That European dream vacation may be more feasible than you thought thanks to plummeting currency values in the Eurozone! And while this may not be the best news for domestic tourism-based industries in the US, dollar-wielding travelers are rejoicing over the increased bang for their buck abroad.
Europe is On Sale
The benefit does not hold fast in non-Eurozone countries such as England, where a strong British pound has kept exchange rate fluctuations for American tourists relatively flat. But any country that falls under the realm of the Euro now offers unprecedented value and discount costs that make a European holiday more reasonable than ever before for almost any budget! Ginger Pozzini, a travel specialist from the US, said, "It's like Italy is on sale right now," and the shifts in currency values have yielded widespread discounts on everything from high-end shoes to museum admission tickets and car rentals in Italy.
Countries like France, Germany, Spain, Greece, and Ireland are part of the package too; all have been affected by the recent fall of the Euro. If you're planning a trip to Europe this summer, chances are you can count on spending a little more lavishly than you originally intended!
Here are the major industries where American travelers can expect to see big savings in Europe this coming summer:
Museums, Tours, and Attractions in Europe
There are always a plethora of free things to do and see in key tourism destinations and major European cities, but shelling out a few extra bucks is expected when trying to catch a glimpse of renowned treasures like the Mona Lisa or St. Peter's Basilica. You'll still have to pay to get into the more popular and, let's face it, spectacular museums and galleries, but prices will be considerably more modest this upcoming summer. The price of an entry ticket at the Louvre in Paris, for instance, will only set you back 12 EUR this year as opposed to 16.70 EUR in 2014. Guided tour packages in historic cities like Edinburgh will help you uncover undiscovered wonders without breaking the bank, too, with prices down by an average of 15%!
Europe Hotels and Accommodations
When visiting Europe, you're sure to want to spend as much time as you can out and about, taking in the sights and exploring the rich culture of your destination, but you still have to have somewhere to rest your head at night. Luckily, a room in a centrally located hotel will cost quite a bit less than it did last summer, with average prices dropping by up to 20% in select locations. A double room at a 5-star hotel in Germany that cost 760 EUR last year is priced at a cool 550 EUR this year, and the savings extend to encompass all sorts of accommodations all around Europe, form humble bed and breakfasts to chic luxury villa rentals.
European Merchandise and Souvenirs
Although you'll still have to pay your due share of VAT taxes on any goods, shopping enthusiasts will be glad to know that everything from fashion accessories to food and wine will see discounts reflected in the decline of the Euro. Buy a box of fine artisan chocolates from Brussels for 95 EUR as opposed to 132 EUR last year, or get a great deal on a hand-made 550 EUR leather jacket in Italy; this year the same coat is going for just 390 EUR! And, if the overall price drops aren't enough to satiate your thirst for saving, just remember to re-claim the VAT tax you spent on any goods you're bringing home at the airport.
You're sure to have a ball with less of an impact on your wallet wherever you choose to go in Europe, but don't forget that getting there is half the fun! With the ground-breaking changes in international currency values, it's very possible that it might just be half the price, too. Don't believe us? Just check out our rates for car rentals in Ireland, with many daily rates in the single digits (USD)! You can explore any destination at your own pace and direction with a rental car for less than you might think, and getting to Europe can be easier on your bankroll with discounted airfare, too.
In short, there's no reason to wait nor a better time to get out and experience Europe! Take advantage of remarkable savings on travel to Europe and make your bookings now while prices are low. You don't have to worry about missing out on further discounts, either, because Auto Europe guarantees the best rates for your car rental in Europe even after you pay. So if prices continue to go down, we'll match the lowest price for you as part of our promise to help you save on your adventure abroad.
Whether you want to take a road trip in Italy or tour the continent with a one way car rental, browse Auto Europe's rates online or give us a call anytime (24/7 and toll-free at 1-888-223-5555), and don't hesitate to see how cheap your trip to Europe can be this summer!