Best Values in Europe this year

When you see the price of airline tickets to Europe, you may not want to jump on the next plane over there for your vacation but there are some cities or destinations  that will give a bit more bang for your buck or Euro.

Check out these cities:

Krakow, Poland – Compact and historic, Krakow boasts all of the castles, palaces and cathedrals that define classic Europe without the high prices. The destination is extremely tourist-friendly, offering an abundance of affordable hotels and hostels, and pints of fine beer for under a buck.

Budapest, Hungary – Visually striking, a budget-conscious traveler will instantly notice that everything in Budapest feels like a bargain compared to the rest of the continent. And since the town’s many spas are tied to hot-water springs, you’ll find many affordable ways to relax.

Lisbon, Portugal – Much more affordable than neighboring attractions like Madrid and Barcelona, Lisbon is a gorgeous, hilly port city reminiscent of San Francisco. Its high-quality hostels are incredibly reasonable, as are the town’s restaurant and nightlife options.

Berlin, Germany – Thanks to thousands of communist-era buildings that are now moderately priced hotels and artsy boutiques, the former East Berlin gives travelers the flexibility to spend more time in this cultural capital for less.

For a destination that is very European but off the beaten trail and very affordable, check out the Azores.  If you don’t know where it is, don’t feel bad, most people have never heard to these islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.  With non stop air from Boston, and lots of different things to see and do, the Azores can make a great honeymoon or vacation destination.   It is a bit of a seasonal destination- kind of like Bermuda– the best time to go is May-October.

While Europe may not fit everyone’s budget, My Vacation Lady can certainly help you get the best value for your vacation or honeymoon dollars.  If Rome and Venice are must do/must see on your wish list, be prepared to spend more.  If you’re open to other options, Eastern Europe or Spain and Portugal, may offer you more for less.

When it comes to value in Europe, being flexible can help you get a great vacation on a tighter budget.


About the Author:

Mindy Gilbert of My Vacation Lady has been helping clients, just like you, plan their dream vacations, cruises and honeymoons since 1994.