It is no secret that outbound tourism from India has been on the rise. Fueled by movies shot in exotic locations and rising wealth in the country, more Indians are travelling abroad than ever before. In 2018, over a million Indians applied for visas to visit the Schengen Region in the continent. The number had jumped 17 percent over the previous year and has doubled within four years. The Schengen visa allows tourists to travel through 26 European countries including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy with a single document. People travel to Europe all year round, but several reasons make September the best month to travel to the continent.
Europe spans across a wide geographical region, resulting in widely divergent climatic conditions across the continent. Countries in North Europe like Finland, Sweden and Norway can be extremely cold in winters, while southern regions such as Italy, Spain, Portugal, and South France can witness high temperatures in the summer months. Though many people like to experience European winters, for most Indians it would be too harsh to bear. September could be an ideal month for Indian travelers as the weather in most of Europe is mild, though some countries witness heavy rainfall and chilly weather. The weather may vary between months but risks associated with foreign travel remain constant. Get a travel insurance policy before embarking on a vacation to tackle these risks. At Bajaj Finserv MARKETS, you can buy Europe travel insurance online and get protection against trip cancellation, trip delay or personal accident.
Europe is a tourist magnet. Countries like France, Spain, Italy, and the UK receive millions of tourists from around the world every year. Tourists prefer the summer season to travel to Europe, which drives up the costs significantly. The continent witnesses very harsh winters and accommodations and flights are cheapest at the peak of the winter season. But prices are not the only guiding factor. Spring and autumn are the ideal time to visit the continent as prices are manageable and the weather remains mild. You are more likely to get cheaper rooms and flight tickets if you travel in September.
If you want to experience a place then visit in the off-season months. Even though it is an open secret, most people do not follow it. What postcard-worthy pictures of the Eiffel Towers or the pristine Mediterranean beaches do not tell us that the popular tourist destinations become overly crowded during the peak season. Generally, people of countries like France and Italy go on vacation in August crowding the seaside cities of the continent. Similarly, months around Christmas see unmanageable crowds in the ski resorts of Switzerland and Luxembourg.
Accommodation charges skyrocket when a city becomes crowded and it also becomes difficult to experience the place in solitude. September falling between the vacation month of August and winter months of November-December is the perfect month to enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of Europe. Even after planning your trip to the last detail, several variables may crop up at the last moment and have an impact on your experience. To protect against the variables like medical emergencies and trip curtailment, buy a Bajaj Allianz travel insurance policy before leaving. At Bajaj Finserv MARKETS, you can get travel insurance for your entire family, with premiums starting at Rs 1470.
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Besides unparalleled beauty, Europe is also known for its cultural festivals. Festivals like La Tomatina have received wide media coverage and are well-known in India. Most festivals take place in the summer season, but you can experience equally enjoyable events in September with lesser crowds. The biggest cultural festival starting in September is Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. Even though its named Oktoberfest, it starts in mid-September and stretches to October. Music lovers can look forward to the Outlook Festival in Croatia, which takes place on the beautiful Adriatic Sea coast.
Ideally, the month of travel should be decided taking into consideration the countries you want to visit and the activities you want to perform. For instance, if you want to have a true skiing experience, you will have to visit in December or January. But for a regular tourist, September is the ideal month with affordable prices and lower crowds.
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