That is until I scrolled by this post on Pinterest.
The overall gist of the post was that you can fly to Europe for (around) $200-$300 if (1) you fly out of a large airport, (2) fly using Norwegian Air, and (3) are flexible with your dates.
The trick is that once you get into Europe through these less expensive locations you can hop on a flight to London, or Paris, or wherever for less than $100.
The savings were amazing when I tested it out myself. It would cost me just about $500 to fly to London from Detroit.
It opened the door to Europe for me.