Cruising, but only just; crazy, just crazy

Australia is a long way from both Europe and North America; our population is relatively small; and our residents can visit many parts of Asia and the Pacific for a relatively small outlay and without spending 24 hours or more just to get to a destination. Consequently, the number of Australians who fly to Europe is minute compared to the numbers of Asians and North Americans. Less demand + longer flights = more expensive.

So, although it is still a fortnight ’til Maggie and I depart for our next visit to Europe, we have already begun to plan and make bookings for another trip in 2016. Early plans + early bookings = less expensive.

And now we have discovered another reason to get your bids in early – the world has gone crazy for European river cruises. We had some idea that this was the case, having seen cruise ships on the Rhine when we were in Central Europe in April/May last year. Now we have incontrovertible evidence. We have just secured the last cabin with a modest deck, for a cruise from Amsterdam to Basel, 12 months from now! And our chosen cruise line, Viking, is already taking bookings for 2017. Crazy stuff!

I will tell you about the other places we plan to visit next year, after we have returned from our imminent travels in England, Scotland, Wales, Croatia and Singapore.

About rmgtravelsandfood

Maggie and I are both in our late 60s and live in Melbourne, Australia. This blog is devoted to our shared passions for travel and fine dining at home. As cooks, we are skilful and adventurous within a framework of mainly traditional ingredients and techniques, and we aim to prepare nutritious food that looks good and tastes delicious. Our evolving repertoire is influenced by both our travels and Melbourne's vibrant food culture. From 2008 to early 2020, our priority travel destinations were overseas, although we have always spent a bit of time each year exploring parts of Australia. Our first overseas journey together was to Italy in the northern autumn of 2008. We later travelled in France (2009), Spain (2011), Singapore and Cambodia (2012/13). Most of our international adventures from 2014 to 2020 are covered in this blog. We have now reached a time in our lives when the prospect of long flights to distant places are unappealing, so we will travel mainly within Australia or to countries that are close to home.
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