Europe

Europe stretches from Africa and the Atlantic in the west, to the Arctic and Pacific in the east. From the popular, metropolitan cities of London, Paris, Amsterdam and Istanbul to the un-mapped hinterlands of Russia or the step back in time to Moldova, Europe really does dazzle with diversity.

Highly developed infrastructure in most of western and central Europe provides mainly hassle-free travel, with many open borders and several countries using the shared currency of the Euro adding to the ease of getting around. That said, in most places, an hour’s train ride will have you scoffing different cuisine while reaching for another language to communicate with your waiter.

There’s no shortage of budget travel advice for Europe travel, but much revolves around eating cheese and baguettes. There’s no problem with this, as long as you really, really like cheese and baguettes!

More interactive and interesting ways to save money is to investigate the cost of low-fare flights alongside train or coach travel, look into hostelling or — even cooler — the couchsurfing network for accommodation, and travel independently instead of on tours.

Europe has plenty of small businesses and licensed independent or small tour operators. Take advantage of their unique offerings, while paying back directly into the local economy. Many history students also offer walking tours of European cities for a tip: make sure you tip well and keep this burgeoning and interesting experiment in indie tourism running.

Travel destinations in Europe

Austria travel information

Austria is an amazing country that is sometimes hidden in the shadow of its more well-known neighbors Germany and Switzerland. Its days as a superpower may be over, but the green spaces, the gorgeous architecture, and the wine all make Austria special. READ MORE >>

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Baltics travel stories – Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia

The Baltics are SO exciting right now, on the verge of a tourism upswing thanks to great infrastructure and low prices. Get in quick! READ MORE >>

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Bulgaria travel information

First-class ski slopes, picturesque seaside, magic-filled mountains and crazy nightlife –- Bulgaria is becoming a hotspot in the Balkans, and according to Lonely Planet, is a top travel destination at the moment. We like it too! READ MORE >>

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Denmark travel information

Denmark always ranks high on quality of life lists and is just behind Disneyland as “the happiest place on Earth”, according to Google. Is the home of Hans Christian Anderson truly a fairy tale? READ MORE >>

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England travel information

Thoughts of England lead to London, Manchester, Oxford and Bath. While its cities are stunning, there’s nothing wrong with picking up a backpack and hitting the hiking trails to explore the England seldom seen by tourists. Whatever you are looking for, you’re likely to find it while travelling in England … unless you’re looking for somewhere cheap, that is. READ MORE >>

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France travel

France travel information

Vive la France! From the rugged Atlantic shores of Brittany to the glittering coastline of the French Riviera; from the majestic Alps to the little-explored Pyrenees; from the elegant avenues of Paris to the lavender fields of Provence, there is something for everyone who wishes to visit France. READ MORE >>

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Germany travel information

In terms of tourism, Germany tends to fly under the radar of its European rivals France, England, Spain and Italy. However, the Vaterland’s kaleidoscope of natural beauty, urban traditionalism merged with modernity, and its historical importance, give Germany legitimate claim to be the most underrated destination in Europe. READ MORE >>

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Greece travel information

Imagine many small beautiful islands surrounded by an emerald sea and warmed by the Mediterranean sun; imagine white houses and traditional taverns on the coast; imagine the ruins of ancient Greece and the mind-blowingly tasty food –- you are almost certainly thinking about Greece. READ MORE >>

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Italy travel information

Food, wine, coffee, uber-stylish cities and pastoral countryside. There’s a reason Italy is one of the world’s most-visited tourism destinations. Although internet access sucks, there’s plenty … READ MORE >>

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Malta travel information

The Europeans know what they’re doing when they take their summer holidays in Malta. This Mediterranean island nation boasts more days of sun than any other European country, and is packed … READ MORE >>

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Netherlands travel information

The Netherlands is a country known around the world for its liberal attitudes, its tolerance towards other people, and its impact on European history. Small villages, scenic canals and hard-partying University towns make the Netherlands a perfect mix for travellers. READ MORE >>

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Norway travel information and advice

Norway travel information

Land of the Midnight Sun and of the elusive Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights – Norway is a nature-lover’s paradise. While the country isn’t exactly a budget destination, there’s no charge to enjoy nature. Courtesy of allemannsretten (right of access), you can also camp for free. READ MORE >>

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Russia travel information

Russia, the biggest country on the planet, remains a mythical place years after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Bears walking down the streets, people drinking vodka from dawn till dusk and in-between, snow and low temperatures year-round; how much of this is true? READ MORE >>

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Scotland travel information

Chances are that the name Scotland evokes certain images in your mind: kilts, tartan, bagpipers, sheep and rain. Dig deeper… READ MORE >>

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Spain travel information

With its beaches and mountains, its cities and farmland, Spain has plenty more to offer than the coastal package holidays most people are familiar with. In fact, we’d recommend not going near the resort towns – avoid them and you’ll have a better experience in Spain. READ MORE >>

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Wales travel information

Wales is a tiny country with a big personality. Though only 20,000 square kilometers in size, Wales manages to pack in epic castles, rugged shorelines… READ MORE >>

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Also in Europe

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Northern Ireland (UK)
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Vatican City (Holy See)