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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