Europe is the most popular destination for tourists. There are many important things to keep in mind before when calling your travel agent and booking your next vacation:

1. Your Budget: This is important so you do not overspend. You should include everything in this, flight and incidentals. If you do not have a lot of money Eastern Europe may be a wise choice. You can often save up to 30% by booking last minute or by booking package deals. It is important to know the rate of exchange for your country to the country you are going to, this can give you a better idea about how much money you will have to vacation with.Traveling off peak is another way to save cash on your trip.

2. Time of year: A smart idea is to check the weather patterns in the city you are going to. You can check this out on line for yourself or ask your travel agent for advice. There are so many resources available to check the weather for other parts of the world nowadays. Checking the weather patters before you travel can help you avoid traveling to a place that is experiencing rainy season!

3. Political Climate: Many countries that rely on tourism try to make every effort to be sure that tourists are safe. It is smart to keep up to date on the political status of a country you are visiting especially if there has been any problems recently.

4. Your waking time: If you like to sleep in you will probably not want to be signing up for any guided tour. Guided tours usually start at the crack of dawn and go all day. You may visit several cities in a country or countries within a specified amount of time,and you will be at the mercy of the group all day. If you like to call the shots and do your own thing, this may not be for you. However, if you don't like site seeing alone, you enjoy the company of others and seeing as much as possible on your vacation, a guided tour or cruise may be a great option for you.

5. Your dream and personal desire: This is a special vacation that may have taken some time to save for. If you have a place that you have always wished you could see you should make sure you go and see it. Someone who always wanted to visit Jim Morrison's grave and is visiting Paris should schedule the time to go there!

6. Plan your day: Take some time to plan what you would like to do on your vacation while planning your trip. Check out what historic sites you may want to visit. You will also want to figure out how much time you want to spend lying on the beach, or rock-climbing? Adrenaline rushes, relaxing on the beach or visiting an art museum, just know when you plan on doing what so you do not waste your whole vacation trying to figure out what to do. Try not to over plan or you may feel like you need a vacation when you get home. You do not need to stick to your plan exactly but as long as you have some kind of idea what you would like to do and see you will fit more into your vacation without feeling overwhelmed.

7. Use the resources available to help you plan your trip and save you money: There are so many options available to you when traveling nowadays. You are able to research the cities and countries you would like to visit on the Internet before your trip, check prices, and book your own flight and hotel. Here is a useful website you can visit, Checking travel forums for information from people who have been to the location you are considering is very helpful. .

8. Pack lightly:Do not bring extra stuff you don't need just because it fits in the suitcase! Pack only the essentials. Only pack things that you really need and will not be able to buy. Many Times when you forget to bring something you end up not needing it anyway. Once again, most things you can purchase if you have forgotten something.

9. Get organized: Use some trip-planning software to plan out what you want to do and what you will need. Remember to have all your documents up to date, find out if you need travel insurance, and if you will need to exchange money where you can do that. You will be more able to enjoy your vacation knowing you have taken care of the important details.

10. Have fun!: Get organized, have a plan before going anywhere. That way, once you're on your way, you'll be able to relax and enjoy yourself. But remember, there are very few "perfect" vacations, so if something does go wrong, try to relax and "go with the flow" as much as possible.