Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

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.

Knowing exactly how much to budget for a holiday to Europe can be one of the hardest parts of the trip planning process. As well as the initial expenses of flights and accommodation there are lots of other costs to take into consideration including spending money.

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.

 

Alex Jimenez started the hugely popular website Travel Fashion Girl in 2012 to help other travellers learn the art of ‘carry-on only’ packing. Alex firmly believes that travelling with only a carry-on bag is the way to travel and her website is full of handy tips and packing lists to assist other travellers no matter where in the world they are travelling to.

On my travels around the UK and Europe I've been privileged to stay in some fantastic accommodation.  Depending on who I'm travelling with, and for how long I'm staying in each location, my accommodation options can range from self-catering apartments and houses to hotels and B&Bs.  I'm also a big fan of holiday parks in Europe, particularly for families or couples travelling around by car.  In the articles below I share my accommodation recommendations in various European countries.