While most of us out there crave an extensive vacation travelling across Europe, this is not always a viable option for a lot of people. Anything from work commitments to issues with budget can prevent the average Joe from taking a well-deserved trip of a lifetime. Fortunately, a long weekend or a week or two away over the summer vacation somewhere beautiful and new can offer us all the relaxation and adventure we need (without having to worry about requesting long periods of time off or spending exorbitant amounts of cash). Here are some top tips on the best Europe travel destinations for summer:

Barcelona

Many people want to escape to somewhere with a bit more sun than the other European destinations on this list. Without compromising cultural importance, Barcelona is just the place to catch a few rays and take in some amazing historical sites in this Spanish city. There are plenty of beaches, shopping, art, museums, and some of the best nightlife in the world. If you are looking to get a little bit of everything in just one trip, Barcelona is a fantastic choice!

Barcelona

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Edinburgh

The beautiful and green Scottish capital is a hidden European gem. The people are friendly, the culture and architecture is like no other, surrounded by a cloak of mountains and spectacular landscapes it is truly something you have to see to believe. The entire city can easily be walked in the course of a few days. Everywhere from the beautiful and majestic Edinburgh Castle, rich in history to the pubs in the center of town where you can enjoy a Scottish beer and some local delicacies. It is also worth checking out Edinburgh’s annual festival in which you can emerge yourself in the artistic atmosphere, enjoy international street performers and catch some never-before seen shows by budding artists, comedians and many more!

Edinburgh

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Paris

Paris is easily one of the most beautiful and desirable destinations on the globe. It has everything- restaurants, art, theater, museums, and stunning views and architecture. This on first glance might seem overwhelming and like too much to fit into one trip, however there are plenty of ways to get the most out of a few days in the city of lights. It helps in this quest to plan out your days according to geography to save running all around the city. You can also save time by making sure you buy your tickets for Paris’ world famous attractions in advance so that you are not waiting in crazy lines. For example, perhaps unsurprisingly the most popular place to is Paris’ iconic tower- so I would certainly recommend pre-purchasing your Eiffel Tower tickets so you can have the full Paris experience whatever your time limit. Plus- this should allow you plenty of time for crepes!

Paris

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London

Like Paris, London has a lot to offer. It is described as being one of the cultural hubs of the world and with good reason. There are numbers of museums and castles to keep you occupied in between afternoon tea breaks and fabulous productions in the famous West End. Again, it is important to plan out your trip in advance to cut down on city travel time. It is a great idea to invest in a one or two day double decker hop on and off tour so that you can see as much as you can above ground, and stop off at all of the must-see attractions. However, if you prefer not to spend a lot of time using public transport or black cabs (which may be iconic, but are also expensive) you can get to many of London’s most beautiful attractions on foot, leaving less of a carbon footprint and experiencing the hustle and bustle of London city life or the quiet areas not all the tourists know about- for free!

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Venice

Who wouldn’t want to disappear to Venice for a few days? The beauty of the city is enough to occupy any visitor for a long weekend or a two-week break. Just strolling along the cobble-stoned streets and riding the canal boats are enough culture for a lifetime. Everywhere you look there is a massive historical landmark or something artistically important. Venice can provide a beautiful and transformative location a wonderful trip.

Venice Italy federico-beccari via Unsplash

Federico Beccari via Unsplash

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