Europe Travel Blog
Europe is the sixth largest continent in the world, and despite its small size, it is packed with history, innovations, and 50 countries and sovereign states.
Europe is a fascinating place to explore and kick-start a travel bucket list. We are on a mission to explore all of Europe, from microstates to popular cities and more.
Blessed with great infrastructure especially rail network, cheaper flights, loaded historical remnants, cuisines, and unique sights – Europe is a must-visit for every traveler.
With 50 countries strong, Europe sightseeing is made easy with tons of guided tours, with the ability to see more in less time, due to geographical proximity. A few times, we crossed three countries in one day! Like wow!
Did you know, the word, “Europe” is derived from the name of a Phoenician princess – Europa.
✔ Europe is the second smallest continent in the world.
✔ The world’s smallest country – Vatican City and the world’s largest country – Russia is located in Europe (by area).
✔ Two World Wars began (and were centered) in Europe.
✔ Of the 44 recognized countries of Europe, 27 of them belong to the European Union – a political and economic union within the continent. Citizens have an EU passport and the Euro is the official currency.
✔ Schengen Area or zone is an agreement within European nations to allow free movement of people (between the participating countries). Not all EU nations are part of the Schengen Zone and vise versa.
✔ Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein are associate members of the Schengen Area but are not members of the EU (what it means for a traveler is that - if you have a Schengen visa you can travel there, however, their official currency is not Euro. They might accept Euros, but be ready to exchange currency or take the change in their national currency. We visited 3 of the 4 countries listed here, and they are pretty expensive as compared to other EU countries like France, Spain, or Germany).
✔ Northern Europe consists of the Nordic countries, including Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, the Faroe Islands, etc. (Scandinavia and Nordic are two terms associated with some of the countries in northern Europe)
✔ Central & Eastern Europe – The term Central & Eastern Europe is often used interchangeably and are overlapped with countries such as Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, and Croatia (also referred to as Eastern European countries).
✔ Western Europe - Western Europe is often associated with World War II politics (and a term coined as a result of that). It includes countries like Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, and Austria (also referred to as “Central Europe").
But again geographically and politically, Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, Ireland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Vatican City, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, and Austria are all "Western Europe". The westernmost point of the European continent is Cabo da Raco, located near Lisbon (Sintra Cascais Natural Park) in Portugal.
Get Europe Ready
Start your Europe exploration with these handy guides
✔ Europe 101 – Our introductory guide to planning a trip to Europe.
✔ European Bucket list - Epic 101 Europe travel bucket list ideas
✔ Europe Itinerary Samples – Want to make the most of your visit to Europe? This is the ultimate 27 itinerary samples to plan your sightseeing in one or multiple destinations in Europe.
✔ Visiting Europe in winter – Here are some of the best traveler picks.
✔ Warm places in Europe? – Here are the warmest places to visit in Europe from December through March.
✔ Guide to Schengen Visa – read the guide and checklist here.
✔ Europe flight cancellation – Read about the process and steps for reimbursement for Europe flight delays and cancellations.
✔ Europe Packing Guide – This is the only packing guide to Europe you will ever need. It has reference to seasons and regional variations.
✔ Shoes for Europe (for her): Best walking shoes for women for Europe
✔ Boots for European winter (Female edition): Top boots to wear in European winters
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All of the European destinations explored by us are categorized by country. We have included most of the Balkan countries under Balkans, and the 6 micro-states are listed under European Microstates for ease of navigation.
You can also explore Vienna, with Budapest and Prague in one single trip or a guided tour.
One of the most popular Balkan states is Croatia. Use our 7-day itinerary packed with 4 samples to travel easy. We have detailed itineraries for Zagreb, Split, and Dubrovnik, including day trips to make the most of your time in Croatia.
Learn everything about European Microstates - Andorra, Vatican City, Monaco, Malta, Liechtenstein
A country we hope to revisit quite a few times in the future, France is our absolute favorite. Head to explore Paris for 4 days, or take day trips to nearby areas. Versailles and its palace guided tour is a popular day option.
Don't forget to add Nuremberg to your Germany bucket list - it is one of the prettiest cities in the country.
Iceland is a breathtaking country. One of our most popular posts is our quick and efficient itinerary to Iceland. We also have a detailed trip planning guide to Iceland plus budget activities to do in Reykjavik.
We enjoyed taking a ton of tours in Iceland, here is an all-seasons Iceland tours guide and a winter tour edition. Visit Iceland in October to experience the best of summer and winter, and beat the crowds.
Learn all about Luxembourg, including taking a one day trip to the capital.
The capital city of Portugal has stolen our hearts. Lisbon is a beautiful city and deserves a place on your European bucket list. Get our detailed 3 day Lisbon itinerary and many day trips ideas, including everything to visit the Pena Palace in Sintra.
Head to the gorgeous country - Spain and explore its pretty towns and magnificent cities. We have the perfect Spain itinerary for you - packed with 4 samples to discover more of the country in 7 days.
Get all the top things to do in Seville here
Stay in Zurich and once you have explored Zurich (itinerary for Zurich), head to discover other cities like Bern, Lucerne, Geneva, etc. All of this is doable in 7 to 10 days in Switzerland, and you can do that without a car!