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Travel During Shoulder Season to Save Money

Money Tip: Travel to Europe During Shoulder Season

As we've been watching the dollar drown day by day, I've been planning a non-European honeymoon and thanking my lucky stars that the whole world doesn't use the euro. It's obviously dominating the dollar and the currency playing field shows no signs of leveling off anytime soon. So what's a Europe-hungry American to do?

Farecast is a site that generates airfare predictions and advises on whether you should buy now because fares will rise, or wait because they predict fares will drop. It's no secret that Summer is the peak season for European vacations, but if you leave just a month before the season kicks in you could save a few hundred dollars. A search for traveling from New York to Madrid between mid-May and mid-June generated the results above, showing a sharp increase once mid-June rolls around.

The Consumerist reports you'd save about $350 on airfare to Europe if you fly April-May or September-October, and explains that "this is known as shoulder season because the price graph sort of looks like a pair of shoulders, with the Summer peak forming the head."

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