12 Best Europe destinations in January of 2018

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

12 Best Europe destinations in December of 2017

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.

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

15 Best Europe destinations in November of 2017

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

London Explorer Pass 2017: We review prices and value here

London is one of the world's most expensive cities, and many of the most famous attractions here such as the London Eye (Ferris Wheel) and Madame Tussauds are some of the most expensive city attractions anywhere. If you want to experience those things then a London Explorer Pass should save you money.

Many people will be better off with the original London Pass, which is discussed below and is offered by the same company. However, if you prefer to focus on the famous and expensive attractions that are featured as part of the London Explorer Pass, it's cheaper and is almost guaranteed to save you money with very little effort. Click to read more

20 Best Europe destinations in October of 2017

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

Top world theme parks and their 2017 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 2015, over 420.4 million people visited the top 10 theme park brands worldwide, throughout the 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. 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. Even with admission rates continuing to increase, it looks as if the Magic Kingdom at Disney World will continue to hold on to its crown.

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23 Best Europe destinations in September of 2017

In many ways, September is the single best month for a visit to Europe. Only the northernmost cities are getting cool this time of year, and nearly every other city has arguably their best weather of the year. Better still, the crowds of July and August are home again, so you can enjoy the mild weather with smaller crowds.

Hotels in most cities are also cheaper starting in September, so you can stay longer or get a nicer place than you would have in summer. Below are our best recommendations for places to visit in September. 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 2017 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. Click to read more

Things to do in London 2017: Best tours, attractions, museums, free things

As an American who lived in London for six months after visiting it dozens of times prior, I feel like I can give a combination of a local's perspective and that outsider view from the eyes of a tourist. London is an amazing city so filled with top attractions that no one ever sees them all, so it's just a matter of choosing the ones that appeal to you most and then budgeting your time.

If you've got 4 days or less in London it's highly recommended you do at least one tour on either the hop-on, hop-off bus or the cruise along the Thames, or preferably both. Do it early in your trip and you'll know where almost everything is so you can go back to the things that interest you the most. Click to read more

25 Cheap destinations in 2017 with great weather in September

Having wrapped up the articles for cheap cities with great July weather and cheap cities with great August weather, it's nice to arrive in a month where better bargains are available in places with manageable crowds. The savvy budget traveler skips the summer months to take advantage of better weather and lower prices at the best holiday destinations in September.

Europe in particular really opens up with some great deals in cities that actually have their best weather of the year at the end of summer. Airfares get lower and hotels and hostels get cheaper and easier to find, so this is really perfect if you've got the time off. Click to read more