Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday



Travel guide book publisher Lonely Planet recently released their annual Best in Travel list for 2020 and there were a few surprises amongst the European ‘winners’.  With a tagline of ‘the best destinations, journeys and sustainable travel experiences for the year ahead’, this year’s list is comprised of a mix of perennial favourites as well as overlooked destinations.

Guided tours suffer a mixed reputation. Without a doubt, the uninitiated are wary. You might have visions of overcrowded coaches and (obvious) tourists jostling to keep up with the paddle waving tour leader, all the way from the Eiffel Tower to the Colosseum.


Once every decade, in the small Bavarian town of Oberammergau, a unique event takes place.  It’s known as the Passion Play and involves up to 2,000 locals re-enacting the story of Christ’s crucifixion. 

The speed and efficiency of the European rail network is legendary and it’s one of the reasons that travelling by train is one of the most popular methods of transport in Europe. But travelling by train can be more than just getting from A to B - it can be one of the best parts of your whole holiday experience.


If I can’t be travelling in Europe there’s nothing I enjoy more than reading about Europe so I was thrilled to receive a copy of Janelle McCulloch’s latest book London Secrets: Style, Design, Glamour, Gardens recently.

There’s an old saying “If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel” and this is something that I strongly agree with.  However there’s no point buying just any old travel insurance policy if it doesn’t provide cover that’s relevant to you.   

A few years ago a friend of a friend gave me a LUXE Paris City Guide as she knew I was soon to be visiting Paris. She had used the guide on her trip to Paris and raved about some of the great ‘finds’ she’d made thanks to their inclusion in LUXE Paris.

There’s no doubt that the flight from Australia to Europe at around 22 hours is a long one. Not surprisingly, many travellers prefer to break the journey with a stopover en route and Singapore and Dubai (to name just a couple) have long been favourite stopover destinations.  However there are lots of other exciting destinations to consider for your stopover en route to or from Europe.

Rated by CANSTAR as Australia’s best travel money card in 2016, and again given a 5* rating in 2017, Travelex have lifted the bar even higher with the release of their premium Travel Money Card.  It’s a new and improved version of the Multi-currency Passport and now sports a new design and new features.