Many world travelers feel that fall is really the best time of year to visit Europe. That’s probably because traveling in the fall often means better deals, idyllic weather, fewer crowds and shorter lines – along with astonishing displays of fall foliage.
Brisk air, thin crowds and bright colors inspire families to get out of town each fall. And if you are not planning a camping trip filled with hiking and quality time spent outdoors, you are probably taking your kids to an affordable, yet fun place. We have some great tips that can help you organize a cost-effective family trip this season.
● BOOK EARLY
If you are flying with your whole family, the primary thing is to book a flight as earlier as you can. Purchase the tickets on Tuesday or Wednesday to clinch the best deal. If you can’t find cheap tickets, you can also consider alternative airports nearby.
● STOCK UP WITH SUPPLIES
To reduce the expenses and keep your kids entertained throughout the journey, you can think about packing a stash of games, books and toys. If you don’t want to spend a fortune on snacks, you can pack some for your trip too.
● KNOW WHEN TO GO
Once you have decided where and when you want to travel, I suggest setting up alerts with booking sites which analyze pricing data to estimate whether fares will decrease or increase in the next few weeks. However, it is better to stay flexible about the dates and the days of the weeks you can travel.
● RELY ON APPS AND RESOURCEFUL SITES
You can take advantage of websites to compare flight and hotel prices, but you can also rely on travel apps and other resourceful sites that can help you save a lot of money while traveling. There are many apps that will help you find discounted theme park tickets, stay ahead of flight cancellations or delays, etc.
If you are planning a trip to Europe, here are some of the best destinations to explore in fall:
● Ukanc, Slovenia
Ukanc is located on the western end of Lake Bohinj. In fall, this fascinating place, becomes even more breathtaking, with rich golden and red hues reflected in the clear lake. Those who love hiking should definitely come here, because this place is the starting point for a one-hour walk to Savica Waterfalls. From here you can also go to the Valley of Seven Lakes as well.
● Perthshire, Scotland
Perthshire is well-known for its astonishing natural beauty and the fall colors are making it one of the most glorious places in Europe. Rivers and lochs reflect the array of copper and gold of tree covered hillsides, making it perfect for photo taking, walking and exploring. The most beautiful spots can be found near Knock Hill, Killiecrankie and Loch Tummel.
● Cumbria, England
Cumbria is a country in the North of England. Although the Lake District with its incredible scenic beauty is the most popular in the region, there are many other spots of natural beauty to see. Cumbria is an ideal fall destination for an inspiring walk with lots of lakes surrounded by ruby and gold hills.
● Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik is located next to the Adriatic Coast and is one of the most beautiful cities in Croatia. It makes a great place for an affordable fall vacation than many other coastal cities in Europe. There are not many tourists in fall, so you can enjoy the beautiful beaches or you can venture outside the city for mountain hikes surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
● Prague, Czech Republic
Prague in the fall season is especially mesmerizing – it has significantly fewer visitors, but many beautiful days. The golden leaf foliage gives the city romantic touches, while Czech brews and foods seem to suit perfectly. If you want to see an astonishing panoramic view of Prague’s red rooftops, take a stroll on Castle Hill.