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Travel to Europe: Things need to be prepared (Part 4)

7. Buy your airfare

You’ll want to book your flight before anything else (such as , car rental, etc.) because it will probably be the most expensive part of your trip. This will allow you to save money on your flight which is a great way to be more flexible with your dates. You can often fly on international discount airlines like Norwegian or Aer Lingus and spend less. Check multiple booking sites to make sure you’re seeing a wide range of options, including traditional booking sites such as Expedia and meta-search sites such as Skyscanner. You’ll be notified when the price of your flight drops as you can also set up fare alerts using SmarterTravel’s sister site, Airfarewatchdog.

Consider a layover in a different country spicing up your trip. Icelandair has a long-running program to take a free stopover in Reykjavik for up to seven nights which allows passengers flying elsewhere in Europe.

8. Think about travel insurance

There are several kinds of travel insurance: medical insurance, flight cancellation insurance, trip cancellation insurance, etc. Right after you put down the major deposits on your trip is the best time to buy insurance, whether that entails a package, airfare, or prepaid hotels. Many travel providers and airlines sell insurance which you can purchase along with your tour package or flight. If you’re covered overseas check your medical insurance coverage to see. If not, you may want to cover situations for emergency care like the cost of transportation back home or purchase supplemental medical insurance.

Before you make a purchase always, always read the fine print in your insurance policy and compare it with other travel insurance policies. You can insure your trip if you so choose once you know you’ve paid up front how much money.