http://mashable.com/2015/03/24/europe-cheap-travel/

Certainly you’ve heard the refrain by now: The dollar is up against the Euro and the British pound, which means 2015 is the best year in a decade for getting value from a European vacation.

And it’s true, whether you’re looking for a luxury holiday or budget trip.

“Now’s the time,” Brian Kelly, founder of The Points Guy, told Mashable. “The Euro, depending on the day, is definitely dipping.”

But whether it starts to bounce back, or continues to decline, is uncertain.

“If you find a rate that you like, lock it in now,” he suggests, “whether it’s prepaid hotels or flights.”

Dollar per Euro

Although airfare is not typically as affected by currency changes as hotels and restaurants in the country you’re visiting, there are budget carrier options that have brought the price down.

“Airfare has been coming down transatlantically because we’ve seen a lot of low-cost airlines,” said Kelly. Norwegian and WOWair have roundtrip transatlantic flights for base fares as low as $500. (Check on extra fees before booking.)

If you want to go to Europe this summer and haven’t yet purchased your flights, take some time now.

“Summer is one of the best times to visit the UK,” a spokesperson for Orbitz told Mashable, “with warmer temperatures and grandstand events like Wimbledon in late June and early July and the opening of Buckingham Palace to tourists when the Royal Family is away for their summer holiday.”

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