Europe has some of the most fascinating sights and experiences especially for the budget traveler. From world famous tourist attractions such as the Louvre in Paris and the Leaning Tower of Pisa to less known conundrums like the Loch Ness monster in Scotland, there is something for everyone. Use the following 10 tips to have a budget travel in Europe
Research online and in travel books and magazines. Then make a list of the places you would love to visit in Europe. Gather clippings and links on these places with price tags and choose the ones you will visit.
2. Airline Deals
Watch out for airline deals to cut down on your travel costs. Some cheap tickets will set you back as low as $ 500 for a round trip. Your budget travel Europe excursion should compel you to be flexible so that you can take advantage of these deals. Note that the cheapest airport hubs include Milan, Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam and a few others.
3. Visit in the Off- Season
You can get excellent budget travel discounts when you visit Europe during the tourist off- season at the end of June and in July, August and September.
4. Use a Map
Map your trip out on a hard- copy map or on Google Maps. Decide how long you will stay at each location. You should also prepare local information and language guides for every European destination (Image by www.AlastairHumphreys.com).
5. Centralize Your Tour
Start by flying into a central city, close to all the places you would love to visit. For instance, if you want to see Venice, Lake Como, Salzburg and Switzerland, fly into Milan (Italy) and tour the surrounding countries from there.
6. Plan Beforehand
Planning is among the most crucial money saving tips for any venture, including European travel. You can either rent a car to enable you travel faster in between destinations. Alternatively, you can hitchhike, travel by train, bus or tram.
7. Look for Accommodation
Standard hotels are expensive in Europe. You will save more money when you stay at a villa or an apartment. Search online for travel tips related to cheap holiday accommodation and book your stays beforehand.
8. Invest in Travel Accessories
While traveling in Europe, you will need a good sweater, sturdy walking shoes, a documents holder and a water- repellent jacket. Carry your own accessories and clothing so that you don’t have to buy it (expensively) when you land at your destination(Image by frameart).
9. Carry a Camera
The beautiful sights and experiences you will find in Europe will require a handy camera. In years to come, the photos you took will remind you of your adventurous budget travel at the heart of Europe.
10. Expect the Unexpected
You can never tell what is going to happen when you are away from home. Therefore, you should make allowance for the unexpected- keep some money away for contingencies.
Finally, ensure you apply for the Schengen visa. With this visa, you will be able to transverse most of the countries forming the European Union without having to pay extra to cross borders.
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