How to Save on a Summer Vacation to Europe

Use these strategies to keep costs down when traveling overseas during the peak season.

It might seem like a good time to plan a trip to Europe since Americans can quite literally get more bang for their buck today than they could last year. Be warned, though: Even with the favorable exchange rate, summer still is the most expensive time to visit most European hotspots. So the benefit of a strong dollar versus the euro can quickly be erased by higher airfares and hotel rates.

But if a summer vacation to Europe best fits your schedule, there are several ways to keep costs down during the peak travel season. Here are a few.

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor,

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.