Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday


From the moment we drove into the car park of the Hotel Savoy in Selva di Val Gardena, I knew this was going to be a wonderful place to stay.  First impressions count and I loved the alpine chalet-style look of the hotel, its balconies overflowing with summer flowers.

Unless you are married to an airline CEO, travel frequently for business (and work for a corporate organization) or are a celebrity, chances are you will rarely, if ever, experience flying business class. Having enjoyed this luxury – and LOVED it - I’m always keen to find ways to secure business class seats for as little as possible. UPDATED WITH A READER'S EXPERIENCE: 30 August, 2015.

Before my most recent trip to Europe, I shared my itinerary with you and listed some of the things I hoped to see and do whilst on my travels. I was able to tick many of those things off my list but, as with all holidays, sometimes plans change or circumstances prevent us doing as we originally hoped.

The promise of five star accommodation, three swimming pools and rooms with sea views were the deciding factors in my decision to book at Michelangelo Resort and Spa on the island of Kos for the final week of our recent European holiday. And I’m so glad I did.

Each time I travel to Europe is just as exciting as the last.  There is always somewhere new to visit, a favourite destination to return to and lots and lots of travel tips to learn!  I'm always interested to see if things have changed since previous visits, too.  There are many long standing traditions and habits that are still practised today but sometimes you notice changing trends.  I jotted down some observations from my recent trip which might be useful for you to know when planning your European holiday.

Like to follow my travels through France, Italy and Greece during the European summer of 2015?  I'll be updating this 'diary' every few days during my travels so you can see what I'm getting up to.  You can also follow my travels on the Holidays to Europe Facebook page.

Flying to Europe is not something most people consider fun. Not only is 20-odd hours spent on a plane boring and tiring, it can also make you feel decidedly ‘yuk’. It’s also not something that we should take lightly as failure to take care of our health in-flight can have serious consequences.

I’m on the countdown to the day of departure for my annual trip to Europe and whilst I have all the travel and accommodation booked (I do like to be organized!), I have left plenty of room in my itinerary for some spontaneity when it comes to what to see and do - and I'd love your input.

In France, there’s a boulangerie on just about every street (often more than one) and patisserie window displays tease you with their tempting goodies. In fact, if you don’t start the day with a baguette or pain au chocolat you can’t really expect to be considered French. (Updated: 20 October 2015)