Europe can be expensive, especially in the spring and summertime. But this year, things are different. The U.S. dollar continues to gain on the euro. Currently, €1 costs just over $1. Last year, traveling Americans had to part with as much as $1.50 to get €1. This favorable swing of the exchange rate makes Europe much more reasonable for transatlantic travelers.
That's the good news; the bad news is that plenty of Americans know it, and they're starting to book their vacations. The most popular destinations on the continent are going to be more crowded than ever this summer. Luckily, Europe is filled with off-the-beaten-track destinations that offer the same excitement as their mainstream peers without the crowds, lines and jacked-up prices.
Here are 10 less-touristy places in Europe that could be a part of your next itinerary. (Text: Josh Lew)