Don’t you love that feeling? The cool air, the warm drinks, the knits and all the cozy layers you can bundle up in? Maybe you catch a snowfall of two or watch the leaves fall around you. I think fall it’s not only perfect cuddle up by the fire weather but it’s perfect travelling weather! And I’m here to why you should visit Europe during the fall – as if you need more convincing.
There’s Less Crowds
One thing I love about travelling Europe during November to February is the dwindled crowds. If anyone has tried visiting the Trevi Fountain in Spring you know it is a nightmare or if you wanted to relax at the Fisherman’s Basilica in Budapest in peace without a hoard of flashing cameras ruining your life changing moment then avoid spring time. Eastern Europe is probably my favorite area to travel during the fall because not only is it expremely cheap but the ambiance during this time in those cities is mesmerizing. The fog that lays heavy in Prague is so eerie and beautiful and a train ride through the Bavarian Forest will have you wanting to turn into a forest nymph.
You’ll save a lot of money when you travel Europe during the fall. Prices skyrocket during the spring and summer months and airfare and train prices also go up.
The Scenery Is Lovelier Than Ever
Changing leaves, the cloudy skies that contract with the greenery, it’s all so beautiful. There’s nothing I love more than strolling through old European architecture that warps you back in time during the fall. Everything looks like a painting and as an artist I cant help but feel a longing for this kind of beauty.
Planes Will Be Emptier
I don’t know why this was such a big deal for me but when I was in Europe though November and December I had all my plane rows to myself. It was awesome! As an anxious flyer it really helps with my mild claustrophobia to be able to breathe in the seats instead of being packed on the plane like a bunch of sardines. I’ll never forget flying home from Paris will all the seats to myself with a glass of champagne at noon. It was one of those life moments where you feel on top of the word. And technically, I kind of was.
Fashion Thrives In Fall
I like to dress up. I like fashion and looking cute and taking artsy photos in some outfits and there is no better time to do it than the fall. If you want to learn some tips from French women check out this post or if you wanna pack like a fashion blogger click here !
Don’t Have To Worry About Bikinis Or Crop-Tops
On average I gain about 5 pounds every trip. I think that’s mainly because I’m a vegetarian and the most ready available foods are pastries and bread, especially in Paris, so I easily pack on the pounds. When I was in Positano this was a nightmare because I gained 9 pounds in two months! I felt less than cute lying on the beach staring down at my bloat haha! But in fall you don’t need to worry about that extra puff you might have gained! All of it can be tucked away under a nice comfy shirt and worried about when you get home.
You Can Enjoy It At A Slower Pace
I used to try and see as many cities as possible on my trips to Europe but lately I have been embracing slow travel. I think fall is a great time to try this out because it is cooler you might take a few more breaks than normal. I think this is a good thing because you can appreciate the moments more when you are taking a rest. Maybe you spend more time in the parks, or you have time to hunt down that falafel place you heard about in Paris. There are many more opportunities to explore when you aren’t rushed by crowds and time.
It’s Warm Wine Season
Europe during the fall is also magical because you can find almost anywhere hot red wine to go! This drink is spiced and sweet and perfect to accompany a stroll through a park. What better excuse to try some than cool fall weather? While some are better than others I still think it’s a fun novelty to try when you are in Europe.
This is my favourite reason to visit Europe during fall/winter. How could you not love the Christmas Markets? In Canada we don’t have anything nearly to the extent of a European Christmas Market and I cannot fathom why not. The markets usually start middle of November working their way into the beginning of January. You’ll find more treats than you can eat, warm wine served with cinnamon spice, chimney cakes that are dusted in cinnamon and sugar, trinkets and décor and hand carved gifts. It’s so festive it hurts 😀
What’s your favourite season to travel? Share in the comments!
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