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Anytime is A Good Time to Travel, Especially When It Comes to Europe

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“So, when is the best time to travel to Europe?” The honest answer – anytime is a good time to travel. If you can get the time off, just go! There are pros and cons to any travel season so as long as you know what to expect, you’ll be fine. Plus, Europe is not a tropical destination so there is no monsoon/hurricane/typhoon season to consider.

Not the answer you were expecting? Here are some terms to get acquainted with so that you can know what to expect during each of Europe’s travel season:

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Peak Season / High Season ($$$)

In Europe, this season is during the warm spring/summer days and nights of April through September. If you are traveling during this time of year, expect some great weather, awesome party vibes, and higher prices. This is the busiest (and most expensive) travel season for a couple of reasons:

If you are looking to be amongst the hustle and bustle, this is a great time to travel; just be warned the rates are more expensive.

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Off Season / Low Season ($)

Europe’s off-season is during the autumn, winter, or early spring months of November through February. This is a less busy (and less expensive) time to travel due to a couple of factors:

If you are looking for a more local experience or to save a bit of cash, this is a great time to travel. More locals will be out and about and there will be less crowds (meaning shorter lines) so you will get a more authentic experience. Plus, many regions may have holiday markets that are a must-see, but be warned – you may encounter some inclement weather and some attractions may be closed during this season.

Skaters enjoy the ice on a winter evening on the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The Shoulder Season ($$)

Everyone loves the exception to the rule and in travel, this is called the “shoulder season”. Europe’s shoulder season occurs in the months of October and March. The shoulder season is the exception for a couple of reasons:

If you are looking to save a bit of cash and aren’t too concerned with breezier weather, this is a great season to travel. Expect lighter crowds and lower fares.


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So to answer that common question, now is the best time to travel. Just pick a trip and go. Need inspiration? Check out these all-season Europe trips and pick the trip and season that suits your fancy. Want to just pack your bags and go? Check out the Europe trips departing soon!

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