Why Travel To Europe

Why travel to Europe you ask. Well there are so many reasons and it those reasons why more Americans have been traveling to Europe than any other continent for decades and still do today. In fact the rest of the world travels to Europe more than any continent. Taking into consideration that a significant segment of American travelers take winter vacations in the warm climates of Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, the European travel data is overwhelming.  

Annual Tourists Arrivals in Europe…

Total International Tourist Arrivals by Region in 2018  

Total U.S. Tourist to Overseas are 44.9 % of Total 2018 US Travelers 

Regionmillionsshare %Regionmillionsshare %
Europe 710.0 50.7%Europe   17.7 42.4 %
Asia & Pacific  347.7 24.8%Caribbean  8.7 20.8%
Americas 215.7 15.4 %Asia  6.2 14.9%
Africa
67.1 4.8%Central America   3.2 7.7%
Middle East  60.5 4.3%South America  2.1 5.03%
Middle East  2.4 5.8%
Oceania10.82.05%
Source: UN World Tourism Organization /Source: U.S. Department of Commerce – International Trade Administration

More Travelers from Asia are now annually visiting Europe than Americans…

Europe is the greatest condensed area of diversity on earth…

Europe is only the second smallest continent next to Australia yet there is more diverse culture packed into Europe than any other place on the globe.

Europe is only the second smallest continent next to Australia yet there is more diverse culture packed into Europe than any other place on the globe. It has 87 distinct ethnic groups, 33 are majorities in at least one country, the remaining 54 make up ethnic minorities. Many of which possess varying traditions and cultures unique to themselves. 92 different dialects are spoken of which 44 are giving official status in countries. The European Union recognizes 23 official languages.  For the cuisine lover it’s a virtual smorgasbord  of pasta, crepes, tapas, cheese, sausages, breads, pastries and chocolates. All to be complimented with either a glass of Pilsner, Chianti, Champagne or Cappuccino.

This all makes visiting Europe and virtual plethora of culture and traditions. The history, music, cuisine, arts, religion, language and I could go on, make it truly fascinating.

Traveling through Europe is modern, convenient and easier than in America …

Visiting in Europe can provide all the conveniences of being in America because of its modern infrastructure.
Visiting in Europe can provide all the conveniences of being in America because of its modern infrastructure. Since WW II Europe has been reinventing itself with transportation systems that are modern and in most cases superior to those in the US, especially public transportation. They are easy to use and most have instructions in English. Facilities in hotels, restaurants, and public attractions are for the most part modern. Only those facilities because of their age are not modernized as to protect their structural integrity.
With the creation of the European Union going from one country to another within the European Union is easy with no visa required. Those counties within the Euro Zone use one currency, the Euro. That means that the same money that is used in France, is used in Germany.
And then there is Europe’s wide variety of people, who always seem to share their country and themselves with visitors. You’ll find no matter where you go a native that can speak English fluently. In fact English is the primary language Europeans use to communicate with each other from different countries. A Swede will converse with an Italian not in their native languages but, in English.

Europe’s cultures and history are preserved in it’s world famous museums…

Even with the toll that two world wars took on Europe’s heritage, countries have successfully in many areas restored and retained their history, culture and identity.
Even with the toll that two world wars took on Europe’s heritage, countries have successfully in many areas restored and retained their history, culture and identity. Access to even some of the oldest of ruins are available because of the investments their governments have made. Some areas did escape unscathed by destruction and a visit there came be like going back to a medieval time. There are buildings and ruins in Europe thousands of years old. Mosaics, fresco’s, tapestries and paintings that were done centuries ago or sculptures from Rome and Greece before the time of Christ.

Visiting some of Europe’s best sites make most memorable adventures…

Visit amazing cities like London, Paris, Rome and Berlin and other large modern metropolitan cities. viewing the iconic European landmarks of Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum and the Brandenburg Gate.

Visit amazing cities like London, Paris, Rome and Berlin and other large modern metropolitan cities. viewing the iconic European landmarks of Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, the Coloseum and the Brandenburg Gate.  Visit their distinctive historic neighborhoods & museums, stroll through parks with majestic fountains and shop on the Avenue des Champs Elysées in Paris or Oxford Street in London. Float on the canals of Venice, Amsterdam and Bruges. 

Visit places of history where battles were fought, castles of kings, cathedrals of worship and museums that preserve their artifacts, art and rich history. See out of the way, small medieval villages where time has stood still.

Europe’s natural beauty has just as much to offer no matter what mode of transportation you choose. Cruise up and down the famous Rhine, Danube, Seine and Thames rivers or not  Norway’s majestic fjords. Cruises of Baltic, Mediterranean seas are worthy for any true sea traveler. Hike the trails through the Swiss Alps, the Cinque Terra and the Black Forest. Zip on a train thought French wine country, Poland’s rural farm lands and by Spain’s famed heartlands. Drive along the Romantic Road in Germany, the Amalfi coast in Italy, French wine country or through Irelands lush country side for the avid auto enthusiasts.

Europe is one of the most safest places to travel to…

Almost all European governments are stable democracies with and emphasis on civil liberties and human rights.

Almost all European governments are stable democracies with and emphasis on civil liberties and human rights. Other than the Balkan conflict in the 90’s and the current unrest in the Ukraine, there has been very little conflict and war since WWII. You can travel freely throughout most of Europe without the fear of getting caught  up in a severe civil unrest and conflict. Because almost all countries are open societies that allow freedom of press and civil protest there may be demonstrations. These are confine to certain areas, usually in large cities and are controlled closely by the local police and security forces.

European countries also have some of the lowest rates of serious crime in the world. Robbery, murder and other felonies, are minimal but, one should always be cautious of ones surroundings. The most common crime in Europe is pickpockets and they will normally work in large crowded tourists areas or transit vehicles targeting unsuspecting tourists. Local law enforcement and security is always present around some of the most famous sights and in museums.

In the case of any medical emergencies European countries offer some of the best and most accessible health in the world. Countries maintain high levels of comprehensive, advanced and responsive emergency disaster and health teams just about wherever you travel.

Traveling through Europe is modern, convenient and easier than in America …

From the Europeans who came and colonized the American continents they brought their European culture.

From the Europeans who came and colonized the American continents they brought their European culture. Their philosophies, politics, economics, religions, cuisine, styles, militarism and system of justice. It is why America is a western civilization country today. The start of western civilization started with the Greeks onto the Romans, Europe and then those who colonized in the Americas. Yes, those first Europeans who came and explored and colonize in the Americas brought with them much of what would eventual shape the new countries of the Americas. Once word spread of the vast resources, other groups arrived seeking new opportunities and freedom. With each group came another set of ideas and expressions from the vast diversity of European societies which would impose their will on the native peoples. All of this, the good and bad, would influence the US and other countries in the Americas.

The creation of our government and its constitution come from the Greek and European philosophy more than anything else. About the same time that the American colonist were fighting to gain their independence from King George, the French were having a revolution against their king and forming a republic. Eventually over the next century this would ripple through Europe to end or minimize the rule of many absolute monarchies forming the parliamentary governments that exist today.

The largest percentage of American ancestry is from Europe. According to the US census, out of 15 of the largest ancestry groups, eleven of them come from European countries. Those eleven countries alone comprise 54.3% of the total US population. For those Americans of European ancestry, going there for many can be an enriched experience because it is the origin of their families. Many of today’s Americans of European ancestry had grandparents and great grandparents migrate to the US from Europe. They brought with them their language, religion, food, dress and much more. There is just so much European culture infused into America that going there can have great appeal not just to those of European descent but for all who visit.

Now that you know why, this continent, so rich in culture and history, is awaiting you, why don’t start planning and get packing!