A Continent For All Seasons

Over the years I have enjoyed so much of Europe from the spectacular wild islands off the north west of Scotland to the warm Mediterranean seas spanning from Spain to Turkey.

The different seasons open up opportunities for visitors with the winter months providing some of the best skiing and winter sports holidays in both the Dolomites and the Alps. In Winter there are also many wonderful cities and towns featuring bustling and atmospheric Christmas markets. Then there is Scandinavia which despite the steep prices offers a blend of magical cities and wild wintry wilderness.

Spring and Autumn days are ideal for city breaks with destinations like Prague, Dubrovnik, Barcelona and Berlin great options amongst so many.

During the summer months sun worshippers are drawn to the sandy beaches along the length and breadth of the Mediterannean with traditional favourites like Spain, Portugal, Greece and Croatia attracting huge numbers of visitors.

How can you not love this part of the world… the history, food, culture, people and from my perspective, its proximity to home makes Europe a continent for all seasons.

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European Travel

With the dawn of low-cost airlines like Easyjet, Ryanair and Jet 2, the majority of Europe is now just a short hop and a skip to reach whether for a holiday, short break or an adventure. Not only that but with this competition it means that prices are generally pretty low.

Travelling by train is also easy if a little more expensive at times and less efficient in places. The saying always used to be let the train take the strain and sure enough this is such an enjoyable way in which to discover this beautiful and diverse continent.

Buses and trams in all the major cities is a cost effective way to travel short distances and with the world now focused on eco friendly alternatives to cars this should only increase as time goes by.

During my first steps into Europe in the 1970’s I always recall seeing hitchhikers and this remains quite a popular way to get about for some on the continent. Its not for everyone though. The website Hitchwiki is a great place to source tips and information if you budgets mean you wish to try hitchhiking out !

Wildlife

Just like the choice of countries you also have a variety of wildlife.

In the East there is the incredibly rich Danube delta and Carpathian mountains where bear still roam.

The warm waters of the med provide an abundance of marine life in particular the Adriatic coast where the famous explorer, author and researcher Jacques Cousteau helped to pioneer marine conservation.

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Europe Travel Blogs

The Islands of the Azores

Azores

The Azores The Azores Travel Blogs >> Azores Travel Guide The islands of the Azores that are part of Portugal were created centuries ago from volcanic activity. As a result

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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia & Herzegovina Bosnia Travel Blogs >> Bosnia Travel Guide Given what the country went through in the early part of the 1990’s its so good to see Bosnia and

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Bulgaria

Bulgaria Bulgaria Travel Blogs >> Bulgaria Travel Guide The Balkan country of Bulgaria has a multitude of different terrains from the pristine sandy beaches on the Black sea to the

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Croatia

Croatia Croatia Travel Blogs >> Croatia Travel Guide Croatia is today, one of the most popular countries to visit in Europe. Its no wonder why when you consider its stunning

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Czech Republic

Czech Republic Czech Republic Travel Blogs >> Czech Republic Travel Guide Since the fall of communism in 1989, the Czech Republic and its capital Prague has evolved into one of

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France

France France Travel Blogs >> France Travel Guide France holds some of my very first memories of travel because as a small boy our annual summer holiday often involved a

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Germany

Germany Germany Travel Blogs >> Germany Travel Guide Germany is one of those countries that has always fascinated me. My mother had a German stepmother so she picked up a

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Iceland

Iceland Iceland Travel Blogs >> Iceland Travel Guide Iceland seems to be on everyones wishlist right now. A soaring demand in recent years has been sparked by peoples desire for

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Venice, Italy, Europe

Italy

Italy Italy Travel Blogs >> Italy Travel Guide There are not many people in this big old world of ours that don’t love many or perhaps all things Italian. A

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Sveti Jurat, Montenegro

Montenegro

Montenegro Montenegro Travel Blogs >> Montenegro Travel Guide The small country of Montenegro, one of Europes best kept secrets, packs a punch when it comes to reasons why you would

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Poland

Poland Poland Travel Blogs >> Poland Travel Guide With 14 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, beautiful cities, inspiring mountains, national parks and rugged coastlines, the country of Poland is one of

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Porto, Portugal

Portugal

Portugal Portugal Travel Blogs >> Portugal Travel Guide Portugal has for years been a top destination for travel and tourism. The glorious beaches, holiday hotels attract visitors from far and

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Russia

Russia Russia Travel Blogs >> Russia Travel Guide Russia surprised me. I fell in love with the place wandering along the banks of the Moskva river on a glorious day

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Serbia

Serbia Serbia Travel Blogs >> Serbia Travel Guide Serbia surprised me. I expected the history, architecture and the pretty rural towns and villages. I was not expecting the incredible modern

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

Slovenia

Slovenia Slovenia Travel Blogs >> Slovenia Travel Guide To many of us, Slovenia is a little bit of an unknown country and is often confused with Slovakia. One of the

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Spain

Spain Spain Travel Blogs >> Spain Travel Guide Spain is really where my travel life started with memorable family holidays as a kid driving from the UK down through France

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Svalbard and Jan Mayen

Svalbard and Jan Mayen Svalbard Travel Blogs >> Svalbard Travel Guide The Svalbard Islands are located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. A truly arctic

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Sweden

Sweden Sweden Travel Blogs >> Sweden Travel Guide The country of Sweden is the third largest country in western Europe yet with just 9 million inhabitants so one thing you

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Istanbul, Turkey

Turkey

Turkey Turkey Travel Blogs >> Turkey Travel Guide Always known as the “bridge between East and West” Turkey combines influences from the Middle East and the Mediterranean, the Balkans and

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United Kingdom

United Kingdom United Kingdom Travel Blogs >> United Kingdom Travel Guide Visiting the United Kingdom gives you variety at every turn as whether it’s the iconic cities, the landmarks and

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Bookshop

Holiday Book Reads, Bookshop, reading, books

If you are planning a trip to Europe then you may be thinking about some reading to inspire you. Here are some suggestions that might just get you in the mood to motivate, learn and plan for those adventures ahead.

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