Skyline of Malaga's old town, Spain.

Eight Cities You Need to Visit on a Spain Vacation (That Aren’t Madrid or Barcelona!)

Few countries nourish all the senses like Spain. Bringing together its unique mix of cuisines, cultures, languages, and histories, this is a corner of Europe everyone needs to explore once in their lifetime. But where do you begin in such a vast and diverse country? Barcelona and Madrid pair well together for a weeklong trip, […]

Turin skyline with Alps in background, Italy

Turin – The Most Underrated City You Must Explore on Italy Vacations

Many Europe-bound travellers opt for Italy vacations, and for good reasons. So, if this country gets into your psyche and you have already visited places like Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, and other major centres, consider, Turin in the north-west part of Italy. Why? Read on! My impression of Turin before I visited it was of […]

Montagne de Reims Champagne region in France

Getting the Most Out of Champagne on Your France Vacation

Any self-respecting “bubbly” drinker knows it’s not “Champagne” unless it comes from the Champagne region of north-eastern France. The area makes an easy enough addition to your Western Europe trip, but it requires some preparation, and in most cases, advance reservations. Many Champagne houses have a long and proud heritage with reputations stretching around the globe. […]

Romerberg Old Town Square with Justitia Statue, Frankfurt, Germany

Six Cities You Should Visit on a Germany Vacation (That aren’t Berlin or Munich!)

Let’s be honest. Berlin is not some “rapidly emerging” hidden secret any more. The German capital is the place to be, from art, to nightlife, to spectacular museums, to historic sites, to an all-round great quality of life that everyone wants to be a part of, at least for a few days, especially on a […]

Douro Valley Vineyards and small village near Peso da Regua, Portugal

Portugal vs Spain: Which Country is Right for Your Western Europe Trip?

We’ve tackled Australia vs New Zealand and Italy vs France, and now we’re here to sort out another marquee matchup. When heading on a sunny Western Europe trip, which destination is right for you, Portugal or Spain. Depending on who you ask, you might get passionate answers for one over the other or shrugged shoulders […]

Summer travel across Europe - famous landmarks and grassy hill over blue sky

France vs Italy: Which Cultural Marvel is the Right European Vacation for You?

If ever there were a “Sophie’s Choice” between two beloved countries, this is surely it. France and Italy are two of the best-loved and most-visited countries in the world. They boast incredible cultures with long histories, great food and drink, lovely architecture, comfortable climates, and some of the greatest monuments the world over. Ideally, you […]