I absolutely love to travel, meeting people of different nationalities and backgrounds, seeing some of the World’s wonders and experiencing different ways of life. However, gone are my days of spending nights in 12-bed rooms in a hostel or hitching a ride in a truck with a stranger, these days I like to fall into the ‘flash packing’ mode of travelling, and I absolutely love it, I recently toured Europe and here is my quick guide to getting the most out of this wonderful continent, in style.
The Best Way to Travel is by Train
Of course, flying between destinations is quicker and a little ‘sexier’ but train travel around Europe is an absolute dream. If you spend a little extra you can get some real comfort on the trains including overnight trains. The services in Europe are really far reaching and you can hit all of the big cities via train. I recommend taking the train from Geneva to Milan, it goes right through the Alps and the views are stunning, even better with a glass of bubbly!
Boutique is the Future
As much as I enjoy staying in a grand hotel that caters for my every need, I have, in recent years completely fell in love with boutique hotels. Europe has hundreds of these little gems, usually independently owned and always quirky. The idea behind these hotels in all out style and luxury, many of the ones that I have stayed in have a certain theme to them and are always designed in a way that you just don’t get at the big chain hotels. There are a lot of boutique hostels starting to pop up at the moment but for me, despite the design, it is still a hostel, I prefer the hotels and I don’t mind paying a little extra for some good old fashioned luxury.
I don’t do this too often, but now and again I love to hire my own car and driver, whether it is for an airport transfer, a city tour or getting to my hotel from the station. Privately hiring a car is a great alternative to taxi travel, especially for us girls, I always feel far safer in a private car than a cab caught on the street. As well as the added security, there is always better organisation and time keeping from private cars and generally speaking the drivers are always nice as they are representing a company, I feel like they take that little bit more pride in their job.
I love Europe so much, there is a lot on offer for backpackers and flash packers alike and there are so many beautiful cities in such close proximity that you’ll be country hopping before you know it. My favourite cities were Milan, Geneva and Budapest, all of them are so chic, all reachable by train and all of them offered a flash packer like me, the perfect chance to travel in style.