[highlight color=”black”]WEDNESDAY WANDERLUST[/highlight]

I’m pretty excited about the European debt crisis — I know that sounds insensitive, so hear me out. Sure, Greece has hit rock bottom and Portugal is hanging on by a thread, but countries all over the continent have started offering travel deals in an effort to boost tourism and get some cash flowing back into the eurozone. Sorry about your economy and everything, people of Europe, but this means a whole world has opened up for budget conscious travelers like myself. For instance, I never thought I would make it to the Azores and now it’s conveniently in my price range.

Not quite sure where or what the Azores are? If you’ve spent as much time as I have idly scrolling across the globe in Google Maps, you’ve probably stumbled across a smattering of islands about two-thirds of the way between New England and the Iberian Peninsula. Those are the nine islands of the Azores, which comprise one of the two autonomous regions of Portugal (the other being Madeira). They have a mild subtropical climate and plenty of opportunities for exploration or relaxation, and now thanks to a local airline’s push for business they are more accessible to Americans than ever before.

Local Azores airline SATA is offering a deal from now until Oct. 31 that includes a round-trip flight from Boston, a six night stay, and complementary daily breakfast for as low as $719. Flights leave every Tuesday and Friday and bring you home a week later, and you can choose from several hotels on five different islands (São MiguelSanta MariaTerceiraPico and Faial) to tailor your trip to your needs.

São Miguel is the most populated island in the archipelago with the biggest town, Ponta Delgada. There you’ll find the most cosmopolitan environment in the Azores with restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Whichever island you choose you’ll find something to entertain you, because for relatively tiny islands the possibilities are practically endless:

Do you like to be on the open sea? Go whale watching, sailing, and big game fishing. Are you a nature lover who prefers to keep their feet on solid ground? Birdwatching and hiking are great in the Azores. Want to be stationary in the sun with food and drink nearby? You’re in luck, because every island has a beach and the Azores are known for wine and cheese production.

In summary: the debt crisis may be costing European nations billions of dollars in bailout funds, but it’s saving me a crapload of money on a week-long island vacation in the Azores. And that, my friends, is what I call a silver lining.

Photos courtesy of Torpe via Flickr (CC BY 3.0)

Steven tried out for The Amazing Race one time and was denied. We're not saying this is why he started this site, but it may have been a contributing factor in his decision to explore the world online and share his travel inspiration with others.


  1. Thank you for posting this! The Azores have long been on my bucket list. This SATA deal sounds great, and so maybe this will be the year… Love your site, btw, and sorry about the AR. Their loss. 🙂

    • Thanks for the love! And you’re right, this deal is too good to pass up. Just need to find the right week and clear my schedule!


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