4 Things To Know Before You Go
So you’re traveling to Europe.
It’s your first time.
You’re excited but you don’t know what to expect.
Here are 4 things to be mindful of as take in the European culture.
We Dine Different
In general, things don’t move as quickly as they do in the states. European culture, actually, most cultures outside of America, consider dining an event or social experience. In most European restaurants, London restaurants can be an exception, it is considered rude for the waiter or waitress to bring you the “bill” (not the “check”) without you requesting it. So be mindful of this and careful not to get an attitude when the service isn’t as quick as you would like for it to be. Give yourself ample time to enjoy the dining experience.
Additionally, tipping is not necessary. Unless you are dining at an establishment that is frequented by tourist, most places will have already included the tip in the price of your meal. So you can BMF (blow money fast) in other ways. And Lawd knows money gets blown fast in Europe.
Now, if you are you experiencing exceptional service, run them folks their coin!
Bathing Be Like
Most European hotels and lodging facilities do not offer what we consider, washcloths, in the states. So if you are partial to having a washcloth for bathing, you will need to take your own. Whenever I travel to Europe, I always take with me an exfoliating bath glove. It doesn’t take up a lot of space in your luggage and it has your skin feeling nice… and supple… like a lady!
All Toiletries Matter
You’re Not In Kansas Anymore
Connie Taylor says
I love your post about London! Such helpful tips. A world traveler like you would certainly know. 😎
I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for reading!
I’m sure you could share a few things about London and Paris when you visited a few years ago!
Mimi Robinson says
Thanks for getting me together, I didn’t know any of these things. I would have come to visit with all of my American habits and been frustrated.
Hahaha, yes, please remember these on your next trip to eliminate all frustrations.
Joyce Brewer says
Our son would love to go to Europe, specifically Italy so that he can ride in a gondola.
I went back in 2003 and noticed Europe is definitely more laid back than America. They don’t rush around or get stressed as much as Americans do.
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Yup, this is all very true! Great list to let other know.
Thanks for reading.
Tiffany Heard says
It is so funny how culture norms defer. I def remember to bring a face towel with me everywhere I go. I think it’s weird to not have a small washcloth. I always wonder how do you people wash their bodies. ( I know some people use loofahs) Great advice because many people may not know about this advice. Lastly when in Rome do as the Romans do and embrace the culture.
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Exactly. I think that’s exactly it. They use loofahs.
Nadalie Bardo says
Haha love it, it’s so true! Backpacking through Europe taught me this. Also in England, like everyone is about bathing, not showering.
Girl, I was like what is going on? Where is my face towel? Everything is just so much more chill in Europe.
Lauren Gay says
This is a great general list for travel newbies. I wish I knew about the places that charge you for using a public restroom before my trip to London. Lol
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I love your helpful tips about Europe! I had no idea about them not providing wash cloths. And chips are crisp and fries are chips…whoa!