Escape with Absolutely Lucy on a European adventure. Whether it’s a weekend city break, a long summer holiday or perhaps even an epic road trip or Interrail. Get off the beaten track in Slovenia or explore alpine lakes in Austria and Switzerland. Get away from the crowds and visit Liechtenstein and tick off the 6th smallest country in the world. Summer holiday in Malta, Greece, Italy or Portugal and top up that tan. Or head to Ibiza and dance until the sun comes up. I’ve got everything from European music festivals to travelling by campervan to hotel hopping from city to city. There are so many amazing options when travelling Europe and it’s the perfect place for a solo female travel adventure.

Europe Travel Itineraries

It can be overwhelming to plan that first trip to Europe – there’s so much choice! So, I’ve done the hard work for you and compiled these extensive guides to help you plan your adventure. Whether you’re planning a brief layover, a holiday or a backpacking trip, I’ve got you. Check out these posts:
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Europe Travel Itineraries

Best Things to See
& Do in Europe

Even after Brexit, we are so lucky to have Europe right on our doorstep. Its vibrant cities, endless coastline and beautiful countryside means there’s a travel option to suit all. The availability of budget flights and (if you shop around) great purse-friendly accommodations to suit every budget. Over the years I’ve backpacked across Europe, road tripped and camped wild, I’ve also enjoyed weekend city breaks in Europe and longer holidays and trips with family, friends and partners. It’s a great place to travel solo or with the ones you love, experiencing a myriad of different cultures and foods along the way.

Some of my favourite things to do in Europe include road trips across Europe, wine tours in Italy and Christmas markets in Germany. Book city breaks in Prague, Milan, Bucharest, or plan lazy summer holidays on the beaches of Greece, Portugal and Montenegro. A highlight was visiting Liechtenstein – the 6th smallest country and exploring the Eastern European countryside. I’ll never forget camping by lakes and mountains in Austria and Switzerland and visiting spectacular national parks in Germany. And of course, we can’t forget European music festivals.

Best Things to See & Do in Europe

Solo Female Travel
in Europe

Dreaming of planning a solo trip? Europe is a great place to try your first foray into the world of solo female travel. Not only is it nice and close to home so you can easily plan a weekend break to try it out, but there are so many different places to explore. I’ve previously had solo European city breaks to Amsterdam, Bucharest, Budapest and felt really safe and loved exploring and travelling solo. I’ve always managed to meet people and loved doing walking tours as a way of learning about and exploring a new place. I’d highly recommend solo trips in Europe, even if you prefer to head into nature, hike mountains, take a road trip or laze on European beaches. MY top tips for staying safe when travelling solo in Europe:
Trust your gut – my number 1 rule. If something feels off, leave the situation!
Never arrive anywhere late at night, it will instantly feel dodgy.
Research hostels & accommodations – always read the reviews.
If you feel nervous, check in with friends / family nightly and send them your location.
Talk to people! Don’t let yourself feel isolated. Make friends and form a group.
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Music Festivals in Europe

You guys will know I’m a bit of a festival queen and I love finding festivals abroad to combine with a trip. I’ve previously attended music festivals in Croatia, Germany and France and have plans to head to more in the future. Check out my music festival reviews to see if these festivals are for you.

Music Festivals in Europe

How Much Does It Cost to Travel Europe?


Costs can really vary across Europe and it’s a good idea to bear this in mind when planning your travels. If you’re on more of a budget, look at countries in Eastern Europe and plan a city break in Budapest or Bucharest. Staying in hostels or finding a cheap Airbnb is the best way to go for cheaper accommodation. Or, if you’ve got more money to spare, why not book into a quirky boutique hotel? You can expect to pay around £10-20 per night at a hostel depending on where you go, while hotels could start from £40 a night.
Absolutely Lucy, pizza at Lake Como, Italy


You can eat super cheaply across Europe if you avoid the tourist traps and instead wander the backstreets or follow the locals. Don’t go to the busiest areas, instead find independently owned restaurants or even delis. If you’re on a budget, check out the local markets for cheap eats and great stuff to take home and cook with.
Absolutely Lucy, Milan to Lake Como, Italy


Always look online before you visit a city and see if they have a weekend tourist pass for the city. This often will give you cheaper travel on public transport and maybe discounts for attractions. Another great option is just to walk/cycle – not only does it save you money, but many European cities have gorgeous outdoor spaces and parks. Or, why not hire a van and drive – a road trip is always a great option!
Best things to do in Kotor, views of Kotor Bay with girl on path overlooking Boka Bay and mountains

Suggested Daily Budget

50-100 GBP / 60-120 USD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a hostel, eating out a little, cooking most of your meals, and using local transportation. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!)

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Money Saving Tips for Europe

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Visit the museums

Lots of places in Europe have amazing museums and historical sights. Often these are free unless you wish to have a full tour so make the most of them!

Get an Interrail pass

If you're planning on a summer trip to multiple cities/countries – check out interrail passes and see if there is one that works for you. You could save a lot of money.
luxury glamping tipi boho themed in Ven-zelderheide, nature house

Road trip and camp

Europe has amazing countryside and there are so many epic road trips you can do. Why not pack up a car/van and camp out by a lake and mountains?
Cultural exchange programmes in Romania, pic in Bucharest park

Couchsurf or house-sit

If costs are mounting – why not look into Couchsurfing or options for house-sitting? It could help save you a lot of money on accommodation and you may find a friend/guide!

Money Saving Tips for Europe

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