Are you dreaming of traveling to Europe? Most people do. Exploring Europe and having a taste of the authentic pizza, pasta, croissant, and beer are just a few of the things to do in Europe. Aside from the food adventure, nothing compares to the picturesque sceneries in that awe-inspiring continent. It is unsurprising that going to Europe is a bucket list staple for most people.
Even though it’ll be awesome to make it to Europe, however, we know that traveling there is not cheap. Is it an impossible dream? Not really! We discovered that going to Europe on a budget is possible! Naturally, this needs careful planning, and we shouldn’t expect first-class experiences of everything. After all, sometimes, not so first-class experiences are more memorable and fun. Let’s get started with your budget plan.
First Things First
What’s a trip without a plan? First, sit down and write down your planned budget.
How much are you planning to spend on this trip?
How many people are traveling with you?
What are the peak seasons to travel to Europe? On what month should you go?
How long would you like to stay in Europe?
Do you have any specific “must-visit” places?
Do Some Research
After writing these down, you need to do your research on airfare, accommodation, food, and tours. Generally, the peak season is between June and August, and the off-season falls on November until March. Knowing this information is necessary since tour costs are way cheaper during the off-season.
You can now start finding the cheapest airfare using price comparison websites such as Skyscanner, FareCompare, and Cheap Flights, to name a few. You can even subscribe to these websites to receive notifications whenever there is a drop in airfares to Europe. Riding the bus or train are also cheap transportation options throughout Europe.
Try to look for cheap accommodations on the internet. Take your time to compare prices. There are tons of affordable lodging options, but this is the part where you need to consider if you need to stay in dorm beds or book private rooms. In a dorm bed setting, bathrooms are shared; thus this is one thing to consider if you are particular about privacy.
The first tip is to buy bottled water, snacks, and fruits from the grocery. Next, observe or ask the locals where to find cheap eats. You don’t have to eat in pricey restaurants to experience Europe. There are lots of local restaurants that serve good food at reasonable prices.
Plan your itinerary carefully. Take advantage of free concerts or events held in public places once you get there. Also, some museums have free admissions at certain days of the week, so it is best to check it out and arrange the itinerary according to their schedule.
Go Ahead and Book
After thorough planning and research, now is the time to book your flight and accommodation. It would be best to bring extra money with you just in case of emergencies.
These budget tips are just a few of the endless ideas we can think of when planning for a Euro trip. Don’t hesitate to add any additional budget idea that might pop in your mind. If you follow these tips, coupled with great insights from your research, you will surely enjoy a budget-friendly trip to Europe.