Winter isn’t quite over, especially high in the Alps and Pyrenees, two of Europe’s main mountain ranges for skiing. Catch a flight to one of these locations for some last-minute seasonal skiing on a budget.
Some wouldn’t consider this smaller European country to be a skiing hot spot, but Jasná Nízke Tatry is the country’s largest ski resort and features 30 miles of trails, slopes and 20 lifts. The affordability of Slovakia also makes this a major draw for tourists, where a dish of hearty dumplings or stew, plus a Slovak beer, won’t set you back more than €10 euros, or $11.30.
Southwest of Slovakia and across Hungary and Austria is Slovenia, an Alps-adjacent country where Vogel Ski Resort offers less-intense slopes for novice skiers. When you’re not skiing, take a bus trip to nearby Lake Bohinj or the famous Lake Bled, 40 minutes and one hour away, respectively.
It’s no secret Eastern Europe is a budget traveler’s dream, and Bulgaria is no exception. For centuries, Borovets catered to snow lovers at the base of Mt. Musala, the country’s highest peak. Warm yourself between runs with a shot of rakia, a fruit-based liquor popular in the region.
Nestled high in the Pyrenees on the Spain-France border is this family-friendly resort town where an entire apartment can be rented for about $500 a week. Stay warm off the slopes with Catalan spiced snails and potato-cabbage hash, plus hot, melted chocolate served with world-famous churros.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.