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Why it’s time to make Europe your bae in 2017

Published July 29th, 2016

Life is tough when your Facebook feed is all “Sailing Croatia... bliss baby yassss!!”, “Slayed a killer mountain in the Swiss alps today!” and “Berlin = craziest night out evveerrrrr!!”. European summer is a hard slog for the wannabes toughing out winter and real life back home.

And your Insta? That’s a whole other story. With all those squeaky clean beaches lapped at by dreamy azure seas, those historic fountains decked out in naked men and supersized smiling selfies in epic locations, it was never going to be easy.

But there’s no need to drown yourself in envy. Because now is the perfect time to make Europe YOUR bae in 2017. Here’s why...


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Tours, tours...take your pick!

Sure, there are bus loads full zig-zagging between the famous and not-so-famous stops across Europe. But if you want your pick of departure dates – to fit in exactly with your ideal holiday plans, around your uni holidays or with enough seats to fit all your friends – then now is the time to start getting serious.

Get your fest on early

The best festivals book out about as fast as it takes to get from swigging the tequila to sucking on a slice of lemon. We’re talkin’ Ultra Europe, Tomorrowland, Glastonbury and all the others you’re dying to tick off. Plus all the festival tours like Topdeck’s dedicated departures for Sziget, La Tomatina and Oktoberfest. Nip FOMO in the bud. Put your mind at ease. Lock that baby in!


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Prep that summer bod 

Want to be summer-ready for all those Europe holiday pics? You know what they say – the only way to get in ship-shape form healthily is to do so in a sustained manner over a longer period of time. No last minute crash diets. No shakes, pills or cabbage soup. Start now and be trim (and tanned) in time for take-off.

Save cash on flights

Yes, you really can save cash on flights if you can get early. It’s a no brainer, really. So when you see a killer price jump on it!

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Excitement ramp up

The hum-drum of living IRL gets old real quick. The best way to soothe the hard slog? Having something epic in the works to look forward to, aka travel! That’s sure to ramp up the excitement factor and get you through the next 10 months.

Bragging rights galore

Throw back out your own boastful brags on Facebook. You know, like: "Europe 2017 here I commeeee!". And then again with each passing month. "10 months til' I'll be sunning myself like a goddess in Greece baby!". "Two months and I'll be sipping Sangria in Spain...". You get the drift. 


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Build your entourage slowly

Don’t want to go it alone? Lock your own flights and tours in now so you can sleep easy knowing you’re covered. Then spend the next year nagging your friends to come with! And if you wind up unsuccessful in your bid for travel buddies, you’ll still have an automatic squad on tour. PLUS a tour guide that knows how to show you a good time.

Time to pay with layby

Low on cash? You can still book now and pay it off slowly – bit by little, easy, manageable little bit – right up until you go with our sweet as layby option. You heard it!

Book now, research later

Lock in the big ticket items now while the prices are hot and use the rest of your time to pad out the finer details. There’s still plenty of hours on the clock to research things like which hostel or hotel you want to stay at pre-tour, where the best off the beaten track gems are hiding at and things like how to say “you have beautiful eyes” in five different languages.


Tijana Jaksic

After some hardcore scrimping and saving, Tijana’s first backpacking trip confirmed she was onto something good. She hasn’t stopped since. Fave memories to date include dancing with locals in the streets of Havana, bartering for too many scarves in the markets of India, getting lost in the bustle of Hong Kong, sipping cocktails in the Greek Islands and jumping off waterfalls in Croatia. Now she gets to write about travel for a living – the best way to satiate the wanderlust between adventures.