A Savvy Traveler: 101 Tips for Traveling Europe on a Budget

The desire to travel to different countries can be intense, until you look at the price of plane tickets and your excitement deflates. These prices don’t even include sightseeing, accommodation, and food for your travels. And what about the extras? Surely you want to spoil yourself … at least now and again. 

Lucky for you, I have all the tips you need to travel to Europe on a budget. 

At first, you may not like this idea either, as thoughts of dirty hotel rooms and unsafe transport routes flash through your mind. However, I did say budget… not cheap. These tips will have you saving money before your trip, during your trip, and well, it’s on you to save after your trip.

Before We Dive Into Europe Travel Hacking Tips… 

You don’t need to worry about saving up all your money to arrive in Europe with a decent place to stay, only to realize you have no money for sightseeing and to enjoy the many experiences. 

I have you covered, with tips to help you prepare before your trip, how to find affordable flights and accommodation, and a budget-friendly guide to sightseeing, giving you the ultimate opportunity to vacation on a budget.

Travel hacking is becoming an art for some people who have a strong desire to explore as much of the world as possible. Once you have mastered traveling in Europe for cheap, you will be set to travel anywhere on a budget.

If Europe is not your calling, you can find some great general travel trips in How to Travel on a Budget or keep reading this article because not all the tips are specific to only Europe.

Preparing for Your European Trip 

Ideally, your trip should start long before you board the plane, bus, or boat to travel to your destination. In this planning stage, you get to fantasize about all the places you can visit. You start budgeting, saving, and become a top Europe trip planner with your itinerary and travel ideas.

Starting the trip before the actual trip gives you more time to enjoy it while you find creative ways to travel Europe while on a budget. You can then apply these techniques to any future trips you decide to go on. 

If you are looking to plan a trip on a budget, it is always good to keep this in mind from the very beginning when you start looking at possible places to travel to. This will prevent you from dreaming of expensive places you won’t be able to afford.

Saving you the disappointment when you start booking your trip, I have all the best budget-friendly tips, which you should implement as soon as you decide to start planning a trip, throughout the trip, and possibly after the trip too.

101 Tips for Traveling Europe on a Budget 

Planning Tips

1. Set Your Budget Early

As soon as you get the first desire to plan a trip, whether it is alone, with friends, or with family, you should start budgeting. Give yourself a realistic figure that you will be able to save up and that will get you through the planned trip time, whether it is a few days or a three-month Europe trip on your budget.

This initial budget setting doesn’t have to be the final amount you settle on; however, it will give you a guideline on your limitations and help streamline your research and planning to budget-friendly options. 

2. Start Saving Early

Keeping the above tip in mind, this one goes without saying. Even when you are looking for the cheapest way to travel Europe, you should still start saving early. If you don’t have any travel plans in mind—and you opened this article for fun—you should still start saving. 

Work out an amount you can afford to save each month and keep this aside for your travels. This should be the untouchable money you resist when you are craving an expensive takeaway coffee. When your travel time comes, you may have more money than you expected.

If this happens, you can still keep to a small budget, and that way, you have leftover money for your next budget trip.

3. Use Social Media

During your dreaming and planning phase, start using social media to your advantage by following travel companies. This way you can keep an eye out for any specials on flights, accommodation, or extra tips to spot the cheaper destinations.

You can also follow various accommodation pages to look out for any competitions and enter them all. You may just win a stay at a 5-star hotel and all you need to do is stay within your budget to get there and sightsee.

4. Speak to a Travel Agent

When you are planning to travel to Europe for cheap, seeking out a travel agent may be low down on your list. This is usually because of the idea that travel agents are expensive and will urge you to choose the pricier options.

However, they work on commission. You can get a free consultation, and if you are clear about your budget limits, they will likely stick to them. You can then get insider deals on flights and accommodation through the agent. 

5. Stay Flexible

A great way to travel to Europe for cheap is to keep your dates flexible. This way you can book any flight and accommodation specials as soon as they are available. You will rarely manage to find specials on the exact dates you have planned.

It will be much easier to plan your dates around the specials you manage to find. If a great special pops up and it is sooner than your original departure date, you should go for it if you can. 

6. Look out for Discount Hacks

Always keep an eye and an ear open for discount sites that help you find budget deals for your trip. Sites like Don’t Pay Full offer you the space to find sneaky deals and discounts.

There are plenty more of these sites, which may be difficult to find, but the more you search for budget deals and coupon sites, the higher your chances of stumbling across some great discount sites.

7. Wipe Away the Cookie Crumbs

Throughout your online searches, you are collecting a lot of cookies in your browser. These may be good for finding budget travel niches online, but they could also cause you to pay more than necessary.

This is especially important before you book any flights, because if the sites have been tracking your browsing history, you may be subjected to dynamic pricing.

Packing Tips 

8. Save on Packing

Buying things for your trip can be an exciting and fun task, but you need to make sure you don’t go overboard. You may want to buy the best traveling bags because they seem fancy and stylish when it is not a necessity. 

Don’t forget that this money could also be put toward your travels instead of your bag. Don’t skimp too much though, as you should still have a bag you can lock to keep your valuables safe.

9. Pack Light

This one will depend on your length of travel, however, if you are not staying for too long, try to pack as little as possible. This way, you can travel with a carry-on on the flight, saving you money on the baggage fee.

10. Research Shops Before Leaving

If you have opted to travel light, then you may need to pick up a few items along your travels. This could be toiletries and other general items. As a tourist, you may be tricked into buying these items from expensive shops rather than budget-friendly options.

You may know exactly what shops will give you the best prices in your hometown but you probably don’t know the cheaper shops in a different country. Do your research so you can look out for these.

Booking Flights Tips 

11. Stake out the Flight Sites

Make it a daily habit to surf your local airlines’ websites to keep track of their prices. Keeping a constant eye on the sites will give you a good understanding of when the prices drop. 

This is usually out of travel season, but you can then schedule your vacation during these times. Checking each day will also ensure you don’t miss any flash sales on flights.

12. Travel to a Different Airport 

It may be a given that you would book a flight from your nearest airport; however, if you want to find cheap travel options to Europe, it may be found at a different airport. Start looking at the airports that are slightly further away from you and check those flight prices.

Traveling to an airport by bus or train to get a cheaper air ticket may end up being more cost-efficient than the flights from your nearest airport.

13. Choose the Less Traveled Time

When you are booking your flights, you may want to fly at a reasonable hour and book a fairly comfortable seat. However, you can save money by choosing the cheaper seats and choosing to fly at odd hours in the night. These flights may be cheaper than daytime flights.

14. Check Cancelation Policies

Whenever you are booking your flight, there will be a section for the fine print of the airline. These obscure Ts and Cs could help you save some money. When you book, make sure that the airline has a cancelation policy that allows you to change your flights.

In the event that you have to cancel at the last minute, you can get a travel credit or change your flight dates. This will help you save money for when you reschedule your vacation.

15. Skip the Round-Trip

Look up whether it will be cheaper to book one-way trips to your destination and then back again. This could end up being cheaper than booking a round-trip ticket. You might even find that flying a different route home ends up being cheaper.

Plus, you may get to see a few extra sights on the way!

16. Give up Your Seat When You Can

If you can afford to miss a flight for a later one, allow yourself to get bumped from a flight. Some airlines offer a hefty voucher if you give up your seat on busy flights. If you frequent airports that are usually busy and overbooked, you can offer to hand over your seat. 

First, check on their voucher policy to ensure you will be saving up some good air credit for your next trips.

17. Don’t Be Afraid to Complain

If anything goes wrong while you are at an airport, such as luggage damage, canceled flights, or long delays, make a point of it. Calling the airline and lodging a complaint might not be a fun thing to do, but they usually offer vouchers or discounts to make up for their mistakes.

18. Find a Good Scanner Site

Use your research skills to check out sites that compare flight prices from various airlines to help you find the cheapest flight. You can try out something like www.Google.com/Flights to start, but look around for others too.

19. Find Reward Programmes

There are numerous types of reward programs you can look out for to earn points whenever you fly or use certain services. 

You may even stumble on resources like The Points Guy, which gives you tips on reward programs, points, and how to best use your credit card on your travels.

20. Subscribe and Sign up to Alerts

Subscribe to as many airline sights, travel blogs, and other resource sites as possible. This will ensure that you receive a steady stream of news, deals, and discounts. You will also be one of the first to hear about it so you can snatch up the deals quickly.

21. Choose Budget Airlines Wisely

It is tempting to look for the cheapest airline and book straight away because, well, the prices seem cheap enough to travel to Europe on them. 

Yet, this isn’t always the case because some flights are low-cost since they don’t offer food for long trips. You may end up paying a higher cost if you want food onboard or to check in extra luggage.

Flying on a budget airline on your Europe trip may turn out to be more expensive if you don’t read up on the fine print. If you do your research, you can make your own food to take with you—if the airline allows—and travel light with only a carry-on.

Cheap Transport Tips

22. Sightsee With Busabout

This new travel method is helping people travel cheaply in Europe by offering bus passes that last for a few days or up to six months. Busabout lets you stay on the bus for a predetermined number of stops so you can see all the sights affordably.

If any of your accommodation options are on these routes, that would be a bonus. So, be sure to look for accommodation options close by.

23. Invest in a Eurail Pass

If you will be traveling between the cheapest places to visit in Europe, you can opt for a train pass that can get you to most places. This will work best for shorter travel distances, and if you plan on using these routes often, a train pass will serve you better than buying individual tickets.

24. Rent Your Transport

If you are planning a trip in a small region, you can look to rent a campervan or a car to get you around. This will depend on how far you will be traveling, and it may help save you on various bus and train tickets.

This method will work if you are traveling outside of the busy cities as the in-town transport systems are likely to be cheaper than the gas money you will need.

25. Find a BlaBlaCar

Lately, people have become more accustomed to sharing personal space with others, as seen in the popularity of Airbnb home-sharing. This culture now allows you to travel in Europe for cheap if you join the BlaBlaCar service for your long-distance travels.

Essentially, you jump in with a person who has space in their car and is traveling in the same direction as you and you simply pay toward the gas cost.

26. Hitchhike… Safely

Hitchhiking can be a very economical way to travel on a budget in Europe if you stay aware and alert. 

Be mindful of whom you accept lifts from and always trust your instinct. This option is best when you are not alone, and there are several resources online to help you practice safe hitchhiking techniques.

27. Or, Just Walk

This one’s for travel for short distances within the towns, since many places in Europe are safe and easy to walk around. You can set a reasonable route with some sightseeing opportunities along with it and enjoy the fresh air as you wander around.

28. Try a Hop-on/Hop-off Bus

Quite a few cities have a hop-on and off bus service that takes visitors around to various tourist sites. You can check out the routes of these buses and use them to get to the place you want to go. You may have to jump off at a stop and walk a few blocks, so factor this time into your schedule.

29. Set a Reasonable Schedule

Since you may be using public transport and less conventional travel methods, be sure to include enough traveling time in your schedule.

If you have booked too many experiences and need to rush to make it on time, you may choose to Uber or call a taxi. This will end up costing you more than necessary, so it is best to accurately plan time on your trip.

30. Ask for Local Advice

Nothing is better than asking a local to give you insight into the best tips for traveling in Europe. They will be able to give you budget-friendly options and local apps that boast cheaper transport options. 

31. Overnight on Trains

Traveling by train in Europe is a great budget option for transport. When you are traveling between countries, check whether you can book an overnight train ride to get to your destination. This will save you needing an extra night of accommodation and you can wake up ready to explore straight away.

32. Look for Travel Groups

Search social media for traveling groups and see if your trip will coincide with anyone else’s. This way, you can meet up along the way and share some transport costs by hiring a car together or sharing rides.

33. Travel by Bike

If you are exploring small areas, you can look for a bicycle hire company. Hiring out a bike will be a lot cheaper and it will take you to various places on your trip. You will also be getting some exercise and save on expensive transport costs.

Accommodation Tips

34. Check Airbnb

Airbnb home-sharing is becoming a great way to cheaply travel in Europe and other countries around the globe. The accommodation prices are generally lower than traditional accommodation and they offer privacy as well as home appliances that you may need, such as washing machines and stoves.

36. Try out a Home Swap

You can research online for sites that let you connect with other homeowners who may be interested in a home swap. This means you will stay in the other person’s home for a certain amount of time, while they stay in your home. It is a great way to save money on accommodation while having an entire home or apartment to yourself.

37. Consider Staying in a Hostel

If you are traveling with your family, a hostel may not be high on your choice of accommodation. Yet, these family-friendly hostels are becoming popular and they can be a great solution for your budget travel in Europe.

38. Try Working for Accommodation

If you don’t mind setting aside a few hours of your trip for work time, see if you can swap your expertise for a free stay. You can offer this to hotels or other establishments and it is a great option if you are traveling Europe alone.

39. Book at the Last Minute

If you are daring enough to hold off on your accommodation bookings, try to book on the day you would like to stay there. Some establishments drop their prices for same-day bookings since they aren’t likely to have someone staying there at full price.

40. Travel With a Friend

This is a great option for your budget Europe trip. Not only will you have company on the trip you can also share accommodation costs. If you are close enough, you can even opt to share a bed to cut down on the room costs.

41. Work as an Au Pair

If you are looking for a long holiday, you can consider au pairing for a family in the country you want to visit. You will have to work and look after their children; however, you will be paid. Most of these situations offer a live-in position with plenty of time to travel and explore the country.

42. Become a Housesitter

If you aren’t a fan of the work involved as an au pair, consider housesitting instead. This way you will only need to feed pets and water plants while the owners are out of town. Plus, you get a free stay as well.

43. Collect Hotel Reward Points

Whenever you book a stay at a hotel, find out if they offer a rewards program. Many hotels are linked together through a parent company, and these rewards can be collected and used from various hotels.

44. Move Away From the Center

When you are traveling to Europe, it may be tempting to look for accommodation in the centers of the city. However, these places will be the most expensive. Try to look for accommodation a bit further out, as long as you check the transport costs to travel into the town center if you want to.

45. Look for Budget Hotel Chains

Consider booking a room in a budget hotel chain for your stay. It may not have all the fancy features and amenities, but it will offer you a decent bed and shower at least. And most often, what extra do you need? 

46. Choose Self-Catering Options

Consider accommodation that has a kitchen for you to cook your meals. This way you can save on breakfast costs and it will reduce your need to buy food from restaurants and fast-food establishments. 

47. Book Accommodation Online

Try out some booking platforms online that work in similar ways to the comparison of flight prices. You can filter your search and compare prices to find the best budget-friendly options. Sites like Booking.com are perfect to find the cheapest places to stay in Europe.

48. Book a Stay at a Boutique Hotel

Traveling Europe on a budget is a lot easier if you look for boutique hotels that don’t necessarily offer you five-star service. These hotels usually offer self-catering rooms and don’t have extra amenities like pools and gyms. 

49. Backpack Through Europe Within Your Budget

Consider backpacking through Europe at a small cost to find simple accommodation. This is one of the cheapest ways to travel around Europe and offers the opportunity to meet several people along the way.

50. Consider a Motorhome 

Try out a new experience by traveling through Europe by motorhome to save on transport and accommodation. Renting a motorhome will let you couple your travel and accommodation costs into one. This is a perfect option for traveling around Europe with your family.

51. Try Glamping

Glamping is a perfect solution for how to travel Europe cheaply. This accommodation is a mix between traditional camping and a more comfortable stay. It usually consists of tents that are on raised platforms and offers amenities like toilets and showers.

52. Nightswapping

This service is similar to a house swap, but the swap doesn’t need to happen at the same time and you can still be at home. Each time you allow someone to spend a night at your home, you accumulate a free night that you can use at the homes of other users at a future date.

53. Book Into a University Room

These room options help you keep within your Europe tour budget and can be found on university campuses. They will provide basic setups in rooms that are not currently occupied and you won’t waste too much money on the bed.

54. Join the WWOOFING Community

Joining the trend of alternative accommodation options, World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms offers free accommodation in exchange for a few hours of labor each day. If you are interested in organic farming, you will get the chance to meet like-minded individuals and try new experiences. 

55. Try out Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing is a great hack when deciding how to travel to Europe cheaply. The company was created to help connect people around the world by offering a free stay in exchange for meeting new friends and sharing cultures, languages, and experiences.

56. Become a Host on Your Trip

If you don’t find a suitable house swap, you could simply become a host on Airbnb or a similar platform. Renting out your home while you are away will give you some more money to spend on the trip and your accommodation.

Meal Time Tips

57. Cook Your Food

When you are on holiday, you may not want to cook and clean yourself; however, it is key to saving money on your trip. If you have booked a place with kitchen facilities, you can cook meals in bulk for a few days at a time.

58. Meet up With Locals

Be friendly when you travel to Europe for cheap as meeting new friends can help you save money. Invite locals for a meal at your place in the hopes they will return the favor with a meal at their home.

59. Find out What the Locals Eat

Most tourist restaurants will likely charge high tourist prices and this can become expensive. These restaurants are strategically placed in tourist hotspots so avoid these and find some local food joints to try out.

60. Try out Food Stalls

Look online for any local markets that are taking place near you and see what the food stalls have on offer. You may find some affordable items there instead of spending a lot at fancy restaurants.

61. Try Food Trucks

Ask around for the local food truck spots and try out some local cuisine at a decent price. These street food vendors are not as bad as you may think and you can stock up on good food without hurting your budget while also learning more about the local food culture.

62. Find the Local Grocer

Ask around to find the best-priced grocery store in the area and buy a few staple items. Even if you are not set up in accommodation that has a full kitchen, you can still make some basic meals in your room.

63. Book a Hotel With Meals Included

Work out if a hotel with meals included will be cheaper than buying your own food. This may only cover your breakfast, but if you intend on loading up on a good breakfast, you can maybe get away with skipping lunch. This a great way to stay within your European travel budget.

64. Pack Healthy Snacks

Bring along your own healthy snacks or buy some on your trip to keep you going through the day. If you have enough snacks and a big breakfast, you can skip lunch and then you only need to buy dinner. 

65. Keep a Reusable Water Bottle Handy

You will need to stay dehydrated while you are being active on your trip, yet the constant buying of water can become quite expensive. Bring a reusable bottle instead and find places to fill up on clean filtered water.

66. Have a Sober Holiday

It is easy to consume alcohol while you are relaxing on holiday; however, this can add up to an expensive amount. When you are traveling Europe cheaply, you don’t want to waste too much on cocktails and other drinks.

67. If You Must Drink, Use Happy Hour

If you feel like having a few drinks, try to keep them within happy hour. Many places will offer great drinks specials during this hour and you can use these to save money while traveling within Europe.

68. If You Party, Leave Your Money

If you go out to enjoy parties, leave your credit card at your accommodation. Keep enough money on you for transport, food, and a drink or two. This will prevent you from overspending on your night out.

69. Lower Your Coffee Expectations

It may be very tempting to try various new caffeine elixirs when you are traveling; however, all these lattes, espressos, and cappuccinos add up and cost you more. Opt for a normal coffee or prepare it yourself with the complimentary coffee (and tea) you get in your hotel room.

70. Look for All-You-Can-Eat Buffets

Find restaurants that offer buffets to enjoy large meals at low prices. This will let you fill up without overspending. Hopefully, you find a bottomless coffee special too for those caffeine cravings.

71. Stay Away From Tourist Restaurants

If you are traveling, you will most likely be visiting the common tourist sights during your budget travel in Europe. Try to avoid eating at the restaurants close to these destinations as they often raise their prices since they have a steady stream of hungry tourists who don’t want to travel far for food.

72. Choose Local Treats Wisely

When you are visiting a new place, it is easy to want to try all the local dishes and food experiences; however, this will ruin your plan to travel Europe on a budget. It may be wise to limit the number of experiences you can try out. Choose a few food experiences and save the rest for the next time you visit.

73. Eat Early, Before the Hunger Strikes

While you are so busy exploring through the day, you may forget to eat and only realize it when you are starving. This will lead you to overindulge when you do find a place to eat. Snacking and eating before this point will help you eat less at mealtimes.

74. Look for Lunch Specials

A lot of restaurants offer great lunch specials and normally display them on a board outside the shop. Look out for these specials and take advantage when you spot them.

Sightseeing Tips 

75. Search for Free Activities

A lot of adverts promoting tourist sites will show the expensive activities and omit the free ones. This is mostly due to the free activities not having a budget for advertising. Look through some local European travel blogs to find the free activities.

76. Ask for Group Discounts

Touring Europe on a budget in a group gives you the advantage of asking for discounts. Many places love taking on large groups and don’t mind offering a discount for your business.

77. Use Your Student ID

If you have a student ID card—even if it is slightly past its use-by date—you can flash it at a lot of places to get a good discount. Research which tourist activities offer these student discounts.

78. Research the Obscure Activities

While you are planning your trip to Europe on your budget, do a lot of research on the areas you are traveling to. Search online to find the less popular sites and activities. These will likely be cheaper than the mainstream tourist sites.

79. Keep Photos as Souvenirs

It can be tempting to pick up souvenirs at each tourist site you visit to remember your experience. Rather, take plenty of photos at the site to keep for memories. The souvenirs often get lost back home, but you can hang your photographs up for lasting memories of your travels.

80. Don’t Buy Foreign Gifts

Your friends and family may be expecting gifts from your travels; however, if you tell them you are enjoying a European budget trip, they will understand the lack of gifts. Try to take some stunning pictures at places and have them printed for gifts back home.

81. Search for Discount Books

If you are staying in one place for an extended time and will be looking for sightseeing activities around the area, consider buying a discount book. The discounts can help you save on several different activities.

82. Test Your Bargaining Skills

While it may not be acceptable to negotiate prices where you come from, it is acceptable and expected in certain parts of Europe. Find out which areas practice this and negotiate the prices down to acceptable amounts.

83. Research Current Specials

When you are still researching the cheapest way to travel to Europe, start looking at activities specials. You can look on sites like Groupon to see what discounts may be offered during your travel dates.

84. Sightsee on Foot

You don’t have to pay for transport to see all the sights and you can find great tourist stops on foot. You could also rent a bicycle for this if you would prefer not to walk too much.

85. Look out for City Passes

If you are staying in one city for a while, check if they offer any city passes. This will allow you to visit multiple tourist spots at a flat rate. This is a great way to see Europe on your set budget.

Family Travel Tips

86. Stay out of Season

If you are not traveling alone in Europe and your family is coming along with you, try to book trips out of season. You may have to let your children skip a bit of school so you aren’t confined to only traveling during school holidays. 

Ensure that it is at a time when they won’t miss too much and can easily catch up on any work they miss.

87. Eat-in Most Days

It is expensive enough to pay for a meal if you are eating out by yourself. This bill only gets much worse if you are buying for your whole family. Choose to stay at the hotel and cook bulk meals for your family rather.

88. Search for Family Discounts

If your family is big enough, you may find some great discounts on travel, accommodation, and activities with some group discounts. Do some extra research before leaving to see what discounts are on offer.

89. Look for Kid Freebies

Often restaurants and accommodation places offer free meals or stays for children under a certain age. Look out for these deals and choose to stay at those places. 

You might even find some places that offer free activities for children during the day. This way you can sneak off with your partner and enjoy some of the sites while only paying for two.

90. Consider Renting a House

If you have a large family, you can travel to Europe for cheap by staying in one place for a while and renting a house. You can find some great deals on sites like Airbnb for a house rental. 

You can then save money on food since you have a kitchen to cook in, as well as other amenities like doing laundry if they have these appliances in the house. 

91. Sharing Is Caring

If your children are around the same age and can share clothing, then pack light with the idea that they can use each other’s clothing. This will work well if you stay in a house with a washing machine. The lighter packing means fewer expenses for the luggage at the airport.

92. Go Camping

If you are alone, you may look at the cost to backpack in Europe; however, if you have children, you can go camping. This is one of the cheapest ways to travel in Europe since you don’t have to pay for accommodation. You will only have to pay for your food supplies and a small camping fee.

93. Search for Free Museum Days

Buying a museum pass for a whole day can be expensive, especially if your children get bored too quickly and force you to leave early. Free museum days at least mean that you won’t be losing money if you end up leaving after one hour.

94. Plan Ahead and Don’t Stress

Taking a vacation to Europe on a budget with your family can be fun if you are not stressing the entire time. Be sure to plan ahead, start packing early, and don’t leave anything to the last minute. You don’t want to miss your flight and end up paying more for new tickets.

Money Tips

95. Consider Travel Insurance

While it may seem expensive at first and unnecessary for you when traveling on a budget in Europe, travel insurance can end up saving you a lot of money. If you need to cancel a trip due to illness, you will save money for your next trip. There are several other benefits too.

Here’s the travel insurance company I use.

96. Download Trail Wallet

This app is available on both Android and iOS and lets you set your budget for your Europe tour and helps you keep track of your spending on the trip. This way you can be sure to not overspend.

97. Draw Money Don’t Convert

Withdrawing and converting money while you are budgeting for your trip to Europe could seem like the smartest decision. However, it can save you more if you withdraw money when you arrive. This way you can avoid the extra fee charged by companies that exchange money for you.

98. Avoid the ATM Costs

Since you will be drawing more money, you should look to avoid extra withdrawal costs. You can do this by banking with Schwab Bank or others that also offer free withdrawals around the world.

99. Consider a Travel Credit Card

Check to see whether your credit card offers free foreign transactions and consider opening up a new account that does offer this feature if yours does not. This way, you can swipe without worrying about unnecessary fees.

I love to use Wise.

100. Buy a Local Sim

The best sim card when traveling in Europe is a new sim card that you buy on your travels. This will be cheaper than paying data roaming costs from your network provider. A local sim will allow you to pay local data charges to stay in touch on your travels.

101. Invest in Proper Gear

Spend a bit of extra money before your trip and buy the best shoes for traveling, the best bag for traveling, and the best clothes for traveling in Europe. This helps save you money. These quality items will be sure to get you through your entire trip without you needing to replace them at foreign prices.

BONUS TIP: Enter (a lot of) Competitions 

Keep a constant eye on social media competitions for all things travel. This can include travel gear competitions, accommodation on backpacking routes in Europe, flights, and sightseeing opportunities. 

Enter, enter, enter, and start shaving off money from your trip from each travel element you win.

Where to Next? 

Now that you know how to travel in Europe on a budget, you can extend these tips and tricks for your future trips to other places. Once you have mastered the budget for your European vacations, you can travel to other parts of the world and use your travel hacks on these trips.

Start planning your trip today by finding a traveling map of Europe and draw up your trip itinerary. Always keep this flexible when you are wanting to travel Europe on a budget since flexibility will help save you money.

I can guarantee that as soon as you have seen how easy it is to travel through places on a budget while enjoying the new experiences and cultures, you will be ready to start saving and planning your next trip.

You can find a comprehensive guide on budget travel tips for anywhere in How to Travel on a Budget, and taking this book with you everywhere will make sure you don’t forget all these budget-saving tips you can try.

Sightseeing FAQs 

What is budget travel?

Budget travel is when you take a trip with a money-saving mindset. You will opt for cost-saving options, search for cheaper flights and accommodation, and utilize travel hacks when you are enjoying budget travel. It is a cost-effective way to see new places and experience new cultures.

How to travel around Europe on a budget?

You can travel in Europe for cheap if you plan smartly and cut back on a few luxuries. Start looking for budget accommodation and flight specials from early. You can choose cheaper travel options like traveling by train in Europe or choosing to backpack on a budget in Europe.

When is it cheaper to travel to Europe

Traveling to Europe and many other places will always be cheaper during off-season times. This way, you can save on accommodation costs, flight costs, and money you will use for sightseeing. 

In season travel is more expensive as places will charge full rates knowing that people will be booking anyway as it is the most convenient time for a lot of people to travel.

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Final Words Before You Fly

Traveling Europe on a budget does not need to be a sacrifice of the finer things and missing out on key experiences. If you want to travel around Europe cheaply, you can easily enjoy an experience-filled trip using smart travel tips.

Be sure to start your traveling checklist for Europe early to ensure you are getting the best deals when you start searching for discounts. Traveling by train in Europe can be cheaper than other options, so don’t forget to look around and note the cheapest ways to travel for your unique trip.

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