HOW TO MAKE EVERY MOMENT OF YOUR EUROPEAN SUMMER IN 2017

The flights are booked, new travel wardrobe purchased and passport located from behind the sofa/wardrobe/underwear draw. Your summer in Europe is just around the corner, Contiki tells you that it is time to make it one to remember…
 

HOW TO MAKE EVERY MOMENT OF YOUR EUROPEAN SUMMER IN 2017


BE PREPARED


A piece of advice – you can never, never, NEVER be too prepared. Agreed there is something thrilling about venturing into the unknown with just your suitcase and a head full of optimism, but to get the very best from your experience, plan ahead. Wandering the streets in search of Italy’s most exquisite pizza or Berlin’s hottest new bar sounds theoretically idyllic but the reality? Aching feet, moaning friends and a hungry belly. Before you jet off spend time checking out recommendations for the best local joints and secret spots. Your post-holiday self will thank you for it.


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BRING ENOUGH SPENDING MONEY


You’ve saved for months, possibly even years for this adventure and you damn well deserve to enjoy it. That means tasty dinners, flamboyant cocktails and a shopping splurge (or three). We know it’s easier said than done – money’s like that elusive hottie on the bus who you can never quite talk to – but travelling without constantly having to check the pennies will be a weight off your mind. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not advocating magnums of Cristal and general P.I.M.P. living, but treating yourself on the little touches will make your experience all the more memorable.


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LEAVE YOUR PRECONCEPTIONS ON THE PLANE

 
Whatever you think you know about a country, you don’t. Until you’ve experienced a country for itself, immersed yourself in its culture, shared secret smiles and belly laughs with its locals, danced till dawn, watched the sunrise and eaten every plate, bowl, glass or bottle of edible goods going, you can’t possibly make your mind up. Come with an open mind and a willingness to learn and you won’t regret it.
 
 
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CHALLENGE YOURSELF

 
Travel is a big deal, don’t forget that. For many people an adventure to Europe is their first time out of their home country, sometimes even their first time on a plane. Independence is knocking, Mum and Dad have said their teary goodbyes and you’re off into the big open world. Basically, terrifying. So what do you do? Panic, scream, cry like a baby? No, you challenge yourself. Talk to that friendly stranger (sometimes Mum’s don’t know best). Take the other fork in the road. Friggin’ bungee jump off the top of a mountain. The random, crazy, unexpected experiences are the stories you’ll be telling for years to come.
 

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GET LOST

 
OK so we know we said it pays to be prepared but sometimes getting lost is pretty cool too, especially when you’re in Rome, or Barca, or Sweden, or Istanbul, or basically any of Europe’s sweet cities with a gazillion winding alleys, tasty cafes and friendly locals on every corner. Ditch the map and just follow your nose, you might be surprised by just how intuitive you actually are.
 

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HAVE A YES DAY

 
Do I want Dutch pancakes for breakfast? YES. Do I want to hire a bike for the day and explore the vineyards of Southern France? YES. Do I want to jump out of a plane over the Swiss Alps at 20,000 ft. HELL YES. Yes days are the best days.
 

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TAKE A MILLION PICTURES

 
A pictures worth a thousand words so make sure you get snap happy on your travels. Soon these adventures will be just memories so you want to make sure you’ve got something to remember them by. Investing in an expensive DSLR will get you the best results but really, there’s nothing a decent smart phone and a few choice photo editing apps can’t do. Just make sure you bring spare memory cards/have enough phone memory space.
 

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OPEN YOURSELF UP TO NEW FRIENDS

 
Because let’s face it, life’s better with friends. Whether travelling independently or in a group, travel is just as much about the people you meet as the places you go. That third glass of wine, impulsive decision to go jet skiing or 3am skinny dip we’ll bet will be influenced by your NBTF (new best travel friend). And the best part about making friends from all over the world? Free holidays for the next 10 years obviously…
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To get a head start on your 2016 holiday, Contiki is excited to announce nine entirely new itineraries for its 2016-17 brochure in the Balkans, The Mediterranean, Iceland and London.
 
 
Contiki’s new Balkan trips
 
 
Incorporating the iconic Eastern European cities of Budapest, Dubrovnik, Sarajevo, Belgrade and Ljubljana (to name a few!), Contiki’s new Balkan trips are certain to become a traveller favourite. Or for those whose interest is peaked more by a Mediterranean adventure than a Balkan odyssey, Contiki’s new Mediterranean itineraries showcase Rome, the amazing Amalfi, Athens, Santorini, Mykonos and more – allowing travellers to dive into an epic Mediterranean adventure.

Contiki’s brand new Icelandic itinerary spans four days, taking in Reykjavik, visiting hot springs and seeing the Northern Lights!
 
For those that want a travel experience that is slightly more ‘off the beaten track’, Contiki’s brand new Icelandic itinerary spans four days, taking in Reykjavik, visiting hot springs and seeing the Northern Lights!
 
Finally, recognising the pull of the amazing city of London Contiki has added a five day trip that immerses travellers in the city’s history, culture, nightlife and shopping, but also makes time to whisk them away for a day spent taking in Stonehenge and Windsor Castle.
 
 
To plan your 2017 Europe escapade or more information on Contiki’s trips, call +65 63378166/69225950 or email asia.res@contiki.com
 
 
Life’s an adventure – make it count with absolutely #NOREGRETS
 
 
 

30 LOVES AND COMMENTS:

  1. I'd love to travel to Europe with my family some day. I hope we can! I will take tons of photos, that's for sure.

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    1. Hahaha never ever forget that dear! Bring more SD cards and batteries!

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  2. I really like the idea of a Yes day. My summers are always in Europe, but we are visiting a new place this year, and I really want to make sure we have some "make the most of it" days as well as just lazing on the beach!

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    1. Hello Erin,

      That's fantastic idea! Hope you will have a blast this coming summer vacation and have tons of memorable pics!

      Thank you for visiting and keep on exploring!

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  3. I agree, Europe isn't cheap country, we might overspent over there. But I say, lets spent it all to food!

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    1. I agree Zayani! WE can cheapen our accommodation, but never on food. Food is life!

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  4. Yes days are the best when going with a couple of friends. Every day is one person's plan and everyone has to say yes.

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    1. Hello Emily,

      Thank you for stopping by and always enjoy your fabulous day!

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  5. This remembers of my first time traveling alone through Europe. I focused then on the Northern countries and I loved it, discovering the hidden gems and doing exactly what I wished to do.

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    1. Hello Joanna, glad you had a fantastic moments during your EU vacation :)

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  6. Awesome tips. Indeed travelling across Europe creates such a memory that can treasured for an entire lifetime!

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    1. I agree,, and travelling across other continents!

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  7. Perfect tips for a really fun euro trip! I am all about challenging and getting adventurous in Europe when I am not all lost in the glory of history :)

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    1. That's awesome! Thank you for visiting :)

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  8. I love all this advice! I'm going to be in Europe all summer so it's very helpful for me. My favorite piece of advice is to have a yes day. I hope every day this summer will be a yes day!

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    1. Thank you dear! Keep that YES advice and help me spread it to your friends!

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  9. Europe is so diverse and amazing - everyone can find something to their liking :) I love the old cities with narrow streets and romantic alleys but what's best you can still find such places with basically no tourists and full of authenticity: Albania, Bosnia, Macedonia, etc... :) My favorite European destinations!

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    1. Oh my those non-touristic place are the best. You can feel the authentic beauty and vibe.

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  10. I spent summer 2016 on a massive Eurotrip! Wish i could be doing the same this year. Solid tips!

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  11. Europe is so beautiful... And your advice are great! I completely agree with you on all points, but particularly on the one of the pictures. And I think a yes day must be funny, I should try this someday haha

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    1. Hello Miriam and thank you for visiting my blog post. And always remember to have a YES DAY!

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  12. Nice tips, and the tips not only for Europe escape but it's seem like also suitable for other places trip.

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    1. Thank you Joanne, am happy you like my article :D

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  13. Such a fun inspiring post. One must know how to enjoy travels instead of pondering over misses. I do take a lot of pictures.

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    1. That's great Indrani. The more photos you've got the better. We might not noticed but all the photos we post in our blog helps our readers to inspire and feel motivated.

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  14. Great tips. I especially like the part where it is adviced for people to plan ahead but also get lost. Spontaneous moments make a trip worthwhile for me

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    1. Yeah, that's the reason why I don't get travel packages with tour guides and concrete itinerary from travel agencies, coz you wont have opportunity to explore more.

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  15. I come from Europe so this is something I am familiar with. But basically yes, when you travel, you should always have yes moments, because this is the way on how are you going to experience the real deal.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts Tina! Keep on exploring my blog for more travel guides. Or maybe you want to visit Asia?!

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