Before you begin packing, be sure you’re aware of baggage or carry-on weight information across all modes of transportation. You’ll save on unwanted excess baggage fees, which could put a dent in your holiday budget.

When you’re packing, make sure you start by placing a dryer sheet or two at the bottom, and a few more in between layers of clothes. This will ensure that your clothes stay fresh when you arrive at your destination. Also, roll your clothes, instead of folding them. Not only will that take up less space, but also you’re less likely to wrinkle your clothes when you roll instead of fold.




Most travellers hop between different destinations while they are in Europe. You could consider travelling by rail. The scenic views of the European countryside more than make up for the extra time spent travelling to your destination. If you want more flexibility, you can even opt to get a multiple-day rail pass, which allows for a more flexible travel schedule. It’s perfect for the more spontaneous traveller.

Another option would be to travel with a premium tour company, like Insight Vacations. These tour companies will make all the necessary arrangements, including luggage handling and door-to-door transportation, allowing you to focus on enjoying your vacation. These companies will even arrange for priority access to attractions, allowing you to avoid the hassle of waiting in line.




To truly enjoy your European destination in comfort and style, there’s nothing like staying in a luxury boutique hotel. The best part about staying in a stylish boutique hotel is the low number of rooms. This means that you get more personalised service, allowing you to enjoy the best hospitality that the city has to offer. While you’re staying at the hotel, be sure to take advantage of the concierge service. The concierge will be able to give you insider tips on the city, as well as secure dinner and entertainment reservations at some of the most popular venues in town that are often fully booked weeks in advance.

Alternatively, if you’d like to live like a local, why not rent from a local? Certain vacation rental websites let you rent rooms from locals. Some of these homes are located in prime areas, with stunning views and décor that could rival luxurious hotel suites. Best of all, you’ll be able to interact with the owner, as well as get tips and recommendations on your destination that you won’t find in travel guides.




When you’re planning your trip, be sure to search online for passes that give you access to multiple attractions at one fixed price over multiple days, such as the Paris Museum Pass. Not only will you save a lot of money, but you’ll also save time queuing to purchase tickets at every attraction.

When you’re eating out, note that when you ask for “iced water” or simply “water”, you may receive bottled water, which is chargeable. If you prefer water from the tap, ask for tap water in Britain, l’eau du robinet in France, Leitungswasser in Germany, acqua del rubinetto in Italy, and agua del grifo in Spain.




Now that you know how to make the most out of a vacation in Europe, how about embarking on a dream vacation of your own? Caltex is giving you the opportunity to take off on an unforgettable European vacation for two from Insight Vacations with the Caltex 5-star Getaway promotion.

So how do you win this trip of a lifetime? Just pick up your 5-star Getaway Passport at any Caltex Service Station. Get a stamp with every $50 nett spend, and collect six stamps to complete your passport. Drop the completed passport into the lucky draw box at any Caltex Service Station for your chance to win. This contest closes on 31 August 2014. Terms and conditions apply.

Your great European escape awaits. So hurry, visit the Caltex 5 Star Getaway Promotion website or check in-store or check in-store for details.


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