So you want to travel to Europe, but you're on a budget, right? Never fear that this seemingly insurmountable task can easily be performed if you follow a few tips like knowing when to travel, where to live and know how to travel. Let's get started!
One of the biggest money-saving for a European vacation would not be to travel in high season. Some in the travel industry refer to this season as the "Shoulder Season", which is after the high season, so you still get the good weather but miss the hordes of the tourists. By traveling during the season, generally April to early June and September to early October, you get decent weather, get crowds and lower air fares and hotel prices. Plus you will meet more locals than tourists. That's what you're in Europe for, right?
To sleep, consider looking at a Bed & Breakfast instead of an expensive hotel room. You want to know the local expression, such as Zimmer in German. Staying in a Bed & Breakfast gives you a comfortable room and learning first-hand about the local culture. As an alternative, Europe has over 2,000 hostels. These youth hostels are not limited to young people. Many hostels even have private rooms, only if you do not like the idea of dormitory style. As a plus you can usually use the hostel so you can save money by not going to an expensive tourist restaurant.
Check your shipping costs in Europe. Generally, cars are expensive when in a big city. It costs you up to $ 40 a day to just keep a car in a big city. A better alternative is to use public transport. For Eurailpasses, they offer big money savings if you travel a lot. But if you plan to take short trips, look at the price to buy tickets while you go. And Europe's second class ticket is about 50% less than first class. To really save some dough, ask about the local bus system. Even though they are slower, they are much cheaper. For example, a bus from Edinburgh to London costs about $ 40 to $ 140 on a train.
I hope this gives you some ideas on how to start planning your European journey while staying within your budget. All it takes is to know how to travel, when to travel and where to rest on the head.