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Schengen Zone
More than two dozen European countries have eliminated border controls between each other, with a single "Schengen Visa" for tourists. Here's how the Schengen rules affect you as a traveler.

Passport Holders
An "Art in your Pocket" passport cover from Jamila Starwater Tazewell's 11:11 Enterprises can make your passport stand out from others at the hotel reception counter or your cruise ship's passport pickup desk.

Personal Safety

Crime in Europe
You're unlikely to get shot or mugged, but it's wise to take precautions against pickpockets, purse-snatchers, and petty thieves.

Killer Shoulder Bags
Your camera bag, computer tote, or other shoulder bag could put you in the hospital--or in the grave.

GiZmo Travel Bag
If you wear a backpack while sightseeing, move your passport, phone, and other valuables to this compact and lightweight shoulder bag, which has locking zippers to discourage pickpockets.

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Need a car in Europe?

If you live outside the EU, a tax-free Renault or Peugeot tourist car lease can be cheaper than renting for visits of 21+ days. Minimum driver age is 18, there' s no upper age limit, and rates include insurance.

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Traveling by train?

Get free schedules, maps, and guides for 50+ European railroads. (Residents of North and Central America can buy tickets and rail passes online.)

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