Europe Travel

Search out cities steeped in history

It's every college student's dream: to backpack around Europe. Whether you get to do it at that age, or your trip has been delayed by a few years and has evolved into a slightly more civilized trip, travel in Europe is an amazing experience.

Planning Your European Vacation

You can opt for a Europe vacation of only a few select cities - every European city is steeped in history of one kind or another, and each one also has a variety of hotels, from extremely regal to very simple.

Europe tours will take you around individual cities or sometimes from place to place by bus. If that's not up your alley, to get from place to place, there are many other ways to travel Europe:

  • Europe cruise. If you want to see some coastal countries, consider exploring Europe through a cruise. These usually hit the Mediterranean, and Greece is a popular destination for cruise ships.
  • Rail Europe. Believe it or not, you can get anywhere in Europe by train and it's not a myth that trains are almost always exactly on time. Europeans have fantastic rail systems, and traveling by train takes the hassle out of getting where you want to go.
  • Car rental Europe. If you're up for an adventure and don't mind the possibility of getting lost, you may want to rent a car and drive around at your own pace. Don't forget to brush up on the road rules of the countries you will be visiting and remember that the Brits drive on the other side of the road!

Many backpackers will take their map of Europe and mark dozens of cities and regions, then head out on their journeys. Popular cities for vacationers and backpackers include:

London, England; Amsterdam, Holland; Paris, France; Berlin, Germany; Munich, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Zurich, Switzerland; Prague, Czech Republic; Brussels, Belgium; Rome, Italy; Venice, Italy; Florence, Italy; Madrid, Spain.

Flights to Europe fluctuate in price depending on the season, your city of departure and your destination. The cheapest flights will be available in winter, and sometimes it's worth looking into different European cities as your initial destination. It can sometimes be cheaper to fly to one city first then to travel by train to the city you would actually like to visit.