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If you're heading to Europe for the first time, you are in for a treat! You're about to embark on an adventure in an extraordinarily diverse continent with a ridiculously high concentration of things to do and places to explore. You'll never run out of things to do—but at the same time, you should also be aware of what not to do. Avoiding the most common first-timer mistakes will ensure that you get the most out of your first time in Europe.

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1. Don't forget your passport

It might sound pretty obvious, but you're going to need your passport. You won't clear the first check-in desk without it. But that doesn't mean you're done with it as soon as you step outside the airport. Your passport is the most important form of ID you have while you're traveling abroad. You never know when you're going to need it.

If you're worried your passport will fall out of your handbag or pocket, there are special neck scarves with hidden pockets perfect for keeping it tucked away safe. And you'll look like a local, too⁠—Europeans are all about scarves. Talk about smart and stylish!

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