Who hasn’t dreamt of going travelling and escaping off into the sunset for a while? Seeing parts of the world and experiencing different cultures can be costly, but costly doesn’t mean impossible.
Here’s some handy tips for those wanting to escape the 9 to 5 on a budget. Utilizing these budget travel tips, you might even be able to travel more often!
Sleeping on a Budget
Camping is a well-loved and low-cost way to explore different countries and also means you will awake amongst some of the most spectacular landscapes. There are many choices of camping sites scattered across Europe and beyond, and this option makes sleeping on a budget easy.
Camping is cheap, but be organised because the camps are usually away from the train and you’ll need to bring camping gear along on your journey.
Stay in a Shared Room in a Hostel
Hostels are one of the more common choices among backpackers because they are often affordable and offer a good chance to speak with other travellers. Usually the price includes breakfast, Wi-Fi and bedding. Many hostels organise tours and events with reduced costs.
Stay in a hotel or a B&B
There are B&B’s and hotels for every price and quality, depending on your budget. The advantage of hotels is the extra privacy, but they will be a fair bit pricier than a hostel. Plus, it’s tougher to meet fellow travellers should you choose to stay in hotels.
If you want are looking for something different or want a longer stay than a b&b or hotel would allow, apps like Owners Direct allow you to rent homes and apartments from locals. It’s a great way to fully immerse yourself in a city.
Transportation on a Budget
Normally large cities have several train stations, so you can move around the city with an InterRail pass.
If you’re staying in the same city for a few days, you can save money with a transport card (for bus, tram, metro), instead of buying single tickets.
Rent a bike and know a town or city at your own pace. Some cities are better prepared for cyclists than others. For example, Amsterdam is a paradise for cyclists.
Excursions on a Budget
Pass City Tours
In most big cities you can buy passes for excursions with which you get free tickets or discounts for tourist attractions and sightseeing. These can make a destination one of the cheap places to travel. Some passes include free travel or reduced fares on public transport.
If you’re planning to see some of the highlights of a city, you will find that these passes are worth their money.
Youth and Student Cards
There are several youth and student cards that offer discounts on various attractions and Europe. The best known cards are ISE and ISIC. All people under 26 who are not students can apply for the European Youth Card.
In some cities you can visit a number of museums and free attractions. London for instance has an excellent selection of museums and attractions to visit, without any charge.
In other cities, such as Copenhagen, admission is free once a week. In addition, throughout Europe, many cities have an annual night when all the museums open their doors to the public with free admission.
Eat and Shop on a Budget
Fill Your Water Bottle
You’ll save a lot of money if you fill your water bottle with tap water instead of buying bottled water. Also you will be helping the environment!
In most European countries, tap water is drinkable, but be sure to check this with a local resident before.
Improvise a Picnic
Buy food in a supermarket or corner shop and be prepared to enjoy a picnic in the local park. That way you will not spend much on food and you can also try the local specialties.
Come Away From Tourist Areas
Try and side-step eating in restaurants situated in tourist areas of the cities, are nearly always more costly and regularly of lower quality than if you venture a little further afield. Also, you’ll be surrounded by other tourists, not locals.
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