Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday


Planning a self-drive holiday in Europe can be a little daunting, particularly for the first-timer. Questions like 'is driving in Europe hard?', 'do I need an International Driving Permit?' and 'how do I get the best car hire deal?' are just some of the questions that are regularly asked. 

Winter is a great time to visit Europe with snowy, fairytale scenery and cooler temperatures. It’s this weather, however, that stops many travellers from driving in Europe in winter.  With the right preparation, a winter driving holiday in Europe can be a very rewarding experience.

Europeans love to eat and whether they are at home or dining out, food plays an important part in their day.  So you might be surprised to hear that when they are on a road trip, the freeway service station restaurant is a popular place to stop and eat.

The aptly named Grand Tour of Switzerland is the perfect way to see the best of the country.  A road trip not only gives you the chance to see some of the most popular sites, but to also get off the beaten path and explore Switzerland's hidden delights.

For a relatively small country, Austria certainly delivers big time.  Glorious scenery, delicious food, stunning architecture, history and art are just some of the delights on offer. And to me, the best way to discover Austria is by car.  This 3 week self-drive tour itinerary of Austria visits the country’s major cities, gorgeous lakes and the Danube, making for the perfect Austrian holiday.

One of the best ways to explore France is by car and this 30 day self-drive tour itinerary visits many of the most popular regions of this beautiful country.  A self-drive holiday in France gives you the freedom to travel at your own pace and to visit some of the off-the-beaten-path villages, too.

Ask anyone that's heading to Europe which countries they are visiting and chances are, Italy will be amongst them.  This three week Italian itinerary is perfect for those who enjoy a road trip as it takes in many of Italy's most popular tourist destinations.  I planned this self-drive tour itinerary for a family of four who wanted longer stays wherever possible in order to not feel too rushed.  You could adapt this Italian self drive itinerary to suit your own needs and timeframe.

Last year when I returned from my European holiday I wrote about the costs we incurred on our driving holiday around Europe. The article has been very popular with my readers so I thought I’d give you a summary of the driving-related costs we incurred on our 2015 European trip.

If there’s one country that is perfect for a driving holiday it is Ireland. With an abundance of spectacular scenery and a number of designated scenic routes, like the Wild Atlantic Way and the Ring of Kerry, Ireland is an easy and unforgettable destination to explore by car.