11 Mar Can You Do Europe On A Budget?
Some people think of Europe as a place where majestic and regal castles and palaces are everywhere, where men and women dressed in fancy and elegant clothing roam and eat six-course meals in five-star restaurants. While that imagery is a bit true, in a way, it does not represent the majority of the continent.
If you are not very financially well-off and really want to backpack around Europe, there are ways to do so without leaving you broke. Europe offers a wide variety of attractions and experiences that travelers of all budgets can take part in.
There are several budget airlines that offer flights within Europe. RyanAir, EasyJet, Transavia, and Vueling are just four examples that you should check out if you are planning to fly from one European country to another. If you are lucky, you may find a US$30 ticket from London to Amsterdam!
Buses are also quite common among backpackers as these vehicles generally offer the most affordable rates when travelling from one city or country to another. For instance, a 14-hour trip from Berlin to Paris on a bus is about US$100, while the same route taking the train costs around US$250.
Hostels are extremely popular in Europe because they offer cheap rates for shared or dormitory rooms. In Eastern Europe, you can book a bed in a mixed dorm for less than US$10. Staying at these lodgings is great for anyone who is travelling solo and wants to meet new people from other countries.
Other cheap accommodation options that you can consider are cottages, homestays, and bed and breakfasts.
Before flying to Europe, research which sights and attractions do not charge entrance fees. Usually, churches and government buildings allow tourists in free of charge. There are also museums that are free to visit, such as the Tate Modern and British Museum in London, Perfume Museum in Paris, and Museum of the Blind in Madrid.
Summer is the worst time to schedule a trip to Europe as the costs of food, hotels, and other products and services skyrocket during this period. Business establishments know everyone is on a holiday once July and August kick in, so they take advantage of the throngs of tourists with money to spend.
Therefore, plan a trip to Europe in the winter or when there is no major holiday celebrated in your destination. You may find great deals on accommodations and tour packages. In addition to that, you do not have to fight your way through crowds or line up for hours in the top local attractions.
Walking is a good way to be familiar and acquainted with as much of the local scene as you can in your limited time in any city. With a map on hand, figure out which sights are nearby and simply walk from one to another. Marvel at the magnificent architecture around you, smile at the locals enjoying their coffee in an outdoor café, and inhale the smell of freshly-baked bread coming from a corner bakery as you stroll along a hundred-year-old cobblestone road.