At Expat Explore we’re all about living life between the beats – in fact, the popularity of our tours can largely be ascribed to the fact that we aren’t scared to stroll down the road less traveled, which just so happens to be where we’ve found many of the gems that feature on our best-loved excursions.
Today we’d like to share one of the travel industry’s best-kept secrets. Are you ready? Okay, here we go:
AUTUMN IS ONE OF THE BEST TIMES OF YEAR TO TRAVEL TO EUROPE
There, we’ve said it; cat’s out the bag! So here are a few reasons why it is an absolutely wonderful idea to pack your bags and head for Europe in mid/late August to mid/late October…
There is no prettier time of year
We’ve never quite understood why fall is so underrated. Sure, summer is all about azure skies and balmy beach trips, but autumn has a charm all of its own – think crisp mornings, cosy evenings and sunny afternoons bathed in golden light. Europe in autumn is a real live fairy tale – every castle and stately home surrounded by trees that are decked out in shades of amber, russet and saffron. You have to see it to believe it. Plus, you can take the most amazing photos on tour!
It’s less crowded & more authentic
Because autumn is not normally viewed as the ideal time to visit Europe, there are fewer travelers around. Granted, this means that certain tourist destinations are closed, but those that remain open are wonderfully free of queues and just waiting to be explored at your leisure. At this time of year, you are also able to get a taste of the real spirit of each destination; peak season is over, so the locals settle back into their true lifestyle and routines.
Off-season rates are far more affordable
If you’re travelling on a budget, autumn is the season for you. The inflated prices of high summer make way for affordable off-season rates that are a lot friendlier on the pocket.
It’s not as cold as you think
Yes, summer may be over and night-time can be quite brisk, but that is nothing that a thick jacket, a nice scarf and a proper pair of boots can’t cure! In fact, many European cities (i.e. Athens, Barcelona, Istanbul) boast temperatures in the high twenties until deep into September, so we recommend you pack a few T-shirts and sunscreen just in case!
By this time, we hope you’re as excited as we are about our autumn tours to Europe! Take a peek at our Western Europe tours to France, Germany and the Netherlands and Southern Europe tours to the Mediterranean climates of Italy, Greece and Spain for a bit of inspiration.