What do you look for in a European vacation? The romance of a Paris vacation, the buzz of some time in London, England or the relaxation and quiet peace of an alpine valley? The truth is that, with a European vacation package, you can have all of this and more.
Europe is a very diverse continent and the range of possible European vacations reflect this. In each European country you can choose from the buzz of a city visit or the relaxation of the countryside. Transport links are good and it's easy to hop from country to country by plane, by train or by road. This article sets out to help you plan a European vacation that suits you.
European vacation – travel tips for cheap European tours
If you want to travel Europe on a low budget then the two key issues are time and flexibility. There are now many cheap European airlines who offer budget tax for travel between European countries. Almost without exception they offer an excellent service, and their prices are remarkably low. But you do need to be flexible – both in your choice of destination and in your travel schedule timings.
European budget airlines often fly between the less popular airports and may only operate one flight a day. This means that if you miss a flight or if your flight is cancelled then you could face a long wait in a rather out of the way town or provincial airport.
The Irish airline, Ryanair, can be used as an example. Their flight billed as Glasgow to Paris departs from a town called Prestwick – about forty miles from Glasgow and arrives at Beauvais, a French town about sixty miles from Paris. Coach services are provided and the service is good but you will need to add at least an hour to your journey at either end. Getting stranded late at night in Beauvais or Prestwick is not likely to be fun. You can find a list of cheap European airlines and some of their routes on the websites listed below.
If you would rather travel to Europe on a planned European Vacation Package then you will have other issues to contend with. Planned European vacation packages can sometimes be rather sterile and predictable. Some of them may almost have the effect of insulating you against anything European! The notion of being herded along on like cattle among a mass of bemused fellow travellers is not likely to appeal to many of us.
Try to find a package that will allow you the benefits of having your travel and accommodation organized but still leave time for you to branch off on your own if you want to.
Travel Europe and enjoy it. There is no right or wrong approach – simply work out what suits you and your lifestyle best. You will find plenty of choice in every European country. If you've never taken a European vacation then please do consider it – the possibilities are almost limitless.