If you’re planning a trip to Europe this summer, you may be worried about the possibility of labor strikes. Strikes happen all often in European countries, and they can affect a wide range of industries with impact on travel. From transportation to restaurants to museums, it’s hard to underestimate how a strike can affect your trip. But don’t let the threat of strikes discourage you from visiting Europe. With a little bit of planning, you can still have a great trip even with the potential of a strike or two.
Tips to consider when traveling to Europe during potential labor strikes
Do your research.
Before you travel, it’s a good idea to stay abreast of the news using television and the Internet. Doing so lets you see if any strikes are planned for the time and destinations on your itinerary. If you’re taking an organized tour, check with the tour operator to see if they have any information on potential strikes. Knowing what to expect can help you plan your itinerary and make alternative arrangements if necessary.
If you’re traveling during a time when strikes are planned, be prepared to be flexible with your itinerary. For example, if buses or trains are affected, you may need to adjust your plans or consider alternative modes of transportation. It’s also a good idea to have a backup plan for accommodations and activities.
If you know that a strike is happening (or likely to happen), try to plan ahead as much as possible. For example, if you’re traveling by train and a strike is planned, you may want to book your tickets in advance to ensure that you have a seat on a train that is still running. Similarly, if you’re planning to visit a museum or attraction that may be affected by a strike, you may want to book your tickets online in advance to avoid long lines and ensure that you can still visit the attraction.
While you’re traveling, it’s important to stay informed about any potential strikes that may affect your plans. This may mean checking the news regularly. If you’re staying in a hotel, the staff may also be able to provide you with information about any planned strikes.
Strikes can be frustrating, but it can help if you approach the situation with empathy. Remember the people who are striking feel that their rights or working conditions are not being respected. By showing understanding, you create a solid coping mechanism and may even reduce the potential for conflict.
Have a backup plan.
Even with a perfect plan in place, it’s always a good idea to have a backup. For example, if you’re traveling by train and a strike prevents you from reaching your destination, you may want to consider renting a car or taking a bus instead. Similarly, if a museum or attraction is closed due to a strike, you may want to have a list of alternative activities or attractions that you can visit instead.
Consider travel insurance.
If you’re concerned about the potential impact of strikes on your travel plans, consider purchasing travel insurance. This can provide you with some financial protection if your trip is disrupted due to a strike.
Traveling to Europe during potential labor strikes can be extra challenging, but it doesn’t have to ruin your trip. For tips and information about Europe, check out our Europe Summer Flights page and the International Flight Report.