The first time I went to Europe, I was in college studying architecture. After my first year, there was a great program put together by the school called “The Grand Tour of Europe”. It was such an amazing experience and anytime I go to Europe I try to recreate it and go to as many cities I can squeeze in. Europe is a must-see for any travel or design enthusiast. Once you pick off the larger cities, there are so many smaller locales that deserve just as much attention as Paris or Rome. It’s also fun to go back to these big cities over and over again. I will never get tired of going to Europe.
Washington D.C. is a great jumping off point for any trip to Europe. Prices are slightly lower during peak times, like Summer, and they cater to international flights. We used points on American Airlines direct from Miami to D.C. and then my boyfriend used his companion Business Class ticket on British Airways to London. You still have to pay fees which pretty much total what an economy ticket would cost and they make it notoriously difficult to redeem, but if you plan far enough ahead you can get a great deal!
Once in Europe you can find flights easily and cheaply. I like Vueling since it goes to lesser-traveled cities and I pack lightly so I never have any baggage overage issues. Another airline I love is SAS Scandinavian Airlines. When in Europe, they are a great option! Always check if these airlines you don’t normally take are part of any loyalty program. It takes a few minutes and you could be on your way to a free flight, or at least an upgrade.
Accomodations in Europe can get very pricey! Luckily, we found a great deal in Marrkech at this amazing modern villa, Dar Sabra, in the Palmerie on JetSetter a few months before we decided to go. I check that website weekly. Even if the places on their site are sometimes out of my price range, I still like to know what places have discounts and get some great travel ideas!
In Mallorca and Amsterdam, we got complimentary rooms through Small Luxury Hotels of the World. They have some amazing properties and love that they organize a lot of smaller, family-owned hotels. If I can’t stay in an AirBnB, this is another great website to start with.
For Copenhagen, we wanted to stay in the residences designed by the famous Danish architect, Bjarke Ingels (B.I.G.). We got to stay in two of his world-renowned developments: 8Tallet and VM House. AirBnB is amazing! I cannot recommend the website highly enough. As an architecture aficionado I have been able to stay in buildings that I admire and studied in school, while staying below budget!