History, architecture, art, scenic beaches, and exciting adventures are but a few of the reasons why Europe is a dream destination for many vacationers. Travel costs can be prohibitive and if not checked, can deny many travellers the opportunity to see and experience this vast continent.
Travel can get expensive, and when you are on a budget, it can get a little daunting. Some great tips will allow you to enjoy your European vacation without breaking the bank. Vacationing on the cheap need not be boring either.
1. Accommodation Alternatives
When you think about travelling, hotels may be the first thing that comes to mind. In most cases, however, hotels can be costly. Spending a substantial portion of your budget on hotel accommodation means you will have very little left to do everything else.
Alternatives such as backpacker lodges and Airbnb have changed the way we view travel accommodation. Airbnb listings have single rooms, apartments, suites, houseboats, cottages and more meaning that you can now get quality accommodation at just a fraction of the cost.
2. Travel Off-Season
During peak holiday seasons, most European cities tend to be crowded and as a result, a lot more expensive. Doing a little research to avoid peak seasons and plan your trip around off-season dates can save a traveller a ton of money.
It is essential to take note of public and religious holidays in the cities you plan on travelling to as you may have to put up with more crowds and inflated costs even offseason.
3. Eat Light and on the Go
Cheese and bread, sandwiches, wines, pre-packed fruits and vegetables as well as hot meals are all found in the beautiful farmer’s markets that abound throughout the continent. So why spend money eating at an expensive restaurant when you can have a great picnic lunch immersed in the scenery for so much less?
Eating smaller meals and grocery shopping can keep your energy high all day in addition to staying away from big restaurant bills. Ordering to go costs much less and eating in a park with a good bottle of wine while taking in the sounds and sights is so much more romantic.
4. Pack Light
Any traveller knows that checking in luggage can be a high extra cost. Strip your luggage to the bare minimum to less allow you to move quickly and without incurring more charges. One idea is to aim for your luggage to weigh no more than one-tenth of your body weight.
A minimalist approach to packing will ensure that you are a lot more comfortable and mobile. By keeping things carry bag size, you will save valuable cash.
1. Walk or Use Public Transportation
Renting a car can be expensive with rates, fuel costs and parking fees all eating into your pocket so whenever possible, opt for walking, biking, or public transport. If your destination is close enough; walk. Not only will you get proper exercise, but it is also a much more exciting way to view a city and its surroundings.
There is something simply magical about exploring a city on foot or bicycle. Though you will need to pay for travel to further than walking distance spots, remember the local bus or tram is always cheaper than a taxi, it allows you to interact with locals.
Europe is a continent packed with amazing places and experiences, so remember to take lots of photos. Always keep an open mind and think safety first. By being prepared and following these simple tips to travelling smart, any destination in Europe can be budget-friendly.