Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

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.

After reading my previous articles about driving in Europe, hopefully you're willing to give it a go and plan your very own European self-drive holiday.  Having discussed ways to make your driving experience as hassle free as possible and how to get the best hire car deal, the next step is to plot your actual itinerary.

When planning their travels around Europe, many Australians and other non-Europeans, are keen to hire a car for at least some of their trip but are, understandably, apprehensive about driving in Europe for the first time.  Already concerned about how to drive on the right in Europe, navigating through busy streets that are often very narrow and one-way, can quickly raise the blood pressure even higher. 

If you're ready to take a self-drive holiday in Europe (hopefully my article Is driving in Europe hard? convinced you that it's not!), the next step in the process is to find the best rental car deal. Regular readers will know that I’m a real planner and when it comes to organizing my holidays to Europe, I like to have the majority (if not all) my reservations in place well before I leave home., and there are a few ways that I make sure I get the best deal possible.

It’s no surprise that many Aussie travellers heading to Europe, particularly those going for the first time, are apprehensive about driving there. After all, we Australians have right-hand drive cars and drive on the left-hand side of the road – the opposite to European drivers – but over the coming weeks I’m going to show you that it’s not too difficult to drive in Europe and hopefully give you the confidence to give it a try.

I’m a big fan of the European train network and its speed and efficiency but with a husband who is more t,han happy to drive in Europe and our desire to visit out of the way places, I tend to find that the majority of our travels around Europe are by car. I’m often asked what added expenses should be allowed for when undertaking a self-drive holiday so on my most recent trip I recorded all the vital statistics related to our travels by car to give you an idea of what you can expect to pay.


Planning to see Europe by car?  Have you considered leasing a vehicle instead of renting one?  If you plan on hiring a car in Europe but will need it for 21 days or more, leasing can mean big savings.  It’s just like long term car rental only cheaper!

Dubrovnik is one of the new European hot spots and is often called Europe's best kept secret but Croatia has so much more to offer than just Dubrovnik. With a limited rail service in Croatia, a self-drive itinerary is a popular and convenient way to see the country. This 12 day itinerary by car takes in the best of Croatia's mainland whilst allowing time for day trips to the stunning islands just offshore.