Planning a trip to Europe this year? Yay! Europe is incredibly diverse, with delicious food, interesting people, and some of the most amazing sights in the world. But it’s a large continent, and it can be tricky to know just what to see, when to go, and what to do once you’re there.
Here are my top tips for travelling in Europe this year:
If you’re not a fan of crowds, long-lines, and inescapable heat, you may want to travel out of peak season. Avoid June to August if you’d like to avoid crowds and long lines at the Sistine Chapel, Mona Lisa, or Colosseum. Europeans themselves are away on vacation in summer, so the best time to visit is usually early spring or autumn. This will allow you to get a feel for what the locals are like, while getting a better deal on flights, accommodation, and holiday packages.
When you’re booking accommodation, it can seem like a good idea to book a cheaper hotel further out of the city. But once you’re there and you’re trying to get transportation in and out of the city or find a good restaurant in a residential neighbourhood, you’ll soon learn that it’s not always the best choice. Instead, splurge a little on a hotel in a great location. You’ll be able to see all the main sights and easily find restaurants and cafes. Plus, you’ll get to see much more of the city while you’re walking around.
There’s a reason why Europeans love train travel. While budget airlines are giving rail some competition, and rail will often be more expensive, there’s no doubt that it’s the more comfortable way to travel. There are barely any lines, you can get your ticket at any time, and you can relax on the train. Plus, you don’t need to pack all your liquids in a tiny bag or be concerned about getting charged for extra baggage.
Take a cruise
Cruising is a great way to see Europe. That’s because you won’t have to put up with any of the inconvenience of actually getting from one destination to another- you can relax on the ship while travelling to a new, exciting city or town. If you’re hoping to truly unwind while still seeing Europe, check out some cruise deals and see if they line up with your travel dates.