European travel can be an unforgettable, rewarding experience. And it doesn’t have to break the bank! If you’re traveling on a budget, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on some of the best attractions Europe has to offer. Here we look at a number of ways you can make your money go a little further when you travel and still get to see and experience everything on your wish-list.
Travel in the off-season
Flights, transport, and hotels are much cheaper in the off-season, and if you travel in May or September you have the added bonus of having fewer other tourists around. It can really give you a better, more authentic taste of local flavor to see what a place is like when it isn’t full of tourists! Summer travel is great and if there are specific events that are held in the summertime that you particularly want to see, then go for it if your budget allows. Otherwise, you can save heaps of cash by going when everything is cheaper.
Shop around for flights and accommodation, and don’t just let the websites do it for you. Try several of them and do a bit of your own research as well. If you’re willing to put in the work, you can save some serious money.
Book 2 one-way flights
Common sense says that a return flight is cheaper than two singles, but the latter can actually work out in your favor – especially if you plan to visit several countries in one visit. For example, if you land in Paris and travel overland to Italy, a return flight from Paris will mean having to cover the cost of getting back there to catch your flight home. This way you can spend more time visiting new places instead of backtracking, too.
Consider visiting countries that do not use the Euro
There are many beautiful countries in Europe that don’t use the Euro, and the exchange rates mean that you can often get much more for your money. Be careful though – countries like the UK, Denmark, and Sweden are not in the Euro because they are better off without it. This means that their exchange rates aren’t so great for you! Look up currency information of the countries you want to visit before you travel to get an idea of how far your money will go.
Rent an apartment
There are lots of websites that allow people to rent out their homes to travelers and tourists, and at a much lower rate than hotels or even hostels. Some will even let you stay for free if you don’t mind looking after the place while they’re away! Have a look around online and see if there are any low-rate or free accommodations in the area you want to visit. This is especially good if you’re traveling in a group, as you can each pitch in and share the cost.
Many people try to stay in places that are outside of the city they want to visit. While this can mean lower accommodation rates, it does mean that you’ll have to commute every day to get where you want to go – and this will quickly rack up the cost. Look at the costs before you plan your vacation, and figure out which will be cheaper for you. If you can stay in someone’s home using one of the websites we mentioned above, you might even completely eliminate the costs of both commuting and accommodation!