Okay, shoulder season in Europe isn't exactly a secret, but most travelers ignore the lower-cost period between high season hordes and low season doldrums—to their detriment. Want to see the Acropolis without crowds? Visit the South of France in full bloom? Ski in a t-shirt in the Swiss Alps? We've got your back.
When some bemoan the slushy streets, others bounce down them on the balls of their feet. Frozen toes mean just one thing to this crowd—the powder days are coming. We've said it before, but this season's snowfall is record-breaking—and spring is coming, so get it while you can. Here are our favorite places to stay on the slopes—and where to head if the snow makes you shudder.
The period between the end of winter and when it really feels like spring isn't the most beloved. Sure, buds appear on spartan tree branches and shoveling ceases, but clouds hang low and there's a perma-drizzle. What to do? Skip the gloom and get a preview of the coming warmth. Here are three of our favorite sunny picks.