The number of Mexicans traveling to European countries has increased in recent years, and many are unprepared for what they will experience. There are many things that you need to know and plan before arriving at your destination, especially if you are coming from Mexico.
Whether it’s about language, culture, money or visas needed, there are plenty of tips that will help make your travel easier and more enjoyable. If you’re thinking about traveling to Europe for your next vacation, then this blog post will provide some helpful insights into what you should expect when you get there.
First of all, it’s important to be aware that the languages spoken in Europe can vary significantly from country to country. In some places, such as Spain and France, you will likely be able to get by with just English.
But in other countries – like Germany or Poland – you will definitely need to know some basic phrases in order to communicate with locals. So before your trip, make sure to do a little bit of research on the different languages spoken in each destination you are considering.
Another thing that may surprise Mexicans traveling to Europe is the difference in culture. Europeans tend to be more formal than people from Mexico, so it’s important to remember this when interacting with them.
For example, avoid using informal language or slang terms when speaking with people you’ve just met. Instead, stick to the more formal terms of address like “señor” or “señora.” Europeans also tend to dress more formally than Mexicans, so it would be best not to wear t-shirts and shorts everywhere.
It’s normal for Europeans to keep their distance from strangers and this can feel off-putting at first, but it will get easier after a while. Europeans are typically much more reserved than Mexicans when it comes to public displays of affection. While PDA isn’t unheard of, don’t expect couples or friends to be holding hands or hugging in public as often as you might see back home.
Types of Visas
One of the most important things for Mexicans traveling to Europe is to be aware of the different types of visas that are required to visit different countries within the continent. In some cases – for example stays shorter than 90 days – no visa is needed at all.
While in other cases (such as for stays over 90 days), you will need to apply for a visa type before arriving in Europe. So it’s best to do your research ahead of time so that you know what you need and don’t end up stranded at the airport.
Although the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting many parts of the world, Europe has been extremely strict with their restrictions since the beginning, locking down countries and not allowing visitors in. While these types of restrictions are no longer in place, there are still some restrictions in place that visitors should be aware of before traveling.
For example, several countries have banned all non-essential travel and/or closed their borders completely – so it’s important to check with your local consulate or embassy to see if your intended destination is currently open for tourists.
Additionally, many European hotels and other businesses are only accepting guests if they can provide proof of vaccination against Covid-19 – so be sure to get vaccinated at least a few weeks before departing for Europe just in case.
In terms of money, if you’re coming from Mexico then it’s important to know that many European countries use different currencies than those in Latin America.
In most cases, this won’t be an issue as ATMs are readily available all over Europe and they will allow you to withdraw Euros (or whatever currency is used). But some tourists might prefer using credit cards instead of carrying wads of cash around with them. This is perfectly fine at larger hotels and restaurants but may not work everywhere else – especially small shops where clerks don’t speak English very well.
It can also be helpful to keep smaller denominations on hand for tipping purposes since waiters/waitresses and taxi drivers often do not receive a salary, and rely on tips to make a living.
Cost of Traveling
The cost of traveling in Europe can also be a bit of a shock for Mexicans unused to the high prices. Make sure you are aware of how much things like transportation, food, and lodging will cost so that you can budget accordingly.
It’s also important to note that the Euro is not the only currency used in Europe – many other countries use their own local currencies. So before your trip, make sure to do some research on which currencies are accepted where you’re going.
Weather and Climate
Finally, one last thing to keep in mind when traveling to Europe from Mexico is the difference in the climate. Northern European countries like Germany and Norway are known for having colder weather than Mexico, so it’s important to pack accordingly.
While traveling in Europe you will also want to prepare yourself for changes between winter and summer seasons – something that can be quite different from the climate you’re used to.
Europe is an incredible destination with tons of things to see and do. But before making your trip there, make sure you educate yourself on some key differences between life here compared to Mexico. With this blog post as a starting point, now you know what not to expect when visiting Europe next time around.
Susan Noel is an experienced content writer. She is associated with many renowned travel blogs as a guest author where she shares her valuable travel tips with the audience.