While summer vacations bring many tourists to Europe, would you ever travel to Europe in the Fall? As someone who loves the Fall weather, Europe, and budget travel, there is no better time to see Paris, London, Rome, Prague, and various other cities in Europe. While airfares are up for Fall travel, there are some cheap flights and travel deals to Europe.
Why travel to Europe in the Fall?
When you’re a young kid, travel can be fascinating. Backpacking through Europe as a college kid captures the essence of youth – freedom, independence, responsibility, adventure, and understanding. As the mind begins to contemplate the world we live in from the perspective of a wide-eyed young adult, travel pierces the heart and mind to awaken what is inside, challenge, and teach us.
For Europe, there is a history that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. From the great empires of Rome to the tragedies of World War II, culture, countries, and the past come alive. The exciting part is that it is still thriving today. Here are a few reasons why you should travel to Europe in the Fall and my list of places you should visit.
5 reasons to travel to Europe in the Fall
1. Fewer people - Smaller crowds mean less time waiting in line, more time to spend in your favorite museums or landmarks, and even more time to see everything on your itinerary.
2. Cooler weather - For places like Italy, Greece, and Spain, the heat in the summer can be brutal. Cooler temperatures allow you to enjoy places you love or are just discovering without the distraction of summer sun.
3. Cheaper flights - Aside from winter, Fall airfares are some of the cheapest of the year. While flying to Europe can be expensive from the US, flying within Europe or traveling by train can be a bargain. Find out how to find the cheapest flights.
4. Connecting with locals - During the summer, many Europeans are on vacation too. However, Fall travel means an opportunity to connect with a local, experience new things, and build memories you otherwise couldn’t have during the summer.
5. Discounts - Not only are flights cheaper but virtually everything is cheaper from hotels to food. Many B&Bs, hotel chains, small hotels and hostels will offer discounts for travel during certain times of the year. And when there are fewer people, there is more opportunity to bargain.
5 European destinations to visit in the Fall
If you want to travel to Europe in the Fall, here are destinations you don’t want to miss.
1. Lisbon - While not a highly visited European destination, it was one of my favorite cities in Europe with its culture, diversity, and geography. I want to go back one day but easily one city I would consider making it my home.
2. Paris - A city people either love or hate, experience Paris when the crowds are gone. You will see a different side of the city with all the same sights.
3. Budapest - Another European city that doesn’t get a lot of attention, Hungary has a fascinating history unlike any other country in Europe. It also has a capital city that is unique, charming, and beautiful.
4. Lake Bled - Located 45 minutes from the capital of Slovenia (Ljubljana), Lake Bled is a beautiful lake town with an island church. While there isn’t a lot to do, it’s a great place to relax, wander, and enjoy one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.
5. Sevilla - While the heat in this Spanish city can be unbearable in the summer, Fall is just right to enjoy this Andalusian town and its fascinating history. A great mix of old and new, there is something for everyone to enjoy here.
If you travel to Europe in Autumn, it’s an amazing experience. Are there pros and cons to Europe in the Fall? Yes, but that’s true of any destination regardless of the time of year.
If you have the time, experience Europe and some of these great cities for all that they have to offer. There is nothing like a European vacation in the Fall.
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