15 Things Europeans Have That Americans Consider a Luxury

Happy excited young woman

Some people enjoy things daily that we can only afford less regularly. We’re sure something springs to mind, whether it’s a cappuccino, a sliver of salmon, or even just bottled water. 

A group of Americans compiled a list of 15 things that Europeans have that are considered a luxury.

1. Cheap International Flights

Female airplane passenger enjoying the view from the cabin

Image Credit: lightpoet/Depositphotos.com.

International flights in Europe are substantially cheaper than domestic flights in the U.S. Cheap international flights are a big luxury for Americans.

2. Government Healthcare

Image Credit: outline205/Depositphotos.com.

Many European countries have government healthcare freely available to them. Many Americans have shared what a luxury this is as they have to pay for expensive healthcare out of pocket.

3. Walkable Cities

dublin ireland

Image Credit: Madrugada Verde/Shutterstock.

Walking from place to place is truly a luxury in the eyes of the American people. European cities and towns are often walkable, while Americans must drive to where they need to go.

4. Cheap Coffee

Image Credit: ArturVerkhovetskiy/Depositphotos.com.

Coffee shops in America are marketed as trendy spots, and purchasing a pastry and coffee equates to between 8 and 10 dollars. In comparison, a coffee and pastry cost around 3 dollars, especially in southern Europe.

5. Public Transport

Image Credit: DGLimages/Depositphotos.com.

What blew some Americans away when they traveled to Europe was how easy it was to hop on public transport to get where they wanted. Railways link the major cities in America, but if someone lives in a smaller town or village, they don’t have the luxury of public transport.

6. Paid Parental Leave

Image Credit: monkeybusiness/Depositphotos.com.

In many European companies, paid maternity and paternity leave is included in their contract, some even allowing mothers to take up to a year’s maternity leave. In contrast, many American companies don’t offer their employees as much or even any paid maternity leave, and mothers sometimes return to work only six weeks after having their child. 

7. Easy to Cross Borders

rhyl wales

Image Credit: ccrcats/depositphotos.com.

Because America is so big, international travel is more challenging than in Europe, where the countries are close. Many Americans said that they would love this type of luxury.

8. Vacation Days

Image Credit: svetikpash@mail.ru/Depositphotos.com.

Americans envy the paid vacation days Europeans are afforded and even encouraged to take. Often, American employees aren’t given as much paid vacation and are discouraged from using it.

9. Good Bread

Image Credit: HayDmitriy/Depositphotos.com.

Many Americans wished buying fresh, “real” bread in America was easier. European countries, like France, offer freshly baked bread in local bakeries, which Americans deem a luxury.

10. Affordable Universities

bryn mawr college pennsylvania

Image Credit: Bo Shen/Shutterstock.

One American mother shared that she sent her daughter to a European university because it was cheaper than attending school in America. Americans envy the ease and affordability of going to university in Europe.

11. Cheap Wine by the Glass

winery landscape

Image Credit: happyalex/depositphotos.com.

Drinking wine by the glass is usually an affordable way to drink wine at a restaurant, especially in Europe. Americans pay a lot more for a glass of wine in the U.S. and share that it is a luxury to enjoy one. 

12. Bike Lanes

Image Credit: monkeybusiness/Depositphotos.com.

Americans who have visited parts of Europe are shocked at how well bike lanes work and how people are encouraged to use bikes to get from place to place. Many say they fear for their lives when riding their bike in the U.S.

13. Reliable Police Force

nighttime security guard

Image Credit: sirtravelalot/Shutterstock.

Some have shared that European police forces are much more reliable and trustworthy than in America. They said that one of the reasons for this is that the education and training required to become a police officer in America is less intensive than in Europe.

14. Toilet Doors that Reach the Floor

Image Credit: diego_cervo/Depositphotos.com.

A few Americans shared how jealous they are that European toilet stall doors reach the floor. They don’t want to know what shoe color the person next to them is wearing while going to the bathroom.

15. Regulations on Food

gyros greek food

Image Credit: gioiak2/Depositphotos.com.

Food with fewer chemicals and more regulations is considered a luxury to Americans. They say that Europe has stricter ingredients and food preparation regulations, which they wish was true of America.

A Local’s Guide to London’s Top 15 Dessert Spots

tourists in england

Image Credit: Maridav/depositphotos.com.

London is a melting pot of cultures, and there’s no denying it. As a born & bred Londoner, one of my favorite things about the city is the depth of diverse cuisine. If, like me, you’ve got a sweet tooth with a mind of its own, you’ll want to keep reading. The following desserts will help fuel your London explorations.

A Local’s Guide to London’s Top 15 Dessert Spots

15 American Foods Non-Americans Think Are Completely Bizarre, Weird, or Disgusting

disgusted woman

Image Credit: Shutterstock.

Sometimes, we think our food choices are ordinary until an outsider comes along and points out it is not. These 15 American foods have been described as bizarre, weird, or disgusting by non-Americans who’ve tried and tasted them. Are you surprised by the list?

15 American Foods Non-Americans Think Are Completely Bizarre, Weird, or Disgusting

10 European Countries That Are Perfect for Americans Traveling on a Budget

Spain travel

Image Credit: Alliance Images/Shutterstock.

Spending an extended vacation in Europe is many Americans’ idea of a perfect adventure. However, not all European countries are created equally — especially when accommodating people who want to visit while on a budget! Recently, like-minded travelers met in an online discussion to reveal which European countries cater to the budget-conscious American visitor.

10 European Countries That Are Perfect for Americans Traveling on a Budget

15 Cities in Europe an American Can Live Comfortably for $2500 USD/Month

Europe travel vacation fun summer woman dancing in freedom with arms up happy in Oia, Santorini, Greece island. Carefree girl tourist in European destination wearing red fashion dress.

Image Credit: Shutterstock.

When you think of the great European cities, Prague, Paris, Vienna, and Munich might be among the names that come to mind. But, as phenomenal as the European cities with the highest appeal are, they may be better vacation spots than homes if you’re looking to live on $2,500 per month or less.

We have uncovered 15 culturally vibrant, modern, and reasonably priced European cities that you could call home (if only for a month) on an average salary.

15 Cities in Europe an American Can Live Comfortably for $2500 USD/Month

15 Incredible Places in the U.S. You Might Not Have Realized Were UNESCO Sites

Woman traveler sight seeing

Image Credit: Shutterstock.

There’s nothing better than discovering there’s even more to a place than you thought. Whether you know it or not, these 15 incredible places in the U.S. are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and all worth visiting.

15 Incredible Places in the U.S. You Might Not Have Realized Were UNESCO Sites

Source: Reddit

Posted in

Jordy Johnson

Jordy gave up her home base to travel South Africa and experience more of her country. From that decision, she’s landed work as a travel writer for a magazine that showcases southern Africa and has grown her Instagram travel page, WeTheWests. She enjoys showing locals and foreigners all the beautiful and unique places and experiences South Africa and the rest of the world have to offer.

Leave a Comment