Europe boasts some of the most beautiful destinations in the world and has a wide range of stunning hidden gems to be discovered. If you’re looking to head off on a European vacation but you don’t have a big budget to work with then there are a few tips that can help. One of the great things about Europe is the fact that it has something to offer for all budgets – and plenty of things to do within a relatively short distance of one another. So if you don’t want to spend a fortune, below you’ll discover some of the best ways to discover Europe on a budget.
Saving money on travel expenses
One of the most expensive parts of your trip will be your travel expenses. This includes both your flights to and from the destination and getting around while you’re there. While there is a lot to discover in Europe, it helps if you break it down to one destination at a time. The more places you plan on visiting in one trip, the more expensive it will be. Equally some places are fairly close together so, for example, planning to see Munich and Salzburg in one trip makes sense.
There are a lot of great websites that can save you money on flights. It is worth taking the time to see whether it is cheaper to book an all-inclusive package or to book everything separately. There are pros and cons to both options, though booking everything separately can save you a lot of money if you really shop around and also allows you to be flexible.
As featured on Transitions Abroad, Eastern Europe can be a sensible choice if you are travelling on a budget. This is because the US dollar is quite low in Western Europe but your currency stretches much further in destinations such as Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic.
Think of ways to earn money while you’re there
If you’d like to earn some extra cash to stay on and explore as much as Europe as possible, there are a number of ways you can go about it. You could teach English, pick fruit, work on farms or take on seasonal work such as working in a bar. If that sounds like too much hard work, you could always try your luck instead. Online casinos are a fun way to not only pass the time but potentially win big too. Some people have a flair for these games and – provided they are sensible about it – can earn cash to pay for treats while on the go.
Stay away from popular tourist hotspots
If you really want to save money on your trip, it helps to stay away from the most popular tourist attractions. Not only are these more expensive, but they are also usually extremely crowded. There are a lot of hidden gems to be found. Check out Trip Advisor for tips on the best undiscovered places to visit.
Overall travelling to Europe doesn’t have to be expensive. You just need to know a few simple tips like the ones above. With a lot of planning you could soon be enjoying a European vacation no matter how much money you have available. Remember, you can also earn extra money while you are there to fund your trip.