Before the technological revolution, planning your trip involved shopping for paper-based maps and travel guides or directly contacting a travel agency that would make your dream destination come true for a little (and sometimes more than little) extra cash. Not anymore. Virtually most of the more famous print travel guides now have online counterparts. And a lot of the new travel guides are only online based. Planning your dream destination has never been easier – the only two components you need are one gadget (laptop, smartphone or tablet) and Internet access.
The vast variety of online based travel guides offers valuable information for any type of traveler. Here are some interesting suggestions that will help you plan your trip. Continue reading
Americans have a fascination with the past, perhaps because the nation is still so young when compared to the histories of other parts of the world. As a result, many dream of heading overseas to visit “the old country” in Europe — whether it was the country of their individual ancestors or not. Europe remains a popular travel destination because it played such a key role in the development of the United States. Exploration and colonialism by European nations is at the root of American history.
Anyone with a passport can arrange for europe travel quite easily. They simply need to figure out a way to get there, usually by plane, though some prefer to take a long cruise across the Atlantic. There are package tours available as well as special resorts and camps. These tend to be very busy in the summer and need to be booked well in advance. It is, however, possible to get in at the last minute, if there are cancellations, so these are still worth investigating by those who didn’t plan months ahead.
Summer is the best time of the year to visit Europe. Many parts of the continent are colder climates that are chilly and wet most of the year. The months of July and August are when European countries are at their warmest — with breezy, sunny days and the opportunity to explore everything from mountains and lakes to valleys and beaches.
There are amazing festivals celebrating music , sports, and arts throughout the summer. Many of the greatest museums are free or nearly free, with some offering extended hours in the summer. The long days make it easier to see more of the great cities and sites and the warm nights offer their own opportunities to enjoy romantic views of city lights or starry skies from pastoral settings.
A Eurorail pass will provide access to cities all over the continent. More adventurous types may want to attempt a bike or backpacking tour of the countryside while others will stick to buses or car travel. It is even possible to book a cruise to go from one seaport to another or tour the islands of a certain region within Europe. There are countless small hotels and B&B’s all over Europe as well as larger hotels and resorts with names that are familiar across the globe. In short, it is possible to go all over Europe, find a place to stay, and find great things to see and create a custom-made memorable vacation.