Travel smart: preparing for your first Europe adventure

Going on your first trip to Europe could be an overwhelming experience. From saving up, booking your flights and accommodations, and planning your itinerary, to navigating customs regulations and dealing with unexpected situations, there are many things to consider and plan for.

While preparing for your first Eurotrip may feel like a daunting task, there are a lot of things to look forward to. Traveling is an exciting opportunity to experience new cultures, meet new people, and create lasting memories with your loved ones.

Travel restrictions continue to ease up, and more people are starting to feel comfortable traveling again, taking a much-needed vacation to make up for lost time during the pandemic. It has ignited a newfound wanderlust for some and rekindled the love for travel for many. The desire to travel and explore the world is stronger than ever.

Be prepared before you set off on your adventure. Here are some things you can expect and prepare for when planning your first Europe trip so you can just focus on having a great time.

Have the necessary travel documents

With or without health restrictions, there are several essential documents that you need to prepare before you leave. This is not simply limited to your valid passport and plane tickets. For destinations like Europe, a visa is required if you’re a Philippine passport holder. When travelling to EU countries like Spain, Italy, or France, a Schengen visa and Schengen-accredited travel insurance policy is required. Other European countries like the United Kingdom and Ireland have their own application and approval processes, so make sure to research and prepare before you schedule your visa application appointment. 

Other necessary documents that you would need are your accommodation booking and itinerary details. With COVID-19 travel policies still in place in some destinations, travelers are also encouraged to have their vaccination certificates ready. 

Different country, different cultures and restrictions

In Europe, the food, climate, and language can all be very different from what you're used to, but don't worry, as this is all part of the adventure! Discover what sets each country apart. Try their local delicacies, visit their historical and cultural landmarks, and interact with locals. Maybe go see the Vatnajökull National Park and Blue Lagoon in Iceland, or try the traditional margherita pizza from Italy, and even make new friends at Germany’s Oktoberfest – it’s a world of possibilities out there!

Apart from the different norms, double check as well if the European country you’re going to still has COVID-19 measures in place. These policies change often, so be sure to research about the countries you are visiting to avoid any unnecessary stress during your trip.

Travel safe

Whether or not it’s your first time travelling, safety should always be a top priority. Be alert and vigilant of your surroundings. When visiting unfamiliar places, it is best to have someone accompany you, preferably someone who knows the area.

Make sure to also bring any medications you are regularly taking as some countries in Europe might not have the exact medication you need or restrict the selling of controlled items to tourists. And even with the number of COVID-19 cases declining globally, make it a point to still practice necessary safety precautions and maintain good hygiene practices.

Seeking medical assistance in a foreign land such as Europe could also leave a dent on your finances. It is always beneficial to have a reliable travel insurance policy in place to protect yourself in case of any unexpected emergencies or any urgent medical and evacuation expenses due to COVID-19. Make sure to do your research and find the one that best suits your needs.


AXA Smart Traveller, AXA Philippines’ top-tier comprehensive travel insurance, provides extensive coverage for both domestic and international trips. This insurance offering recently won AXA Philippines a Reader's Digest Trusted Brand gold award under the Travel Insurance category.


One of the most notable features of AXA Smart Traveller is its medical coverage of up to PHP 3.5M for each sickness and/or injury sustained while traveling, making sure travelers have access to quality medical care wherever they may be.

Another advantage of Classic and Elite variants of AXA Smart Traveller is its Schengen accreditation, which is required when travelling to countries that are part of the Schengen area. Schengen visas require a minimum amount of travel insurance coverage, and AXA Smart Traveller meets these requirements, making it easier for travelers to obtain their visas and enjoy their trip.

With AXA Smart Traveller, enjoy every moment with your family and friends as it also offers 24/7 emergency travel assistance, payouts on non-refundable expenses in case of trip cancellation, and/or postponement and protection on your baggage in case of loss or damage.      

Visit to learn more about AXA Smart Traveller and to get a quote for your next international trip today.

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