Traveling Europe always seems to come with the idea that you need a massive budget. Because apparently everything and everywhere is going to be expensive but that’s just not true. Today’ I’m going to share my tips with you. On how you can travel Europe cheaply on a very good backpacking budget. Firstly you need to understand when to visit and where to visit in Europe to travel on a budget?
So let’s start off with,
When & Where to visit:
If possible just avoid traveling Europe in July and August as everything is so much more expensive. The reason is that accommodation is more expensive flights into, flights around you are more and transports is more costly. Probably around five times the amounts that they should be. Just because they can’t because it’s July and August and there’s going to be a lot of travelers are there.
So rather than looking at when should you not travel to Europe. Let’s look at when should you travel to Europe. All the months are basically the months before and after the peak period. So my advice after the research is it would be April and May and then September and October. And the reason for that is you avoid all the negatives that I’ve just mentioned. Because accommodation is quite reasonably well priced. And you can travel around quite easily because it’s not always fully booked and the prices are lower. But you also get the favorable weather whilst it’s not scorching hot like you would find in July in August.
It is still very ideal and you will definitely catch itself. So now you know when to go.
How Getting to Europe:
So if you’re flying from outside of Europe then I’m going to be completely honest with you. Flights are going to be expensive and there’s not really any way of getting around that. There’s a couple of ways that you can save a bit of money but they are going to be quite expensive. The best way to do it is to fly into a region rather than a specific destination. And try to avoid flying from Friday to Sunday. Because it’s just a lot more expensive due to the fact that people do tend to go for weekends. I know obviously, if you’re flying from very far away you’re probably not going to visit for a weekend.
But within Europe itself you’re probably going to have to catch a connecting flight and then they will be the expensive ones. Now if you’re flying from within Europe to somewhere else in Europe. Then as I just mentioned try flying into a region rather than the destination. What I mean by that is if you have a clear starting point. Then try and flies close to that starting point as possible. It works out a lot cheaper and doesn’t cost too much more time.
If it is your first time traveling to Europe than Tyrrell is great. Because it literally plans everything out for you makes everything easy. You get your train pass you literally just jump on the train. You want to be on your race and where you’ve got off you have a certain amount of days you can use that pass on. Its very simple and obviously if you want to cover large distances like train excellent. You can literally travel from Lisbon all the way to Krakow and on your trip. There you’ve covered pretty much most of your place.
That is a great option but if you are a bit more of an experienced traveler and having a rarely independent trip. Then plan it all yourself and use busses like the Flex bus and public buses to get a box. It will save you a lot of money.
The best rule is that’s tried and tested is go off the number of people in your group. Therefore if you are a solo traveler or there are two of you. Go for hostels and if there are any more than three people go for Airbnb. Because by the time you pay for an individual bunk beds in a dorm if there’s three-four or five of you. It will just work out a lot cheaper to get Airbnb and split the cost between you. When it comes to accommodation and if you really want to save some serious money then use.
Couchsurfing & hitchhiking:
For your accommodation, you get to meet some really cool locals. You’re actually going to go with as a host go for verified hosts. Some people with a lot of reviews and then in terms of transport. Why don’t you try hitchhiking the proper backpacking methods of getting around in Europe? It tends to be safe but again just use your common sense.
Book everything in advance:
Book everything in advance where possible, don’t go and book your whole trip in advance and stick to it. Because then that kind of kills the fun of traveling but try and book some accommodation. Maybe some transport and certain activities in advance if you know you’re going to be in a place and the reason for it is you get a discount. Well, either that or the price tends to go up on the day of booking and If you don’t want to stick to a very strict schedule.
Free cancellation comes in very handy because you can book a room for your next destination and then if your travel plans change you can cancel it for free. So that is a perfect option and just try and book slightly in advance even one or two days before. Just to get a bit of a discount once you’re actually in your accommodation whether it be a hostel or Airbnb use the facilities you have.
Cook your own food:
Say these three people of you traveling in your group. It’s very tempting just to go to a restaurant and get a Domino’s but let’s just do a bit of math. So if you actually pay 10 pounds per person in that three-person group for one meal may be one even a meal every single day for a month. That’s 900 pounds between you for the month just on one evening meal. Whereas if you go to the supermarket maybe you spend 10 pounds between the group.
It’s just 300 pounds between you or so only a hundred pounds per person. So you will literally be saving 200 pounds each over the coast or a month that you can spend on other things. Like activities and if you have that 200 pound extra on your last day why don’t you just go and do something crazy. Or just save it for a future trip so using the facilities available to you really comes in handy.
People don’t utilize the public transport enough. The proper public transport in a random town in the middle of nowhere in Eastern Europe. Where you’re literally the only traveler or tourist on the bus. Why would you do that? You get to mix with the locals you get to see their way of life. You probably get experience and tips from them. They know the place better than anyone else and of course, you save a lot of money. It might take a bit more time to travel around that way but it’s definitely more fun and you get a true experience of what that country actually likes.
Student IDs are great in Europe even if you’re not a student still you can carry your student ID and you’ll get discounts of up to 75 percent on attractions accommodation and transport. And strangely in Europe, If you carry an EU passport some places will give you heavily discounted rates.
Keep travel plans flexible:
If you are flexible and open-minded about your travels in Europe then you will save the most money. Why? Because if you stick to a very strict schedule on someone else’s time that’s already been pre-planned. You’ll end up having to spend a lot more money because you have to go to some places on certain days and take certain transport. Or is if you just remain flexible you can always find a cheaper option and that is the way to travel Europe on a budget.
That is all the travel tips on how you can travel on a budget. If you find these tips useful, leave a comment below.