If your base is in the UK, then continental Europe is just waiting for you to explore it. Cross one small sea, place your feet on the ground, and you’re ready to set off! But how?
Being one large land mass with a long, meandering coastline, there are lots of ways to travel around Europe. Hopping from one flight to another isn’t always the easiest option, although it may be the first you think of.
Why not let me inspire you to travel around Europe in a different way? You can swap the bird’s eye view for fresh perspectives, discover places further from the flight paths, and even save money while you’re doing it!
You could choose to cruise around the Mediterranean, indulge in some Greek island hopping, or head north on a cruise around Scandinavia, with the Norwegian fjords a highlight. For land-locked countries, why not investigate river cruises to sail your way around central Europe without needing to be by the sea. Viking River Cruises are an established option for this.
Road trips aren’t just reserved for the United States, so rent a car, grab some friends and hit the road! Italy is the perfect country to tour on four wheels.
Hire an iconic Fiat 500, convertible if you like the sun, and start in the north at Lake Como. Make a date with Cinque Terre on the west coast next. Here, you’ll find a rainbow of houses that cascade down to touch the sea – a more than a postcard-worthy view and the perfect spot for a long lunch. From here, continue to cruise south, heading for the dazzling Amalfi coast, with the chance to stop off at Rome and Florence en route. Don’t miss the chance to meander through the honey coloured stone villages and vineyards of Tuscany, too…
This one is for the adventurous traveller who has a little more time to spend. If you’re no stranger to a backpack and tent, then why not map out a hiking trail as a hands-on way to travel around Europe? You could plan your trip in border areas of multiple countries to see more places while covering less distance. Let’s not forget the stunning scenery Europe has to offer, too, whether it’s the Harz mountains in Germany or the Dalmatian coast in Croatia. Just be sure to choose trails you are fit enough and confident enough to complete, and have the right equipment and maps to hand.
Often popular with students and long-term travellers, coach tours can be one of the most economical ways to pack lots of places into one trip. Whether you’ll be crossing countries or simply diving into one, travel around Europe by coach if you enjoy meeting new people – you will be! It’s also worth deciding whether you just want the transport, or if you’d prefer to book a coach tour complete with an itinerary and scheduled scenic stops.
Interrailing is a huge hit in Europe. Simply block out some dates on your calendar, pick up an interrail pass and book accommodation for along the way – try booking.com. If you want to travel around Europe by train, we recommend going in a group, whether that’s with family or friends. While it might be tempting to always choose the most direct trains, do your research before you set off. Perhaps some routes pass through some particularly scenic areas, so you won’t want to be fast asleep on an overnight train when you go through!