The Best Time to Travel to Europe
Europe welcomes visitors all year round, and each season offers a difference experience. When travelling to Europe, there are basically three travel seasons: peak season, shoulder season, and off-season.
The peak season to travel to Europe is around mid-June to August, when summer is here and schools are out. It’s a great time to travel but expect high temperature and crowds! If you can’t avoid going in peak season, try to visit busy places in early or late season. For example, if you plan to spend six weeks in Europe starting in June, then you should by all means visit the more popular places such as the famous sights in Austria and Italy before you head to less crowded places. In addition, seek out under-promoted places. Some of these places are as beautiful as the highly promoted tourist spots, but they are much cheaper and much less crowded.
The shoulder season to travel to Europe is from April to around mid-June, and then in September and October. During this season, you will be able to enjoy cooler but still nice weather, as well as fewer crowds. However, in some areas, such as Mediterranean Europe, this is a busy season because people want to enjoy the cooler weather. If you’re not sure whether to travel to Europe in the spring or in the fall, you should consider your destination. The crowd levels are very similar during both periods. For example, if you plan to hike the Alps, you may want to go in the fall, as some of the trails may be covered with snow during spring.
The off-season to travel to Europe is from November to March. You will enjoy cheaper airfares, sometimes a few hundreds dollars cheaper. Many hotels also lower their price to attract tourists during this period to fill up the vacancies. If you prefer to stay at a B&B, not all of them will be open during the off-season. However, for those that remain open, you may be able to get a room at a discounted rate. Most tourist attractions won’t be crowded, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself alone at some of them. Some of these attractions, including tourist information, close early in winter so make sure that you check the operating hours before you go. Furthermore, be prepared for the cold weather. The European winter could be pretty brutal – windy, cold, and maybe snowy.