Europe is magical land for every aspiring traveller. No recession or adverse political situation can change the way Globetrotters feel about this continent replete with culture. But this aspiration can prove to be rather costly. So it is advisable to keep some pocket-friendly hacks in mind that will let you see the beautiful sights stowed away across Europe on a budget.
Working out Transport
Plan your travel route in a manner that lets you cover multiple cities in a single journey. This way you save money on getting back to your starting point repeatedly.
Travelling off-season, October to April in Europe, can help save a lot. Cheaper airfares, budget rooms, shorter lines, and fewer tourists, there’s a lot on offer.
A rental car can be very expensive. So unless you are a large group that will bring the per head cost down, don’t opt for it. It can be lucrative in a large group. Ensure that you park carefully as tourist cars are a target for thieves.
Rail passes can prove to be a very economical mode of travel if you’re travelling a lot. However, point-to-point tickets would be cheaper for short trips. Second-class train cars are a more economically viable option than first-class train cars.
Buses while slower, may be much cheaper than trains. Especially in Britain which boasts of Europe’s most expensive railway network.
Discount air tickets are a must use for budget travellers. Don’t get tempted by frequent flyer miles into leaving a pocket-friendly deal for a less worthy one. Go for the best value for money. Budget no-frills airlines like Virgin Air and Ryanair can help you get to your destination faster and cheaper than trains.
Where to stay?
Sobe in Slovenian, Husrom in Norwegian, and Gästezimmer in German, a Bed & Breakfast is an excellent option. Not only does it come at half the price of a hotel, but also offers the local cultural warmth and intimacy.
Europe has over 2,000 hostels that offer travellers cheap dormitory beds. A hostel membership has an excellent ROI and will prove to be very lucrative for avid travellers.
Beware of the hotel’s cancellation policy. If not cancelled well in advance you may be charged for one night. Also, confirm all bookings at least two days before you reach.
Where and what to eat?
Avoid fancy restaurants for tourists, ones with “we speak English” signboards. Small, local restaurants serve better and cheaper food.
A picnic can save big bucks. You don’t need to eat at a restaurant every time. Pick up quick snacks from local grocery stores and you are set.
Seasonal, local food is cheaper and better. So eat white asparagus in Germany, porcini mushrooms in Italy, and snails in Spain. Become a cultural chameleon and blend in with European tastes. Reindeer in Norway and red wine in France can be quite fulfilling.
Avoid hotel breakfasts if possible. Not only are they bad value for money, but also not very good. You can instead opt to cook in your hostel’s shared kitchen.
These hacks and more can help you get around Europe on a small budget. Travelling doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive.