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5 Reasons Why You Should Not Visit Europe This Summer

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Traveling to Europe is a bucket list dream for many: a land of culture, a rite of passage, and the opportunity to walk in their ancestor’s footsteps.

Europe boasts some of the world’s most significant cultural attractions, and 6 of the ten most visited countries in the world for 2022 are located in Europe.

Everyone should visit Europe at least once in their lifetime. But despite its many attractions, summer 2023 is not the best time to visit Europe.

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Here are 5 reasons why you should not visit Europe this summer:

The Crowds

Europe has seen a real post-covid travel boom. 

Trips that were postponed because of the pandemic have been rearranged, and the result is that Europe is busy and crowded.

A new report from CNN has found that the number of Americans traveling to Europe this summer is expected to be 55% higher than last summer.

Crowds of tourists under a bridge in Florence, Italy.

As a result, the crowds, particularly at the most popular tourist attractions, can feel overwhelming.

Many of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations are putting measures in place to control crowds, often to the detriment of the tourist experience.

Tourists in Portofino, Italy, have been banned from taking selfies, for example, and face a $300 fine if they linger to do so. This is to stop pedestrian traffic jams.

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A crowded beach in Stintino, Italy.

Anecdotal evidence from local residents in the most popular cities of Italy, Spain, and France has suggested that crowd levels are already so high that it’s difficult to walk through the streets.

The Weather

From floods in Italy to droughts in much of Spain, Europe is expecting another summer of extreme weather.

The European Parliament has announced that Europe will face ‘a war for water’ as a result of droughts this summer.

women in a fountain

There is no avoiding that Europe in the summer is hot every year, but the number of 90-degree Fahrenheit (32 degree Celsius) days experienced this year is expected to beat all historical records.

Even without these extremes, it is very difficult to explore Europe during the heat of the summer, particularly if you are interested in cultural attractions rather than beaches.

The ruins of Pompeii, for example, are hugely exposed, and the heat can be prohibitive to exploration. The same is true of Gaudi Park in Barcelona and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

You can both avoid the crowds and enjoy more clement temperatures if you travel to Europe in the spring or fall instead.

The Prices

When demand is high, so are prices.

The average price of a roundtrip plane ticket from the U.S. to Western Europe is currently $1,200. That is $300 more than the average price of the same ticket this time last year.

Accommodation prices are also higher in Europe this year than they have ever been before.

Amsterdam Crowds

The average price of a five-star hotel in Spain in May 2023 was 14% higher than the price of the same-level hotel in May 2022, for example. This is a trend that has been spotted across Europe.

What’s more, the rampant inflation across Europe, much of which can be attributed to the conflict in Ukraine, means that the price of food and drink in European restaurants is also significantly higher than in previous years.

If you’re traveling on a budget, then there are more affordable destinations to choose from this summer.

The Closures

Much of Europe will simply close during the hottest month of the summer, meaning that visitors don’t see the bustling and vibrant cities at their best.

In many of the biggest cities in Spain, France, and Italy, shops and businesses will close during the month of August so that their employees, together with their families, can escape the oppressive heat of summer in the city and head to the mountain or coastal regions instead.

A empty street in Paris

While these closures don’t impact tourist attractions such as museums and galleries, they will impact some shops and restaurants.

They also influence the overall atmosphere of a city.

If you want to experience the authentic heart of a European city, then you should visit a time when it is populated by its local people, not by throngs of tourists.

The Rest of the World

We live in a wide world, and while Europe may be one of the most popular vacation destinations, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best, particularly during the summer months.

There are plenty of other places you could explore this summer that are likely to be less crowded and more affordable than a trip to Europe.

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Laura Lokken

Friday 7th of July 2023

Why so many rude, poorly written comments? Not very friendly people, but yet some of them have the nerve to denigrate Americans. Rude and obnoxious works both ways.

Adam

Sunday 25th of June 2023

Pretty poor reasons in my opinion, Europe is a continent and as in any continent, you will find a variety in pricing depending on where you choose to travel. You can avoid the busy places and still have a wonderful and very affordable vacation, if you travel to cheaper places like Bosnia, Bulgaria and one can still visit Portugal and even Italy, in places like Sicily, where it remains pretty affordable to most travellers even in peak season and a wonderful vacation destination. Sorry, but this article feels more like a click bait and to trigger, rather than a genuine opinion. What's definitely clear, is the content writer is not a traveler and is writing on a travel blog?

Sabina

Sunday 25th of June 2023

As an European, I can agree to these articles. For years now I do avoid Spain, Italy etc. exactly for the prices and hassle. I’ve also spent my family vacation there since I was a kid and I’m simply not surprised anymore.

Everything skyrocketed and tourist destinations are not even safe anymore. We go now to less known destinations which also have a great deal of history, good prices and you simply get the chance to see something else.

Meli

Saturday 24th of June 2023

I can think of many more good reasons to visit Europe compared to your 5 BS reasons not too. You must be one of those people who have never been outside your own town. If you have been anywhere outside the USA, you're probably one of those arrogant Americans who think you're better than the rest just because you're American giving us all a bad name. This article is filled with BS

Marine

Sunday 25th of June 2023

@Meli, I live in Europe, in one of the most visited capital in the world and everything they said is true; the crowds, inflation, places closing in August. A lot of countries (including France and the Netherlands) are running campaigns to ask tourists to visits another time or other locations than highly-visited areas. For a better experience, I would wait next year. Your comment is rude and had nothing to do with crowds or tourism. You don’t even list any of the good reasons you mention in the first phrase of your post. I would definitely pick another destination.

Voldemar

Saturday 24th of June 2023

That,s funny!People,do you trust to everything posted in internet? It,s just business and technology.More click bate,more comments- more profit.Be aware!