How to Travel with Carry-ons ONLY

Irene and RIck Butler

Whether travelling for long periods, through several countries, or just going for a week; we only travel with carry-ons. My husband Rick and I travel consecutively for many months annually, visiting a number of countries, hence numerous flights. Regardless of the length of these travel-stints (our last one entailed 25 countries in 9 months) – we take only a carry-on each. Here's how we travel with ... Read Full Article

Six Reasons to Visit Europe this Winter

Berlin, Germany-acting like a local while sipping hot cider at an outdoor market

In the summer, travelers flock to Europe to tour the sites while basking in the warm sunshine. Sounds perfect, right? Well, it is perfect until you step off the plane and realize that everyone else has the same idea. Along with the picture perfect weather, come throngs of camera-toting tourists. To escape the crowds, consider visiting Europe in the winter. Yes, the weather may be chilly (or, even ... Read Full Article

Tired of Trying to Get WiFi in Europe? Try This

Telecom Square Mobil Hotspot package

We travel to Europe often and we are always looking for reliable WiFi connections so we can do our work and keep in touch with our family, friends and business associates. It has always been a frustrating experience until this last trip. Telecom Square contacted us and asked us to try out their Mobil WiFi Hotspot while on our trip to the Netherlands and Italy. What a difference this device made ... Read Full Article

EuropeUpClose Best Travel Secrets


Every traveler has learned from his or her experience. We tapped our EuropeUpClose writing crew to share their best travel secret. We asked them to either tell us their best travel tip or their favorite undiscovered destination. Go Local: By Hannah May It's not a secret as such, but one way I really benefit from my travels is to immerse myself in the local places and culture of the ... Read Full Article

Mattie’s Guide to Finding Month-to-Month Rentals in Europe


People often ask me: How do you find a long-term vacation rental in Europe? The short answer: Just show up. This requires risking failure, and you might want to hear my story before beginning your search. My first trip to Italy was completely unplanned, yet after a few weeks of travel, my girlfriend and I moved into a six-room palace. It had a working fireplace, original artworks, and it was ... Read Full Article

Andorra Tourist Information


Introduction  to Andorra The Principality of Andorra (officially known as the Principality of the Valleys of Andorra) is the sixth smallest nation in Europe and it is not a member of the European Union. Located in the eastern Pyrenees, bordered by Spain and France, it is governed jointly by the President of France and the Bishop of Urgell (Catalonia, Spain). Andorra’s estimated population of ... Read Full Article

New Rules for Getting through TSA Checkpoints

Airport Timetable

Have you heard? Getting through the TSA checkpoints is taking L O N G E R. The TSA agents are being more careful; they are doing more thorough screening on more people. All this takes time, so to make it easier on yourself follow this guide for getting through the line faster. Get there early Even if you are organized, chances are the people in front of you aren’t. Keep this in mind when buying ... Read Full Article

Avoiding Foot and Leg Problems While Sightseeing


  Most of us walk more while on vacation than we do in our, normal lives. Whether this is because you missed your bus and need to walk (or run) to the station to catch your train, because you are on a two hour walking tour, or because the night is just perfect for a stroll along the Seine (or Thames, or Danube), tourists end up putting many miles on their feet. Here are several pieces of ... Read Full Article

The Best Time to Travel to Europe

The best time weather-wise to travel to Europe depends on what you like to do and where you are going. Summers are hot, which is why most Europeans head for the beaches. Fall is generally rainier than in spring and winter is, well... wintery. Europe can be quite stormy in winter, but weather in northern Germany is going to be a lot colder than that in southern Italy or Greece. If you are a ... Read Full Article