Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

There’s no denying that travelling to Europe is expensive, particularly for Australians who have to fork out around $2000 each for a return airfare.  To help you make your dream of European travel a reality, I’ve put together some suggestions on how you can save the funds required to book your trip.  From skipping your daily take away coffee to selling your car on Gumtree, there are money saving tips here for everyone.

Knowing what to pack for an extended holiday in Europe can be a bit daunting but after many, many trips to Europe I think I’ve finally got a decent packing list in place. (See what I pack for a summer visit to Europe here.)  Knowing what to include in an Iceland summer packing list is a little different, though.

I know it shouldn’t, but deciding what to pack for my holiday to Europe takes up a lot of my time.  And it seems I’m not alone.  Since I published my post "packing list for a summer holiday in Europe” back in 2014, it has become one of the most-read articles on the website.

Carry-on only travel seems to be all the rage - and almost a bragging right for some - but I’m the first to admit I’m not someone who only travels with a suitcase small enough to take on to the plane with them. I’ll happily check my (larger) suitcase into the aircraft’s hold and meet up with it on arrival at my destination but there are still some essentials that I need onboard during my flight.

The most important document you will need to travel to Europe (or anywhere overseas) is a passport and it’s advisable that you apply for your passport well in advance of your departure date.

Do you plan and book your holidays well ahead or are you more of a last-minute Charlie? I fall into the first category and start planning and booking my travels to Europe around nine or ten months ahead of departure.


If you’ve ever considered taking a holiday to Europe you’ve no doubt wondered how much does a trip to Europe cost? Knowing exactly how much to budget for a holiday to Europe can be one of the hardest parts of the trip planning process and this article is here to help.

Deciding what to wear on a long-haul flight can cause a bit of anxiety amongst travellers. With the flight to Europe from Australia taking around 24 hours, it’s essential that you wear comfortable clothing but what should your travelling outfit consist of?


Preparing to go away on an overseas holiday, particularly an extended one, can be quite stressful as there are so many things to get organised in advance to ensure it’s smooth sailing at home whilst you are away. If you’re like me, you’ll find a ‘to do’ list very handy in the weeks leading up to departure and there’s nothing more satisfying than knowing that everything on that list has been ticked off by the time you settle into your seat on the plane.