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.

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.

You’ll be able to relax in a town and adjust your schedule based on whether you like a spot or not. Travelling in a campervan affords you and yours the ultimate flexibility, as there are no tickets or schedules to restrain you, just the time you spend behind the wheel. Here are a few tips and suggestions for travellers looking to explore Spain by campervan!

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.

It is an understatement to say that the Provence region of France is superlative. There are so many adjectives that describe the landscape, the people, the cuisine, the experiences and the place as a whole. If you do nothing else, try the food here. Over the past several centuries the landscape and harvested foods have impacted local cuisine to create distinctly Provencal dishes full of local sun-ripened tomatoes, plump melons, sweet cherries and peaches, bitter olives and the freshest fish out of the Mediterranean combined with Alpine cheeses. Take a seat, take a long lunch and relax over a meal of Provencal classics and flavours.

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.

The Tour de France may be one of the most well-known sporting events in the world outside of the Olympic Games. On par with World Cups, championships and more, the bike race through the regions of France is a joy to watch. If you get the chance to watch them in person, where you can cheer on the contestants and feel the breeze as they zoom past you, take it. Here’s a quick overview of the race, the contestants and the path they will take for the 2014 Tour de France.