Let’s start with the obvious way to avoid crowds in Europe-travel in the off season. This typically means avoiding summer months, school holidays, and major events when crowds are at their peak. I love to travel in early December. Before the Christmas Holidays are in full swing (and flight rates are high) and I have found that locals are preparing for the holiday season and are not visiting their local tourist attractions.

Google most popular travel destination (or better yet follow my blog:)) and then avoid those areas. Although Europe is always a popular travel destination there are times where certain countries are more popular or on everyones watch list. I put that location on hold until a new trend happens. Also, instead of sticking to the most famous cities and attractions, consider exploring lesser-known towns and regions. Not only will you avoid crowds, but you’ll also get a more authentic experience of local culture.

Be flexible with your itinerary. Allow yourself the flexibility to change your plans if you encounter unexpectedly large crowds. Have backup options or be willing to explore different areas to avoid crowded spots.

Take advantage of skip-the-line tickets (contact me for a link) Many attractions offer skip-the-line tickets or timed entry slots that allow you to bypass long queues. Purchase tickets in advance whenever possible to save time and avoid waiting in line.

Stay in accommodations away from tourist hotspots. Choose accommodations in residential neighborhoods or quieter areas outside the city center. Not only will you likely find better prices, but you’ll also experience a more local atmosphere away from the tourist crowds.

Hope these tips help you plan your next memorable vacation.