Twice The Baggage: Top 10 off-season European destinations out of MSP

November to March is a cheap time to cross the Atlantic.
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The Temple Bar in Dublin.

The Temple Bar in Dublin.

You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to vacation in Europe, write our guest travel bloggers Twice The Baggage.

In fact, we often travel in the off-season (November through March) to Europe. Flights can be half the price of what they would be during peak months. Plus, you end up going to places when they're less touristy, and hotels are cheaper.

Any of the below places are great destinations to visit, but they truly are hard to pass up when flights cost this little.

*Prices below were the cheapest we found for a one-week trip from MSP between November and March, but prices will vary based on the time of booking, airline, vacation length.

Dublin

Price per ticket from MSP: $330 on American, RT, one-stop

TTB will be heading to Dublin ourselves in May 2019, just a bit after offseason. Our bucket list includes the Guinness tour, the Temple Bar, and of course a trip to the Cliffs of Moher. I think it’s safe to say we will spend most of our time in a pub listening to live music, but we hear there is great hiking!

Glasgow

Price per ticket from MSP: $401 on Delta, Virgin Atlantic, RT, one-stop

Cathedrals, art galleries, and open Scottish air, what more could you want? Spend the day exploring all the nooks and crannies Glasgow has to offer. Just be sure to visit the Pollock House built in 1752. If you are wanting more open land to hike and take in nature check out one of the many day trips for hiking in Scotland!

London

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Price per ticket from MSP: $401 on Icelandair, RT, one-stop

London has so much to offer its visitors. From Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, Stonehenge, and so much more, you will not be bored. Be sure to purchase the London Pass to maximize your dollar if you plan to visit most of the main tourist attractions. TTB recommends taking a day trip to Windsor Castle, Bath, and Stonehenge.

Lisbon

Price per ticket from MSP: $529 on Air Canada, RT, one-stop

TTB will be headed to Lisbon in February and, as always, could not be more excited. Lisbon sits in a nice bay area with a short drive to Atlantic Ocean beaches. What are we most excited for? Climbing as high as we can, probably up Santa Justa Elevator, to get views of the red roofs, pastel buildings, and water in the distance. Of course we will also visit the castle, Belem Tower, take a tram ride, and peruse any market we come upon!

Berlin

Price per ticket from MSP: $450 on Icelandair, RT, one-stop

What is there not to do in the German capital? Berlin holds so much history that you could spend an entire week in museums, memorials, and visiting the wall. If you have a little extra time be sure to take a day trip to Potsdam, an architectural beauty.

Zurich

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Price per ticket from MSP: $314 on American, RT, one-stop

Zurich was hands down one of the most expensive destinations TTB has traveled to. However, a less expensive flight helps ease that pain. Zurich is a beautiful city for wandering the streets, but be sure to spend a bit of time looking over Lake Zurich from outside the Opera House. TTB recommends taking a day trip to the Swiss Alps, we went up Mount Titlis.

TTB Pro Tip: Zurich has 1,200 water fountains throughout the city. Bring your reusable water bottle and save some money!

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Rome

Price per ticket from MSP: $480 on Air Canada, RT, one-stop

Half of TTB has been to Rome, and stated there is an abundance to see there. From the obvious locations like the Colosseum and Pantheon, to a 2,000-year-old pyramid. An experience that you will never forget is to see Christmas Eve mass at the Vatican. Whatever you do, be sure to throw your three coins in the Trevi Fountain.

Oslo

Price per ticket from MSP: $450 on American, Finnair, RT, two-stops

The capital of Norway is another destination TTB is headed to in May. Oslo is known for its green spaces and museums. Be sure to head to Holmenkollen, an iconic ski jump with the oldest ski museum. TTB highly recommends checking out the Fjords of Bergen, Norway. You’ll have to plan for the 6 1/2 hour train ride, but they are well worth the visit.

Vienna

Price per ticket from MSP: $536 on United, Austrian, RT, one-stop

Who doesn’t want to go to a city once home to the likes of Mozart, Beethoven, and Sigmund Freud? Vienna’s architecture reminds us of our time in Belgium. Take in its gorgeous buildings while exploring the many parks and museums.

Copenhagen

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Price per ticket from MSP: $332 on American, Finnair, RT, two-stops

Spend some relaxing time in Copenhagen. Learn the true meaning of hygge, bike around the city, play in Tivoli gardens, and drink delicious coffee in Nyhavn. As we do everywhere else, take a free walking tour to get your bearings and learn the cultural norms. The fun fact we learned during this tour was that bikes outnumber residents 3 to 1 in Copenhagen. 

You can find more writing from Ashlee Kronforst and Ryan Monk at Twice The Baggage, or by following them on Instagram.

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