Living in the United Kingdom, I am fortunate that Europe is right on my doorstep. Discover my travel itineraries and lots of practical tips for planning your own trip.

Whether you are visiting for a long weekend, a quick city break or a relaxing two week vacation – there really is something for everyone in Europe.  

Going out of season often helps you get even more out of your trip.  There is no such thing as bad weather – just the wrong choice of clothing, as the old saying goes.  As long as you have done your research and packed carefully, you can make the most of whatever the weather might throw at you.

Sun, sand, snow and ice – Europe has it all.  I love the natural world, so my trips usually involve a fair amount of walking/hiking and as much wildlife and flora as I can find.  I am a bit of a foodie too, so you will always find tips for new delicacies to sample and regional specialties.

Europe is just so diverse.  If I could pick only one continent to visit, then Europe would probably have to be it.  I just love the way that you can cross over borders and find a new language, culture and personality in each country you visit.  I aim to discover as much of it as I can over the coming years.

You will always find honest, objective posts on this site – no ads, no marketing.  I hope the content is useful to you when planning your own trips.  If you enjoy reading the blog, please do get in touch and let me know – I love hearing from you!

Amsterdam

Great beer, a fascinating history, photo opportunities around every corner and a quirky, fun loving vibe make Amsterdam the perfect place for a long week-end. I visited with my daughter and we planned our trip meticulously.  Read more to see just how much we managed to cram in to the few days we spent there!

Finland

OK – you win some, you lose some.  I’m not going to lie – my trip to Finland (with Naturetrek) was the worst holiday I have ever taken.  It was so bad, it was funny and I have dined out on it for several years since.  If you want a laugh, then do read more.  The thing is – I want to go back – I really do – and I am sure the next time will be so much better?  

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Gran Canaria

The best thing about Gran Canaria, I think, is the climate.  You can escape the cold days of late Winter in the UK and feel the sunshine warm your bare toes, reminding you that Spring is just around the corner We stayed on a holiday complex but hired a car and went exploring the island.  Read more to see what we found there.

Norway

I visited Norway on a Hurtigruten cruise in the depths of Winter with the aim of seeing the Northern Lights.  Hurtigruten give you a guarantee of seeing the Northern Lights or a free cruise – so I knew I probably wouldn’t be disappointed.  Read more to see what else there is to discover in Norway though – there is so much more to it than the Northern Lights.

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Picos de Europa

Group holidays aren’t normally my choice – I prefer to design my own trip and travel independently.  This holiday turned out to be a great choice though.  Well organised by Colletts Mountain Holidays, we were allocated an expert guide who helped me to discover more wild flowers in the mountains than I could ever have dreamed possible.  Read more to see all the photos.