12 Best Europe destinations in January of 2019

If you are planning a Europe trip in January then you are obviously expecting cooler temperatures. Fortunately, most of the best and most famous tourist cities such as Paris, Rome, and London don't get much rain (or snow) in winter, so as long as you are dressed properly you can still see just about everything.

Below is our list of the 12 best European destinations to consider for a visit in January, including one actual beach. The days in Europe are pretty short this time of year, but at least hotel prices will be at or near their annual lows. This is also the only time of year when you can visit cities like Venice or Barcelona without being surrounded by thousands of other tourists at all times.

If this is your first trip to Europe you may also be interested in our recommendations for best first-time Europe itineraries of your own. Click to read more

5 Ways to redeem airline miles for Oktoberfest in Munich

People frequently ask me about airline mileage programs and since I'm not an expert on that topic I usually refer them to my friend John DiScala, who is better known in the travel biz as Johnny Jet. He runs a popular site that is loaded with tips and tricks for getting the most out of mileage programs and flights in general. The following is a guest article from John that many should find useful.

Since 1810, Oktoberfest has been an annual tradition in Munich for both locals and world travelers alike. If you enjoy good beer, camaraderie, and new cultural experiences, a fall trip to Munich is a must. Whether you stay for one afternoon or all 16 days, you can redeem airline miles to attend one of the world's largest Volksfest!

Since Munich is one of the more expensive airports to fly into (especially during Oktoberfest), redeeming airline miles for award flights can give you a good return on investment. Click to read more

13 Best Europe destinations in December of 2018

While December may not be the ideal month to visit Europe, it can actually be a lot of fun and you won't have much competition at the famous sights. Unless you have a special reason to do so, it's best to avoid northern Europe and even most of central Europe in winter. But that still leaves most of the most famous cities, which will be filled with shopping and working locals until just before Christmas.

Below you'll find our list of the best cities to consider for a Europe trip in December. With a bit of advance planning you should be able to get cheap flights between most of these as well, so you can visit several of them as long as you allow about 3 days in each. There is even one reasonable beach destination, although it may not be warm enough this month unless you are from one of the Nordic countries. Click to read more

Eurostar – London to Paris or Brussels or Amsterdam trains: Money-saving tips

Eurostar London St PancrasThe Eurostar is the train that famously uses the Channel Tunnel (Chunnel) to connect London with Paris and Brussels. In many ways the experience is similar to riding any other train in Europe or anywhere else in the world, but there are a few key differences that are important to consider.

There's also a totally independent ticketing system, so getting the cheapest fare requires more planning. Generally speaking, the trick is to book your Eurostar ticket as soon as possible, but we'll discuss that more in the money-saving section below. Click to read more

15 Best Europe destinations in November of 2018

No one will be surprised to learn that Europe is getting fairly chilly in November, but there is still plenty to see and do. There is actually one place where you can still work on your tan, but most people will be better off focusing on the larger and most famous cities, and especially those in the southern countries.

Below you'll find our 14 best picks for places to go in Europe in November. The crowds will be smaller than in summer and hotels are usually quite a bit cheaper, so you can actually see more of Europe on the same money if you come this time of year. If this is your first trip to Europe you may also be interested in our recommendations for best first-time Europe itineraries of your own. Click to read more

Is the Amsterdam Pass worth it? We review value and prices here

Amsterdam is one of the world's great tourist cities and also one of the easiest to visit because nearly all of the top sights are within the compact central part of town. If this is your first visit and you want to see the top attractions while you also tour the city from a boat and a bus, the Amsterdam Pass can be a great way to save time and money.

The Amsterdam Pass isn't ideal for everyone and we will discuss that below. It omits a couple of popular attractions and it's important to be organized before you start your sightseeing if you do choose the card. In the article below we will discuss the good and the bad, and help you decide whether the Amsterdam Pass is right for your trip. Click to read more

20 Best Europe destinations in October of 2018

October is one of the best months of the year to visit the cultural capitals in Europe, and there are still a few beach destinations that are warm enough in the first half of the month. This is the first month since March when you will start getting some really good hotel rates, even in the most famous cities.

Airfares to Europe are less expensive in October than they are in summer as well, so those who can wait until mid Autumn like this will be rewarded with smaller crowds and noticeably lower prices on flights and accommodation. If this is your first trip to Europe you may also be interested in our recommendations for best first-time Europe itineraries of your own. Click to read more

22 Cheap destinations in 2018 with great weather in October

It shouldn't be too surprising that October is quite a transitional month in much of the world for weather, with some cities changing quite a bit as the month goes on. There are many fine choices in all regions of the world in October though, so it's just a matter of zeroing in on the places that should be nice for the whole month. Needless to say, the Tropics are full of hot places in October, and the list below will show which are the ones that are also dry.

The south of Europe has ideal conditions for anyone with some time off, and there are still several places with beach weather for resort types. Asia is a bit spotty, however, since October is very rainy through most of the popular and cheap cities in Southeast Asia. That said, the best places to visit in October are spread around the world. Click to read more

Cheapest Asian cities to fly into from London and Europe

MumbaiVictoriaEven after the various currency shifts in recent months and years, most of the world's best travel bargains are still in Asia. Adventurous Europeans have known this for decades, as the beaches of Goa, Phuket, and Boracay Island are packed with them every winter. Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo are the only destinations that won't seem cheap once you arrive. Otherwise it's just a matter of how far down the price list you want to go.

Fortunately, flights between Europe and Asia tend to be quite inexpensive, at least considering the long distances. Part of this is due to several airlines based in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha expanding quickly by competing for passengers with discounted fares. Travelers will almost always have to change planes in the Middle East for the lowest fares. Click to read more

Top world theme parks and their 2018 admission prices

For most around the world, summertime is time for kids to explore, play and learn a little bit outside of the classroom. It's also a time for family vacations, with most parents taking a few weeks off of work so that they can treat their family to a trip of a lifetime. Though some families decide to stay within their own country for their vacation, others choose to explore another piece of the world. During this exploration, it's very common for families to take a day or two to explore an internationally recognized theme park, creating fun for everyone involved.

In fact, there are literally thousands of parks around the globe and in 2017, over 475.4 million people visited the top 10 theme park brands worldwide, throughout the entire year.

But because it would take a few lifetimes to visit every single amusement park in the world, and the fact that not all of them are worth a visit, we've complied a list of the top theme parks in the world. In addition to a short summary detailing what you can discover at each theme park, we've also included their summer rates for both children and adults, giving you an idea of what you'll end up paying once you visit. This particular list, crafted by using past attendance rates, ranks the parks from the highest priced admission rates to the lowest.

An interesting fact: Theme parks, over the last few years, have steadily seen an increase of admissions, meaning that more and more families, couples and singles are choosing to visit one of the many theme park options available around the world. Theme park attendance has gone up 8.6 percent from 2016, which is an impressive amount. Each year however, Walt Disney World has still come out on top, holding on to its title as the most visited theme park in the world.

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