Many people don't realize how magical Europe becomes in the winter time. Here are some great reasons to take a European vacation this winter.
1. Fewer tourists
Goodbye summer crowds! During the winter, Europe's tourism is slowing down, which means less lines, more space on flights, and the ability to really soak in the sights.
2. Better rates
For those on a budget, winter is the best time to travel since air, hotel, and even sightseeing tours will be less expensive. Summer pricing can have rates up to 40% higher.
3. True cultural experiences
With the crowds of tourists taking over Europe during the summer, the locals are ready to celebrate during the winter. Nightlife will be much more alive with locals. Traditional dishes that are not served during summer will also find their way onto menus for an even more culturally rich experience.
4. Enchanting Atmosphere
The setting of winter in Europe is magical. With colorful lights hung everywhere, festive markets, and the smell of freshly-baked goods in the air, travelers can't help but relish in their heavenly surroundings.
Even with the chill in the air, Europe loves to celebrate year round. The Venice Carnival is
just one of the popular festivals with over a million attendees each year. Look for local festivals in the cities you're visiting for an enchanting experience.
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Ann Jones, CTC, MCC