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How to Travel Europe on a Budget

Europe is by far the most popular destination on the planet for tourists and travelers alike. Thanks to its small size, it boasts an extremely high density of cultural diversity. The Euro Zone and Schengen area make traveling between many of Europe’s most attractive cities, such as Paris, Berlin and Rome, simple and easy. Attractive cultural heritage mixed with modern transportation and every kind of service imaginable makes traveling there a smooth experience. And despite the fact that the most expensive countries on the globe are located there, you can make a small budget work.

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It all begins with finding the cheapest accommodation possible. There are tons of options for travelers, from cheap hostels to hotel steals, private pensions, house sitting and bed and breakfasts. Remember to always book ahead online. In bigger cities like London or Paris, it is true that cheap accommodation can be found slightly further out from the city centre, however, travellers will still be able to find budget London hostels or cheap Paris hotels to suit their budget with a little research.  

Most large European cities are well-serviced by various transportation options. In fact, cities like Berlin and Brussels hold claim to some of the most efficient systems on the planet. You’ll find that most big cities have a subway or metro. For easy access, there are plenty of Brussels accommodation and Berlin cheap hotels near to the local subways. Many cities also have trams, electric bus systems and more. Europe is also becoming progressively greener every year. You’ll find dedicated bike lanes in hotspots like Amsterdam and Stockholm and Paris.

As for getting around, remember to always look for city passes. Many times, a city will have some kind of 5-day transportation option that should work on many different transport options. City passes often go toward museums and other tourist sites as well.

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If you want to get the most out of a European city, look for events and festivals going on while you’re there. Much of the time, larger festivals, if they’re not already free, will have a spillover effect that really brings the city to life. All the best things in life are free, after all.

Getting from place to place is simple with Europe’s high-speed railway system, which connects most European countries and even England via the Channel tunnel. If you’re planning travelling to multiple countries, you should definitely purchase an Interrail Pass, some of which are quite flexible. You will save a lot of cash this way.

Europe is filled with lovely cities and metropolises, and lucky for you they’re green-friendly.  Dublin is a great place to get the city vibe but hike the nearby parks, which come free. So is Paris. So is Hamburg. So is Prague. Get off those city pavements and admire some greenery!

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Finally, the best advice to be had when it comes to traveling cheap in Europe is to talk to the locals. Figure out where the cheap things to do and cheap eats are, trying your best not to always depend on a guidebook which thousands of other people are also depending on. If you follow all these suggestions, you can make Europe as cheap as you want.

Comments (2)

  • Youth Hostels are not just for the “Youth” any more – in fact most will take families. Often they are in the centre of town too.

    And do what the locals do and walk around to explore – you get fit, see more and really experience a place.

    And it never hurts to ask the people at your accommodation what “They” would recommend as a Frugal Feast – I have done this and been invited into peoples home before now.

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  • Thanks for the tips! Hoping a Europe trip is in my plans in the next year or two – my Delicious folder of travel page bookmarks is bulging.

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