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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

European Itineraries: 1 month (30 day) self-drive tour of France


Written by Carolyn Tuesday, 02 February 2016 07:00

Self-drive itinerary for FranceOne of the best ways to explore France is by car and this 30 day self-drive tour itinerary visits many of the most popular regions of this beautiful country.  A self-drive holiday in France gives you the freedom to travel at your own pace and to visit some of the off-the-beaten-path villages, too.



The advantages of joining a small group tour in Europe


Written by Carolyn Tuesday, 26 January 2016 06:47

The-advantages-of-a-small-group-tour-in-EuropeFor many years the favoured way to see Europe was either on a coach tour with 40 or 50 others or as an independent traveller, exploring the continent by train or car.  Whilst these two methods of travel still appeal to a large number of travellers there are those who want something in between and that’s where the small group tour - with all its advantages - comes in.


Europe River Cruises: Cabin Size Comparison


Written by Carolyn Wednesday, 20 January 2016 09:40

Compare-cabin-sizes-on-Europe-river-cruise-shipsHaving decided to join the growing number of Australians who are enjoying a relaxing discovering of Europe onboard a European river cruise, you’ll probably be wondering which cruise company to choose.  You might also be wondering how the cabin sizes differ and whether or not you should book a standard cabin or pay more for a suite or a cabin with its own personal veranda or ‘balcony’.



How long can Australians stay in Europe on holidays?


Written by Carolyn Wednesday, 13 January 2016 09:06

Europe visa requirements for AustraliansFor the majority of Australians who are travelling to Europe on holidays, visas won’t be necessary as their holiday won’t be longer than two or three months, however there are rules on how long Australians can stay in Europe.



European Itineraries: 3 week self-drive tour of Italy


Written by Carolyn Tuesday, 05 January 2016 10:16

Italy self drive itineraryAsk anyone that's heading to Europe which countries they are visiting and chances are, Italy will be amongst them.  This three week Italian itinerary is perfect for those who enjoy a road trip as it takes in many of Italy's most popular tourist destinations.  I planned this self-drive tour itinerary for a family of four who wanted longer stays wherever possible in order to not feel too rushed.  You could adapt this Italian self drive itinerary to suit your own needs and timeframe.




Highlights of my 2015 European travels


Written by Carolyn Tuesday, 29 December 2015 06:40

European travel highlights 2015As regular readers will know, each time I visit Europe I incorporate both new destinations and some old favourites in my itinerary, and 2015 was no exception.





Walking to Rome via the Francigena Way


Written by Carolyn Tuesday, 15 December 2015 06:00

Via Francigena pilgrim trailWhen most people think of walking along a pilgrim’s trail they immediately think of the Camino di Santiago (The Way of St. James), an 800-odd kilometre trail which leads to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain.  Another ancient pilgrim path that’s becoming more well known, though, is the Via Francigena (Francigena Way).




My Iceland itinerary: 5 days of bucket list sights


Written by Carolyn Tuesday, 08 December 2015 06:41

iceland-itineraryFor the past few years I’ve been seduced by photos of Iceland and its stunning beauty.  Geysers and hot pools, black beaches, glaciers, volcanoes and waterfalls, Iceland has them all, and I’m happy to say, I’ll finally get to tick Iceland off my bucket list in 2016 as I've included it in my European itinerary.



Private tours a la carte, France and Italy


Written by Carolyn Monday, 30 November 2015 14:08

villefrance150Does this scenario sound familiar? You want to travel in Europe but you don’t really think you are a coach tour kind of person.  You like your independence and to have some flexibility but you’re not confident, or don’t have the time, to plan out and book every single aspect of your dream holiday.  You wouldn’t mind having your own personal guide with you but you’re not sure if that’s economically feasible.


Premium Economy: Is it a good alternative to Business Class?


Written by Carolyn Tuesday, 24 November 2015 06:09

SAS Plus Premium EconomyI think we’re all agreed that, given the choice, we’d all prefer to fly Business class over Economy, but the price difference usually puts paid to that. So what about Premium Economy - is it a good compromise if you can’t afford a Business class ticket but desperately want more legroom and a seat that reclines a little further?



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