Though iconic places belonging to Europe are important to see, it’s always best to travel to the lesser-known destinations to gain a better understanding of this diverse and beautiful continent.
To quote Gustave Flaubert, “Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” Even children can become humble during their travels. Below are eight lessons your kids will learn from traveling.
Hotels want us to feel at home, and that’s why they provide us with all kinds of little niceties, from shower gels to slippers.
The best beaches aren’t always in the most obvious places….this occasional series to run throughout February is intended to reassure you that yes, the summer will come again, as well as to prompt you think outside the box when it comes to choosing your next vacation destination.
Whether you’re worried about random acts of terror, criminal targeting or performing your unofficial ambassador duties, as a U.S. servicemember, civilian or dependent you have a responsibility to protect yourself while living abroad.
On the northwest coast of Portugal, along the banks of the Douro River, sits historic Porto. Dating back to the 4th century, Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and boasts a UNESCO World Heritage Site city center.
Seasoned weekend trippers know the value of traveling light. But even those winging it on a budget airline flight know there are some things it pays to have along in a travel kit.
Once upon a time, you read bedtime stories of princesses and knights and dreamed of living 800 years ago. Then you awoke in Europe, where the legends began. Perhaps you were crestfallen after countless castle ruins and torture museums exposed the unpleasant truths of the old world. Fear not!
Sharing borders with Belgium, France and Germany, Luxembourg is a small country with numerous historical sites. If you are searching for a place to spend a day, Luxembourg City — the country’s capital — is the place for you.
Cemeteries and museums
Editor's Note: This story was written by an 11-year-old visiting Normandy, France for the first time.
Below are some tips provided by members of the U.S. military community who are experienced European travelers:
Before you go:
Living the European experience means learning to be thrifty so your money goes a little further. Here are some great budget-friendly ideas for gift-giving, trip-taking and merry-making just in time for the holidays. 
Holiday gifts for less 
For 2,000 years Speyer has played an influential role in European religion, politics and commerce. Today this city along the Rhine is booming with historical sites waiting to be discovered.
Museums and more
What do you get when you mix a boat and a hot tub? A HotTug, naturally.
A small island in the Atlantic just below the Arctic Circle, Iceland has an impressive reputation for its abundant natural wonders.
What countries truly qualify as being a part of Scandinavia? While many reputable sources claim Denmark, Norway and Sweden make up the region, other sources of the same credibility claim those three plus Finland and Iceland are also included.