4 Best Ways to Travel Europe on a Budget (And Still Have The Time of Your Life)

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Planning to travel around Europe? That’s great.

There are a million reasons to go and explore the old continent. The historical cities, the different cultures, the festivals and nightlife, the architecture and art, the beautiful islands, the good food, the easy access from one country to another, the mountains, the beaches, and so on.

Whether you’re going there with a group, traveling solo or with a partner and/or family, you can still have fun and do that on a budget. 

Follow the Europe travel tips below to make sure you find the best ways to do that on the cheap.

Traveling Europe on a Budget

1. Fly budget airlines.

Finding cheap flights in Europe is not difficult, but many people from other places don’t know about the budget airlines. With companies like EasyJet, Ryanair and Wizz Air, you can pay from $50 to $250 for a flight from almost any destination in Europe to another.

You can use Skyscanner to look for deals.

Another smart trick when traveling on the cheap is booking flights in advance as the prices are even lower then.

There are some downsides for budget airlines like that such as non-refundable tickets, having to pay extra for luggage, a good seat and carrying a second bag on board, etc.

But if you pack light, you’re sure to have a cheap and comfortable trip.

Simple things like that you do months before your Europe trip can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

2. Use transportation smart.

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Cabs aren’t usually a good idea, even if you’re getting from the airport to your hotel. They are expensive but can also rip you off (mostly the random ones you find on the street). 

Instead, choose public transportation which is quite reliable in every country.

When it comes to checking out different cities in Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, and other similar countries, you can rely on the train. It’s less hassle than flying, it’s quite comfortable (definitely better than a bus) and allows you to explore the beautiful landscapes you pass.

When you do a lot of traveling around cities and countries and want to see as much of Europe as you can in 10 or 20 days, you should mix your transportation. That means overnight buses, high-speed trains, and a quick flight or a multi-stop one (which will require good planning and solid time management).

3. Book everything in advance.

This golden rule doesn’t apply just to flights or other means of transportation. It’s also what can save you time and money for almost any activity you plan to do.

In fact, the opposite – buying tickets late – is a costly mistake when traveling around Europe or anywhere else. It means you pay more, wait in a long line, and risk not being able to get in if there are too many people at that time.

A much better way to travel Europe and experience a city is to book things in advance. From a hotel in Paris, a gallery in Florence, attractions in Barcelona, and a canal tour in Amsterdam to boat and ferry tickets in Greece, a table at a restaurant in Vienna, or a VIP Limousine in Prague.

4. Immerse yourself in the culture.

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The best way to experience the continent is to spend time around locals, to embrace the different habits and traditions of each culture, and be open-minded.

Don’t be surprised when you find out what a big part alcohol plays in the life of Europeans. You will see people love eating and drinking outside and spending time together. 

Be outside more, walk in parks, sit in cafes, visit markets and eat there. A lot more can happen outside of a fancy restaurant.

If you want to make the most of your Europe trip, you will need to taste the most popular foods of each country. These are usually easy to find with a quick research or can be seen on top of the menu in most restaurants. Be ready for strong drinks out of nowhere and foods that seem weird at first but which taste really good.

Once you do that, you will already have something to impress the locals with and start a conversation.

Are you ready to start preparing for your journey? Many unexpected things will happen too but that’s what makes traveling a life-changing experience.

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