Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

 

Trains have been the dominant mode of intra-Europe public transport for many years with an extensive rail network spanning the continent.  Whilst travelling by train is certainly a relaxing way to get from A to B, it’s not always cheap so a couple of new bus options are worth knowing about.

 

I'm fortunate to have visited France on many occasions (although I've still got SO much to see!) and have stayed in some beautiful places.  To help make your search for accommodation easier, I thought I'd share the hotels, B&Bs and apartments that I have stayed in and would happily recommend to friends.

Twice now I’ve had to make a claim on a travel insurance policy and both times the process could have gone a bit smoother.  I’ve learnt a few tips along the way and hopefully these will help you should you ever be in a position to make a claim on your travel insurance policy.

Choosing where to stay on your holiday can be one of the hardest decisions you'll need to make and to me, recommendations from friends are always greatly appreciated.  In my travels through Austria over the years, I've stayed at numerous places so I thought I'd share with you the accommodations in Austria that I've really enjoyed and which I would have no hesitation in recommending to my friends.

The itinerary for my 2016 travels through Europe was probably one of the most rewarding itineraries I have planned to date.  I usually plan my European itineraries so that I travel in a forward direction without back tracking and I prefer to stay longer in fewer places, with my minimum stay normally four nights. And being a country girl at heart, I also usually prefer to stay in rural towns and villages rather than in cities. This itinerary breaks all those rules, but there are good reasons why.

I don’t know about you but whenever I disembark from a long-haul flight I always feel like I’ve been put through a wringer.  I feel decidedly unglamorous and very jealous of the female flight attendants who all look like they’ve just stepped out of a beauty salon.  So how do they do it?  I asked a former flight attendant to reveal her secrets.

There’s no doubt that cruising is one of the most relaxing ways to spend your holiday. You board the ship, unpack your suitcase and then your every whim is catered for during the duration of your cruise. Cruising has, unsurprisingly, surged in popularity over the last few years, and ocean cruising in Europe is no exception.

For 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 a small group tour of Europe - with all its advantages - comes in.

Viking River Cruise

Having 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’.