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Follow the sun - European summer 2014 on sale

Published December 13th, 2013

Think surfers and retirees are the only ones chasing an endless summer? Not so, homes. You too could be living it up in Europe for their summer season! While the annual Aussie swelter is upon us, now’s the time to plan and book your Europe trip in the Northern Hemisphere summer – best of both worlds, really. You’ll get in before the tourist crowds and save serious coin at the same time with earlybird deals and cheap student rates before the end of December. I mean, freeze here in winter or swan around the Mediterranean instead? Puh-lease! All you have to do is choose what travel style is right for you – DIY or tour. What are you waiting for? European summer 2014, here we come!

 

 

DIY

If you’re the trendsetting independent type who’s always in the know about what’s hot and happening, and then sit back smugly while everyone else discovers your finds, then DIY is obvs the way to go for you. Flexibility is key here, so regardless of your timeframe, a travel pass will allow you to do Europe on your terms in your own time.

Nab an Eurail Youth Global Consecutive Pass for unlimited train travel in 15 days or an Eurail Youth Global Flexi Pass for 10 days of locomotion action across a 2-month period, both across a whopping 24 European countries. Prefer to bus it? Busabout has the Flexitrips 6-stops pass to DIY your Europe sojourn. Choose your fave 6 stops and stay in each city as long as you like. Or there’s the Hop-on, Hop-off Loop passes – 34 destinations in 9 countries. Choose your bus route, and enjoy up to 6 months travel around Europe.

 

 

Tour

You’re after a stress-free, action-packed holiday where all you have to do is turn up and have fun, see the sights and eat and drink your weight in tapas and beer, am I right? If you’re short on time and keen to pack as much Europe into your vacay as possible, a Europe tour is ideal for you.

Join likeminded travellers (and guides) on a Topdeck tour along the Mediterranean from Barcelona along the French Riviera (ooh la la!) and through the Swiss Alps to Italy hotspots plus maj extras on the 9-day Paparazzi Parade tour. That’s a lot of sun and sangria to soak up! Or party hard in the Greek Islands on the Topdeck 10-day Greek Island Hopper. Sooo much better than a greasy kebab at home! Want to pack in as much party, sights, shopping and eating as you can? Contiki’s 14-day European Highlights tour will take you from London to Paris to the French Riviera and onto 3 Italian cities, Munich and Amsterdam with some pretty cool perks.

 

Cassandra Laffey

Consumed with unrequited wanderlust, I get my fix in 24/7 cities and hippie retreats. I'm still looking for the ultimate combo of secluded beach and major metropolis, and my happy place is a 5-star hotel room all to myself - sigh.