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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

Europe's best Christmas markets and activities


Written by Carolyn Monday, 24 November 2014 07:36

christmas-shop-switzerlandThe weeks leading up to Christmas are a really special time to be in Europe. From the end of November traditional markets set up in many towns and cities, shops and streets are decorated with twinkling lights and the festive season really starts to come to life. The smells of cinnamon, ginger and roasting chestnuts permeate the air and glühwein (a spicy red wine served hot) becomes the drink of choice.



Experiencing a White Christmas in Europe


Written by Carolyn Monday, 24 November 2014 07:24

german-christmas-marketMany Australians dream of one day experiencing a white Christmas and there's no better place to do so than in Europe.  As well as its famous Christmas markets, the snowy scenes and festive atmosphere make a European Christmas something really special. With long-practised traditions and traditional festive foods to enjoy, Christmas in Europe is very different to Christmas in Australia.




Tips for driving in Europe


Written by Carolyn Wednesday, 19 November 2014 06:28

driving-in-europe-tipsWhen planning their travels in Europe, many Aussies are keen to hire a car for at least some of their trip but are, understandably, apprehensive about driving in Europe's large cities. Driving on the 'wrong' side of the road can be hard enough, but navigating your way through busy streets that are often very narrow and one-way, can quickly raise the blood pressure. So, what do I recommend? Here are some of the tips that I give friends and family before they head off on a self-drive holiday in Europe.


Booking Flights to Europe : A How-To Guide


Written by Carolyn Monday, 17 November 2014 10:34

Booking flights to EuropeInternational airfares make up a significant part of the cost of a holiday to Europe so it pays to be sure you are paying a fair price. Good value doesn’t necessarily mean securing the cheapest fare but finding the fare that best suits your needs. After many years of booking flights for my European holidays (and to other international destinations), I now have a process I go through when searching for flights which I hope you’ll find useful, too.




How to get the best car hire deals in Europe


Written by Carolyn Wednesday, 12 November 2014 06:00

How to get the best car hire deals in EuropeIf you're ready to take a self-drive holiday in Europe (hopefully my article Is driving in Europe hard? convinced you that it's not!), the next step in the process is to find the best rental car deal. Regular readers will know that I’m a real planner and when it comes to organizing my holidays to Europe, I like to have the majority (if not all) my reservations in place well before I leave home., and there are a few ways that I make sure I get the best deal possible.



What does a 4 week holiday in Europe cost?


Written by Carolyn Monday, 10 November 2014 10:41

cost-of-4-week-European-holidayWhen I was having coffee recently with a friend, she mentioned that she was thinking of taking a trip to Europe next year with her husband. We chatted for a while about the various options – coach tour, river cruise or independent travel – and which places she hopes to visit on her four week trip. She then asked me “How much will I need to allow for the trip?




Is driving in Europe hard?


Written by Carolyn Wednesday, 05 November 2014 06:00

Is driving in Europe hard?It’s no surprise that many Aussie travellers heading to Europe, particularly those going for the first time, are apprehensive about driving there. After all, we Australians have right-hand drive cars and drive on the left-hand side of the road – the opposite to European drivers – but over the coming weeks I’m going to show you that it’s not too difficult to drive in Europe and hopefully give you the confidence to give it a try.




Home Exchange in Europe: How Does it Work?


Written by Carolyn Friday, 24 October 2014 07:54

home-exchangeLately I've been hearing a lot about Home Exchanges as an alternative, and cheaper, accommodation option for travellers. Having never done a Home Exchange myself, the best person to ask was Rosemary Kneipp, an Australian who has lived in France for over thirty years. Rosemary and her husband have exchanged homes numerous times over the years, mostly in Europe, and she agreed to share her experiences and tips with me.



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!




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