A good time to travel to Europe? Heat waves, strikes, cancellations, but fewer costs and restrictions

The statistics actually seem a little scary. More people are traveling than in a long time as more flights are canceled in the US, UK and Europe. Despite this, and the heat waves, and the rising price of a ticket, it might actually be a good time to travel. Because of the exchange rate.

As European travel restrictions ease in June for almost all major EU destinations, flights are up 290% year-on-year, as reported by Concur’s TripIt, main destinations being London, Paris, Barcelona and Rome.

Greece, for example, saw an 884% increase in flight arrivals in April compared to the same month a year earlier and Bulgaria is expecting 6 million tourists this summer.

But the disruption is just beginning. The Guardian reported that the confluence of Father’s Day and June 19, plus a season of “revenge travel”, has led to chaos across the United States with 4,200 flights delayed and 900 canceled on Sunday alone, a total of 19,000 flights interrupted since last Thursday. Friday, June 17 was the busiest day for air travel so far of the year, according to the TSA.

across the Atlantic, The Telegraph reported that UK airports and airlines have been thrown into considerable chaos. Easyjet, Britain’s largest airline, has decided to cut thousands of additional flights until the end of September. And across Europe, the crews of Ryanair’s French planes have called for ‘unlimited’ strikes over the summer following a call for a pay rise, a strike is planned in Italy for the end of June, as Bloomberg reported and Germany’s Lufthansa is canceling 1,000 flights in July due to staff shortages.

Don’t forget to add to the mix the unprecedented temperatures sweeping Europe (travelers should remember that water restrictions are in place and may impact vacation plans).

And air fares are the highest they have been so far this year. Skytra co-founder Elise Weber said ‘May ticket prices for European and North American domestic economy routes were the highest they have been this year. While European prices have not fluctuated to the same extent as North America, they too have been on an upward trajectory since January. »

However, the only benefit for anyone traveling from the United States to Europe is that the two currencies, the USD and the Euro, are reaching parity for the first time in twenty years – a fact which encourages the senior director of the Wise’s global expansion, Sharon Anne Kean, to let you know that now is the time to convert dollars into euros even if you plan to travel later this year, or possibly next.

Another handy tip for overcoming chaos? Try not to check in baggage.

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