Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

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.

When packing for your trip to Europe, the old rule of packing light certainly applies. You may want to blend in with the fashionable Europeans, particularly the ultra-chic French and Italians, but practicality pays when you are travelling. Pack clothes that you can layer and that mix and match, and always remember to leave some room in your suitcase or backpack as you're bound to bring home more than you take!

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, you've decided to take the step and head to Europe. Congratulations! Holidaying in Europe is a fantastic experience but be warned ..... it's addictive!! Now that you've decided to travel, where exactly will you go? There are so many fabulous cities and towns to visit that it can be difficult to decide.

In previous blogs I've discussed the first steps in planning a holiday to Europe and how to decide which places to visit. Now that you have an idea of where you're going to travel within Europe, you'll need to decide how to get from place to place. Will you choose to take an escorted tour, buy a rail or bus pass, or drive yourself?