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I'm Carolyn, founder and editor of  I enjoy blogging about my travels in Europe and providing travel tips and reviews to help you plan your dream European vacation.  You can also read more detailed European Destination Articles for inspiration on where to visit and what to see and do on your travels.  Please feel free to leave your comments and share your experiences with our readers. Merci! Carolyn

Getting a haircut whilst on holiday in Europe


Written by Carolyn Tuesday, 21 October 2014 07:54

haircutWhen I was sitting at the hairdresser’s the other day, glazing over the gossipy pages of the women’s magazines, I started thinking about little things like having a hair cut and how we take them for granted. When you’re on holiday in Europe, though, it’s another matter.



15 reasons to visit Europe in 2015


Written by Carolyn Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:49

15 reasons to visit Europe in 2015If you're tossing up whether or not to take the plunge and book that much-wanted holiday to Europe in 2015 but haven't yet convinced yourself you should, these 15 reasons might just have you booking those flights sooner than you think!




Hotel vs. Apartment Stays in Europe: The Pros and Cons


Written by Carolyn Monday, 13 October 2014 09:53

hotel-baltimore-parisI’m a huge fan of self-catering accommodation when I’m travelling in Europe but there are some occasions when a hotel is a far better choice for me. It may be because I’m only staying for a night or two or because I’m travelling alone and prefer the security of knowing someone is on duty at reception 24 hours a day. Before deciding whether to stay in a hotel or an apartment there are a few pros and cons I mull over.



Why do single travellers have to pay a supplement?


Written by Carolyn Monday, 29 September 2014 14:13

Dollarphotoclub-solo-travellersOne question I was asked many times over the years I worked as a travel consultant was ‘why do single travellers have to pay a supplement?’ Firstly, let me assure you that it’s not because tour companies don’t like single travellers! The reason that solo travellers have to pay a supplement on the price of their tour or cruise comes down to the accommodation component of their trip.




My recommended accommodations in Germany


Written by Carolyn Friday, 19 September 2014 14:38

recommended-accommodation-germanyI generally put a fair amount of research into choosing my holiday accommodation before I leave home so when the time spent results in finding a real gem, it's all worth it! In order to recommend a hotel or other style of accommodation to others, I need to have enjoyed my stay and found it good value for money.  I'll admit my expectations and budget have increased since my first trip to Europe twenty-five years ago, but despite what I pay for a night's accommodation, if I believe it is good value and I've received friendly, helpful service, and a well-equipped room, then I'm happy to share the details with others.  


7 week self-drive itinerary around Europe - the real cost


Written by Carolyn Wednesday, 27 August 2014 14:32

7 week self-drive itinerary around Europe - the costsI’m a big fan of the European train network and its speed and efficiency but with a husband who is more than happy to drive in Europe and our desire to visit out of the way places, I tend to find that the majority of our travels around Europe are by car. I’m often asked what added expenses should be allowed for when undertaking a self-drive holiday so on my most recent trip I recorded all the vital statistics related to our travels by car to give you an idea of what you can expect to pay.



My recommended accommodations in Italy


Written by Carolyn Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:06

lake-maggiore-hotel-splendidTravelling can produce plenty of surprises and sometimes those surprises include our accommodation. Just when we've expected a property to be fabulous, it fails to live up to expectations or vice versa so when a hotel or apartment really fits the bill, I think it's worth sharing.  To follow on from my recommended accommodations in the UK and France and Switzerland and Austria, here are a few of my favourite accommodations in Italy.




Packing cells: My favourite travel companions


Written by Carolyn Monday, 11 August 2014 13:27

suitcase-packing-tipsOver many years of travel I've always been willing to try new methods of packing in order to get more into my suitcase and to keep it as wrinkle-free as possible, not to mention keeping it neat. I've tried rolling my clothes and even compressing them in zip lock bags, but after using packing cells on my most recent trip they have definitely become my favourite suitcase companions. 


Packing list for a summer holiday in Europe


Written by Carolyn Tuesday, 17 June 2014 07:00

Packing list for a summer holiday in EuropeOne of the dilemmas that many of us face before going away on holidays, particularly for an extended time, is knowing how much and what to pack. On previous trips to Europe there always seems to have been something in my suitcase that never sees the light of day so these days I make a concerted effort to make sure that what I pack will definitely be worn.



A step by step guide to the tax-free vehicle leasing program in Europe


Written by Carolyn Tuesday, 10 June 2014 07:50

A step by step guide to tax free leasing in EuropeI'm heading back to Europe and it's time to hit the open road. I've planned our itinerary meticulously (I hope!!) and have decided that on this trip it will be more convenient to have our own car. There are a few off-the-beaten-track places we'll be visiting and we're also looking forward to the spontaneity of making a detour if we feel like it and, hopefully, stumbling across some hidden gems. (Updated 30 July, 2014)




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