…is not for the faint-of-crowds—at least, not in the summer of 2015. Since the dollar is about 25% stronger than the euro, U.S. travelers are expected to flock to Europe throughout the coming months. In fact, the onslaught is suspected to be so large that some museums and landmarks are putting a nix on selfie sticks, hiring crowd-control specialists, and limiting viewing time for famous exhibits.
So the bottom line–and I’m not just talking about cost–is that if you want to have a relaxing vacay there, this summer maybe isn’t the optimum time. If you have a choice, early fall will be less crowded and the weather should still be wonderful.
That being said, if you’re a student planning to study abroad this summer stick with your plans. There is something special about absorbing a new culture for an extended period. And sometimes the only way to fit in that experience with other school activities is in the summer. Since I cheered for Vanderbilt during the regular school year that was the option I chose. There is a difference between making a quick visit to a city and making it your summer home. When you live in a place you can make friends with locals and learn where to go and when… and you can discover priceless attractions that aren’t in the standard guidebooks. That’s how I happened to write The Single Girl’s Guide to Meeting European Men.