Traveling to Europe is an amazing experience, that every person, who is not from the continent, should gift themselves with. It is a whole different world and culture from the one in America or in Australia. And no matter what anyone says it is the oldest continent, so there must be something to see. Countries like Italy or the UK, Spain – all different from the rest of the world. Let’s not forget about Greece and Turkey. Of course, there are many more, but we cannot mention every single one.
Europe can be the best thing that ever happened to you. So you should start saving up and invest in a vacation or something like a backpacking trip ASAP. It can be quite expensive (especially for Americans), but it is worth. And since I want you to have an amazing experience and see and do as much as possible, here are some tips, on how to save some money while here.
- Find your main focus
No matter what time you decide to spend in Europe or what your budget is, you should have some kind of passion over there. Every person loves and lusts to see a different thing and a different culture. And although everything might be European, every country has its own very different from all else countries. For example, if you are fixated on Italy research what are in love with there and make a plan. But remember, it is almost impossible to see and like a city, there if you have only a day in every place. A day in Milano and a day only in Rome or Florence is absurd. Instead book an apartment in Rome for a week and do all the sightseeing you could imagine. Then go somewhere else. And this actually refers to most countries.
- Find free entertainment
Europe has to offer a lot more than what you expect in that area. Not everything you would want to attend is something you should pay for. There are loads of free concerts, theater nights and open cinema nights. And many more. Local newspapers and magazines and also Facebook and websites in different countries offer a great load of information on those kinds of events. Instead of wasting much money on going somewhere every night and spending 20 euro for every entrance, just find something you like for free.
- Forget about cars and cabs
So, no matter what anyone says cab fares and rent-a-car deals are way too expensive. No matter which country or countries in Europe you have decided to visit one thing is for sure – transportation there is over the top. It is impeccable, fast and gives you more than one option at a time. European train travel is very luxurious and fast without being too expensive. Buses, trams, tube – all cost between 1 and 3 Euro. And that is not much. So instead of wasting way too much cash on cabs or car rentals, switch to public transportation. You will be happy with your choice.
- Go grocery shopping
Instead of eating every meal out in a restaurant think about buying some food at local supermarkets. Europe has very fresh vegetables and fruit, which you can enjoy to the fullest, especially if you are visiting in the summer. Also, you can buy freshly baked bread or croissants in supermarkets for far less than what they cost in bakeries and cafes. So try this for breakfast. Also, you can buy snacks to carry around the day. This way you won’t need to go to restaurants 4 times a day.
- Try Airbnb or a hostel
Hotels in Europe can be quite expensive. Especially if you are searching for location, combined with luxury. But the new and very platform Airbnb gives you the opportunity to rent an apartment or a room from a local, for a very low price than what you will be paying in a hotel. You go on the website, browse the city you want and then you can add dates, price range, area in the city. You personally contact the renter and make up the details. It is easy and usually this is a also a way to meet new people.
Another option for a lower budget trip is to sleep in a hostel. But remember this is Europe and hostels are not as bad as you think. Actually, most of them are pretty amazing places. And if you don’t mind sharing the room, give it a go. You will save money and who knows how fun that could be.