Europe is one of the most popular continents. Each year millions of tourists venture to the Northern Hemisphere to explore some of the 51 European countries. Multicultural region attracts and fascinates with its ample landmarks, cultures, and traditions. The visitors marvel at the diversity and authenticity of the European continent. A place that once visited makes you come back over and over again. However, with all its versatility, Europe tends to bring out conflicting feelings. What we love and hate in Europe has become a popular topic especially among frequent travelers. The list of things that ignite or complete destroy your interest in Europe can go on and on. But these are a few things to love and hate in Europe that seem to be universal. With that being said
HERE ARE THE MOST COMMON THINGS THAT WE LOVE AND HATE IN EUROPE:
What We Love in Europe
1. Historical heritage
Europe is a living history of the world. There is nothing like walking down the streets of modern Rome and a few minutes later suddenly ending up near the Ancient City. We love to stand in front of the Roman Forum and feel grateful and honored for being surrounded by such historical monuments. We love to climb the stairs of Notre Dome de Paris and go back to the medieval time. Historical heritage of Europe is a living reminder of the old times. At the same time, it’s an integral part of the continent today.
2. Traveling to new countries is cheap
With 51 countries, Europe offers a lot of opportunities for travel and exploration. But what we love most in Europe is transportation fares. For less than 100 euros you can fly from one country to another. In some cases, bus or train rides are even cheaper.
3. Cultural diversity
Each country in Europe is proud of its culture and traditions. They remember their roots, acknowledge their uniqueness, and eagerly share them with their visitors.
4. Variety of landscapes
From high mountains of Austria to beautiful coastlines of Italy, Europe has something for everybody. You can swim in the sea and a few hours later hike through the most magnificent landscapes. You can become a total city babe or dash through a forest in search of the most beautiful castles.
5. Different cuisines
When in Europe, forget about the same food over and over again. The food culture here is as diverse as everything else. We love loading on tapas in Spain, indulge in pizzas in Italy, and have fresh croissants for breakfast in France. And this is just the beginning. The differences in cuisines can be one of the main reasons we love to travel to Europe.
What We Hate in Europe
1. Very expensive
Apart from the transportation fares, Europe is very expensive. Food, hotels, attractions, clothes – nothing is cheap. If you are a budget-traveler, you might want to postpone your trip to Europe for some time in the future. Splitting some of the expenses with your travel partners can also provide a way to explore Europe without going broke.
2. Excessive smoking
While smoking inside is illegal, it’s allowed everywhere in the public areas. Contrary to America, Europe doesn’t have any restrictions or designated areas for smoking. We hate walking down the streets of Europe and inhaling lifetime’s worth of secondhand smoke.
3. Hotels are far below your expectations
You want to get quality for the amount of money you pay. In Europe, however, with its excruciatingly high prices, you pay a lot for a hotel room, and what you get is far below your expectations.
4. Most Cars are Manual
Oops… This is definitely something that we hate in Europe. For somebody who is not used to automatic car, driving manual cars can be a real problem.
Oh well, as a European I totally agree about the smoking. But it has gotten A LOT better and each year new rules make it even tougher for smokers to find a place to light their cigarettes.
It’s a good list you came up with!
It’s so good that new rules take place. Being European myself, I almost forgot how bad is the smoking situation there.