Traveling to Europe is an exciting experience for many especially for first time traveler from Asian or African countries which the temperature is sweltering if not raining in the whole year.
If you are traveling to Europe and this will be your first time, I have listed here 7 important things that can help your preparation.
Weather – Temperature is the first thing you have to eye before traveling to Finland as this country is in the coldest part of Northern Europe. Check which month you are traveling. If you want to visit with plenty of snow and winter activity, the month of December to March is ideal. But if you’d like to enjoy the leisure walk in the city, see the lusty green mountains in the countryside, the best time is from June to August.
Currency – As Finland is one of the European countries, Euro is their only legal tender. So make sure you have Euros in your wallet before traveling. Money exchange is also available in the airport and in the malls in Helsinki but it is better if you already have before boarding to the plane so if in case you’d like to buy something, running out of cash is not an issue.
Visa – Check your nationality if you need to apply Schengen Visa. Secure your visa if you are not exempted. Those member in the European countries for sure they can travel freely. (Next to this blog I will be sharing about how to apply schengen visa from Dubai to Finland especially for Filipinos)
Winter Gear– If you are traveling in winter season, make sure you bring the appropriate winter garments because when the temperature is below zero, you can really feel the freezing tingling in your skin if you are not properly warm and you are walking outside. Follow below list to keep you warm and enjoy the cold weather.
- Winter Coat for freezing temperature
- Warm Jacket for warm temperature as it is still cold even above zero
- Mid-layer Tops
- Warm Pants
- Leggings made of acrylic and wool
- Warm Windproof Hat
- Scarf and Neck Warmer
- Waterproof Shoes or Booths
- Winter Socks
- Winter Gloves
Food – I love most of their food especially their sweets. You will enjoy the fresh berries, Blueberries yogurt and pies. Check out below list I’m sure you are familiar and it suits your taste buds.
- Karelian pasty
- Karjalanpiirakka (rice pies)
- Mustikkapiirakka (blueberry pie).
- Riisipuuro (rice pudding).
- Lihapullat (meat balls).
- Perunalaatikko (sweetened potato casserole
- Puolukkapiirakka (lingonberry pie)
- Leipäjuusto (bread cheese).
- Lohikeitto (salmon soup)
- Kinkku (ham)
Language – Finnish and Swedish are the two official language in Finland. Not everyone can speak English. You can only find a number of people who can speak English mostly in the shops, in the restaurants and in malls. Otherwise it is quite challenging in speaking with the local people on the road.
Most of the sign boards you can read on the road or in the shops are in Finnish, even with their products name and label, so don’t be shock. If you don’t understand you can ask the sales person.
Public Toilet – It is quite challenging if you wanted to use public toilet in Finland. Make sure that you have Euro in your pocket. In the malls, you can use the toilet for free, but if you are in the city let say you have some emergency and you need to use toilet, you can enter commercial shop but you have to pay one euro.
Keep Yourself Hydrated – When you arrived there in winter season, the first thing you will notice in the first few days is that your lips is getting dry. If in case you have already a dried lips, a moisture balm can help and it is available in any store. Keep yourself hydrated inside and outside. Drink plenty of water and juices. Take a bath everyday. Cover your mouth with scarf when you are outside.
Have a wonderful trip! Enjoy Europe! 🙂