The time is now to travel to Europe. And if you can’t get there this Fall/Winter, you’ll want to secure your packages abroad as airfares are comparative to that of flying to the Caribbean, if not cheaper.
Need some ideas as to where to go? Have you got a long weekend to jet set? Ireland might be the answer, or Paris or London. We truly don’t recommend any less than 3 nights in each city, if you choose to visit London/Paris, 4 nights in each would be better if you have the dough and the time.
Most flights across the pond are red eyes, but if you can’t stand flying overnight, there’s non-stop service into London’s Heathrow, where you leave in the morning and arrive around 12 hours later (actually it’s only a little more than 6 hours to get there, but then you have to factor in the 6 hour time difference).
For those shorter stays, we suggest you stay city center, but know that pricing will be higher. Depending on which sites you want to see, dead center isn’t necessary as typically it’s easy to get around these great cities.
Another recommendation we constantly make is that if you’re visiting the destination for the first time ever, you consider purchasing a hop-on/hop-off bus tour. Don’t just get the one day pass, we recommend at least a two-day minimum. The first day use to acquaint yourself with what’s where and what interests you most. The 2nd day (it is a consecutive day pass), use the hop-on/hop-off to get where you need to go. Depending on the destination, the bus company might even include a walking tour or an illuminations tour (evening tour). You’ll be surprised at the difference seeing the city at night versus daylight.
If you’re not a “bus person”, many of these destinations offer great Metro systems. Again depending where, there could be hop-on/hop-off river boats/ferries that can transfer you.
Once you’ve decided on a destination, acquaint yourself with the excursions/tours you might be interested. Don’t be afraid of checking out those “off the beaten path” attractions too.