Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday


Trying 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.

After a 24 hour (or longer) flight to Europe from Australia, the last thing you probably feel like doing is working out how you are going to get from the airport into the city, and I don't blame you! I've been there and somehow miraculously found my way from Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport to my apartment via public transport and let me tell you, it was no fun - especially with one husband, two kids and assorted luggage in tow and only a miniscule understanding of French.

A number of European countries or cities have what's called a Tourist Tax which is used for tourism related purposes but visitors don't often realise it is in place because the fee is usually incorporated into their accommodation price. This is the case in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Greece, and the city of Paris also introduced a similar fee in 1994.

euro-notesOne of the things I love so much about travelling in Europe is that each country has its own unique culture, customs, food and, in some cases, language. Before 2001, every country had its own individual currency, too, and that meant plenty of fun and games (and confusion!!) for travellers. With the introduction of the euro, you can now travel to 18 of the 28 member countries of the European Union without the need to change currency which is a real bonus.

When I surveyed my lovely readers recently and asked them what questions they have about travelling in Europe, one of the answers I received numerous times was 'how do I find the most affordable accommodation in European cities?' Of course 'affordable' can mean different things to different travellers but here are my tips for searching and finding accommodation to suit your needs.

If time is short or travel distances are long, it may be necessary to fly between destinations within Europe rather than catching a train or driving. With an ever-increasing number of low-cost (or budget) airlines now operating, I thought it may be useful if I shared with you details of some of the low-cost carriers that fly throughout the UK and Europe that I am aware of so that you know how to find cheap flights in Europe.

The Matterhorn, SwitzerlandHave you ever visited somewhere and had to pinch yourself to make sure it wasn't a dream? Maybe it was somewhere you found yourself by chance, or perhaps a place you had always longed to visit. On my travels through Europe I've been fortunate to visit some amazing places but two stand out as real 'pinch me' destinations.

Lessons I have learned from travelling in EuropeNo matter how frequently you travel, there are still lessons to be learned along the way. Each time I visit Europe I pick up new tips but my most important lessons were learned when my husband was admitted to hospital in France. These tips may just help you to have a much smoother holiday experience in Europe (or wherever you travel).





Coffee must be one of the world's most-loved drinks and most of us have a favourite way we like to drink it - short black, cappuccino, latte, etc - and a favourite cafe in which to enjoy it. Europeans are no different, with long-held coffee drinking customs that are often quite different to our own.