Category: Europe

Four Reasons Why We Love Slovenia

We’re tempted not to share our Slovenia tips because the country is so surprisingly lovely we want to keep it all to ourselves. If you’re thinking about planning your summer trip, Slovenia should be high up on your list of places to visit. This teeny country, sandwiched between Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, is so small,…

By travelyoutopia November 28, 2022 0

3 Of The Best Christmas Markets In Europe

Christmas markets have always held such an allure for me. When I was in Berlin reviewing the 25 Hours Hotel, we visited the Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz, overlooked by the stunning Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. As we sipped gluhwein and ate gingerbread in cosy wooden huts it was hard not to get into the Christmas spirit.…

By travelyoutopia November 8, 2022 0

Top 3 Low Cost European Ski Resorts

Autumn is a time when thoughts turn to skiing and searching for the best places to ski in Europe. Every year I go through the same process: look for a snow sure resort that’s close to the airport (or around eight hours from Calais if we’re driving), research the cost of ski passes and cost…

By travelyoutopia November 2, 2022 0

Best Places To See The Northern Lights

The lure of witnessing the elusive Aurora Borealis is strong, particularly as winter approaches. I’ve always wanted to travel to Scandinavia for a chance to see them but still haven’t quite made it – one day. But I have found the best places in Europe where you might just glimpse them. Inari, Finland The Northern Lights are…

By travelyoutopia October 16, 2022 0

Paris Rediscovered

OK, I’m going to say it. I’ve never particularly liked Paris. I’ve always found it a little over rated. But as I wandered the streets in the sunshine last week, going nowhere in particular I discovered a newfound love for the city. I also uncovered parts of Paris I didn’t even know existed, maybe because…

By travelyoutopia July 26, 2022 0

The Future Of Travel

If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that the freedom to travel is precious. With flights across the world grounded, hotel doors shut and most global destinations out of bounds, the way we travel and our right to travel has changed. And that’s set to continue into 2021. I’m a huge advocate of road trips. Since…

By travelyoutopia November 30, 2020 0

Paris In Four Hours – Why Not

After an epic summer road trip from Brighton to Croatia and back again (taking in seven countries and 3,000 miles on the way), we took a wrong turn off the Périphérique on the way to Rouen so ended up taking the kids on an impromptu four-hour tour of Paris. Now, Paris isn’t my favourite European city…

By travelyoutopia November 1, 2020 0

Sagres – Wilderness Discovered

The last time I visited Portugal was back in 2004 when I lived in Amsterdam with my boyfriend (now husband). At the pre-kids stage of our relationship, our two-week road trip of the Alentejo region of Portugal involved stays in chic, boutique hotels, late night bar crawls in Lisbon and lazy days soaking up the…

By travelyoutopia September 27, 2020 0

Review: 25Hours Hotels, Bikini Berlin

Berlin has it all – fascinating history, culture, thriving food and arts scene, nightlife to rival London’s and shopping opportunities galore. The wall came down in 1989 and what followed was a metamorphosis of Berlin into a hip, forward-thinking city with a distinctly unique character, laid back noir charm and cool hangouts all over this…

By travelyoutopia September 17, 2020 0