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.

If you’ve done any research around what to do in Barcelona, your head is likely spinning right now. The to-do list of tourist attractions to see, food to taste and things to try is always getting longer with no signs of stopping. How are you supposed to decide what’s worth the time and effort and what to pass on if you’ve never been there and don’t have a personal guide? Let us take the trouble out of the problem and give you a sample itinerary for a day in Barcelona. If you are lucky enough to have more than one day in the city, you can space it out over a couple days and take your time going through every place.

Get in touch with your wild side when you tour the natural wonders and sights that Catalonia has to offer anyone passing through the area. As with many countries, one region can encompass all kinds of geographical differences and Catalonia is no different. The countryside in this region ranges from steep and rocky coastlines to calm, sloping beaches, from expansive plain lands to dense pine forests and from harrowing, snow-capped peaks to unbelievably deep Pyrenean valleys. This variation means there is more than enough to satisfy any and all tourists, travellers, adventurers and nature lovers. These are just a few of the natural parks through Catalonia that highlight the diversity and incredible scenery in Catalonia, Spain.

For many tourists who come through Spain, Barcelona is the be-all and end-all of the quintessential Catalonia region. If you take the time to venture beyond Barcelona’s city limits though, there is an incredibly diverse stretch of coastline that will unfold before you. Unlike the rest of the Spanish Mediterranean, this corner of the coast offers a culturally different experience.

Known around the world as one of the best destinations for twenty-somethings, Salamanca is like a siren call to international students looking for a port to call home a few months out of the year. It isn’t hard to see why so many young adults have made their pilgrimage to this small but magnificent city in Spain. Salamanca is small enough to navigate by foot, allowing you to gain an intimate understanding of the local landscape and culture where just 156,000 people live. Many consider Salamanca the ideal location because of the youth and romance of the city, assorted cultural opportunities and proximity to the capital city of Madrid.

Welcome to France. It’s a county that seduces travellers from around the world with its charming landscapes, approachable people and rich history. In France, you don’t really have to plan your holiday, you can just wander along at your own leisurely pace, and it will be a wonderful and varied experience.

Welcome to Spain. If this holiday to Spain is your first, be aware that the country is hard to get out of your blood after you’ve visited once. You may plan to come for a long week spent relaxing on a Spanish beach, or you may plan to tour all the big cities by foot.

This country experiences a maritime climate throughout most of the year, but certain times of the year will be more agreeable depending on your personal preference. The weather is largely determined by its closeness to the Baltic Sea.

This week Meg shares with us her ‘National Lampoons’ style family vacation with lots of dramas and even a celebrity sighting!.In June last year my family (husband and two boys) went off to Europe where there were many magic moments that happened along the way.

Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country that is home to four languages. A stop by Switzerland will be a trip of a lifetime as you view the high peaks of the Alps, medieval Old Towns, and taste some of the world's most renowned chocolate. But, like any European holiday, it can run high on expenses, so we have compiled a list eight amazing free attractions for you to visit to help you stay within your travel budget

You take everything you need with you on the road and are guaranteed good company regardless of where you end up each night. One guaranteed way to see France unlike a majority of the tourists who pass through is to tour the incredible country in a campervan with those you like most. It's one of the most economical ways to see Europe and the only schedule you have to stick to is your own. Here's a sample itinerary for a weeklong trip through the country where you can see history, art, culture and more in France!