8 Tourist Mistakes Americans Need to Avoid In Europe

Pack light to avoid extra baggage fees and the hassle of lugging around heavy suitcases, especially since many European streets are cobblestone and not suitcase-friendly.


Make an effort to learn a few key phrases in the local language, such as greetings, please, and thank you. It shows respect and can help in everyday interactions.

Not Learning Basic Local Phrases:

Be aware of local customs and etiquette, such as tipping practices, table manners, and appropriate dress codes for visiting religious sites.

Ignoring Local Customs:

While credit cards are widely accepted, always carry some local currency for small purchases, tips, or in places where cards might not be accepted.

Relying Only on Credit Cards:

In many European countries, you must validate your train tickets before boarding. Look for validation machines at the station to avoid fines.

Failing to Validate Train Tickets:

Venture away from popular tourist spots to find more authentic and often cheaper dining experiences. Ask locals for recommendations.

Eating Only in Tourist Areas:

Europe is larger than it seems, and travel times between cities can be longer than expected. Plan your itinerary with ample time for travel and unexpected delays.

Underestimating Travel Times:

While many Europeans speak English, don't assume everyone does. Be patient, speak slowly, and use translation apps if needed.

Assuming Everyone Speaks English: