Welcome to Europe

Europe is home to a range of different people, landscapes, and weather. From the sunny beaches of Barcelona, to the snow-capped mountains of the Swiss Alps – there’s something for everyone in Europe. The majority of the 50 countries use the Euro and are part of the European Union.

Nicola

Nicola discovers that befriending the locals does not just give you access to information about the best local bars, it can also help you get out of an awkward situation.If you are ever in a sticky situation abroad, contact an Italian first. Your problem is their problem, their friend, their Mama and their Nonna’s problem. Although you might have to fight hard for a scrap of information at times, with their fiery attitudes and network combined you’re guaranteed a solution.

This week we hear from Waldo who shares his adventures in Rome. From the Colosseum to the Pantheon and everywhere in between, Waldo experienced the wonders of ancient Rome which he recounts here with a candid account of the sights to see.

We’ve pulled together a quick guide from some of the top cities in Europe targeted for the layover or short stay travellers.Flying directly to Rome it’s a good chance you’ll land at the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport. To get out of the airport and into the city, the cheapest and easiest way is to travel by train, which will cost you 11 euros and takes about 30 minutes.

When you’re looking for a family holiday, Denmark is probably not the first destination that comes to mind, but maybe it should be. With a culture centred on outdoor and family activities, Denmark offers a number of family activities. Here are our top five reasons to make Denmark your next family destination.

Everywhere you look in Paris you will see an opportunity for fantastic photography. But it isn’t always easy to compose an image that you won’t be able to find on a postcard at the nearest souvenir shop. Look at some of the most famous landmarks in Paris with an eye for artistry and you’ll see opportunities for a unique shot in most situations. Everyone takes a picture of the Eiffel Tower, but consider making stops in these other famous locales for a quick photo-shoot of the architecture, the history, the people and the landscapes on this list so you can capture Paris from your own point of view.

Once your plane lands and you are in Spain, there’s the tedious, oft-expensive chore of figuring out how you’ll get around the country. Every country has a different method and definitely different rules, so it’s important to understand what you’ll need to know and do when you are abroad with a rental vehicle. Many families or groups who book their own holidays each year will opt for a car hire and find that it gives them more freedom and flexibility than if they had gone without.

The pictures you can capture with a camera are never as amazing as the sights themselves, but in many cases a superb photo is all you need to be catapulted back in time to your experiences abroad. Spain is blessed with a number of photogenic regions and unique landscapes that leave an indelible mark on the pictures that will say, “This is the real Spain.” Use our list of the top places to take photos in Spain and return from your holiday with a memory card chock full of beautiful vistas, stunning architectural feats, and incredible memories.

Get one taste of Spanish cuisine and you’ll be hooked on the fresh flavours and combinations you can enjoy throughout Spain. One of the best parts of travelling abroad is getting to taste the food that you’d never be able to get back home, so as you travel through the country visiting the hotspots on your checklist, be sure to sit down and savour the meals too. Nowhere in the world do the fresh flavours and unique combinations of ingredients create such a feverish following as they do in Spain. Here are 10 traditional Spanish dishes to try when you are travelling through the country

Sitting right on the eastern Mediterranean coast of Spain is Valencia, a city that’s best known for its “fallas” festival, its ceramics and its futuristic City of Arts and Sciences. Since 1982, the third-largest city in Spain has been working endlessly to reinvent itself by building wide new streets and continually investing in daring and unusual architectural projects. Valencia is also located in the heart of one of the most fertile regions in Europe where fields are bursting with crops like oranges and lemons, rice and more. Choose to visit Valencia and you are sure to get your fill of traditional Spanish culture and history.

No one wants to think about having their belongings stolen while abroad because it’s human nature to assume that everyone is kind and wouldn’t dream of messing with strangers. But it’s naïve to adopt this mentality in crowded cities that are full of tourists and goodies to be taken. Take a precautionary approach to visiting these places rather than cross your fingers and hope that nothing bad happens.

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