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Curious why so many great travel deals are specifically timed for mid-March, Mid-April, September, and October? It’s simple: Most people still travel to Europe only during the Summer. Here’s a big travel tip to save you a huge amount of money: Learn the travel seasons!

Travel seasons in Europe are divided into three customary periods:

  • Low Season, starting in November, ending in March
  • Shoulder Seasons, actually two seasons, both roughly two months long. Spring season — Mid-March through Mid-June, and Fall Season — Early September through October.
  • Peak Season or High Season: Mid June through August.

Historically, “Peak season” was the peak travel time because European, specifically North European, weather was unpredictable in the spring and fall, and a majority of the historic public festivals were held in the European summer. Later, with the boom in tourist travel in Europe starting in the 19th Century, more events and attractions were added to the calendar, specifically in the summer months.

What this means for the Europe-bound traveler is that getting to Europe, travel around Europe, and activities available within Europe are at their peak level during the summer, roughly Mid-June through August.  We definitely see the appeal of pleasant weather, abundant activities and the fantastic cultural activities Europe is renowned for. Amongst Europeans, who make up the majority of vacationers in Europe, the summer season is when most take their holiday.

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However, for your next trip to travel to Europe, consider planning a vacation around the shoulder or low seasons. First of all, there are fewer tourists, so just getting around is going to be less crowded.

Airfares will also be cheaper since the demand can be half what it is during the very peak season. Airfare can be cheap during the Low Season too, but take care to avoid booking travel for the holidays, as this can be more expensive, of course.

Finally, lodging and restaurants during the shoulder season will be less crowded, which also means savings. In particular, low season hotel rooms can be a fraction of the price of high season, especially in beach resorts. On one of my trips to Nice, France, we booked a beachside stay for 25% the cost of the room rate during the high summer!

One additional reason to consider shoulder season is that while peak season is defined as “warm outdoor summer weather” season in Northern Europe, Southern European countries are arguably at their most pleasant during the Shoulder Season. In particular, the coasts and islands of southern Europe are both less crowded and more affordable. In other words, a great time to go!

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