Knowing how to navigate Europe on a budget is viewed by most people living there as an art form. For expats, planning a trip abroad can often be overwhelming. Once you know the tricks, you’ll realize that discovering your dream destinations is a lot easier (and cheaper) than you think.
We’ve put together a few tips on how to stretch your full bucks and make the most of your next vacation in Europe. From shipping to food, we’ve got you.
If you talk to a European about traveling, you will often hear the same names about cheap transportation. This is largely due to the number of low-cost airlines, bus and train routes available to you.
One of the most cost- and time-efficient ways to travel is to use low-cost airlines. It’s not uncommon to find flights under 20 euros with airlines like RyanAir, EasyJet, WOW or WizzAir. If time isn’t for you, use sites like SkyScanner or Momondo to search across all the low-cost airlines for you. For less than 20 euros (yes, under 20 euros), you can afford to add a few extra cities to your itinerary.
In some cases, turning into the street may be the best option. More and more travelers are turning to bus and carpooling because of their affordability. If you’re traveling by bus, it’s hard to beat the price from Flixbus. While it may not be as pretty as other means of transportation, it is only a fraction of the cost.
Another option would be Bla Bla Car. This ride-sharing company connects you with someone to share travel expenses. Have a great conversation in the passenger seat on the way to a beautiful European city; Doesn’t sound bad, does it?
After you get tired of traveling by land, we recommend hitting the waters and experiencing some of the most beautiful coastline by boat. Using SamBoat, you can rent a boat directly from its owner and explore the beautiful beaches of Europe.
Just like transportation, most cities in Europe offer some way to stay without being completely disrupted. Don’t worry, there are many options to keep you from overspending.
People always have a specific image of hostels across Europe. We’ve all had that friend who picked up their backpack and told us about them. In fact, hostels are starting to get more developed, offering more options, while improving their quality. In most cities, hostels are now upgrading their facilities while keeping affordability highly appreciated.
If you want to really connect with the local community, we recommend you try couch surfing. Travelers and hosts value each other when it comes to providing a safe environment for all. The main plus of this option is its social aspect. The hosts are always ready to give you advice and even show you some places that only locals know about.
The final choice may not come as a surprise. AirBnb already offers reasonable rates worldwide, so we recommend you take a quick look to find any hidden gems.
For most trips, this is probably the easiest place to save a few bucks. While we recommend saving once or twice for a delicious, unique meal, we can offer ways to cut your daily spending.
Before heading to your destination, take a few minutes to research the local cuisine. In most cases, you will find that eating local delicacies or famous street foods will cost much less. The combination of eating locally while saving your money is something travelers dream of.
One of the best places to visit and get a real sense of the city is the local market. Enjoy the scents and landscapes of what the local area has to offer. While you’re there, shop for some locally sourced groceries and prepare a meal with friends. This option will allow you to save a lot of money while sampling food in the area.
You will soon learn that most countries in Europe are full of cultural activities and in most cases, are free. When you arrive, head straight to the tourist office and see what perks they offer visitors. Many cities offer daily or weekly passes that are sure to keep your pocketbook satisfied.
If you want to look at the historical aspects of the city, it’s easy to find free guided tours. These tours often introduce some of the most famous landmarks and provide a brief history.
In terms of art, Europe boasts some of the best museums worldwide. Want to know the best part? These museums have days when they let you in for free. For example, France opens most of its museums to the public for free on the first Sunday of the month.
With a little digging, you’ll always find something that will provide a memorable experience while staying within your budget. Use our tips above to cover the important points and create your own unique stay!