Tip 1: Book for the off-season
When it comes to planning a trip in Europe, timing is everything. While Summer is a tempting choice due to pleasant weather and vacation time off of school, it also brings in hordes of tourists from all over the globe. If you’re keen on beating the crowds, consider booking your trip between November and February. While you will have to pack warm while traveling during these months, a little chill in the air won’t detract from enjoying a splendid, unforgettable trip. If you enjoy winter sports, we recommend visiting mountainous countries like Austria, Switzerland, and Germany for their fantastic skiing and snowboarding opportunities.
Tip 2: Choose a lesser-known country
When thinking of a European vacation, the first countries that come to mind are probably destinations like France, Spain, and Italy. However, did you know that each of these countries receives more than 60 million tourists each year? If you’d like to avoid getting swept up in the masses, you might want to travel to the less-visited countries of Liechtenstein, Moldova, Macedonia, or Luxembourg. Each of these destinations receives less than 2 million visitors each year but has no shortage of beauty, history, and things to do.
TIP 3: STAY IN SMALL TOWNS RATHER THAN LARGE CITIES
Small towns offer a unique opportunity of experiencing the life and culture of locals. A majority of European towns have Plazas, walkable streets, and easily accessible stores. Experience local life by walking to the grocery store each morning, then enjoy some coffee in the town square. For instance, if you’d like to visit a beautiful canal city like Venice or Amsterdam, consider hidden treasuries like Annecy, often dubbed the “Venice of the Alps.” Nestled along Lake Annecy, this charming town has 5 km of picturesque canals that wind through the town center. Gondola rides, sailboating, and castle tours are all popular activities in this town that would be more difficult to come by in a large metropolitan area.