Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

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. 

Over many years of travel I've always been willing to try new methods of packing in order to get more into my suitcase and to keep it as wrinkle-free as possible, not to mention keeping it neat. I've tried rolling my clothes and even compressing them in zip lock bags, but after using packing cubes (sometimes called packing cells) on my most recent trip they have definitely become my favourite suitcase companions. 

One of the dilemmas that many of us face before going away on holidays, particularly for an extended time, is knowing how much and what to pack. On previous trips to Europe there always seems to have been something in my suitcase that never sees the light of day so these days I make a concerted effort to make sure that what I pack will definitely be worn.