Sure spring in Paris is beautiful as is a summer in Venice, but they can be painfully costly—too costly to enable many of us to ever actually get there really!
So does this mean that we have to let our lack of funds keep us from enjoying Europe? No way!!
While you may not get to see Paris in the spring just yet, you can still enjoy Paris in the winter or fall or maybe Venice in the early spring or venture out to Portugal and enjoy a mild fall or spring that can sometimes even still mean some beach time depending on where in the country you are!
The term ‘off-season’ doesn’t necessarily mean that traveling then means missing out on the ‘best’ time of year to be in that particular part of Europe depending on what it is that you want to get out of your experience.
Some countries celebrate some amazing holidays and festivals in what would be considered the ‘off-season’ by travel agents and tour operators. This may mean forgoing beach time but getting to enjoy a week of festivities like street parties, parades, fireworks, exhibitions and more—not to mention loads of culture and tradition! That ain’t so bad, is it?
As mentioned, some parts of Europe are milder than others and can offer you a beach vacation in the off-season. You can do a little research online or even by contacting the local tourist office or consulate for that country and inquiring about the climate in different regions.
For instance, Portugal, which is an incredible and economic choice at almost any time of the year, enjoys a longer beach season than some other countries.
It is not uncommon to find the beaches of Portugal full of people in September or October! And if you visit Algarve, located in southern Portugal, you will find people enjoying the beautiful beaches there well into the ‘off-season’.
All it takes is an open mind and a little bit of research to help you enjoy a European vacation in the off-season. Not only will you get to see things that many never get a chance to see because they miss out on this time of the year but you also get to do so without spending very much money at all!
The off-season doesn’t only mean cheaper airfares and accommodations, but even cheaper shopping thanks to street vendors and small shop owners who are willing to barter when the majority of the tourists are gone leaving you the better deals!