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  • Melanie Gravdal | October 28, 2015 7:00 AM ET

    Skate Across the Pond This Winter

    Skate Across the Pond This Winter

    PHOTO: Winter travel. (courtesy Thinkstock)

    There is great value in “value season” vacations: Those escapes that occur during the winter months, versus the height of the summer travel season. 

    November and December are a great time to make Europe travel dreams come true. Here are five reasons why:

    Mosey Up to Mona. 

    Fewer travelers in the winter means fewer crowds. You can enjoy more space in museums, among the ruins or walking down the cobblestone streets.

    More Bang for Your Euro.

    Everything looks a little different in Europe during the winter, including the prices. From transportation and dining to shopping and sightseeing, you can enjoy plenty of discounts and deals.

    To Market, to Market. 

    Europe’s centuries-old Christmas markets are AH-some. They are not only incredibly festive, they offer unique crafts, toys and goodies to bring home, eliminating any/all reasons to visit your local mall.

    Meet Beppe, not Bob. 

    When traveling to Europe during the winter, you’re traveling when the locals typically aren’t traveling. As a result, there’s more time to get to know the locals and their beloved traditions.


    If the snow-dusted castles and cathedrals of Europe don’t warm your heart, this German-spiced mulled wine will.

    And, if you’re like me and live in a warm weather state, Europe offers a nice excuse to enjoy the seasons (for a week or two)!


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Melanie Gravdal River Cruising From a Unique Point of View

Melanie Gravdal Obsessed with all-things culture - from entertainment and the arts to customs and cuisine - Melanie Gravdal loves to travel, to see and experience new things, new people and new places that broaden her horizon and view on life. And, for the last two decades, Melanie has made traveling the world a central theme in her career as a communications professional. Working with travel and lifestyle professionals from around the globe, she provides public relations counsel and support ranging from strategic storytelling and branding messaging to pavement-pounding street marketing and special events. Originally from Iowa, Melanie now calls Southern California her home.
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