Summer Flights To Europe Have Dropped By 42 Percent

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We know, you’re probably still in Spring Break mode (or, perhaps recovering from it.) But trust us on this one: Now is the time to start planning your summer vacation and looking for flight deals. Your September self will thank you for not letting summer slip by without an epic getaway.

With that said, if you’re looking for an affordable summer vacation, have you considered Europe? Some appropriate responses should be: Oui! Sí! Ano! (Translated, yes!)

Sure, it might surprise you to see the words “Europe” and “affordable” hanging out together in the same sentence. But, thanks to a strong dollar and transatlantic budget airlines offering some hard-to-pass-up deals, you can score cheap flights between the United States and Europe, according to “Travel & Leisure“—some as much as 42 percent less than last year. Plus, the effects of Brexit and other factors are also driving down the costs of vacationing in Europe.

Flights to Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Prague and Reykjavik are down 20 to 30 percent year over year, according to data from Kayak, a fare aggregator.

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So if you’ve been wanting to check out the Eiffel Tower in Paris, revel in the architecture of Barcelona’s Gothic Square, visit the famed Prado Museum in Madrid or melt in the geothermal Blue Lagoon in Iceland, now’s your chance to start putting together that perfect European vacation itinerary. If you get carried away, you can start planning your ultimate road trip across Europe, too.

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You can really save big bucks if you want to fly to Zurich, because airfares to the metropolis have gone down by 42 percent. The Switzerland city is in the heart of Europe, and is home to more than 100 art galleries and 50 museums.

In case you’re wondering, the best time to fly and to take advantage of the deals is the beginning of the summer, especially May, according to the data from Kayak.

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