A recent trend among international travelers has been taking pictures of the borders between certain countries throughout Europe. In the United States, we are used to seeing our borders locked down with border patrols, fences, and various other security measures to regulate the flow of travelers. But that simply isn't the way that it is in the rest of the world! In Europe, there are actually a number of different cases where you can only tell the where the border between two countries is because there's a sign there.
Why are European border crossings so lax?
There are a few reasons why many European border crossings are easier to navigate than others. One of the main reasons is because of how the EU is currently structured. Much like the interior part of the United States, there really isn't a need to put borders up between European states (exceptions in the United States include Florida and other states where there are prevalent issues with nonnative species and more attention payed to interstate travel). When you get an EU visa, you have over a dozen countries throughout the Eurozone that you can visit without any issues. You don't even need to show your visa more than once, depending on the country that you're looking to visit.
The Beauty of "Invisible Borders"
Photographer Valerio Vincenzo's Border pictures featured on CNN in a recent article are actually incredibly interesting to look at, and there are a lot of things that we can take from the experience. Even though borders may seem like they aren't much to look at, they're usually quite beautiful. One of the most striking is the border between Hungary and Austria - it doesn't look like there's much of a difference between the two countries at all, except that there's a line that indicates where the split is. There isn't any border patrol, no distractions, and nothing to make you stop. This makes the trip a lot less stressful for most people, and a lot more enjoyable because you don't have to worry about potential issues when you're trying to go from one country to another.
Another thing to notice is that the awareness of borders actually makes the landscape absolutely gorgeous. Like the United States, there are large areas of open land that you can explore and go about in. Hiking through Europe is no different than going through the Appalachian Trail in the United States - the only thing that you have to do is actually register that you're there. That's why a lot of people have made the decision to go ahead and take a road trip through Europe with plenty of stops along the way to get an incredibly immersive experience of the entire European continent. It's so easy and it gives you the opportunity to really see what is going on in several countries, all in one trip.
If you want to experience what it's like to be able to explore without reserve, then you may want to take a look at everything Europe currently has to offer. Whether you're considering a round trip or need a one way car rental to get from one country to the next, driving is a great way to see the world. Plan your trip today and grant yourself the experience of a lifetime!