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. Whether it is skipping on the travel insurance or knowing where to stay, we know how to travel on a budget. In fact, we have a guide on how to travel to Europe on a tight budget that’s allowed us to visit over 21 countries in the past two years!
Here’s what has worked for us:
Know When to Go
It may surprise you, but when you travel to Europe will have a huge impact on how much you spend while you’re there, especially when visiting the most popular tourist attractions.
During the summer months when more people are traveling, many places raise their prices, so you’re likely to pay more. By going in the late spring or early fall, you’re much more likely to save money.
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An additional bonus to traveling to Europe in the off-season is that you’ll encounter fewer tourists and more locals.
Know How to Go
When going to a new city or country, look for budget bus lines or take the night train to save money.
You can get find buses and trains going to and from nearly anywhere in Europe, making it a great budget travel option.
Know Where to Stay
It’s no secret that hotels are expensive, especially when you’re planning on being somewhere for a while.
A cheaper option is hostels, but even those can quickly eat through your travel budget. Instead, try house sitting. You’ll not only be able to stay somewhere for free, but you’ll also save money in other ways like being able to cook in the kitchen instead of eating out. House sitting might also give you the chance to stay in luxurious housing that you otherwise would not be able to afford.
It can be complication process to get started, research first and see how to become a house sitter so you can reduce your cost and have the opportunity to stay in some luxury homes!
Know Where to Eat
There are tons of little eateries and family-run restaurants hidden around every city and town in Europe. Finding them is not only going to bring you great joy with the culinary delights that are to be found there but your wallet will also thank you.
Many of these little eateries have much cheaper options than the more well-known restaurants, so you can save money without sacrificing an authentic dining experience in whatever country you happen to be in at that time.
Know What to Do
There are a ton of free things to do in Europe, so you can easily find something to do for free no matter where you go. Look online for free activities or stop by the welcome center as soon as you arrive in a new town and they should be able to provide you with a ton of information about cheap and free activities you can enjoy.
Knowledge is power, and in this case, knowing when to travel, how to travel, where to stay and eat, and what to do will help make your trip to Europe that much more enjoyable.
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- Mistplay (Android) - If you have an android device, you can download this app and start getting cash rewards for playing new games.
- Solitaire Cube (iOS) - Earning money by playing games on your phone sounds like a dream. But this app really pays you for playing solitaire with cash rewards.
- Lucktastic (Android) - This free app offers the same daily scratch-off cards that you find at your local convenience store — but here you can play for free and win real money.
The more money you save, the more you’ll be able to do, and the more fun you’ll have!