Why Travel to Europe this Year?

When making plans for a summer vacation, you may be wondering why you’d even consider going to Europe this year. Airfares are way up, the dollar has tanked, and some countries are still facing an economic crisis. But, as Thomas Wagner points out, you might want to give some European countries a second look:

“But savvy tourists considering the continent might also be wondering if there are bargains to be had, especially in the four European countries worst hit by the economic crisis — Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain. Known in some circles by the derogatory acronym PIGS, these struggling nations rely heavily on tourism revenue, and they are working hard to boost this sector of their economies.”

Wagner points out that while Britain, France, and Italy will continue to be high-priced destinations, the “PIGS” will be doing everything they can to lure every tourist dollar they can into their countries. This could mean big bargains for the savvy traveler that does his/her homework or, better yet, finds a hard-working travel agent to do the research for the best deals.


About Mike

I have a passion for adventure travel that began in 1989 with my first overseas trip: climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Having never been to a foreign country, Africa felt like being on another planet; I knew then and there I was hooked on travel. Since that time, I have visited all seven continents and dozens of countries. I’m using the experience I’ve gained in planning my own trips to help my clients plan their own adventures through my adventure travel company (http://www.offtrailtravel.com). After working as a firefighter for the US Forest Service in California and Wyoming for three years, I moved to Durango, Colorado where I graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in accounting. After graduation I moved to the Denver area where I worked in a Big Eight accounting firm to obtain my CPA license; soon afterward I began a career as an auditor with the Colorado Department of Education. My background in accounting helped me develop detailed-oriented skills that have been extremely useful in researching and planning my own travel over the years. I think this provides a unique asset to my clients in putting together their adventure travel plans. I currently live in Golden, Colorado with my wife Valerie, who shares my love of adventure travel. I’m an active member of the Colorado Mountain Club where I lead trips for club members and have taught ski lessons in their Telemark Ski School. I enjoy skiing, mountain hiking, trail running, photography, and astronomy. I take any opportunity I can get to explore new places, whether it’s on the other side of the world or just down the road.
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2 Responses to Why Travel to Europe this Year?

  1. i do love Europe wish i could go there ! 😉

  2. TheBlackTwig says:

    This is good news as I prefer the “PIGS” countries than the overrated ones. 🙂

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