Why Travel to Europe?

My first solo trip to Europe was in 1977…traveling to Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Italy and Spain.

The European Euro was not launched until January 1999…I had to deal with…Swedish Krona…Danish Krone…Germany Mark…Italian Lira and Spanish Peseta. After 4 weeks in Europe, I returned to Los Angeles, California with a pocket full of five different foreign currencies and some varied and challenging experiences.

Over the past 30 years Europe has become the most favorite travel destination in the World. Modern technology and the European Union have created a very desirable climate for all travelers. There is a single currency as 22 European countries now use the Euro.

Europe….many travelers do not really understand or know the continent of Europe. It does not matter whether you pedal, fly or drive, you will find a convenient and exciting way to see Europe. One thing for sure, if this is your first trip to Europe, you will fall in love.

Europe has worked hard to make its territories and cities accessible to everyone. In addition, they have devoted considerable time and resources to ecology. If you would like to visit cities while riding a bicycle, you will find more of the major cities are renting bikes for hours or days, sometimes even on a “help yourself” basis.

Modern tramways are now becoming popular in places that had stopped using them. Large tourist areas are equipped with multilingual audio-guides, so you can enjoy your visits to historical or cultural sites without missing any details.

Hotels are following trends today such as offering internet connections and safes in their rooms. European travel has changed over the past years and is very friendly and enticing to foreign travelers.

Each country has its own influence based upon the historical backgrounds. There is so much variety in architecture, cuisine, customs, music, dress, dialect and language.

In the old days you could call your local travel agency while they searched for the best deals. Now, the internet is a great source of information and you can plan your own trips with great results. Most hotels in Europe have a website and fax. You can Google “Travel Guides” and find over 120,000,000 results. There are many billions of dollars spent each year in this industry alone.

3 Ideas for a Cross Country Road Trip

When planning your next holiday why not consider a road trip around Europe. This can be a fantastic way to see the best sights across Europe without breaking the bank account. However, there are many things to consider when planning a road trip around Europe.

Plan in Advance

When planning a European road trip it is always a good idea to plan your destinations and stops well in advance of the travel date. If you have a specific city that is your priority to visit over all others then that can be a good starting point to plan your trip around. As most European countries are relatively close to each other you can create a route revolving around your desired location that also takes you through a number of major European cities both on the way out (Southern?) and the way back (Northern?). Make sure you have an up to date map. If you have SatNav, ensure you have the postcodes of where you want to visit.

Hire a Car

When travelling in a group from the UK into Europe for a road trip it can be a good idea to hire a car for the journey. The advantages to this are that you take away some of the fear of causing damage and wear and tear to your own vehicle. Also, petrol prices on the continent can be very expensive. So if your own vehicle has a large, gas-guzzling engine, it’s smart to hire something more economic to run. Therefore, hiring a car gives you the opportunity to search around various car hire companies to find the most economical vehicle available for your journey. Also, if you’re going off the beaten track, small cars are easier to negotiate around narrow village streets.

When travelling in a group or as a family (3 to 5) people, prices for other forms of travel i.e. plane travel, train travel etc can be very expensive. Hiring a car can bring down those costs dramatically when shared between the whole group.

Hiring a car also gives greater flexibility to change your itinerary as and when you like without cost a fortune to change travel tickets and arrangement. For example, you may meet someone who advises you to visit a certain sight that wasn’t in your initial itinerary. With a vehicle already at your disposal you can easily change your route to include this sight without having the problem of changing tickets.

Documents / Emergencies

Before leaving to travel Europe you must ensure that you have all of your personal documents (passport, driving licence etc.) up to date and correct. You need to make that your insurance company and breakdown cover are valid for travel on the continent. Ensure you contact your insurance and breakdown cover companies and confirm this in order to avoid potential problems when out there.

There may be certain legal requirements that you must comply to. On the continent it is compulsory to display a GB sticker at all times. However, a lot of cars since 2001 have Euro number plates that include the GB euro-symbol. Cars with this symbol are no longer required to display a conventional sticker within the EU.

On the continent they drive on the right hand side of the road. Because of this there is a legal requirement for all UK vehicles to adjust the headlights beam pattern so that you don’t dazzle oncoming drivers. To do this you will need to buy a headlamp beam convertor kit. Alternatively, you can hire a left-hand drive vehicle.

In a nutshell, hiring takes the stress out of road trips. So you can enjoy the experience all that much more. Happy car hiring.

Ultimate European Road Trip Series – Part Nine – Lago Di Garda, Italy

We began this adventure by purchasing a Porsche Macan S and picking the car up at the Porsche factory in Zuffenhausen Germany… the road trip is now “official”.

This segment of the series is dedicated to our adventures while touring the Lago di Garda area in the Lake Country of Northern Italy.

The Drive from Bolzano to Lago di Garda

We departed Bolzano for a two and a half hour straight-shot drive to Lago di Garda. About an hour out we approached a major decision point and road juncture.

The autostrada turned into a spaghetti bowl kind of interchange that provided routing to Milan, Verona, Trento, Bologna and Venice as well as dozens of other smaller cities.

As we approached this juncture our primary GPS just goes up and dies so we pull off to the side of the roadway and go to Plan B… our backup GPS which was provided by Porsche.

OK… who knows how to even turn it on or, better yet, how to program it?

Let’s go to Plan C… the backup map pages we used to originally prep for the trip months ago at home. What do you mean the page we need is missing?

Let’s go to Plan D… Google Maps on the cell phone. What? No cell connectivity?

We both looked at each other and quoted a famous movie line… something like… “What should we do now? PANIC”.

After a good laugh, we continued to head south. And, as we were driving along, the primary GPS miraculously came back to life and we were actually on the right road! Our travel angels had enough amusement so they cut us a break.

Lago di Garda

Lago di Garda is the largest lake in Italy and is about 31 miles long and 12 miles wide. The 99 mile shoreline surrounds a lake that has a surface area of about 143 square miles… huge is an understatement.

Special Moments in a Tunnel

As we navigated the narrow roads through tunnel after tunnel along the shoreline of Lago di Garda we noticed how little room we had causing some stress. This stress was coming to a head as a big truck with a square roof was heading toward us in a tunnel with a round ceiling. Hey… he is now straddling the center stripe and driving on our side of the road!

This is going to be close… how do you fold in the mirrors to gain a little space? What button do you push? Where is the owner’s manual? We moved as far right as possible and braced for the possible impact… bye-bye nice new car! Maybe just a mirror?

We took a deep breath and grit our teeth… once again the invisible force field that surrounds this car, and our travel angels came through as the truck passed inches, seriously, just inches away.

Benito Mussolini and Lago di Garda

One of Garda’s most famous resident was the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini who lived near the town of Gargnano. Mussolini’s personal residence and headquarters were established in the confiscated Villa Feltrinelli which is situated directly on the lake shore with an expansive view of the lake and mountains.

The villa was returned to the Feltrinelli family after WW II and eventually changed hands and in the 1990’s it became the Grand Hotel Villa Feltrinelli. You, too, can stay there for the starting price of $1,500 per night.

The Hotel Dimora Bolsone

We opted for a wonderful Bed & Breakfast on the hillside overlooking the town of Gardone Riviera. This 15th century guest house is situated in a 20 acre park with stunning views of the lake. We even had covered parking next to a vintage Morgan.

The Hotel Dimora Bolsone is owned and managed by a charming gentlemen by the name of Raffael. He was assisted by the very attentive and friendly Jessica and the delightful Sabrina. They represent the true essence of Italian hospitality and provided us with a wealth of local knowledge.

We really lucked out… when we made our reservation we did not realize that the B&B was an “agriturismo” property.

As such they are required to produce at least 40% of everything they serve their guests from their land… we enjoyed their vegetables, herbs, eggs, wine, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, chickens, rabbits, pigs… adding a real meaning to the words “farm fresh”.

Exceptional Dining with Chef Marko

All of the meals were perfectly prepared and the presentation was excellent. And you could split any of the entrees allowing us the opportunity to taste new delicacies and not overdo it.

Gardone Riviera and Gabriele D’Annunzio

When we planned this trip we had no idea who Gabriele D’Annunzio was or his connection to Gardone Riviera. But all that changed after our visit to his residence- turned-museum that he named the “Vittoriale degli Italiani (The Shrine of Italian Victories)”.

This hillside estate was the home of the famous Italian politician, war hero, and charismatic leader. As a true “Renaissance Man” he was an artist, poet, journalist, playwright and one of Italy’s most popular, as well as controversial, writers of the 20th Century.

Another part of his lore was resultant from his numerous and legendary affairs with high profile women. It may have been attributed to his outlandish lifestyle or the possibility that his famous erotic literature got their attention.

As a warrior he became a legend due to his daring and bold actions. When he returned from the war he was an international hero and had been awarded a gold medal, five silver, a bronze, and the officer’s cross of the Savoy Military Order. He even got the Military Cross from Britain. All are on display in the museum and the tour was fantastic.

In Summary

We are now in full relaxed mode and travel induced stress has faded away… or is it the wine?

We want to introduce a series format change to focus on special side trips at a destination.

Please follow us in the next article…

Exit Ahead — Exploring the Roman Ruins of Lago di Garda.

After all, what is the hurry… be inspired.

© 2016 Inspired Travel Itineraries with Bob and Janice Kollar

Trips to European Islands

Some of the best islands in the world are not in the Pacific, but are actually part of Europe. Europe offers a variety of islands, and not all of them are in the Mediterranean region.

Iceland is often overlooked as a European island, but it has a lot to offer. Don’t let the name fool you, because Iceland is one of the most geologically diverse places on Earth, with moderate temperatures year round. Reykjavik, the capital, is a convenient place to visit and Iceland is an easy country to drive through in the summer with a highway that goes all the way around the island.

In the winter, there are about 18 hours of nighttime hours, while in the summer there are about 18 hours of daylight. The Blue Lagoon is Iceland’s most popular tourist destination, and serves as a geothermal spa. The water temperatures here average at about 99 degrees Fahrenheit, and the geothermal seawater springs renew themselves about every 40 hours. Conveniently, the Blue Lagoon natural spa accepts several international currencies, including US dollars and the Japanese Yen. With dining, shops, and accommodations, you can take a day trip to the Blue Lagoon or stay for a few days.

On the other side of Europe in the Mediterranean, Crete is the largest island of Greece. From its warm beaches, to its ancient history, Crete has something to offer every kind of visitor. Crete was historically the home of the Minoans, who left behind ruins and art 2,000 years ago when they inhabited the island. The story of the demise of the Minoans is mostly unknown, as is much of Minoan history. This makes for an interesting journey through the ancient ruins left behind on Crete and allows you to come to your own conclusions about the Minoan civilization.

If you prefer exploring nature, Crete offers the large Samaria National Park, which is home to Samaria Gorge. The Gorge is a hike of about 18 kilometers, so be sure to start your day early in order to complete the hike.

Also in the Mediterranean, one of Europe’s smallest islands is Malta, which is located south of Sicily. It may be small, but it is part of the European Union and densely populated relative to its size, which makes Malta an expensive island to visit. But the little island is packed with history. It is home to the Megalithic Temples, which are the oldest free standing structures on the planet and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built about 5,000 years ago, the temples are still very well preserved and are located at several sites.

Malta Island is one of the best islands in Europe because it is a combination of old and new. The president of Malta and the Parliament are housed in the Grandmaster’s Palace in Valletta, which is also a cultural site. This Palace was one of the first buildings built in Valletta, and it is a large and impressive building with several courtyards and views of the city.

Plan a Trip Across Europe

When you hear the word vacation, the various pictures of your earlier travels flash across your mind. They include both pleasant as well as unpleasant experiences as well.

Traveling abroad can be quite tiresome and irritating. First of all the flights are of long duration, you have to be sitting or reclining all the time. Besides the amount of noise in the airports and screaming, crying children wears one down.

Why not plan a   trip  across Europe by  euro  rail? They have the most amazing network of trains all across Europe and you can travel very cheap with euro rail passes. Some of the legs of journey like London to Paris is as cheap as $50. People are able to travel during weekends and also save money on accommodation.

It is a real pleasure to visit the recently done up St. Pancras Station at London and take the train to Paris and Brussels with Euro star services and enjoy unlimited speed.

If you think worry that you have to travel across many countries in Europe and that you will have to keep buying train tickets, there is no need to worry. You can buy euro rail cards for a certain amount and validity which allows you to travel through all of the trains on their particular line across several countries.

Very ideally you can land in London and take a super fast train to Paris and thereafter continue exploring routes that run between Munich to Madrid etc.

Look for passes that give you options of including ferry travel service from ports like Copenhagen. With euro rail passes there is so much more you can do by having to mix and match destinations in your it nary.

Many people prefer to take short journeys during daytime and take the long journey night trains, which offer sleeper births. One gets to share cabins with another fellow passenger and can spend the night peacefully without having to spend money on hotel stay. One can sleep peacefully without any disturbance.

On arrival at the new station, check out the next night train leaving for another country and then start with sight seeing without losing time and catch up with the day.

Europe Trip Planning – Proposal of European Routes

Europe Trip Planning as a Method

Even if in this article I am not going to emphasize in the methodology to plan a route in Europe, I want to say that every route you plan for yourself or that you evaluate must accomplish that the distance or time invested in the route is the minimum possible provided certain cities you want to visit and/or that the activities or cities you visit are organized in a logical way. The first part means that your route distance or time must be optimized to the best in order to enjoy more time doing the activities you plan (except if you travel by train, which can be an activity by itself). The second part means that, if possible, you should try to organize the route in an intelligent way, trying to put together cities that have things in common, such as belonging to the same country.

Europe Trip Planning for a 1 Week Trip

In the case that you have only 1 week available and you want to do a trip to Europe, you are forced to select 3 major cities. Of course you can focus in only one country and visit more cities, but here I take the example providing that you wan to do an international European tour. My recommendation, which comes directly from tourist evaluation resources, is to divide your trip between London, Paris and Rome. Certainly you could spend 5 days in each of those cities, but in this case we understand you will spend only 2. Of course you are free to reduce the number to 2 of them and visit each city during 3 days. The route in this case is a triangle and there is no optimization possible, just begin from the city that has the best flights from your departure airport.

Europe Trip Planning for a 2 Weeks Trip

That’s the standard holiday people take to Europe, and it allow you to move further to explore something more than just the 3 typical capitals of Europe. In this occasion, I think the best is to include in your itinerary the cities of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Berlin in Germany and Prague in the Czech Republic. At this point, probably a global train pass would be useful but distances are very big and if you don’t take nocturnal trains probably you won’t have time to do it. If you choose the plane, always use Ryanair or, if the route is not covered by them, change to EasyJet or German Wings. If you try the normal carriers you will be charged an awful quantity of money. The way this route would be organized is, departing for example from London, going east to Amsterdam and Berlin, then moving south to Prague and Rome in Italy, and finally climbing up again going through Paris before arriving to London.

Europe Trip Planning for a 3 Weeks Trip

We have to admit it: your boss was in a good mood today when you asked him to take your holidays abroad in Europe. Probably he’s fallen in love… In any case, now you have the opportunity to explore deeper the different cultures you can find in Europe, possibly one of the most varied continents in the World if not the most. We will add in this occasion the cities of Vienna in Austria, Venice as a second city you must visit in Italy and Barcelona, the most touristic city in Spain. In this case, except the routes from and to Barcelona, the rest of the trip would be economically done buying a rail global pass for Europe.

We would depart from London again, going in the same way to Amsterdam, Berlin and Prague, but then before Rome we would visit first Vienna and later Venice, the city of love. Turning down to the italian capital, Rome, and later taking a flight with Ryanair to Barcelona. Ryanair again will guide you to Paris, and finally you can take the last train up to London.

Europe Trip Planning for a 4 Weeks Trip

For the lucky ones that are able to spend nearly a whole month in my home continent, you can go even a deeper and explore more remote regions such as Dublin in Ireland and Budapest in Hungary. Also, adding Brussels to the trip will add more value by discovering the culture of the capital of Belgium. In this occasion, and taking as a reference the 3 weeks route, we will start from London first going up to Dublin and then flying back to Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Another change in the route would be after Vienna: before going to Venice, we will place in between a visit to Budapest, Hungary’s capital. Finally, after the visit to Paris, instead of going directly to London a good idea is to first take the train to Brussels. A global rail pass for Europe would be recommended also for this trip, but certain flights such as the ones to and from Barcelona or to and from Dublin should be done by plane.

What about the airfare cost or hotel accommodation?

As I always recommend, there are some websites where you can get travel certificates for free. Some of them will cover up to $800 in flights making you pay only $80, so you can expect nearly a 90% discount by using travel certificates for flights. Also for hotel accommodation you can find goo 85% discounted travel certificates in 3,4 and 5 star hotels worldwide. Very few people know about their existence, but it’s just a matter of going to the right place. And the question is… Which is that place?

Ultimate European Road Trip Series – Part Seven – Innsbruck, Austria

We began this adventure by purchasing a Porsche Macan S and picking the car up at the Porsche factory in Zuffenhausen Germany… the road trip is now “official”.

This segment of the series is dedicated to our adventures while touring the Innsbruck, Austria area.

The Drive from Salzburg to Innsbruck

We left Salzburg before noon and headed straight to the “famous” Grossglockner High Alpine Road and this time a “suggested” side trip lived up to the hype.

This panoramic drive twists and turns up 29 miles (48 km) into the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park… breath-taking views and car challenging exchanges… the weather was perfect and clear.

There is a broad, four lane road approaching the ticket toll gate where the bulk of the cars turn off and head back down to avoid paying the entrance fee.

“Yep, I drove the Alpine Road”… but they probably do not mention that they just drove the few miles of roadway leading up to the toll gate.

What a mistake… for about $40 you get access to a meticulously maintained roadway that affords majestic views on every turn.

You leave a warm green valley floor and drive up to cold, snow-covered Alps.

We even made snow balls!

Onward to Innsbruck

After “testing out” the suspension system, handling capabilities and getting familiar with the PDK paddles (excellent for down shifting on alpine roads) on Max, we set course for Innsbruck.

The goods news… we experienced the Grossglockner. The not so good news (a mixed blessing)… we had to take local back roads for over three hours to get into Innsbruck.

But driving through small country towns and the absolutely spectacular scenery made up for the extra drive time.

We arrived in Innsbruck at around 6:00 pm, unloaded the car and parked in an underground secure space. After a brief introduction to the apartment we opened a bottle of wine to celebrate our day of travel and fun experiences.

Three Nights with Two Days in Innsbruck

Day One – The Mieders Alpine Coaster

Located a short twenty minutes drive from Innsbruck is a very popular recreational area at the base of the “Serles” mountain peak which is 1.7 miles (2,717 meters) high. At the base of this peak is the town of Mieders and the “infamous” Alpine Coaster.

The scenery is stunning as you enjoy a brief gondola ride to the top of the track.

The coaster is the steepest track in the Alps that runs about 2 miles long through the forest and down the mountain at a max speed of about 26 miles per hour.

“No big deal”, you say. Well, when seated in a single passenger bobsled-like device with a small seat belt strap and no other protective equipment… and only a brake-stick to control your speed… it gets interesting fast.

This is a gravity driven coaster and consists of 40 hairpin turns so the driver is hands-on at the controls.

What a rush of adrenaline that turned out to be. As we got more comfortable, the braking got less and let-it-rip took over… great fun.

We returned to Innsbruck around noon and had a chance to just wander around and explore this compact town.

We selected a restaurant on the touristy plaza area and enjoyed a few pints of draft Pilsner with a great Tyrolian lunch. The setting added a perfect spot for people watching as we savored the vibe of Innsbruck on a cloudy but warm September afternoon.

The weather improved a little as we strolled around peeking into various little shops and boutiques with unique items on display.

We asked a local about nearby restaurants that served good Tyrol food and we wound up at the Defregger Stube, which was located in a nearby unpretentious hotel. Sometimes you just luck out and this time we did…

What a surprise and the food and service was excellent too.

Our first full day proved to be great.

Day Two – The Schloss Neuschwanstein Castle

The drive from Innsbruck to the castle was about 70 miles (114 km) on a combination of highway and mountain roads so it took us over two hours to get there.

We pre-paid tickets for an english-speaking guided tour (which confirmed a reservation time slot) and had to pick them up in Fussen which is a short distance (on the map) from the actual castle.

But they forget to tell us that traffic and parking are literally a nightmarish experience. We are from Los Angeles and we know traffic… this was ridiculous.

The Castle Experience

The Schloss Neuschwanstein Castle was promoted as being the model for Disneyland’s Cinderella Castle and the two have a lot in common. Both locations are geared to get the most money out of each visitor and are the epitome of crowd control management.

Neuschwanstein is a relatively “young” castle having been partially completed around the 1860 period. The actual castle was small in size and limited in scope… the entire tour takes only 25 minutes.

In our opinion we did not feel that dealing with the traffic, people crush, assorted expenses (admission, parking and transportation to the summit), for a brief hand-held audio device tour was worth it.

Picturesque from the outside at a distance… yes.

Worth spending a day of your vacation… no.

The Return to Innsbruck

The entire day was taken up by the visit to the castle but at least we saw it… check-the-box.

The drive back was effortless on the now familiar roadway and finding the apartment was easy. That night we returned to the same nearby restaurant for another excellent authentic Tyrolian meal.

The next morning we packed up and headed out for Bolzano, Italy.

In Summary

This leg of the road trip was more relaxed, we started to slow down the pace and began to simplify the itinerary with a more practical use of our limited vacation time.

Side Note: If we were renting a car, and started outside of Italy we could not bring that rental into Italy. But driving your own vehicle made the road trip seamless.

But don’t you wonder why rental companies restrict entry into Italy… ? Stay tuned.

Please follow us in the series to part eight… Bolzano. Italy… at last.

After all, what is the hurry… be inspired.

© 2015 Inspired Travel Itineraries with Bob and Janice Kollar

Tips For Trips to European Destinations

It is always good to have tips for trips across any European vacation, to let you in on the little secrets that can make your holidays a truly memorable experience. Once you have packed your stuff and made a list of places to visit, it is always nice to have a guide around with you. If the guide is informative and you don’t have to spend a single penny, wouldn’t that be the perfect vacation? Thanks to several online portals, your wishes can now come true. You can set out for your European adventure after knowing all the little details that make each destination special.

Once you log on to cyberspace, you can find lots of tourism brochures and destination descriptions. However, such information can be found through any travel agent. What makes the search unique is the presence of online portals and blogs that give you a more detailed and bird’s eye view of the destinations. As you travel across Europe, each place can come alive in front of your eyes, because of the beautiful destinations mentioned in the portals. A major advantage of such portals is that they provide a complete picture of a place, without hiding or promoting anything. It can be a great help to tourists who have very little idea about a destination.

The best thing about such blogs and portals is that they are written by real people on their travels. A traveler’s account is always a refreshing welcome from the plain promotions of a place. You can get an idea of the journey, the sights to see and some of the difficulties. Europe has lots of different places to visit, so you can read up on them to make your choice. Each post about a place is filled with its rich cultural history, which adds to the beauty of the place. When you travel to Scandinavia or take a voyage along the Danube, you will be mesmerized with the scenic beauty and little hidden sights that are delightful to any tourist.

Such blogs and accounts can help you brush up on your knowledge about a place. You can learn about fun little facts related to each travel spot, reading up on the locals and heritage. For anyone who makes trips to Europe for business or vacation purposes, such portals are a gold mine of information and help. You can learn about the hangouts, popular joints and even the best dining and resting places. The road conditions are also mentioned so you know the perfect time for traveling and the type of transportation for each place. With such blogs to guide you along, you will feel at home even in the most distant of places.

If you are not content with just reading up on a place, most blog portals allow you to see a destination in its full glory with a beautiful assortment of pictures. Each of the pictures is of high quality taken during the travels, so you get a first hand view about the beauty of nature. You can also entertain yourself with local legends and folklores so you know what to expect when you arrive at a place. You can now make a difference to a European trip with the help of tips for trips blogs that allows you to explore every little corner of the landscape to your heart’s content.

Europe Trips – European Countries Tours & Holidays

Europe is a never ending fascination. Many places and spots can be spotted in various parts of Europe. Sightseeing, bay watching, beaches, skiing and added water expeditions, and much more are awaiting the viewers and people from all over the world. Indeed, Europe is a good-looking continent overflowing with amazing spectacles and observations.

Populace who pass through Europe will have a first-rate trip. The trip through every country can be accomplished in a lot of techniques. There are people who opt for the rucksack or cycle from side to side by the conspicuous country side. Or else a helicopter can reach you on the specific destination as well you can enjoy the greenery and the miniature buildings on distance. There are singular categories of good-looking structural designs that can be analyzed and traveled around all the way through Europe. These superb edifices are breathtaking toting ups that add to the chronological assessment. Immense monuments, museums plus art porticos are scattered in various parts of Europe. The old-fashioned pious structures are marvelous to scrutinize.

A quantity of extraordinarily elevated constructions is generated on the most important cities for a person to survey although roaming to Europe. A year is not enough to cover the whole Europe, its beauty and fascination. The landmarks are awe-inspiring. There are loads of supplementary sorts of actions that can be consummated by means of a pass through to Europe. All the members of the family can find amusement and fun. It is more relishing and surprising to newly married couples. Europe does blow their horns with a world legendary ice-skating rink in London.There is conventional music performances carried out in London as well. Metro railways do make the travel throughout Europe quite hassle-free. Now, for individuals who are not accompanied by anyone can very well find their recreations in mode of games and expeditions or holidays. Europe is famous for Casinos and Amsterdam does comprise an international casino.

Personages that take a trip to Europe can stopover a lot of unusual draws right through the first-rate manners of journey. Iced mountains and slopes are well-known treasures of Europe for skiing. Yes, an extensive mixed bag of obsessions can be accomplished on this grand continent. Europe is a big world comprised of small worlds and each segment and fraction of if competes to be the first. There are lots to be explored and tickets can be easily attained through online. Various tour packages are also on the line. A good research and inquiry is all you need to grab a ticket to visit the entire Europe.

The prices and rates rely on the various factors including the mode of transportation and accommodation. In fact, the time and days spent on each spot can also fix the rates. It is always ideal to pick your favorite spots through internet and then go for the trip to this wild and stunning continent. When it comes to Europe, your time, money and travel is worthy!!!

How You Should Plan a European Backpacking Trip

If excitement and exploration of everything that is beautiful is what you will be searching for in your vacation, backpacking through the European continent may just be your ultimate trip. A mixture of hiking, exploration and camping is a very exciting way to get a glimpse of the distinct landscape of Europe.

1. You should plan your trip as precisely as you can. Backpacking isn’t really something that may be done without prior planning. The European continent includes a lot of countries to be able to visit them all in own single excursion, so you may want to narrow down most of the countries you are interested in visiting. Try to obtain as many travel guides or books related to traveling as you can to have an idea about your possible future destinations.

2. Try to estimate costs so that you do not run out of money halfway through your excursion. Although you will be backpacking, you may still have to buy various things before your excursion or along your way through Europe. Costs may include air flight tickets, meals, passports, hostels lodging or different ways of transportation between cities.

3. Try to keep in touch with your family or friends. This may be planned in advance by buying calling cards. This will most certainly offer you a means of safety because if something should happen, your family members will have an idea where you may be.

4. Packing carefully. Select a backpack which may carry a lot of things and doesn’t really hurt your own back. You should pack diverse clothing to be able to accommodate the distinct European weather conditions, and bring with your good walking shoes. It is also a good thing to bring with you a set of traveling sheets to use for hostel beds, a first aid kit, a video camera, maybe a towel as well as a knife.

5. Staying safe and cautious should be your main thought. Although a lot of tourists may consider Europe pretty safe, maybe even safer than the United States, it’s always a good thing to be cautious. You should always try to be polite, alert just in case, and confident on yourself. Try to not look too “touristy;” this might make the average travelers a target for thieves.

Try to keep all the above guidelines into mind for your next backpacking European trip and you will most likely have your dream vacation.