19 Cheap and warm Easter & Spring Break beach destinations for 2019

By the time Easter rolls around, usually in March or as late as mid April, everybody who lives in the north is so sick of the cold that they are dreaming of spending a week on a warm beach. Fortunately, there are warm beaches all over the Tropics, and many of them are very affordable even during peak travel weeks such as Easter and Spring Break.

These days many universities and schools schedule their Spring Break on different weeks, mostly focusing on the middle of March. The second and third full weeks of March tend to be the most popular and the destinations listed below will usually be most crowded during those weeks. Click to read more

22 Best May destinations in Europe for 2019

Those looking for ideal destinations in Europe for the month of May have nearly endless choices. The May weather is warm enough to be nearly perfect in all but the most northern cities, and yet tourist crowds are still small since many people can't get away until June or later.

Even though it's “warm” in most of Europe in May, the only places warm enough for sunbathing are in the far south and the Mediterranean. Those looking for a hot-weather destination in May should be thinking about Asia or the Caribbean. Click to read more

17 Best April destinations in Europe for 2019

Since most of Europe is so far from the equator, most of the famous cities are still a bit chilly in April. Still, April can be one of the best months of the year to visit the busiest and most popular cities here. Temperatures are warm enough for enjoyable sightseeing, yet the crowd sizes are much smaller than you'll see starting in May and June.

Those looking for a warm-weather destination in April should be thinking about Asia or the Caribbean. Even so, Europe (more or less) does have a couple places warm enough for a bit of April sunbathing, and those are listed on top. Click to read more

Should you buy a 2019 Eurail Pass? Here’s how to decide

Munich Train stationAt least a decade or two ago, the dream of anyone planning to travel around Europe was to buy a Eurail Saver Pass. They were almost certain to save money, plus they allowed for a freewheeling style of travel where you could go anywhere you wanted at a moment's notice. But things have changed, and Eurail Passes have some new restrictions along with fierce price competition from discount airlines, so whether or not to buy a pass is a complicated issue.

You could spend several days hunting down the point-to-point prices and creating a spreadsheet to determine how much your possible routes would cost with each type of travel, but for the majority of people it's possible to ask a few questions and the answer will be clear. Having done extensive pricing research, and having traveled around Europe both with and without Eurail Passes, we have boiled the main decision down to the key elements below. Click to read more

56 European cities by price: Europe Backpacker Index for 2019

London View Eye Big BenPrices for tourist in Europe's most popular cities range from amazing bargains to astonishingly expensive. Now in its 9th year, the Europe Backpacker Index is designed to help you sort out the cheapest European cities and make an accurate budget for when you visit Europe.

Fortunately for all of us, inflation rates throughout most of Europe remained extremely low in 2018 so prices for most things barely moved, if at all. Most European currencies gained just a bit of ground against the US Dollar during 2018, but the USD is still quite strong so Americans will feel like their travel money is buying quite a bit. Click to read more

Is the Go London Card worth it? Go London Card review 2019

8737855542_def1a6beed_zLondon is a city famed for its culture (modern and historic), its buildings, its people and of course, the large amount of things to do throughout the year. With so much to do and see, sometimes a visit to London can get a bit overwhelming. We have a long list of the best things to do in London, and many of those attractions are covered by this pass.

That's where the Go London Card comes into play. Not only is it designed to help you save money on your chosen attractions and sights, but it comes with a few extras that will help you to find each attraction with ease. But is it really as good of a deal as it is made out to be?

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Swiss Travel Pass 2019 review: Is it good value or not?

InterlakenViewWhen it comes to city passes and travel cards, it's usually fairly easy to figure out whether they would be worth it for you or not. For things like the Paris Pass or London Pass, they have a list of the most popular attractions and how much they cost, right there for you to see. The Swiss Travel Pass, however, is shrouded in mystery, or at least it was until I spent several days tracking down all of the prices and benefits.

A great many of the visitors and commenters on my popular page about where to go in Switzerland on a short visit are wondering whether the Swiss Travel Pass is a good deal. Embarrassingly, I've always had to answer that I found the pass too confusing to confidently advise people on. Now that has all changed, after literally days of research. Click to read more

Is the Berlin Pass 2019 worth it? We review prices and value here

Berlin is now one of the most visited cities in all of Europe, and one way of seeing a lot of the city in a short time is with the Berlin Pass. Similar to other city passes, it includes free admission to the top museums and attractions as well as an unlimited public transit pass. It's a good deal for many people, but certainly not for everyone.

In 2016 they made the card much more valuable by adding four new premium attractions and making the transit card optional, so it's now an excellent deal for families and even groups of adults. Unlike most other huge capitals, Berlin doesn't have a great number of “checklist attractions,” and the city itself is the primary highlight. Fortunately, the Berlin Pass includes all of the most popular attractions, as well as 4 different (open-top bus, river, bike, walking) tours. Each visitor's goals will determine whether the pass is right for them. Click to read more

Is the Helsinki Card 2019 worth it? We review value and prices here

Finland's southern capital, the city of Helsinki is located on a beautiful peninsula in the Gulf of Finland. This European city is home to quite a large amount of museums, as well as other historic and cultural attractions. The Helsinki Card is a city pass that covers admission to over 20 attractions at a flat rate and offers a discounted entry rate for 22 others. You also have the option to purchase an extra region travel option with the card.

The most popular attraction in Helsinki is the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress Island. This UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to 1748 and offers visitors picturesque views, museums and more. It's also included on the card.

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London Explorer Pass 2019: 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