Experiencing Europe’s Christmas Markets: Practical Tips for a Stress-Free Trip — 3 Comments

  1. I enjoyed reading your article. I lived and went to school in Salzburg. I am interested in what you have to offer, however I never travelled in groups. MY husband and I travelled practically all over the world. We loved it and being independent and making our own itineraries gave us a lot of flexibility. When we arrived at any place (following a lot of research and background reading, we usually arranged independent guides. Unfortunately, this is a luxury I no longer have. I love people and meeting strangers, but my problem is that I get very stressed if I know that my presence is important to participate, especially early in the morning. Does one need to be a part of the group at all times? When, where and how do groups work? I am sorry if I am inconveniencing you, but I am very apprehensive about travelling alone, your site caught my eye, especially the idea of slow travel. (Our travels were always slow and in depths..) I will very much appreciate a reply from you. I am not interested in going anywhere this year, but I am seriously thinking of 2022. Thank you. Marietta Lubelsky

  2. Hi Marietta, thanks for your note and your great questions. Our groups are small and on most of our trips, we stay one week in one place. One of our guidelines is that you need to do what you want to do. So if you want to stay behind a day, you just need to let us know. On most of our trips, we’ll go out in the morning after breakfast (9 am, sometimes a bit later) and return in the late afternoon. On some trips it may be possible to skip a morning or an afternoon, if we return to our base village/town in the mid-day. You can learn more about our trips and destinations on our website at, see our planned trips for 2022, and learn more about our approach. Our trips are great for solo travelers, and in 2022 we’re also offering some trips that are just for women next year.

    I hope you’ll email me at to continue this conversation. We’d want to be sure a trip is right for you, and I’m happy to answer any questions.

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