Europe has long been a go-to continent for intrepid explorers, backpackers, and holidaymakers, due to the diverse countries and cultures to visit. Many countries are just a hop, skip and a jump away on a short flight!
There are a number of budget operators in Europe. There are the large multi-destination companies like Easyjet or Ryanair, or – depending upon where you want to travel – there are screeds of local low-cost flight operators available. Budget airlines are largely no-frills, so the low price you pay will only give you a seat and hand-luggage. You will then have the option to pay extra for more luggage weight, leg room or faster boarding. The tickets are usually non-refundable and cannot be changed, so if your plans change you may need to pay twice, which is obviously less than ideal. The costs for all of these optional extras quickly add up, so it may be advantageous to check out comparison sites.
There are loads of comparison sites to use, such as Kayak and Skyscanner which have the option of searching for nearby airports in order to find the best deal possible. For example, it may be far cheaper to fly to Pisa than Florence, and Pisa is only a short train ride away from your end destination!
As someone who has personally taken part in volunteer work as a means of travel, I would definitely recommend it to anyone, particularly if you are;
- looking for an adventure
- looking to do something selfless
- lookout for an experience outside of your comfort zone
- looking to meet some of the most humble and amazing people
Volunteer travel is exactly what it says on the tin. You give up your time for free to people who are simply too poor to pay you. But what you get back is more than money can buy. It’s the perfect way to gain valuable work experience and you get to travel as you’re doing it.
My volunteers travels took place in Ghana and the experiences that I and my fellow volunteers shared has been more memorable than any luxury holiday I could’ve chosen instead. Not only did we visit the beaches in Accra, we were taken on so many adventures in the hills and mountains with our guides, making every second all the more special.
While you won’t earn any money on a volunteer project, the experience and friendships that you will gain and walk away with is one of the most valuable thing you’re likely to ever earn in any job.
You won’t regret a single second!
Many tourists often choose to stay in hostels in London, especially if they are on a budget. Hotels in the city can be expensive, especially if they are located in the centre of town; a hostel can offer an equally comfortable environment to sleep in, for a relatively inexpensive price.
Where should I stay when visiting London?
There are many factors to consider when choosing which hostels in London to stay in. If you are visiting London for sight-seeing, and want to take advantage of the city’s bars, restaurants, theatre, attractions, and clubs, your hostel should be in a prime location, and ideally next to a London Underground station, enabling you to travel around the city with ease. If you prefer to stay in a quieter location, consider one of the hostels in London which is situated in the suburbs of the city. You will still be able to travel into the centre of the city, by using London’s extensive travel network.
What are the benefits of staying in a hostel?
Staying in a hostel can also be a great way to meet new people, many of whom are visiting the capital from countries around the world. Many long-lasting friendships have started in hostels, especially if they have shared a dormitory.
Having children can be a nightmare when you want to go on holiday. Not only is packing a chore, with the nappies, buggies and toys, but many of the hotels you would have frequented pre-kids will simply not tolerate the mayhem of family life. So, finding family-friendly hotels is simply essential if you want to enjoy your vacation.
So what do you look for in a family-friendly holiday? A supervised crèche, children’s meals and an adventure playground? Or a simple child-friendly welcome in stylish surroundings? Either way, there are a number of websites that will help you in your search.
One thing is for sure, you don’t have to resort to Butlins or a package holiday affair these days. There are plenty of independent travel options that will take you and your children with a friendly smile. Check out i-escape Your text to link… and Condé Nast Traveller Your text to link… for some ideas of where to take the clan on your next holiday.
If the thought of getting on a plane with your children is just too much, then it might be worth looking into family-friendly country houses in the UK. Many will accept children of all ages, including babies, and some have crèche facilities and will provide babysitters on request. They also cater for children in the restaurants with special child-friendly menus.
Car travel through Italy is simplified by its motorway network, or autostrade, with the main one, Autostrada del Sole, splitting into three sections.
Milan to Rome
Don’t set off without seeing Milan’s cathedral, La Scala opera house, and the glittering arcade of Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II. When you reach the outskirts, drop in at Santa Maria della Grazie to view Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper.
And don’t rule out a detour to car-free Venice! Use the car parks, or stay with your vehicle on the Lido, only a short waterbus trip from La Serenissima’s sights. It’s back to the autostrada for Florence, but change to the toll-free state and provincial roads to experience the real Tuscany.
Rome to Naples
Avoid Rome’s traffic chaos by choosing the seaside resort of Ostia, close to the archeological gem of Ostia Antica. A train/metro ride gets you to the historic centre, but get away from the crowds in smaller churches like S. Luigi dei Francesi, home to Caravaggio’s The Calling of Saint Matthew.
Naples to Reggio di Calabria
Gaze on the beautiful Bay of Naples from its old and bustling city. Then gasp at the breathtaking views along the Amalfi Coast road, and with Vesuvius in view, explore Pompeii and Herculaneum.
But why stop now? Car ferries cross the Straits of Messina to Sicily, where you can end your road trip among orange groves and ancient sites.