Europe is by far one of the most popular continents in the world for tourists and owing to the many countries you’ll be able to visit once on the continent, it can quickly become a
Europe is by far one of the most popular continents in the world for tourists and owing to the many countries you’ll be able to visit once on the continent, it can quickly become a costly experience.
However, the good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way if you travel smartly! Do plenty of research you’ll be making your way across Europe in no time.
1. Consider Eastern European Destinations
While most travelers dream of seeing the Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the truth is that France and Italy are some of the most expensive European countries to visit along with Spain, Germany, and Britain.
As such, we would recommend opting for Eastern European destination instead such as Bulgaria, Poland, Serbia, Romania, and Hungary.
2. Save Money on Food and Drinks
If you absolutely must visit the popular Western European countries there are plenty of ways in which you’ll be able to save money!
A hot travel tip for sticking to your budget is to do as the locals do, especially when it comes to eating and drinking!
- Find pubs with generous happy hour specials filled with locals – not other tourists
- Order the house wine in Italy
- Avoid restaurants and buy groceries at local markets to cook for yourself
3. Go on Free Walking Tours
Going on a free walking tour is an incredible way to see any European city. Lasting anywhere from 2-4 hours (the same amount of time as a standard online Blackjack session), these free walking tours are presented by a local who will provide plenty of interesting historical facts about the city you’re visiting and direct you to the hidden gems only the locals know about.
4. Get Budget Travel Savvy
While walking is the best way to see a city, it likely won’t be possible to travel from country to country in this way! If you’re on a strict budget, opt for the train or bus for long distances and avoid flying as far as possible.
5. Avoid the Tourist Traps
Every European city has a treasure trove of tourist-orientated landmarks which are absolute must-sees, but these can often rip a massive hole in your budget. If you’re planning on visit the Colosseum in Rome or the Palacio Real in Madrid, avoid the restaurants and bars in the surrounding area at all costs.
6. Opt for Off-Season Travel
While visiting a country famous for its beaches in summer is the dream of most travellers, this fact pushes the prices up astronomically and you’ll be paying for the pleasure of fair weather. As such, off-season travel is going to be a lot more cost effective, allowing you to see more destinations.
Book Budget Housing Options
Formal accommodation is likely out of your budget so make use of budget traveller technology instead!
Apps such as Airbnb and Couchsurfing will provide plenty of options for renting a room (or a couch!) in the home of a local which will also provide you with plenty of insight into the city.