Europe budget travel tips
Finding a cheap flight is a great way to save money on your European trip, but once you’re there, accommodation, food, and transportation costs can quickly chew on your budget. Although Europe can be expensive, there are many ways to save money and travel to this large continent, even if you’re a budget traveler. Here are some tips on how to travel around Europe on a budget. The cheapest hostel rooms are known as dormitories, where you can get your own bed in a shared room, which is usually 4-10 people, as well as a shared bathroom. Most hostels also offer private rooms, some are as nice as a hotel room, but at a much cheaper price.
Also cheaper than hostels, camping can be a great option. There is an excellent amount of comfortable campsites in Europe, often even in big cities. And these campsites have excellent facilities such as bathrooms, cooking areas and shuttle buses that take you to the next city.
Last minute deals, multiple nights and pre-registrations:
If you want to stay in hotels, there are still many ways to save money. Hotels often offer last-minute deals when they have enough rooms and give a big discount. Many hotels also offer discounts for booking more than a certain number of nights, while others offer discounts if you book well in advance. It’s a good idea to look around on hotel sites and see what’s available.
If you live in a certain city for a few weeks or longer, renting an apartment can be a very affordable option. The longer you stay, the more options you have to save money. For example, some apartments can be rented weekly, while others are monthly. This is also a good option if you are traveling with a few people to share the cost.
Food Cook Your own:
If you are in a hostel, camping or renting an apartment, it is likely that you have kitchen facilities available. Buying your groceries in a supermarket and cooking them yourself will save you a lot of money. That doesn’t mean you have to eat every meal like this, but even one meal a day will save you a lot of money in the long run.
Eating where the locals eat can be a lot cheaper than eating where the tourists eat, and usually the food will be much better. Often restaurants that are close to landmarks leave you a hefty bill while you may be able to walk a few blocks away and find a nice restaurant for half the price! As a rule, the locals know best.
Street Food / Take away:
It’s not uncommon to find different grocery vans or restaurants in a city, and they’re a great option to save money on groceries. For example: For a few dollars you could buy a nice piece of pizza in Rome, a crepe in Paris or a bratwurst in Berlin.
Transport Rail Pass:
One of the best ways to travel in Europe is by train, and a great way to save money on train fares is to buy a rail pass. There are many different single country passports to complete passports that allow you to travel across the continent. It depends on your trip, but a train pass can literally save you hundreds of dollars.
Many cities in Europe have special tourist passports that you can buy and they usually give you free use of their public transport and also offer free or discounted entry to sights and attractions Museums in the city.
Walking and cycling:
One of the best ways to see a city is on foot. You will always see more and have a great experience, it will give you a lot of exercise and will cost you absolutely nothing.