We’re as guilty of it as anyone: trotting out every ridiculously cheap flight from New York or Boston or Atlanta to some cool-ass European capital or coast and saying, eyes wide and spittle spraying, “Now’s the time! Get to Europe!”
There’s only one catch, and it’s a big one. Even with the euro and the British pound scraping against historical lows vs. the US dollar (gyaaah! Seriously! Get to Europe!!) you still have to pay London prices once you touch down at Heathrow or Reykjavik prices when you pop by Iceland. And clearly if you were in the mood to scrape along like a peasant, you’d just apply to grad school.
But what if we told you — which, yes, we’re literally telling you now — that you can hit truly world-class destinations that are cheap even when their currency isn’t on markdown. That you can enjoy the finest Catalan food, the most calendar-worthy Mediterranean beaches, the time-worn castles and platinum lagers and free-wheeling Croats who make Europe a beloved destination for the world’s travelers. And once you cover airfare, you can do it all for less than you’d blow on a normal weekend road trip.