Our Presidents day weekend getaway began with a search for a deal that included round trip non-stop airfare, hotel and taxes in Brussels with options ranging from $450-$650 per person. As a rule of thumb, if you can get to anywhere in Western Europe from Washington DC for less than $650 round trip, it’s probably worth booking that flight immediately. However, if that deal also includes hotel, especially city center hotels, it’s a no-brainer.
Travel Tip: Every major airline has a vacation package website. If you prefer certain airlines, feel free to randomly browse options, especially when you are planning a last-minute getaway.
Part of what made our trip so cheap was that we did a package through United Vacations and they booked our airfare on a bulk rate. Bulk rates are non-upgradeable, but you still get your miles. Our Brussels flight had at least 30 empty seats in each direction. My husband and I suspect that these airlines offer these last-minute packages on their undersold flights, which makes the prices a “steal”. If you just want a quick getaway, without any particular destination in mind, we highly recommend this option.
Brussels is a perfect location for a quick getaway. You can see all of the highlights of the city on the hop on hop off bus. The “atom” is one of the most photographed sights in the city. My favorite reason to go to Brussels is to eat, drink and be merry.
If you visit Brussels, don’t leave without trying:
- Belgian chocolate
- Belgian waffles
- A pot of mussels
- Belgian beer
My friends all know I have a chocolate allergy, but when I go to Brussels I don’t forget the Benadryl. Well known for their delicious chocolate, I can’t resist the gourmet options all around the city.
The pictures of the waffles just don’t do them justice, but I prefer the light and flaky version. Mussels are available at most restaurants and are served with a variety of sauce options but we all loved the garlic. Of course, you also have to try the beer. I am not a beer drinker, but trust me, they know what their doing and I loved several options.
In short, if you have time for a quick getaway, check out Brussels.