It started a few days ago, maybe a week now. The smell was different as I took those first early morning steps out of my apartment, it was lighter, fresher. Warmer. I took a sip of coffee, lifted my head, and only then started to notice that the city’s buildings weren’t covered in the wintry darkness that encases the world for the better part of the cold months. It was actually light out, at 6:30 in the morning! I drew breath.
Spring was in the air.
I eagerly await each change of seasons, but the transition from winter to spring is especially dear to me. It always feels like someone lifts a big, pressing weight off my shoulders that I hadn’t even been quite aware of before, all wrapped up in
Spring, however, is a time for light jackets, sunglasses, coffees on the open street, and exploring. I’m also convinced that it’s the best season for a trip to or within
1 – Spring has the best weather for city trips, period.
It’s so easy to get from one amazing
The only problem: Europe has four very distinct seasons, and three of them are extremely uncomfortable for
Clearly, spring is the better option. Nice, moderate temperatures, warm enough to sit outside, but not too hot yet, cities coming to life again after cold winters – need I say more?
2 – Tourist masses just don’t happen in spring.
We’ve all been there: Sitting on the Spanish Steps in
One surefire way to avoid them is to simply travel off-season – since most people wait for the warmer summer months to go on holidays, spring is a good bet for enjoying touristy things all by yourself. Or, at least, with fewer people than you would encounter in summer…
3 – Enjoy an early summer in Europe’s South….
If you’re like me and you love winter, but you also love when it goes away quickly, thank you very much, preferably without the mushy sleet and melting ice that makes everything uncomfortable and dirty for a few weeks, you might want to escape for a few days and have yourself an early summer in Europe’s South. That way, you just let winter transition into spring back home all by itself, and when you come back, all relaxed and tan from your getaway in
4 – ….or head back up into the mountains for a little more winter!
Alternatively, you could do the exact opposite and head into the
5 – Spring trips are totally budget-friendly
This one’s a no-brainer: spring is off-season, and off-season means you get to spend the same amount of money, but get a lot more out of it. Rooms, entry tickets, and even restaurant prices are usually quite a bit cheaper than they are in high-season, so scheduling your holiday in spring can save you a lot of cash. Combine that with a cheap flight or train ticket (check out a few tips on how to score the best travel deals
I for one know that I’ll take full advantage of this beautiful spring to travel through Europe. How about you, do you have any trips planned? Where are you going? We’re curious to find out…