No plans for Fall Weekend? Go to Europe.

If you’re agonizing over the prospect of planning a fun-filled Columbus Day Fall Weekend, you should consider ditching the pumpkin patch or the apple orchard and head to the other side of the pond.

According to a recent Fox News article, there’s never been a better time to spontaneously pick up and go to Europe. After years of planning, developing, and building in anticipation of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the entire continent is now feeling the effects of the Olympic comedown after the masses of humanity have returned to their respective countries. You don’t need to have taken ECON0110 (or Logic, for that matter) to know that thousands of empty hotel rooms = low demand, and low demand = cheap prices. You do the rest (hint: use the transitive property).

It also doesn’t hurt that the European economy is in shambles, so fewer Europeans are casually boppin’ around the continent. It may suck for them, but it translates into low rates for us.

Of course, the “shoulder season” of fall also deserves some credit: kids are back in school, parents are back on their work grind, and the summer weather has come and gone. Fewer people are traveling and staying in hotels as they get back into the swing of things, so inevitably, prices of both flights and hotel rooms are significantly cheaper.

The article suggests that you should “drop everything and go [to Europe].” Embrace your spontaneity. Consider visiting friends who are studying abroad this fall. Drink legally in a foreign country. When your parents become suspicious of your behavior, just simply do what you all do best: blame it on Fox News.

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