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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

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.




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.



Tried and Tested 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.



Tried and Tested 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.


How did I become addicted to Europe? I blame it on Contiki!


Written by Carolyn Thursday, 24 April 2014 09:43

church-lauterbrunnenLike many young Australians, my first glimpse of Europe was from the windows of a Contiki Tour bus. I was 20 years old, a travel consultant by day and had long held a desire to see Europe. Travelling with my boyfriend (now husband), I wasn't the stereo-typical Contiki passenger - I wasn't a raging party-goer or drinker and I wasn't on the lookout for a holiday romance - but having booked many, many clients on Contiki tours and hearing nothing by rave reviews, I had to see what all the fuss was about.




My recommended accommodations in the UK and France


Written by Carolyn Saturday, 19 April 2014 16:52

My recommended accommodations in the UK and FranceChoosing accommodation can be one of the most time consuming parts of planning a holiday. With so many options to choose from, and so many mixed reports on the internet (think TripAdvisor and similar websites), it can be a hard decision to make. Friends and readers of this website are regularly asking me for recommended accommodation in the UK and Europe so I thought I'd share with you the hotels, apartments and B&B's that I have stayed in and would confidently recommend to others.


Getting to and from Europe's major airports (part 2)


Written by Carolyn Thursday, 10 April 2014 17:10

Transport to and from Europe's major airportsTrying to locate public transport services from a foreign airport into the city centre can be the last thing you feel like doing after the long flight to Europe from Australia, so being up to speed with the information you need to know before you leave home can alleviate any stressful moments on arrival. In my article on getting to and from Europe's major airports (part 1), I covered the public transport options available for London, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome and Milan and now it's the turn of Barcelona, Prague, Stockholm, Berlin, Munich, Athens and Istanbul airports.


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