21 Aug Traveling Europe on a Budget: Where to Go and Where to Stay
Europe can be an expensive travel destination, but it doesn’t have to be if you’ve done your research first. With so many different cities, cultures, and architecture, you’re up for a vacation filled with adventures and new experiences – and not even a half-empty wallet should stop you. There are ways to travel for less and even make some money on the way; you just need to know where to look. Here are some tips on traveling Europe on a budget.
Where should I go?
When you’re running low on cash, it’s a good idea to steer away from the most expensive cities. The great thing about Europe is that, besides from also being home to some of the most costly cities in the world, it also offers several bargain cities where you’ll easily feel like a queen if you have a bit to spend. If not, you’ll be able to live perfectly normal and treat yourself from time to time – if not like a queen, then at least like any other tourist.
Head to Eastern Europe first of all. You’ll find a lot of beautiful cities with a lot of history, magnificent buildings, and that medieval look we long for when we’re in younger cities than these. Bulgaria and Romania are wonderful choices as well as some other cities in Central Europe such as Poland and Slovakia.
If you are a backpacker and on limited funds, as we assume you are, Slovakia is going to steal your heart – not just because it’s less expensive than Paris, but also because of its charm and opportunities for travelling to its neighbouring countries for next to nothing. Book yourself a train trip to Slovenia, and travel on to Italy by bus.
Where should I stay?
Remember that when you’d like to go somewhere cheap and even save money on accommodation, you have to prepare yourself for less luxury than if you went with your family on a weekend trip to France.
The backpackers in Eastern and Central European countries can be great – while others are less great. Some people book a dormitory on a backpackers, enjoy the life, and are prepared for less service than usual; others expect a high standard when they pay little and are accordingly disappointed.
Find somewhere to stay that suits your wallet, come as you are, and enjoy the adventure. There are, of course, alternatives to the regular hostels and backpackers. You could find Homestay Accommodation, for example, for that authentic city experience which may also save you a bit of money. If you are a group of friends, it could be smart to look at an Airbnb together; you could rent a whole apartment, cook meals together, and it won’t cost as much since you’re more.
You can easily make money while traveling if you offer your services as a bartender at a local hostel, teach classes such as guitar, yoga, dancing – anything you’re good at, really. Using the Internet is always a great option, by the way, as you’ll be able to work wherever you are; start as a freelancer before you go, ask your current job if you can work remotely, etcetera.
Today, it’s so easy for us to live as we please and explore without having to roll in money. It makes it a bit easier to be young, broke and restless – especially with stunning European cities like these which you can enjoy and fall in love with for next to nothing. The best things in life may not be free, but they can be really cheap if you know where to look.
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