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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

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)




A quick guide to shopping etiquette in Europe


Written by Carolyn Tuesday, 03 June 2014 00:00

shopping-at-europes-marketsWhether you are on an escorted coach tour or travelling around Europe independently, at some point during your holiday you are going to need to buy something from a shop. It might just be a snack at a convenience store, a gift for a someone back home, or you might even need to stock up on groceries. Whatever it is you're buying, it's good to know some basic shopping etiquette and what to expect in stores and at the markets in Europe.



European Itineraries: Self-drive Croatia in 12 days


Written by Carolyn Monday, 26 May 2014 05:47

Dubrovnik HarbourDubrovnik is one of the new European hot spots and is often called Europe's best kept secret. With a limited rail service in Croatia, a self-drive itinerary is a popular and convenient way to see the country. This 12 day itinerary by car takes in the best of Croatia's mainland whilst allowing time for day trips to the stunning islands just offshore.



Are there toll roads in Europe?


Written by Carolyn Tuesday, 20 May 2014 06:14

Are there toll roads in Europe and the UK?When driving in Europe and the United Kingdom, you'll probably travel on a toll road at some stage of your journey so it's a good idea to know where they are most common. There are a couple of exceptions where you will pay no road tolls but you may need to purchase a Vignette (toll sticker) instead. In this article I explain what a vignette is, where to purchase it and tell you in which countries you're most likely to find toll roads.



European Itineraries: Four famous cities by train (9 days)


Written by Carolyn Tuesday, 13 May 2014 06:00

Prague Astronomical clockThis itinerary was designed for a couple who were attending a conference in Berlin and wanted to visit some of the other European cities before flying home to Australia. All rail travel and accommodation was pre-booked and pre-paid by the travellers before they left Australia.



My recommended accommodations in Switzerland and Austria


Written by Carolyn Thursday, 08 May 2014 06:52

Grand Hotel, Zell am SeeAccommodation costs make up a big part of any holiday and there's nothing worse than arriving at your pre-booked (and pre-paid) hotel or apartment to find that it's not quite what you expected. Nothing beats a personal recommendation so following on from my previous article in which I recommended accommodation in the UK and France, here are my picks for accommodation in Switzerland and Austria.


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