This year go all the way and plan a surprise romantic gift to your better half: an affordable trip to Europe! Right now they have flights starting at $401 from the East Coast to Madrid (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal), and Rome (Italy)! How crazy is that? Well, now is the time for you to take 3 days off work, and enjoy a nice long weekend in beautiful Spain or Portugal.
Where are these fares you may ask? Well, only on my favorite traveling app ever: Fareness! This is a great website/app for those that enjoy traveling without a specific destination or restricted dates. Below are a couple of screenshots so you can see low fares to Europe departing on February 10th and coming back on February 14th.
From New York to Madrid, Spain – $401!!
I personally LOVE Spain! I have been to Madrid more times than I can count and cannot say enough good things about it. To look for inexpensive hotels, try TripAdvisor or, my all-time-favorite Airbnb and VRBO. Nothing like staying at a local’s house, nearby the bakeries, mom-and-pop cafes and within walking distance or your [soon to be] favorite spots.
In terms of restaurants, you can easily find highly rated establishments but regardless of where you go, you should definitely have the following: Camarones al Ajillo, (prawns with garlic) Pimientos del Padron (they are not spicy at all and you’re welcome), and Arroz con Bogavante (you can thank me later!).
My only suggestion would be to pay a visit to the Museo del Jamon. They have incredible prosciutto choices and they offer the famous Pata Negra aka “black paw”. I have had the Camarones al Ajillo there and they were pretty good.
If you are considering this trip, feel free to comment below or email me, and I can send you more suggestions on what to do, where to go and what to eat 🙂
So, onto their neighbors: Portugal! New York to Lisbon: $402
Portugal is probably the safest country in Europe these days. No threats, no terrorism, very affordable, and the food and wine are to die for.
Lisbon has a lot to be seen but make sure you don’t go to the tourist traps! They will charge you 4 euros for a latte, when it would be 90 cents on a local coffee shop.
In terms of food, here’s what you need to try and go back for more: Pastéis de Belém (custard pastries), Francesinha (steak and ham sandwich in a spicy beer-tomato sauce), and Polvo Grelhado na Brasa (grilled octopus). Ok so maybe octopus might be an extreme call for you, so if you are not that adventurous, make sure you try any kind of seafood. You cannot go to Portugal and not try the seafood. A great start would be Arroz de Marisco (a very rich seafood rice).
Again, if you are seriously considering a trip to Portugal, please add a comment below with your questions or send me an email, and I will be sure to help with further details 🙂
Last but not least, round-trip from New York to Rome, Italy: $500!
I am pretty sure I don’t have to add any details to this one. It’s Italy after all! Last we were there, in June of 2016, we did all things Italian: we drove a Vespa, visited a Tuscany vineyard, rented a convertible to drive through the countryside, ate tons of pasta, pizza was almost a daily snack and enjoyed the people, music and landmarks.
If you live anywhere outside of New York, you can always fly to NY with cheaper airlines such as Spirit, Virgin, JetBlue and Southwest. They offer flights starting out at $90 from Miami, Boston, Chicago, Phoenix and LA.
Grab your passport, your spring coat, and Bon Voyage!