9 Reasons Why Europe is the Best Continent in the World

Did you know that it takes 6 and a half hours to fly from the East coast to the West coast of America? Did you know that you can fit the whole of the UK into the state of Texas 3 times? Did you know that it would take 45 hours to drive from Brisbane to Perth?

As a Brit, facts like this blow my mind. I’ve only just learned them recently and they have helped me to get my head around the sheer size of Australia and the USA. I never really appreciated how long it takes for people in these countries to land on foreign soil.

In comparison to these countries, The size of the UK is a drop in the ocean. I absolutely love travelling to exotic and far-flung destinations, but a few of my recent trips (Dublin and Barcelona) have reminded me how amazingly fortunate I am to live in a country that is so close to so many other countries. This is the beauty of Europe, and these are endless reasons why you should feel lucky to live here. Here are 9 of them…

  1. The Epic Travel Opportunities

Living in Europe means that so many other countries are quite literally on your doorstep. Think of how many countries are a 2 hour flight away from where you live? With such short flight times, you can even fly to a new country and back in one weekend (no annual leave required!) This is exactly what I did with my recent trips to Barcelona and Dublin, and I still came home feeling as if I had spent some quality time exploring both cities.

For longer travel stints, you can also make the most of the amazing inter-rail network and hop from country to country by road with ease. In a nutshell, Europe has amazing travel opportunities for both long and short term travel.

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  1. Experiencing So Many Diverse Cultures

Whilst countries on the continent lay side by side, the diversity in cultures is fascinating. Each country has a unique culture that is intrinsically woven into their way of lives and it is fascinating to learn how each of them differ. Italy is known for it’s food, France is known for it’s fashion. Without relying on stereotypes, the point I am making is that each country holds it’s own identity and traditions. No two countries are the same.

  1. Realising The History Surrounding You

Our roads, monuments and buildings are beautiful because they are OLD. They have stood the test of time and you can find photos from 100 years ago of people walking down the exact same streets without them looking any different. The more you learn about European history the more you realise how many famous European landmarks, cities and areas were part of huge historical events. Getting to see these things and places with our own eyes is remarkable in itself.

  1. Bargain Fares with Low Cost Airlines

Along with many other Brits, I LOVE a bargain, especially when it is to do with travel. Airlines like Easy Jet and Ryan Air get hounded for their tenuous delays and bad service but lets face it, we’re all going to keep booking with them. Why? Because they are amazingly cheap and provide an affordable gateway into and around Europe. These airlines make Eurpoean travel easy and guilt free.

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Sardinia’s Archipelago Islands

  1. Hopping on The Eurostar

In my option, the Eurostar is seriously underrated. Did you know that The Eurostar can take you from London to Paris in just 2 hours and 20 minutes? Not only that, but you can also get to many Belgian cities via Eurostar too including Bruges, Antwerp and Brussels. The Eurostar is a great option for people with a fear of flying or families travelling in young groups. Living in London, it’s crazy to think that I could get to Paris quicker than I could drive to my parents house in York.

  1. The Romanticism

I have always appreciated that many European cities are seen as romantic destinations, but I’ve never truly realised until recently just HOW romanticised and glamorous that Europe is perceived by people from further afield. To many Americans (for example) Europe is the ultimate travel experience. I suppose an element of this is due to the fact that they are long-haul destinations for them (anywhere far away is bound to be more exciting and exotic) but the Yanks are on to something, Europe really is the most romantic continent on earth.

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Romance in Paris on the Pont des Arts

  1. The EU

Being part of the EU gives you the freedom to travel, live, work, study and retire anywhere in the Europe. You can stay in any European country for up to 3 months without any nasty Visas, and if you want to stay longer, you can! It wasn’t until I became close friends with some Australians that I realised how blessed anyone is to be part of this.With the EU also comes the Euro, which makes travelling through Europe amazingly simple with no tedious currency exchanges and rip off rates.

*I first wrote this blog post long before the UK’s EU Referendum, so the EU was 1 of my 8 reasons. The UK’s policies are going to be changing soon, but I personally love the EU and felt quite devestated to hear the news that the UK would be leaving (paragraph added August 2016)

  1.  The Beautiful Languages 

Europe is home to some of the most beautiful languages in the world. Whilst English is so commonly spoken across the whole of Europe, living so close to so many different languages gives us a real reason to try and learn to speak them (or at least master the basics). I took a French A Level and have recently decided to enrol on a brush-up French Language course as it’s a skill I would hate to loose and know I will always use.

     9.  The Food (and WINE)

Last but by NO means least come the food. We cannot fail to appreciate the mind-blowingly delicious food on the continent. Creamy goats cheese salads and slow cooked duck that falls off the bone in France. Olive-oil infused foccacia breads and freshly cooked pastas in Italy, succulent bratwurst sausages and cheeses in Germany. Each country has signature dishes that are world-famous, not to mention our amazing wines and of course, champagne!

My amazing Goats Cheese Salad!

A delicious goats cheese salad in Paris

I think everyone can be guilty of taking the place they live for granted, but writing this post is a result of my own recent realisation about the amazing benefits of living in Europe and being European. Whether you travel once a year for a family holiday or you’re a travel addict looking for regular spontaneous adventures, Europe offers diverse, accessible and spectacular opportunities to travel.

This is why Europe is truly AWESOME and you should feel like one smitten kitten right now if you are reading this and live in Europe.

Want to read more about Europe? Check out these blog posts:

7 Reasons to Discover Almunecar, Spain
My Italian Adventure from Naples to Amalfi, Italy
Split to Hvar, My First Time in Croatia

 What did you think of my European post? Are you proud to live in Europe and do you feel lucky to live here? Perhaps this post has made you realise the perks. If you enjoyed this post, please leave me a comment in the box below! Thank you x 

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28 Comments

  1. 30th May 2016 / 2:08 am

    With the exception of #’s 5 and 7, everything else is found in my home town, NYC. 😉

    • 6th September 2016 / 8:23 pm

      Hey Yves,
      I must agree with you, a lot of things could be found in NYC, yet it is not the greatest. The diversity of culture that you get in Europe is so beautiful to experience and live in, that it is arguable that New York can boast of the same. I love Europe with all my heart and it took me travelling to States to realize that. The miniature cozy cafes, and the relaxed atmosphere anywhere you go, cannot be compared to the insanity of living in a large metropolis such as NYC. Don’t get me wrong, I think NYC is a great city, but one cannot compare a single city with all the diversity life has to offer outside of it.

  2. James
    9th May 2016 / 4:02 pm

    I’m American and live in the south. I long to visit Europe! There’s just not that much history here that I care to explore. My fascination is around historic architecture, such as meticulously designed cathedrals and fortified castles. The culture, various dialects, and general diversity would be a much welcomed experience. Unfortunately, you are so right. It’s difficult to travel here. If I want to pay less than 1k for an airplane ticket, I have to fly to a state and city that has those deals. You have to live in the big cities to have those opportunities to travel. Otherwise, you’re paying extra for a domestic plane ticket, having to extend your vacation and travel plans to accommodate this. Additionally, it’s rare to get more than two weeks of paid time off to travel unless you’ve been working with an American company over 20 years.

  3. Amaia
    3rd March 2016 / 8:54 am

    I’ve enjoyed your post. I’m Spanish and I love travelling. I’ve been to different countries in Europe and that’s what I like of Europe: you never get enough countries. There is always a new country to travel to and a culture to know (and food, of course). I totally agree with you: we are blessed to be European.
    I’m glad to know that there are British people that want to be a part of the EU.

    • irtaza
      9th August 2016 / 10:34 pm

      i am indian and i want to visit europe

  4. Samari
    22nd February 2016 / 11:10 pm

    Great post, I’m from Gran Canaria (Spain) who lives in UK and often travels to France because my father side lives there. I can’t explain to some people that I’ve got family who just speaks the language where they live in. It’s amazing all these and cheap to travel to. I feel really grateful of being part of this !

  5. Thom
    18th February 2016 / 11:40 pm

    I’ve been always living in spanish with not a great currency for traveling, but once I went to Switzerland I realized how easy is to travel anywhere from the center. It was like… I can take a flight or train to Hungary, Germany, France, Italy and it’s cheaper than from Madrid to Barcelona O_O

  6. Jessi
    26th July 2015 / 11:41 pm

    So true! European here also 🙂 Love traveling and being from Belgium it’s very easy to travel to different places as we’re a very small country on our own hehe, I love it! The Eurostar is a blessing, takes me to London or Paris in only 2 hours! 😀
    Great article by the way!

  7. Rodary Emmanuel
    9th June 2015 / 3:57 am

    Europe is great

    I hope European will understand it and unite to save
    Freedom of speach
    Freedom of travelling in Europe
    Easy access to visa for travelling in most countries out of Europe
    Freedom of media
    Welfare
    Democracy
    Peace
    And so on…

    • 10th June 2015 / 9:52 am

      Well said Rodary! Thanks for your comment 🙂

  8. Anchy
    11th April 2015 / 6:08 pm

    I have searched for reasons why Europe is the best & i found this blog. I’m European & proud. Great history, nature, people, languages, countries, climate conditions are awesome, i just have to say ’Ty God for letting me live here, in this beautiful continent. We all cant live here’. I adore my country though its not in the European Union yet. Your blog is fantastic! Greet from European too

  9. 5th April 2015 / 4:50 pm

    I definitely agree with these points! I’m American and everyone scolds us for not frequently traveling outside of our borders, but it costs nearly $400 for one plane ticket a few states away and in Europe it can cost significantly less, and you actually get to head to a different location with different food and beautiful languages 🙂 I actually live in Germany now (Norway before) and miss the US every day of my life- but I appreciate living here like none other for the sheer fact of having Europe at my fingertips 😉 Great post!

  10. 25th March 2015 / 11:14 pm

    Great post Jessica,

    FYI I got here from the repost on Adriana Kupresak’s website 🙂

    My comment comes to you as a view from one of the others countries you mention, Australia, where the nearest city is mostly at least a couple of hours away (if you’re lucky), travelling to other countries for us is always a big trip, but something we Aussies do often.
    A few years ago I travelled to Europe and from the time I set foot in the first country there (Germany) I fell in love with the place. The traveling distances between countries is relatively nothing compared to Australia was my first realization, the next was history, buildings, roads and villages, WOW some of these were built years and years before Australia was discovered.
    So much more, most of which you have covered and I agree with…
    Anyway, long story short, I now go back to a little village in the French Alps every year for a minimum of 2 months (during the Aussie winter which of course is European summer), to ride my bike up the mountains, immerse myself in the local community and culture and work from there on my businesses.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Andy

  11. 9th March 2015 / 10:41 pm

    I agree with so much of this Jess – it’s ridiculously easy and cheap to travel to other countries in Europe compared with living on other continents that can be so far away from anywhere. Oh yes and the food of course!

    But no matter how much I love Europe and you are totally right with everything you say, I have to disagree with it being the beset continent in the world! Sorry, but Africa will always have my heart!

  12. 9th March 2015 / 5:39 pm

    As an American with a strong appreciation for all of the amazing places in the US that I’ve visited (the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon, the big cities of New York & San Francisco, white beaches and crystal waters in Florida, the history and the culture of the South), I have to agree with your points. It takes SO long to get anywhere in the US. I love the ease of travel throughout Europe and the amazing history!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

    • 10th March 2015 / 11:55 am

      Hi Kari! Thanks so much for the comment. It’s really interesting to hear your views as an American, I didn’t know if this post would cause controversy with people from the rest of the world, but I think that Europe is regarded for these benefits internationally. I am dying to travel through the USA and hopefully I will get to do it one day soon 🙂 x

  13. 9th March 2015 / 3:54 pm

    You are so right!I am from the Czech Republic and I always love to travel far far away as it is so exotic and so different from what I know, but everytime I come back I am so happy to live in Europ!One of the best thing in Europe in my opinion is that so many nations are able to live together without any wars.
    Travel notes

    • 10th March 2015 / 11:54 am

      Hi Michaela, thanks for your comment! It’s great to hear your views as a European from the Czech Republic. I like that we can all appreciate these benefits whilst all living in different countries. and Yes! Good point – NO WARS! We are blessed to live here 🙂

  14. Leonie
    9th March 2015 / 2:34 pm

    All so beautiful!!
    Leonie ♥ IkonikBeauty

    • 10th March 2015 / 11:53 am

      Thanks for the comment and for stopping by Leonie! x

  15. 9th March 2015 / 1:18 pm

    Reblogged this on Adriana Kuprešak .

    • 9th March 2015 / 1:23 pm

      Hope you enjoyed the post and thanks so much for the re-blog! xx

      • 9th March 2015 / 1:24 pm

        I love love loved it!!! Great post to read on a miserable monday in London xx

        • 9th March 2015 / 1:27 pm

          Aw thanks so much Adriana 🙂 This is exactly why I posted it! I’m in London too and it’s a pretty grey day…. hopefully this brightens it up for you 😀 xxx

    • John. A. Granato
      19th September 2015 / 3:44 pm

      Yup USA. Big country. My English Familey. (Married to a Brit ) Makes me laugh

      • John. A. Granato
        19th September 2015 / 3:57 pm

        I agree with you , we do a lot of river cruising in Europe , I being a yank enjoyed the Med and definitely Rome, the Spanish steps and the city of London.