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Women Safety in Europe

In general, women travelers should not experience the same concerns about safety or overcoming difficult attitudes as when visiting the South Asia, Middle East or Africa.

Europe is made up of a vast number of countries, and some eastern parts of Europe do have a more conservative culture as compared to Western Europe.

The most common crimes are theft, so be aware of pickpockets especially in crowded areas or on public transportation.

Europe in a nutshell

Get your cultural fix and go museum-hopping in Amsterdam. Watch the sun set over Paris from the Eiffel Tower. Go on a walking tour through Prague and make new friends. Explore the many underground bars and nightclubs in Berlin. Hike Kungsleden (The King's Trail) in Sweden during summer, or go skiing in Austria during winter. It is cheapest to travel to and around Europe during October through April when accomodations and airfares are cheaper.

Getting around Europe

Europe is well-connected by trains, buses, cheap flights and even shared cars. You can explore Europe by train with two railpasses, Eurail for overseas visitors and InterRail for European residents. However, it can be cheaper just to buy point-to-point tickets at the station on the day at full price, or pre-booked online in advance at a lower rate but ties you to a specific date and train. A general rule to follow is for a few short train rides, buy point-to-point tickets. If you have a pre-planned fixed itinerary around Europe, advance-purchase tickets are usually the cheapest option. If you want the complete freedom to explore Europe, buy a railpass.

The cheapest way to travel across Europe is definitely the bus. If you are thinking of traveling across the UK, Megabus and National Express fares can be ridiculously cheap. Eurolines connects 41 destinations in 21 countries. Germany has a couple of bus companies such as Berlinlinienbus and Mein Fernbus. If you’re traveling to the Baltics and Russia from Germany, Simple Express covers Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Russia.

(In)famous Ryan Air and easyJet are two low cost carriers in Europe. Budget airlines sometimes use obscure airports, for example Ryanair’s flights to “Frankfurt” actually take you to Hahn, 75 miles away. While it can take more money and time to reach your final destination from these obsure airports, the money you save on your ticket is often more than what you would have had to pay for using a full-service carrier into the main airport.

Digital Nomad Scene

Berlin, London, Split and Barcelona are some of the popular cities for women digital nomads. Internet wifi is generally fast and the cost is even cheaper than the US. While there are no women coworking spaces in Europe at the moment, there are many inclusive coworking spaces in Europe.

Women Necessities

France: Tampons with or without applicators are widely available. Birth controls pills are available at pharmacies (prescription required), alternatively it may be possible to buy over-the-counter oral contraception in some pharmacies with your empty box, and cost about €15 per month. Morning-after pills are available behind the counter from pharmacies and hospitals for roughly €7.

UK: Tampons with or without applicators are widely available. Birth controls pills are free through the NHS, or cost around £25 without a prescription when bought over the counter at pharmacies. Morning-after pills can be found at pharmacies and drugstores, and are free with prescription from the NHS.

UK: Tampons with or without applicators are widely available. Birth controls pills are free through the NHS, or cost around £25 without a prescription when bought over the counter at pharmacies. Morning-after pills can be found at pharmacies and drugstores, and are free with prescription from the NHS.

Germany: OB tampons without applicators widely available, although tampons with applicators are difficult to find. Birth control pills require a prescription and can be found at pharmacies (about €5). Morning-after pills can be bought at pharmacies for approximately €17.

Netherlands: Tampons with and without applicators are widely available. Birth control pills require a prescription, but it is often possible to bring your existing prescription from your home country. They can be purchased at pharmacies. Morning-after pills can be bought at pharmacies for around €15.

Poland: Tampons with and without applicators are widely available. Birth control pills and morning-after pills (around €12) require prescription and can be bought at pharmacies.

Portugal: Tampons with and without applicators are widely available at supermarkets and pharmacies. Birth control pills and morning-after pills (around €12) can be purchased at pharmacies without prescription.

Spain: Tampons with and without applicators are widely available at supermarkets. Birth control pills and morning-after pills (around €19) can be purchased at pharmacies without prescription.

Spain: Tampons without applicators can be found in major supermarkets or pharmacies. Birth control pills and morning-after pills (around €7) can be purchased at pharmacies without prescription.