Top Tips for Budget Travel in Europe
Traveling to Europe doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might expect it to be. In fact, there are a number of ways that you can save money without missing out. We have put together our tips that has allowed us to visit over 21 countries in the past two years! Using these you are able to experience the cities and towns you visit more like the locals do.
Here are our top tips for budget travel in Europe:
1. Saving on Food
The best way to save on food is to buy food from the supermarket or a local farmer’s market as often as possible and cook where you’re staying. Alternatively, you can buy fixings for a sandwich and head to a park for a picnic!
When eating out, find small eateries that offer fresh, local food, as these are almost always cheaper than bigger, fancier restaurants. These smaller places will also give you a more authentic taste of the region in which you’re staying since they’re usually family-owned and operated.
We recommend looking for the special of the day since this is usually better value than the other food. Eating a bigger meal at lunch will allow you to take advantage of lunchtime specials, and then you can save by having a smaller meal at dinner.
2. Saving on Transportation
As often as possible, walk to your destination. This is especially easy if you are staying in a small town or village as nearly everything will be within walking distance. Just make sure you get a map or else speak the local language well enough to get directions so you don’t get too lost!
We recommend looking for an all-inclusive pass when you arrive in a bigger city. Most big cities in Europe will offer these passes that you pay for by the day or a longer period of time and will let you use public transportation for free along with other benefits.
3. Saving on Accommodations
By staying in a hostel rather than a hotel, you’ll be able to save money not only on where you’re sleeping, but also on food since most hostels will have a decent kitchen that you can use for cooking food. But, there’s another option that will save you even more money than a hostel.
House sitting is a popular way that travelers can save money while being able to stay in a luxurious setting anywhere in the world. When people head out on holiday, they need someone to keep an eye on their home, and so will get a house sitter. It can be complication process to get started, research first and see how to become a house sitter so you can avoid paying for accommodation.
4. Saving on Attractions
That all-inclusive pass that saves you money on transportation will also help you save money on a number of local attractions, including museums and other popular tourist attraction.
You can also save on attractions by buying tickets in advance. Most of the biggest attractions in Europe will allow you to buy tickets online which is generally cheaper than buying in person and will also ensure that you get to go when you want.
Another way to save on attractions is to look for local events that are going on. While going through a museum will provide you with a look into the past of an area, finding a free local event will let you experience modern culture and you might even make some new friends.
Brittnay is an Australian who lived in London for the past two years. She managed to squeeze in 21 trips to Europe & Africa in that time. She passionate about travel, health and nutrition, you will find her healthy and delicious recipes on The Nut Butter Hub.
Top Tips for Budget Travel in Europe
Authors - Jennifer and Tony Edwards
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