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Travel in Europe

Best vacations begin with detailed planning

By Rick Steves

This article was published March 19, 2017 at 1:57 a.m.

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Paris offers more sights than you’ll be able to see in one trip; enjoy the rooftop of Notre Dame but save some other attractions for your next visit.

For a balanced trip, spend time in a tranquil village like Beilstein in Germany’s Mosel Valley after the hectic pace of a big city.

The best travelers aren't those with the fattest wallets, but those who take planning seriously. Jack might jet off to Europe as a free spirit, with no real itinerary -- and return home full of complaints about how expensive and stressful it all was. Jill, who travels with good information and a detailed day-to-day plan, returns home with rich stories of spontaneous European adventures. It's the classic paradox of good travel: "Winging it" can become a ball-and-chain of too many decisions, too little information, and scant time to relax. Structure rewards a traveler with freedom.

For a balanced trip, spend time in a tranquil village like Beilstein in Germany’s Mosel Valley after the hectic pace of a big city.

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