I've always been a fan of budget travel tips. If you stay in a B-and-B rather than a fancy hotel, you'll enjoy twice the cultural experience and intimacy for half the cost. That said, there are some characteristic hotels that are worth the splurge.
Though it's often avoided by tourists, Frankfurt's modern energy makes it a unique and entertaining city.
My fondest memories of travels in Scotland are in the pubs with folk bands stomping the paint off the floor as locals came together with the same twinkles in their eyes.
Deep in the south of France, Provence offers an almost predictable palette of travel experiences: oceans of vineyards, fields of scented lavender, adorable villages, and intoxicating bouillabaisse.
Stockholm is one of Europe's most beautiful cities. And it's a city in love with parks, cafes, fine urban vistas, and biking. Well, OK. But I found it's beautiful at 4 p.m., too.
This year, a highlight of my European summer was the day I spent hiking in the Berner Oberland region of the Swiss Alps. Fortunately, you don't have to be a mountain climber to see the Alps up close.