Whilst the idea of planning a European holiday can cause many people to shudder, to me, the actual planning part can be almost as exciting as the holiday itself. With Europe my destination of choice, the possibilities of where to go and what to see are endless, so some thought needs to go into the trip planning, especially when there's a limited time frame set aside for the vacation.

So, where do you start? I guess the first thing to do is work out when you are going to be travelling to Europe and for how long. This can depend on a number of things such as when you can get leave from work or if you are planning to tie in your holiday with a visit to a particular event or season.

Once you have the dates sorted, it's a good time to start getting prices for your air travel. If you are flexible with your dates, you may even be able to take advantage of lower fares by moving your trip a couple of weeks either way. You'll also need to know which European cities you will fly into and out of as not all airlines fly into every city.


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If you have an idea of where you would like to start and end your holiday, this can help you get the best price for your travel plans right from the start.

Booking your air tickets well in advance can also mean 'earlybird' savings, so keep an eye out for special deals advertised in the media and ask your travel agent for a quote.

In upcoming blogs, I'll discuss how to decide exactly which countries and cities in Europe to visit, and the different options for getting around.

Happy European holiday planning!