Traveling to Europe is one of the ultimate dreams of many people. However, traveling miles away, especially if you are coming from other continents do not come cheap. In fact, money is one of the major factors a person has to consider when traveling. Fortunately, there are ways to travel on a budget without really affecting the quality of your travel. With the help of Good Green Moving and their experience of helping others relocate internationally, we’ve put together a few tips on how to travel throughout Europe on a budget.
They are the following:
Avoid peak season
You will be able to save money if you would not travel during peak season. The best time to travel to Europe while on a budget is during shoulder season which is after the peak season. Shoulder season starts from April to early June and September to early October. Not only will you be able to save money but you will also avoid the big crowd. You get to meet more locals as opposed to meeting a lot of tourists.
Travel to Eastern parts of Europe
The western parts of Europe have a lot to offer to visitors such as Italy, Spain, France, and Germany. However, they are costly, especially if you visit cities with a high cost of living like Paris and London. Why not travel to East Europe? They are the least expensive and have a lot of great things to offer to visitors. You can go by with only $25 a day in Poland, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Romania.
Consider bed and breakfast
Aside from the airfare, accommodation eats a huge chunk of your travel budget. Instead of sleeping in a pricey hotel room why not consider bed and breakfast? You will get a comfy room and be able to get first-hand experience about the local’s culture. There are also hostels that allow you to cook your own meal.
Take public transport
Transportation is a big thing in Europe, especially if you are in a big city. You will end up spending at least $50 for transportation alone. To save money, consider taking public transport. Instead of riding a car, ride a bus or a train. Buy a second class ticket which is 50% cheaper. Buses are an affordable option too. They are not as fast as the train but they are more affordable options.
Eat where the locals are
As the famous saying goes; “do as the locals do.” Avoid restaurants in touristy areas. Find restaurants where a lot of locals go such as pubs and local markets. Visit bars and taverns as most of them offer free tapas and drinks. Not only will you be able to save money but you will also have an immersive experience with the locals.
Although traveling to Europe is more expensive than traveling to Asia and Latin America, you can still save a lot of money if you consider following the above-mentioned tips. Take the time to plan your trip. Do not be impulsive when making decisions. Plan your travel ahead, set a budget, and stick within your budget. Do your research. Thorough planning can go a long way.