23 Best Europe destinations in September of 2018

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

23 Cheapest European cities and airports to fly into in 2018

Budapest RiverviewSo many of us starting in the US or Canada will be visiting multiple cities when we tour Europe that we have the luxury of flying into several different destinations. But with the airline business changing so rapidly, how do we know which are the cheapest cities to fly into?

Not too many years ago the cheapest flights into Europe were almost always into the largest and busiest airports, which are in London, Frankfurt, Paris, and Amsterdam, but times have changed. Now those are sometimes the most expensive airports to fly into within Europe, so savvy travelers on multi-stop trips are better off starting elsewhere. The cheapest international flight destinations from the USA are largely in Latin America, but many of them are also the top cities in Europe. Click to read more

24 Cheap destinations in 2018 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

Is the Helsinki Card 2018 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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22 Best Europe destinations in August for 2018

You might expect that every city in Europe is overrun by tourists in August, but that's not actually true. Many of Europe's cities are very crowded in August, but some others, including Paris, are actually somewhat empty because so many locals and businesses are out of town and closed.

Below is our list of the 22 best places to consider for a Europe trip in the month of August. You can expect pleasant weather in almost all of them, as well as sizable crowds in most. If this is your first trip to Europe then it would be a shame to skip a city like London or Paris just because of other tourists. You'll also find some lesser known cities on the list, and hopefully you can put together a great Europe itinerary of your own. Generally speaking it's better to avoid Europe's beaches in August because nearly all of them are at maximum crowds and prices this month. Click to read more

20 Cheap destinations in 2018 with great weather in August

We continue with this year-long series of articles highlighting cheap cities that have great weather during a particular month, this time for August. If you are a global weather-watcher you might already know that August weather tends to be nearly identical from the previous month, so you'll also notice quite a few similarities with our list of cheap cities with great July weather.

So not only is the weather in these two months similar, but it's a similar predicament for budget travelers in that Europeans (even more so than Americans) tend to cram a huge amount of vacation time into the height of summer. This means that any city with a beach that is in or near Europe will have its highest prices of the year during August. There are a few cities on the list below that aren't nearly as crowded in summer, so let's have a look, shall we? Click to read more

How long should you stay in each European city? 3 Nights, and here is why

Planning your first multi-city trip through Europe or anywhere else can be daunting, and most of us face the urge to want to cram as much into that trip as possible. Moving quickly through Europe can be fun, but moving too quickly through Europe can be miserable and a good way to ruin your whole trip.

This website has many articles about Europe itineraries and Eurail passes and whatnot, and at the bottom of many of them I get countless questions for readers seeking personalized advice. I enjoy trying to help people, but to speed things up I need to summarize at least this one important point so I don't have to keep typing it. In other words, if you are reading this it's quite possibly because I linked to it within an answer to your question about Europe itineraries. Click to read more

Cheapest cruise lines for 2018 Mediterranean cruises – 7 lines ranked by price

Over the last few years, the Mediterranean has become a hot spot for visitors from around the world. One of the best ways to experience everything the region has to offer is through a cruise. Not only will you get to experience a few different countries in a short amount of time, but you'll get to skip finding a hotel and having to fly here to there, and there and back again. In fact, the only flight you'll have to take is to the starting country and then back out again. Generally, ports are near popular airports, making this both easy and cheap.

Each cruise line holds its own personality and is made to fit a certain type of traveler. This allows for each to have their own price category. There are many different cruise companies that cover the Mediterranean but for this assessment, we're going to focus on those that offer a 7 night or 7 day itinerary. With a quick read of the information below, you should be able to figure out with one is your best fit, as well as the best option for your price range. Click to read more

23 Europe All-inclusive resort destinations from cheapest to most expensive in 2018

The concept of an “all-inclusive resort” where all meals and even all drinks are included in the daily room rate, was evidently launched by the Club Med group only in 1950. Ever since then, the concept has exploded in popularity, with thousands of such hotels and resorts all over the world. Many people immediately think about the Caribbean when it comes to all-inclusive resorts, but Turkey, Spain, and Greece each have more all-inclusive properties than the Dominican Republic or Mexico, which are the Caribbean leaders.

We publish and update a popular list of the cheapest Caribbean all-inclusive destinations each year, and we wanted to do the same for those who want to stay in or near Europe. Most of these destinations have their best weather from May through September, although some of them have even longer seasons. Click to read more

22 Best Europe destinations in July for 2018

Finding a great destination in Europe in the month of July is quite easy, so narrowing down your choices is really the tricky part. This is the single most crowded month in most of Europe's most touristy cities, although July (and August) can be less crowded than you might expect in the largest business cities such as Milan and Paris.

Those with a Europe trip to plan for July should even consider the Nordic countries because this is part of the short time of year that they have decent weather and the long daylight hours can make up for the high prices. Here are our best 22 suggestions for where to go in Europe in the month of July. Click to read more