Europe

Geography

Europe is the second-smallest continent. Overall, much of Europe enjoys a relatively mild climate, at least when compared with other locations throughout the world lying at the same latitude. The climate of Europe varies from subtropical to polar. The Mediterranean climate of the south is dry and warm. The western and northwestern parts have a mild, generally humid climate, influenced by the North Atlantic Drift. In central and eastern Europe the climate is of the humid continental type with cool summers. In the northeast subarctic and tundra, climates are found. All of Europe is subject to the moderating influence of prevailing westerly winds from the Atlantic Ocean and, consequently, its climates are found at higher latitudes than similar climates on other continents.

Culture

The European Union’s motto, “United in diversity”, signifies the region’s goal to work for harmony and success, while simultaneously cultivating the continent’s many different cultures, customs, and languages. Europe, like in other continents, countries fall under different regions based on their geographical location on the continent.

Eastern Europe includes countries like Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and Bulgaria. Most residents in this region belong to either the Roman Catholic Church or a variety of Orthodox churches, which play a large part in determining many of their holidays and festivities. The inhabitants of countries in this region typically speak variations of Slavic languages.

Northern Europe includes countries such as Lithuania, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Sweden. People residing in this region speak Nordic languages which are also known as North Germanic or Scandinavian languages, such as Finnish, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian. These countries offer a wide mix of traditional small towns and modern, big cities. Commercial fishing plays a large part of the cultures of these lands.

Southern Europe includes countries such as Spain, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Turkey, Portugal, and Slovenia. An immensely different culture is exhibited in this region compared to that of Northern or Eastern Europe because of its nice, warm, climate sunny climate. Countries here enjoys a casual, laidback vibe. The majority of these countries speak Romance languages, which are derived from Latin. Most of the people of this area are Roman Catholic or Orthodox.

Western Europe includes countries such as England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, and Austria. The languages and religions differ vastly in this region, making it more varied and harder to describe by area.

Transportation

Train

The most popular way to travel through Europe is through the train. It also a great way to enjoy the spectacular sceneries in this continent. However, not all of Europe is well connected by trains or at least not all of Europe offers the most reliable services. Both western and central Europe are wonderfully connected and can easily be visited by trains. Even small towns can be accessed through trains and the commute is efficient, comfortable, and abundant. However, this was not the case in Eastern Europe. The region is not well connected to the western and central Europe. Make sure to do some research in advance and be prepared for delays and cancellations.

Air

These days, you can also fly within Europe on major airlines affordably. Budget airlines usually offer flights between major European cities for $50 to $250. Companies like Transavia, EasyJet, Ryanair, and Vueling offer unbelievable cheap flights throughout Europe. To get the lowest fares by booking your flight in advance.

Car

Although it is a costly option, hiring a car can provide independence and flexibility to satisfy a visitor’s thirst to explore Europe in a unique way. France has the most expensive car hire in Europe, while Germany offers the cheapest. Another option for locations that does not have a great train or shuttle service is to hire private drivers. Private drivers offer great service, gives the flexibility to stop at any location to enjoy the sights and sounds of the view, and eliminates the hassle to hopping from one train to the next carrying your luggage. Uber, a convenient taxi service, is also available in most countries in Europe.

Sea travel

Water travel by way of ferries is a fantastic option to island hop in Greece, Italy, and Spain. On the other hand, cruises are very popular in the Mediterranean throughout the year. It provides the ability to relax and taking a nap as you travel to your destination. Also, you don’t have to change hotel rooms when traveling to ferries and cruises. You can look for cheap deals and unwind since there is no hassle of packing and storing your gear.

Food

European cuisine makes meat as a central ingredient of many of its dishes whether it is in the form of seafood or land-based source. Serving sizes also tend to be larger. Also important to European cuisines are sauces, seasonings and ingredients such as wheat, potato, along with pasta, dumplings, and pastries are the primary sources of starch. The usage of cheese is prevalent in most European recipes. Roasted beef, Lasagna, Hot Dog, Chicken Kiev, and Bouillabaisse are some of the most popular European dishes.