Traveling through Europe can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. You can still enjoy the best Europe has to offer without burning a hole in your pocket. Done right, touring Europe can actually be cheaper than travelling through North America. In fact, you can pull off a 2-month trip with about $1000. Here’s how to travel Europe cheap.
- Take the Road Less Traveled
Switzerland, Vienna, Paris are all destinations everyone looks forward to visiting. However, it’s not really a penny pincher’s paradise. If you’re on a budget, you would do well to avoid these places and lean more towards the Eastern European and Mediterranean marvels like Budapest, Krakow and Dubrovnik.
- Avoid Travel Packages
While you probably wouldn’t mind going on a carefree seven-day bus tour across Europe, vacation packages are not exactly cheap. It’s better to be independent and go wherever your budget takes you.
- Couch Surf
Couch surfing is a wave that has hit Europe where a community such as couchsurfing.org provides a network of hosts who are willing to offer their couches for travelers for free. It’s a great way to save money that you would have otherwise spent on exorbitant hotel rooms. Another cheaper alternative to hotels is renting furnished apartments from Airbnb.
Instead of hiring a car, or going by bus or train, you can opt to fly. This might seem absurd, but you can actually get decent deals on flights when you look hard enough There are low cost airline companies carting people from London to Rome for as cheap as $60.
- Pack Light
Checking in luggage can be an annoying and costly affair. To avoid the additional strain when traveling, cut down your luggage to less than necessary. The goal should be to carry around 10% of your weight. Anything else you need can be bought on arrival to your destination.
- Take Lots of Photos
Instead of buying t-shirts and trinket at every stop, document your journey by taking photos. A small digital camera or even your phone can capture hundreds of photos to preserve the memories of your travels. Another upside to this is that photos won’t wear out like memorabilia.
If you must buy souvenirs, then go with postcards. Not only are they cheap, they’re an old-fashioned personal greeting and collector’s item.
- Travel with a Buddy
Travelling alone can be a tad bit more expensive than travelling with a friend. You can take advantage of special offers (2 for 1’s) for couples when booking hotel rooms and buying food. You’ll also save quite a bit by ‘going Dutch’ on everything.
Traveling through Europe on trains, trams, metros and buses can be very expensive. Walk whenever you can. You’ll get more opportunities for taking photos, experiencing the cities and also get to do a bit of exercise.
- Eat Light
Eat smaller meals or munch on snacks throughout the day to keep your energy levels high. This is not only healthy, you will also avoid incurring huge bills for meals ay tourist bistros. Also, ordering to go costs much less than eating in.