Everyone thinks summer is the perfect time to travel. But visit Europe during the cooler months, when the crowds of tourists have gone and the scenery is transformed, and you’ll soon see why swapping that lemon gelato for a steamy Tuscan soup is every bit as rewarding.
Read up on these tips for staying happy, healthy and warm on your Europe holiday, and leave the rest to us.
Pack a Picnic
In spring, don’t forget to check out the local Farmer’s Markets. The vegetables are fabulous and at their tastiest and the outdoor markets are buzzing with atmosphere. Plus there’s no better time to stock up on fresh local treats and head to a sunny park for a picnic!
Mingle with the locals
Spring in Europe is brimming with opportunities to immerse yourself in local life. Most Europeans are home during spring and enjoying their cities and towns without a stream of tourists, so don’t avoid those busy pubs, bistros and cafes; it’s likely they’ll be filled with locals.
Don’t forget your hat and scarf
A hat is essential for winter travel to Europe. When it’s really cold, it’s all about keeping your precious body heat from escaping, and the secret is covering your head. Thankfully, the sky’s the limit when it comes to chic European headwear! Easily slipped into a day bag, a scarf keeps your neck toasty, doubles as a blanket or shawl and is perfect for adding a pop of colour to your outfit, just as the stylish locals do. You’ll find a huge variety at shops and markets all over Europe.
A bag with a strap across the body or a small backpack is not only great for travel; it allows you to burry your hands in your pockets or warm them on a cup of mulled wine as you stroll along Paris’ Champs-Élysées.
Handy loose change
Speaking of mulled wine, a hot drink might be just what you need to warm up on a sightseeing tour or excursion outdoors. Keep some change handy to grab a hot chocolate, tea or cappuccino when you’re out and about for a warming energy boost.
Protect your skin
The wind, rain, sun and snow can all take their toll. To help protect your skin from Europe’s winter weather, moisturise your face and body to prevent dryness and flaking, use a lip balm to avoid pesky chapped lips from the wind and don’t forget the sunscreen! A tub of Vaseline or pawpaw cream will go a long way in treating dry, sore or chapped skin.
Autumn, winter and spring are magical times to visit Europe. But if the cooler weather starts to dampen your spirits, stay positive by wrapping up warm, admiring your surroundings, chatting with new friends and indulging in the wonderful festive treats on offer. That hot apple strudel may not bring the sunshine back, but it will definitely brighten your mood!
Have any tips for travelling to Europe during autumn, winter or spring? Let us know in the comments section below. And don’t forget to head to our website www.trafalgar.com to check out our newly released Europe Autumn, Winter and Spring brochure!