Part 2: 10 tips for travelling around Europe

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Old town Dubrovnik (see more Dubrovnik posts here)

Hello! I’m back again with Part 2 of this series, touching on a few more tips for travelling around Europe.

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Looking back at Riomaggiore


My personal experience with Europe is that it is generally a pretty safe place to visit, however pickpocketing is more common there than in Australia. It’s not actually a rare occurrence and I’ve known many people who have been pick pocketed whilst travelling and have also witnessed pickpockets in action. Whilst some people swear by money bags and belts, I personally don’t find them to be necessary. As long as you hold onto your belongings and are aware of your surroundings and what’s happening around you, you should be able to minimise your chance of running into trouble.

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Snapping a pic on top of Monte Baldo


We always buy a local sim the moment we arrive in a new country. A quick Google will tell you the best one to go with. One tip however is that if you purchase a Three sim in London, you can use the same sim in any of their ‘Feel at Home‘ countries to call Three numbers (e.g. your travel buddy with the same sim) and use data. We found this immensely useful as it meant that we did not have to buy additional local sims in France and Italy. The only catch is that you need a UK credit card to top up the sim when you’re abroad so if you don’t have one, then you’ll have to buy a local sim when the credit on your UK sim runs out.

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Pebble stone beaches on the French Riviera


One of my most useful travel purchases (aside from that crazy adaptor I bought from Officeworks) is a portable device charger. The one I have is the Xiaomi 16000 power bank which has two USB outlets and can charge both phones and tablets. It charges 5 iPhones before it runs out of power (!) and is about $50-60 AUD. I got mine from here. It’s a lifesaver when you’re on a train and want to stay connected but have no access to power outlets. Also, speaking of staying connected, don’t forget these nifty little things because you’ll need them for your phone, laptop, camera and more! You can find my favourite travel adaptor in this post here.

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My Europe travel essentials (full post here)


If you want to take pictures to capture your holidays, you’re going to want to bring a camera (obviously). Europe is one of those places where you will most definitely be on your feet every day as there’s just so much to see and you will always be moving around to different towns and cities. Because of this, I would suggest bringing a light and manageable one. I always only bring two lens maximum – unless you’re a full on photographer who wants to capture everything, I think one standard zoom lens (18-55mm or 24-70mm) and one prime lens (if you even want to bring one) is more than enough. I generally only bring one lens out with me every day – most of the time it is my zoom lens and if you’re thinking of taking just one lens with you, I’d suggest a zoom lens as it’s just more versatile especially when you’re on the go and want to capture a variety of things (prime lenses are better for when you have more control of the environment and can move forward or outwards easily.. not something that will always work when you’re in a packed tourist destination!). If you don’t want to bring an interchangeable lens camera, then something like the Canon G7x would also be perfect. It’s got a good standard zoom, has a flip screen that helps with selfies & also wifi so you can instantly transfer to your devices! I always carry my camera stuff in a backpack and my favourite travel backpack is the Kanken – it’s super lightweight.

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Tanya’s cafe in London (more London travel posts here)


I’m always a believer of planning ahead and knowing exactly what you’re doing before you get there. Of course, you don’t have to stick to what you plan because there’s always going to be new things and other things you’ll want to check out when you get there. However, having a plan available as a back up is always a good thing as you’ll always have something written down to do for those days where you don’t want to think on your feet. For me, I love finding recommendations of things to see and eat from travel blogs and articles. I find that these sites often go beyond the typical tourist recommendations you find on TripAdvisor (though there’s nothing bad about those & TripAdvisor is my favourite site for travel tips) and always have really in-depth reviews and photos of everything. I plan daily itineraries by clumping things in the same geographical area together and then on the day, if we’re in that area / planning to head to that area, we’ll refer to that list. When it comes to places to eat, there’s no better recommendation than a local’s so start off by asking your AirBnB host for a couple of suggestions!

I hope you’ve found these posts useful for any Europe holiday planning you are doing. Let me know if you have any other questions below!

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  • Jesse

    Thanks for all your travel tips! Especially for little things like a sim which don’t really realise you need until you’re without it. I was wondering if you have any recommendations for travel blogs or perhaps could describe how you go about finding travel related blog posts? There’s so many available it’s hard to know which to follow!

    • kisforkani

      Hey Jesse, no problems at all! I don’t have specific blogs I follow but when it comes to looking for specific advice etc I tend to do a google for each location / attraction I want to visit. If you type in the attraction and also ‘travel guide’, ‘travel diary’ or ‘travel blog’ then you’ll typically find all the blog posts on it. Hope that helps! For tips on logistics etc. I generally use TripAdvisor forums. Super, super helpful!

      • Jesse

        Thanks! :)

  • Great tips<3

    Shall We Sasa

    • kisforkani

      Thanks :)

  • Love following along for this series! Keep those tips coming, and those gorgeous photos are such a great feast for the eyes <3

    xo, Alice | Miss Inconnue

    • kisforkani

      Thanks! Will try to write some more soon :-) Off to pack for another trip now!

  • I know this post is about travel tips but can we just acknowledge how beautiful your pictures are? OMG. I’m drooling over the last picture. I need a zoom lens. Love the tips too, although I would feel a little stressed if I planned everything ahead I think. Not my style but it’s great to not “waste time” while you’re traveling!


    • kisforkani

      Hey! Each to their own, my boyfriend’s like you and likes to do it free flow but I’d feel stressed if I was put in such a position haha! I suppose we balance each other out when we travel together

      • True! Hope you have lots of fun together!

  • Thanks so much for this post! I love how colorful and vibrant all your photos are!

    • kisforkani

      Happy to hear you liked this post!

  • Anna

    Hi Connie !
    Always love your posts!
    Do you carry your laptop too so you can edit and post when you’re away ?
    Also what editing program do you use ?
    I notice you tend to start your days Early to avoid the crowds and don’t post much on activities in the evening. Do you usually just chill out and go to bed early ?
    By the way you need to come to Japan, you’d die! Surprised you haven’t yet !

    • kisforkani

      Thanks Anna! Yes I always carry my laptop with me but mainly to check on important emails. I try my best to edit while I’m away but it’s tough as I often would rather prefer to be out and exploring whilst I’m overseas. I edit on Lightroom & Photoshop & yes we generally start our days early where possible because sometimes the crowds are just so large you can’t even more around come 11am. I don’t most much on activities in the evening as the lightings often kind of dark haha but yes we do out go out in the evenings but not too late. In Europe when it was summer we would head out in the morning, chill out during the peak of the day where it was super hot then head out again late afternoon. A good idea if you’re ever travelling somewhere where it’s 35+ degrees every day.

      Japan is most definitely next on the list!!! I have been wanting to visit for so long but really don’t know why it hasn’t happened yet. I can just smell the sushi calling for me… I don’t know if I could come back after going to Japan

  • Stephanie

    Beautiful view and you know what I love the most when you take a pictures? I love when you take the food pics! LOL! The food it’s look sooo delicious :)))

    • kisforkani

      Haha!! I love food pics, I take them every time :-)