For me, one of the best things about living in Belgium is the ease of travel. Coming from the east coast of Canada, where a two hour drive wont get you out of the province, it is constantly amazing to me to live in a country where a two hour drive will get me to one of four other countries.
Even though Belgium is roughly the size of Nova Scotia, each region is different – in language, culture and architectural styles, not to mention geography.
Andrew and I have tried to use our time in Europe to travel as much as we can. You can visit the Escape Belgium Category to read about our adventures. We also have a free, monthly newsletter, called CheeseWeb Escapes, which focuses on a new destination each month. If you are interested in travel photography, please visit my ACM Photography website.
Over the past few years I have amassed a lot of travel related websites. When booking a trip in Europe or abroad, I often return to these sites. Hopefully you will find them helpful too. This is by no means an exhaustive list, simply some of my favourites.
If you are travelling from Belgium, don’t miss our HUGE resource post called How to Leave Belgium – Travelling by Plane, Train or Automobile.
- Trip Advisor – This is my one stop trip review site. If the reviews are bad here, I don’t go there.
- Virtual Tourist – Another great review site with tips from people on the ground.
- Lonely Planet – Read the guidebooks, visit the website.
- Bootsnall Travel Network – a great site for independent travelers.
- Expedia - I often find the lowest airfares on this site and I’ve booked a lot of hotels with them as well.
- Kayak – I use this site all the time, to compare prices on flights and hotels.
- SkyScanner – Another great comparison site for flights, hotels, rental cars, etc.
- Attitude Travel – This site lists all of the low cost carriers that fly out of Belgium.
- Holiday Inn Hotels – It’s all about the Priority Club points
- Venere – Another Hotel reseller with a European slant. They have reasonable rates and you usually don’t have to pay in advance.
- Hot Dog Holidays – find hotels that allow your pet to stay with you.
- Dutch Farm Holidays – Stay on a working farm in the Netherlands.
Holiday apartment rentals are an increasingly popular alternative to hotels and hostels for many travellers. They offer the opportunity to enjoy a more relaxed and private space, while at the same time experiencing a more authentic slice of life in your chosen destination. For example, for families or groups of friends visiting Paris, renting a short-term apartment can also be more cost-effective, depending on the number of people and the location. While some apartments may be in the suburbs, many enjoy the same proximity to central attractions as hotels and hostels.
- Viator is my one stop shop for city tours, airport transfers and special things to do. Highly recommended.
Andrew and I have been fortunate enough to discover some really fantastic places over the past few years. These are some of the spots we would return to without hesitation:
- Holling Grange – Three beautiful self-catering cottages nestled in the rolling hills of the English countryside near Wales. You can read my full review here.
- Duin & Kruidberg – This castle in the Netherlands is absolutely gorgeous. It is on the pricey side but worth it for a fabulous weekend getaway.
- The Mount Juliet Estate – This is another fantastic weekend splurge. In the Irish countryside, this manor house sits between a racehorse stud farm and a world class golf course. Oh, and there’s a spa too!
- Hotel des Grandes Ecoles – Affordable, beautiful and totally Paris. This hotel is definitely where I will stay whenever I’m in Paris.