Inexpensive Family Travel in Europe June 2012
November 21, 2011 10:19 AM Subscribe
How can my family and I (including 3 children) travel to Europe for at a reasonable cost next summer? We are open to flying into pretty much anywhere in Europe, as I think we can travel within Europe pretty cheaply once we get there-it's the cost of getting there from the West Coast of the US that has me worried. Of course, there is
posted by purenitrous to travel & transportation (20 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
We have two adults and 3 children (15, 6, 2), flying from Oregon. We are open to buying separate tickets to the East Coast if that will end up being significantly cheaper. We have been tentatively talking about Spain and Portugal-Portugal seems inexpensive, and my eldest is a wannabe artist, so Barcelona would be fabulous-but we're pretty flexible at this point. We are planning on renting apartments, and are shooting for about 3 weeks (maybe a week each in 3 places). Can travel any time from mid-June through Labor Day (constrained by school schedule, unfortunately).
How do we shop for airfare, and when is the best time to buy? Should we grab some frequent flier tickets to the East Coast now and then shop for the US-Europe portion later? Is there a city in Europe that is typically the cheapest to fly into? And where would you go, with kids this age? We are low-maintenance, love good food, hope to shop for groceries and cook in our apartment much of the time, want to be somewhere we can walk, but will use train or rent a car to get between cities. Speak only a smattering of Spanish and a little more French.
We also have friends in Helsinki for two years, and have the opportunity to go visit them. It's such an expensive city that I can't imagine we'll ever make it there without this free food and lodging opportunity; thoughts about adding this on?