The Best and Worst Times for Traveling in Europe

When planning your European travel, check your arrival and departure dates and see if they add up to peak, non-intensive and shoulder travel periods.

Peak periods are times when the majority of passengers fly in and out of the country. and these periods usually coincide with school holidays, Christmas, Easter and New Year. The country you will be flying will have the busiest periods unique to that country, so you will be heavily booked for flights and accommodation and tickets will be more expensive. This peak period is usually closed from late December until January (due to the Christmas season) and from late June until the end of August (summer break). Traveling during Christmas holidays can be difficult, as airline ticket prices increase and ski resorts become overcharged. Public transport is also decreasing on most days, as only a few trains will leave on Christmas day. "Shoulder period" in spring and autumn and low or "non-intense" periods are usually the rest months and winter.

If you have a limited family to see Europe, your best bet is to fly in and out during a shoulder period. The prices are almost the lowest and the travel conditions are perfect because you can escape from crowds and overpricing. If you have a lot of spare time in Europe, try to take advantage of the cheapest prices at a low price, so you will have more money to spread on your accommodation. It's always a good idea to start checking flight tickets 3-4 months before departure. Airlines are starting to offer discounts to reward early bookers and if you think it's too loud, you have plenty of time to wait. The cheapest ticket prices can be at any time on the network or at the ticket office. And when you go by, make sure you book your accommodation from 6 weeks to 2 months in advance. It is a good idea to make hotel reservations for your arrival and departure day. The rest can be reserved later. Also remember to check travel hazards and updates. The government and your insurance company can draw a line when you visit a specific area where they are warned. Find out about the hazards and uprisings in the country you visit and make last-minute updates to check the conditions right before you leave.

For most seasoned travelers, the best time to see Europe is from April to September and from September to October. the weather was still hot, the holiday crowd left and the accommodation and transport were regularly priced.

By contrast, the worst time to visit most regions of Europe (especially the western and southern countries) is in August. This is the fact that many Europeans have left their tastes in nearby countries. Cities can be deserted, which can result in higher accommodation prices and harder to find beds. Buses and trains can often be packaged and struggling to get seats when the countries pass by. Most of the tourist shops and facilities can even be closed because the property owners are also gone for a break! We do not doubt that in July and August Europe is the busiest tourist destination (which is mostly Americans on vacation) and that it will need a lot of patience and money. Stay as far away from these months as possible. If you really need to travel on high seas, your best course of action is to stay away from big cities and choose off-track towns and villages and enjoy local culture.