How to Save As You Travel across Europe

When you want to save as you travel across Europe, taking budget airliners like Ryanair is often part of the plan ... photo by CC user Adrian Pingstone on wikimedia

Europe boasts some of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Renowned for its interesting culture and relaxed way of life, it is also one of the most affordable continents to travel to.

There are a lot of tips that can help you to save as you travel across Europe and below you’ll discover some of the best.

Public transport savings

Actually getting to your chosen European destinations is one thing, but you also have to take into the cost of travelling around once you get there too.

Public transportation is by far the cheapest option available. If you’re heading to the UK for example, the Megabus is a fantastic choice.

As mentioned on the Nomadic Matt blog, you can get tickets to travel for just $1.50. It is advised that you pre-book your tickets as far in advance as you can as spaces do get booked up pretty quickly.

Opt to go off-season

It’s a no-brainer that travelling during peak times will be a lot more expensive than off-peak times. This means if you’re hoping to travel on a budget, it would be better to avoid the summer season.

Prices will typically be increased significantly throughout the summer months and you’ll also have problems booking accommodation.

The beauty of Europe is that plenty of the sites and experiences take place outside of the summer months, such as Munich’s famous Oktoberfest (from late September to early October).

Focus on one destination

A great tip featured on Independent Traveler, is to focus your attention on just one European destination at a time. When you don’t have a lot of money to spend, it’s unrealistic to plan trips to Paris, Rome and Magaluf all at once.

Instead you should focus on one country and aim to take day trips to nearby towns, cities and villages. This will ensure you don’t spend too much money actually travelling and you’ll still get to see some incredible sights.

Maybe look for places clustered in close proximity – your Munich trip can be supplemented by visits to Switzerland and Austria, for example, while northern Italy and Slovenia go well together in a European trip, as do northern France, Belgium and Holland.

Work while you travel

A lot of people these opt to work while they are travelling to fund their adventures. There are all kinds of work you can do from working in local bars to teaching English or picking fruit.

You can even work online thanks to the many Wi-Fi hotspots located in major cities and towns. Don’t fancy working? You can still earn money through your computer by playing online games such as Poker, Blackjack and Roulette.

Online casinos can even be enjoyed on a tablet or mobile device. Of course, you have to have a flair for the game to make money, but there are ways you can improve your online gambling skills to brush up on your skills and as long as you set and keep to limits then you can make a little extra to help with your travels.

As you can see, there are a lot of different ways you can save money. It’s always a good idea to book everything as far in advance as you can. You’ll often benefit from discounts if you book ahead of time.

There are also websites out there designed to help you find the cheapest flights and accommodation. Take advantage of these free sites to help save as much money as you can.

Also remember to exchange currency before you go so that you can benefit from the best rates – it’ll help you that many countries use the Euro so you shouldn’t need several different types of currency.

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