Europe, such a vast continent so many cultures, so many languages and so many history, with summer here at last, schools closing and families on their holidays, the travel prices are going high, however, we have 10 useful tips to make travelling to Europe cheap for you.
1. Search the cheapest flights possible and stick to budget airlines
We like many flight comparison/travel search sites out there combine flights from so many airlines that travel to your desired destination, last minute deals and so much more, don’t always take the word of airline companies, they may say their price is the cheapest and look attractive, but researching and comparing is always best.
When choosing planes it is always a good idea to review them, search for things like baggage allowances, as airlines vary.
2.Travel by train, but by night.
Travelling by train can be expensive, but prices go down at night times. Although train travel takes longer than say, airlines, this still gives you the chance to see more of the landscape, no baggage restrictions and can be relaxing if your don’t enjoy flying all the time. From the UK you can take trains at cheap prices or buses and take the EuroTunnel across to France. Other train services include Eurail where you can take a global pass for example and travel round Europe taking you to cities like Paris,Prague and Rome.
3.Choose buses or the subway.
This is the more efficient and cheap way to travel, taxis can cost a lot, and prices vary from country to country, but they are quite expensive here in Europe, especially airport taxis. Buses are the most efficient way of travelling round the city and recommendable to those of you who want to travel without paying too much on transport. underground tains/subway trains are also the cheapest to from one part of the city to another part.
4.Walking and cycling.
Walking often is not just a good exercise but also cheaper and gives you a chance to see more of the location you are in, town city or countryside.
Cycling is also another option, you can rent bicycles for cheap prices and shops, this is useful when you want to take a ride to the national parks or countryside and around small towns.
Be careful with cycling on public roads however, if you know cycling routes in the area you are in, always stick to them, and no the rules of cycling in the area you are in and of course road rules you must take.
5. Stay in a hostel or cheap hotels and guest houses.
Hostels are a great option for budget travellers, they’re cheap and easy to get, they may not have all the gadgets hotels have, but at least they give you a place to rest. Guest houses and holiday homes can come cheap too, as well as cheap 4 star hotels. Always check out for the best deals, read reviews first before booking and compare prices.
6.Motor homes/Rented vehichles
Motor homes or rented vans can be found at cheap prices, if you are going to spend over a month in Europe, you could always buy a second hand one, and sell it before you leave. They can also be cheaper than public transport! With a motorhome you can use it to drive and sleep!
If you are a fan of camping, camping out for a few days would be a great way to see the outdoors and experience more than the city lights. Cheap campsites are available in the country, from big ones to small cheap campsites, on hill farms, farmers might allow you to camp on their land, provided you ask nicely and offer to pay, which some would give at a cheaper price (do remember however, you will get what you pay for, such as no toilet or shower, but if its only for a day, and since your in the outdoors, it shouldn’t be too much of a bother, shouldn’t it?)
8.Forget about restaurants and international fast food chains.
Unless your off on a honeymoon, or dislike anything but McDonalds and KFC, sticking to local food would make your food budget cheaper, buy food at groceries and local stores, if your going to small towns, choose local produce from local shops, this also helps the community, and also helps bring down your spending costs.
It’s ok to go to a local restaurant sometimes, but try to stick to places where you can eat cheaper.
9.Put a limit on your shopping.
Ask yourself, do you think it’s worth buying products which you could have got at home? Limit what you really need, as some things which you could have bought at home could be much more expensive in that location. Only buy what you can bring, and what you can’t have at home.
I buy souvenirs, but only for family, yes I may buy souvenirs for friends, but I always go for cheap ones, if they’re expensive, I wouldn’t bother, just buy a cheap shirt or hat with the name of the country town or city you visited, at least it would be more of a use for you, limit on your souvenirs, the best souvenirs out there in my opinion, is the photos you may take and the happy memories that would last a lifetime.
10.Search around for free tickets to museums and tourist sites.
They are always available, ask around travel centres or online and you may find them, if they are free, why not take the opportunity and see what’s there and enjoy yourself!.
And there you go, I would also like to recommend buying travel guides, you can buy them cheap online, such as the Amazon travel store on this site and many out there in your country, travel guides I use are The Rough Guide and Lonely Planet, there are many more out there, and are very useful as they give you list of top places top stay in that particular area on the book, as well as places to visit also for free!
I also join online travel forums, as they are useful places to get tips and advice from other travellers.
By Dylan, Travel-Tippers.com