Europe is well known for its train infrastructure, rightly so. Trains in Western Europe especially have a commendable network not only between cities, but between countries. The European Union makes travel seamless between borders and often trains are faster than cars and sometimes even faster than planes, if you consider the time spent in security and at the luggage carousel.

But what many travellers don’t know is that European bus routes are also world-class. In many cases they take longer, but the price difference is often well worth the extra hour or two- if you’re not in a huge rush.

The main choice for bus tickets is between Flixbus and Eurolines. To be honest, we haven’t used Eurolines yet because their website doesn’t seem to work for us whenever we try to compare prices. No matter, we’ve taken a liking to Flix and here is a list of pros and cons to see if this bus company is for you!

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I’ll start this article by stating that ATMs in Europe are *mostly* *safe*. *Mostly* meaning that you shouldn’t use questionable machines in alleyways susceptible to identity theft technology. *Safe* meaning that your identity won’t be compromised, but your bank account may be emptied more than it honestly should. Trusted Private European companies include: Euronet, EC, Bankomat, and Your Cash. That being said, it is ALWAYS better to use ATMs inside of banks during business hours as they are the safest against thieves, your card can be retrieved if the machine malfunctions, and they have the lowest usage rates.

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Most cities in Europe that draw any sort of tourism will have “Free Walking Tours” available in multiple languages. Smaller cities might have one or two companies while larger metropolitan areas have several. The same structure goes for languages offered. Smaller places normally only offer a few languages including the country’s national language(s) while larger cities can have ten or more. Luckily, English has become a universal language for business and tourism. So, if you’re reading this post, you’re good to go! The country’s location often determines which other languages are available. For example, cities in Bavaria have tours in Italian because of the number of Italian tourists.

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At first, we were hesitant to try rental bikes in Europe. Did they work well, were they susceptible to theft, were they worth it?

The decision to try the bikes stemmed from Hannah’s nostalgic longing to ride a scooter. Admittedly, I wanted to try the rentals too but, as for a means of transportation, the cost was not as practical nor could they get us to the next destination more quickly. The only way the scooter price was comparable to the bikes was if you shared them. We did. More about that below. While hilarious and entertaining, it’s not as efficient.

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So, you’re a Canadian who wants to live in Germany? Welcome to the Deutsch expat family 🇩🇪

I hope this step by step helps you more effectively than sifting through Government websites. If you’ve come here and you’re not a Canadian citizen, I highly recommend checking out Goats On The Road as they have an extensive, multi-country guide. Alternatively, please read on as a lot of the requirements are similar or identical!

Hannah is a citizen of England so she didn’t have to get a visa, yet (Brexit?), but I had to go through the process. That means you can be confident this guide is accurate backed not only by research, but by human experience 😁

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In North America, the standard proves every downtown block and any establishment worth 3 stars on Yelp has WiFi. 7 years ago Larissa travelled to England where she stayed at a hotel with a £2 per-hour charge for wifi. For a school group filled with 14-18 year-olds, that was an astonishing, expensive, catastrophe. They were told this was normal for European establishments and, sure enough, in France and Italy the WiFiless world continued. Several years have passed since then—things must have changed with the expansion of technology, right? Well, not really. Most travel blogs we’ve read say you can voyage without phone plans and survive on hostel wifi, a Starbucks or two along the way, and sheer grit. We thought about ditching the data altogether but with few connection zones nearby to keep in touch with each other, teammate activities, and potential employers to contact, Facebook messenger wasn’t going to cut it. There’s good news, though! In Germany, as well as most European countries, monthly pre-paid plans are affordable and low barrier. All you need are ten minutes, an unlocked phone, and a passport.

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Is N26 a Legit Bank?

If you’ve made it to this article, you’re likely considering a N26 bank account. However, banking somewhere that doesn’t physically exist is uncanny. Is N26 legit or a scam? I am happy to say that it is a real bank and it’s actually pretty good! As with anything, however, a consumer should inform herself of a company’s practices before ruling out other options. Here is our honest and unsponsored review of N26.

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It may seem like a daunting task or an abstract idea to move somewhere you’ve never been on a whim. Not knowing where you will be in a month’s time, not speaking the language, and basically experiencing everything for the first time is scary, but also really exciting.

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