelling to Europe? What to know before you go

Currency

While the Euro is accepted in most European countries, there are some exceptions. Just some of these include Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Romania, Poland and Hungary, all of which have retained their own currency, so be sure to confirm your itinerary before you leave.

Beyond figuring out which currencies are in use at your destination, it's also important to determine how you'll access it. It's a good idea organise a variety of ways of accessing your money overseas, such as debit and credit cards, travel money cards, travellers' cheques and cash.What to pack

With the exception of places with higher elevation, the majority of southeast Asia is hot and humid. Opt for light-weight, quick-dry options, as even your favourite jeans will be heavy and take too long to dry after a storm.

Language

Gone are the days of carrying a phrase book. Today, there are many language apps that can assist you with foreign translations. Some apps even provide translations in real time - simply speak into the app in English and select a language to translate to.

If you want to learn some basics before you leave, try an app like Duolingo, which provides free access to learn many European languages. Every little bit helps, and the locals love it when you attempt to speak in their language.

Mobile phones

If you're planning to visit more than one European country, there's no local SIM card you can buy that will work across all of the EU (at least, not one with reasonable rates). For the best rates, buy a new local SIM in each country.

Check with your current service provider to ensure your phone is unlocked, as this is required if you plan to use a SIM card from another provider.

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