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.

The Spanish social calendar is bursting with incredible festivals, fiestas and celebrations for every sort of event you can imagine, be it of religious, natural or pagan origin. If there is a reason to drink much, eat more and create general merriment, Spain is the place that will take the celebration and make it amazing.

Now that your holiday is booked and you have an idea of where you are going in Spain, it’s time to focus on the language of the country—Spanish. Maybe you know a few phrases that you’ve picked up a few phrases from movies and TV shows. Regardless, learning a few key phrases in Spanish will ultimately be a lifesaver for you and your travelling companions.

Pictures help tell the story of the places you visit, the things you see and the things you do. Taking a great picture can be luck of the draw, or if photography is a skill of yours, can be planned to a T. There is no shortage of beautiful things to photograph in France; architecture, people, busy streets, parks, landscapes, coastlines, and small towns…the list goes on. Wandering throughout France you will be struck by the beauty of something in every place you stop. Here are a few spots and ideas to get you started and help you get the full picture of what France offers.

The whole world knows about Paris and its unending charm. Undoubtedly it is on most people’s bucket list. Most people know about Provence and Nimes and Cote d’Azur too because they are popular destinations full of tourist-favourites like beaches and award-winning cuisine and drink.

Perhaps one of the most difficult things about travelling in a country where you don’t speak the language is figuring out how their public transportation (if there is public transportation) works. Sometimes colours guide your way, sometimes its symbols and other times its numbers, but in each city, the process of getting from Point A to Point B with public transportation is different.

When you visit Paris there are hundreds of things that will make your visit uniquely Parisian, but chief among them is to take a few moments out of your busy day and sit with an espresso in a truly Parisian café. A magnet for artists, philosophers, strollers, celebrities and visitors, the Paris café has been the centre of the city’s cultural life for centuries.

Surfing may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the Bordeaux region of France, but contrary to popular belief, there is a thriving surf community along the coast. The Cote d’Argent is over 200km long, making it Europe’s longest beach with a ton of surfing opportunities along the way.

Packing to go on holiday can be a real struggle because it’s hard to know exactly what you will need when you’re abroad. Like most holidays in Europe, the plus side of travelling within France is that there are stores and companies all around that can supply smaller goods you may forget to pack like shampoo, a comb or socks. Use this packing list to help take the guesswork out of what you’ll need on your French holiday.

What exactly is "French food?" That's a hard question to answer as even cities have their own specialties. The general consensus though, is that French food is a veritable mash-up of local ingredients, talented chefs, inspired cooking and passion for the art of cooking.

Just about two hours west of Paris is a city known for its champagne and general splendour. The city’s called Epernay and it is home to many of the world’s most celebrated Champagne houses. Here is where you’ll get to tour cellars with tens of thousands of bottles of Champagne that are aging to perfection for a future celebration.