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In USA, generally, traveling interstates is generally the same experience - for the most part, the road signs, the kind of shops, restaurants, language , currency are similar, so you would not know much difference in another state, and with a car just navigate with one GPS.

How is this in Europe - is there lot of country hoping for vacation, shopping like how someone may quickly go from North Texas to OK or NJ to NY etc. Is the experience very varying or difficult to adjust in a near by country. Are most European country bilingual (English & French etc)?

any other similarity/difference between USA and Europe in this regard, from your experience?

Those from Europe, have you found adjusting to a USA travel easy and no issue?if there an issue, what was it? and vice versa...

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I have travelled in Europe on a number of occasions and I am unilingual (English). Here are some observations:

1. Trains are generally excellent in England and Europe. I have travelled from London to another city about 100 miles away in England and the average train speed (it stopped twice) was near 100 miles per hour. Train travel is just easier in Europe than automobile. Also gasoline is very expensive over there.

2. Language: It is easy to travel around England, much of France, the Netherlands, and Germany with only English. It is somewhat harder in Italy and Spain, but still workable.

3. Currency: The Euro is common currency most places except England. Best way (I found for me) was to ensure my Bank Card would work internationally (4 digit PIN) and then take local currency as I needed it. I used to carry travellers cheques and dumped them.

4. Hotels: You might be surprised at the dumps in England, United States and Europe that advertise themselves as top notch. The last time I went to Europe (2005) I used Trip Advisor and selected hotels that had 2 or more full computer screens of only good comments. I was not dissappointed and spent a medium amount of money on hotels.

5. Ease of transition: Try to be cosmopolitan and fit in to your surroundings. I found travel in Europe to be easy and we enjoyed our trips there. We will go again sometime.

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thanks for sharing your experience, TU
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No problem and good luck if you head to Europe. ... Thinkpads_User
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