Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

 

I'm a real Euro-tragic. The months between trips to Europe are long ones for me. Forever planning what I'm going to see and do and what I'll visit on my next trip seems to occupy my mind much of the time. Sometimes the pleasures of running a European travel website can be painful - pondering which gorgeous cottage or apartment to stay in, choosing which tour will take me where I want to go - it can seem like torture if my next trip is many months away!

Adventure Photo competition entryI'm the first to admit I'm no daredevil and extreme activities like bungee jumping, sky diving and swimming with sharks are definitely off my radar. I'm not at all keen on heights so I've only ever made it to the first level of the Eiffel Tower and it can be unpleasant for me to take a cable car ride so I guess my kind of adventure travel may seem a little dull to some!

 

 

Until this year, I'd never taken a ride on one of the Hop On Hop Off buses that you see in just about every city in the world. You know the kind - double decker, open-topped buses full of people wearing ear plugs and with cameras at the ready! Usually one to discover a city on foot, this time I thought it was about time I too climbed onto the top deck for a city tour and I've become quite a convert.

In today's modern techno age, many of us are connected to the internet no matter where we are. At home, at work, on public transport, at restaurants - rightly or wrongly we are often connected on our mobile devices or computers all our waking hours. Naturally, when we stay in a hotel, we expect to be able to connect to the internet quickly and easily - and for free - but not all hotels offer complimentary WiFi access to their guests and this is becoming an increasingly important factor when choosing where to stay for either business or leisure.

As happens everywhere in the world, tourists are prime targets for scammers and pickpockets and it pays to keep your wits about you whenever you are out and about. Security should be of the highest priority when travelling, not only in Europe but wherever you choose to travel.

Making the decision to book a flight to Europe is one that most people don't take lightly. After all, it's a big financial commitment. Before you bite the bullet and part with your hard earned cash, take a look at five things I think you should know before you book your flight to Europe.

Paying for toilet use in EuropeSmall change can be a nuisance to carry around when you're out and about sightseeing in Europe but it does come in handy if you need to use the WC. Many public toilets throughout the UK and Europe operate on a user-pays system so having a couple of coins in your pocket can come in very handy.

 

 

 

 

They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach and although neither of us needed it after eating our way around Europe for eight weeks, I decided to surprise my husband with an apple strudel making lesson and tasting at Vienna's Schonbrunn Palace on the last day of our holiday.  With a German/Austrian background, my hubby is very fond of the Viennese speciality so the chance to watch it being made to its traditional recipe AND to try a piece, was something that went down very well (literally!).

 

father-and-son-plus-one-150One of the great things about any holiday is the unexpected events and festivals that you stumble across on your travels. On my recent holiday in Europe music seemed to be the unexpected theme that threaded our trip together. Everywhere we went, we stumbled across impromptu performances - all different and all adding a little bit extra to our holiday.