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Europe honeymoon in winter in Europe - what you need to know

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There have been several posts recently from people who want to spend their winter honeymoon in europe - but seem not to realize several key points - and so end up with plans that don't make any sense.

Things to be considered:

All of europe is a temperate (not tropical or even semi-tropical) climate and has a real winter (cold temps, snow, ice and sleet). You may not be prepared for these temps, have the proper outdoor clothing, or be prepared for doing things mostly indoors. (This means you will need a warm winter coat, hat, gloves, scarf, sweaters, warm, waterproof winter boots with non-skid soles and sturdy folding umbrellas).

While it is true that there are some areas (very southern Spain and possibly Sicily and Crete) that are not SO cold - you can get snow almost anywhere and in Switzerland you will have LOTs of it. Going to Switz in winter - except for winter sports - doesn't make a lot of sense, since many of the things you would do are not possible. Also - this is high season - so even more expensive than usual.

Most of europe is very far north and days tend to be short - making nights colder and giving you fewer daylight hours for sightseeing.

Off season (which this is in many places) sights can be open much shorter hours. In Italy places may well be open only from 9 am to 1 or 2 pm..

When planning a trip you need to allow at least 1/2 a day for moving from one city to another. If you are flying and there is bad weather - even fog - you may be delayed a day or even more. You need to allow time for this in your itinerary.

Unfortunately, several of these posters seem to have locked themselves into less than optimal (ranging to the absolutely impossible) itineraries before coming here. And seem to think - for some reason - that they are locked in - even though the trip isn't until several months from now. (I don't know if they have paid for all in advance to local travel agents or are just not familiar with the concept of changing plans.)

If we keep bringing this to the top perhaps some will notice it before making it a nonsense.

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