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Belgium on a Budget

Traveling to Belgium can be pricey, particularly when the euro is strong. Avoiding the peak summer travel season will help you trim the cost of airfare and hotels. You should also look into hostels or apartment rentals to save over more expensive hotels. When you're buying Belgium's famous chocolates to take home as gifts for others (or for yourself -- we won't tell!), don't buy them in souvenir shops. Instead, do as the locals do and pick up your goodies at a grocery store, where the prices are much lower.

Best Time to Go to Belgium

Like most European countries, Belgium offers its warmest, sunniest days during the summer months, particularly July and August -- so that's also when you'll find larger crowds and higher prices. Opt for the cooler spring and fall months and you'll save on airfare and hotel rates. Winters in Belgium are usually mild, but chilly, rainy days are common, especially on the coast. Speaking of rain, it's wise to bring an umbrella no matter when you visit; passing showers are a year-round hazard.


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