euYOU go to EUROPE 2020

It's time to get sorted with earlybird flight and travel deals - and booking deadlines looming - writes STEPHEN SCOURFIELD

There are lots of reasons to plan now for Europe during its spring, summer and autumn of 2020.

Food and wine. Culture and history. Big cities and green mountains. Cycling and walking. Different style and fashions; different attitudes to life. Joie de vivre — the joy of living we find in parts of Europe.

And just about every part of Europe is just one flight connection away.

Europe isn’t that big. Yet while it covers just 2 per cent of the planet’s land surface, there are 44 countries in Europe, according to the United Nations.

But it is big enough, for landforms and sea influences to add to dramatic climatic differences, of course.

From Helsinki, the most northerly capital on mainland Europe (Reykjavic edges it out when you count Iceland), to Athens is 3400km (the same as Dunsborough to Kununurra).

But for most of the European continent, the classic “summer season” is from June to mid-September. The peak months are July and August.

But let’s just think that through.

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