I want to go to Europe this summer

I’m tired of being poor and never do I feel poorer than in Spring. Why?

Because people start talking about summer travel plans. “So where are you going this summer?”

People who have done well drop things like “oh, maybe Europe, Paris, perhaps.”

oh, jeez!

oh, jeez!

People who have not think roadtrip, and it usually comes out as follows, “we just want to downsize this summer, hang out in our pajamas,  spend some quality time-”


“Traveling is just such a headache these days, it’s just so not worth it.”

our usual summer vacation

our usual summer vacation

Which is code for broke. I know because I’m always in the latter category and over the years I have developed a bit of an anger problem for those in the former. Paris, India, Africa, Christmas, Easter, Summer, It’s downright unfair, it makes me ALMOST wish for communism, well, no, not really.  But you know what I want to go to Europe. I want to travel to Africa and have my kids see the Great Wall somewhere else besides the latest Karate Kid movie.

Well, guess what, you can. All you have to do is get all your disenfranchised friends and family together, book a cheap flight to Europe and check out the villas from which You Can choose.

Okay, who wants to spend a few weeks at a fifteenth century Italian Villa in Tuscany with pool, incredible views of the countryside and perfect for seeing places like Florence and Sienna  (less than thirty miles away) all for $39 a night? Hello!!!! Me, me, over here, me!!!!

A 15th-century Tuscan farmhouse

Your Tuscan Villa

Your Tuscan Villa

This villa, part of an olive-growing estate, called Stella del Chianti is on an unpaved and ancient wine route that stretches from Florence to Sienna. The famous Etruscan village of Castellina in Chianti, is 10 minutes away.

This fully restored four-bedroom house was put together by the famed fashion designer Emanuel Ungaro, a family friend, and the results are impressive: Exposed terracotta floors, wood beams and antique Tuscan pottery. The pool, a long lovely clear blue rectangle, built into original red terracotta and overlooking the estate. And for dining, an outdoor wood-burning oven, where you can try to make your own pizza. It is so much harder than you think.

The estate’s owners live in a farmhouse 40 yards down the road, which comes in handy when you’re in need and what’s even more handy is that their mama cooks for guests upon request for a small fee. Her specialty: homemade pappardelle with pine nuts, thyme, and pecorino cheese. Incredible.

Contact: Parkervillas, property SIN664

From $2,210/week, sleeps 8. 

More Amazing Rentals From Around the World

Provence, $32 pp/night
I’ll admit it, I had south of France envy. I had spent time there when I was younger but since having a family we hadn’t been able to get there. Now with places like these and cheap tickets to Nice it’s totally doable. Imagine this: An 1810 stone farmhouse with an original fireplace, a pool and smack in the middle of Rhone wine country.  Price: $2,269/week, sleeps 10. Ville et Village, 510/559-8080, property PR003.

Your French Villa

Your French Villa

Spain, $29 pp/night

A villa in a whitewashed fishing village on the Costa Brava with three terraces with ocean views, outdoor eating area with grill, pool; and the beach and town are just a 10-minute walk away.

Price: From $1,222/week, sleeps 6. 011-34/376-852-696,

Your Spanish Villa

Your Spanish Villa

Mexico, $46 pp/night
A four-bedroom beachfront villa on five miles of beach, with free  kayaks and canoes a pool (shared with free Wi-Fi on the Riviera Nayarit’s Playa Las Tortugas. Perks: Price: From $2,600/week, sleeps 8.  vrbo property #18146  415/435-0855

Your Mexican Villa

Your Mexican Villa

Croatia, $27 pp/night
A seaside retreat in Mali Ston, a medieval town less than an hour north of Dubrovnik where you may lounge by the pool, gazing at a garden with figs and pomegranates. Price: From $1,525/week, sleeps 8. Croatian Villa Holidays

Your Croatian Villa

Your Croatian Villa


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