With the pretty Christmas markets and tourist attractions, it's easy to find many reasons to travel to Europe in the winter. But while people will go to different European cities at various times of the year, it's safe to say that the summertime seems like the time that people most talk about going. It's impossible to open up social media in July and August without seeing at least a few friends or relatives posting photos from their European vacations.

Is this a good idea, or are there some reasons that might make you want to save your trip for another time, like the spring or fall? Let's take a look.


Here are the pros and cons of traveling to Europe in the summer.

First things first: summer is the easiest and most popular time for most people to take time off from their jobs. Maybe you or your partner have a bit of a slower time at work then so it makes sense to take a week or two in July or August. Or you have kids so, of course, they're out of school during this time. Or you just like going somewhere fun in the summer since it's great to book a trip a few months earlier, and then you have something to look forward to during the cold wintertime.

A 2019 survey done through AAA Travel said that 64 percent or 2/3 of "leisure travelers" were going on a summer holiday. The destinations listed included Orlando theme parks but also Europe. Some of the cities mentioned include Paris, Rome, Dublin, and London. This is important to note since even though there might be a few cons to traveling to Europe in the summer, people still want to.

Con: It Can Be Busy With Super Hot Weather

One con of going to Europe in the summer is that it can be really busy as a lot of people want to travel at that time, and the weather can also be really hot. When giving advice to someone on Reddit about the best time of year to go, someone posted, "I hear it gets extremely hot during the summer and will be packed with tourists. I’d say great time to go would be spring or the fall." This is something to keep in mind if planning a Europe trip this summer.

According to Grantourismotravels.com, it's "tourist season" in Europe during the months of July and August. The website explains that it begins even earlier than that, though: "starts mid to end of June and continues until the end of the end of August, when not only is the rest of the world descending upon the continent, but most Europeans are also taking their annual holidays." This is an important point: certain cities are so packed because people from outside Europe are coming here, but people who live in Europe are also off work, too.

If you're not a fan of really hot days and would rather not deal with crowds and lines, then going to Europe in the summer might not be for you.

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Pro: You Can Go To Different Places That Won't Have So Many People

If your heart is set on traveling to Europe in the summer, then there is some good news. You can go to some different places that won't have so many people and aren't quite as popular and trendy as some of the cities that you always hear about. This way, you can still take your trip when you want to, and you could have a more peaceful time. This seems like a good way to get the best of both worlds.

Grandtourismtravels.com recommends going to Trieste, Italy or Thessaloniki, Greece. You could also go to Lyon, France. And according to this Reddit post, thinking outside the box when it comes to travel destinations can pay off: "The crowds mostly go to the same few places. The 'A-list' sights will be jammed in the summer, but the B-list sights and untouristed neighborhoods won't be. I've done summer trips and really enjoyed my experiences, even if certain museums and sights were very crowded."

If you're wondering whether or not to travel to Europe in the summer, there are definitely some pros and some cons. While it'll be busy in some touristy areas and also pretty hot, you can also choose some different destinations that other people might not think of, and it might be easier for you to take some time off. And no matter what time of year you travel to a European city, it's still going to be an amazing time that you'll remember.

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