5 tips for travelling Europe on a budget

It is easy to assume when considering a holiday that it’s going to costs a small fortune and this can often be enough to put you off altogether, however this doesn’t need to be the case.

Budget holidays have become increasingly popular in recent years and in doing so have brought a host of overlooked but stunning locations into the spotlight.

If you are looking for a quick weekend break or a long relaxing getaway, we have some tips to help you pinch those pennies and get the most from your holiday.

  1. Choosing the type of holiday most suited to your needs

Holidays cost money, regardless of the destination, but some cost much more than others. If you are looking for a low budget holiday in Europe and want to get up close and personal with the local culture, backpacking can be one of the best ways to do that.

While Europe is far from a low budget destination, backpacking holidays can help make them extremely affordable and depending on the destination you can pick up some real bargains.

Researching these locations before making your decision is highly recommended, and can save you a lot of money.

  1. Travel in the off-season

Prices can vary dramatically depending on when you are travelling, peak seasons will generally be far more expensive as holiday companies cash in on the booming surge of tourists. If you are able to, travelling in the off-season can help avoid these inflated prices and can also mean that you avoid the crowds!

Fortunately Europe is an extremely welcoming place regardless of the time of year. With beautiful beaches and countryside to explore in the summer months to picturesque snowcapped towns dating back to medieval times to admire in the winter, there is never a bad time to visit.

  1. Plan your trips in advance

If you have a bucket list of destinations or sights that you know you want to go, try and choose accommodation central to these, this will mean less time travelling and more time soaking in the culture.

If you are interested in tours and guides around the cities, booking these in advance can often get you better deals then just turning up on the day, and a rough plan or itinerary for each day will help you cram the most into your trip.

  1. Choose the right accommodation

Europe is not short of accommodation, but if you are looking for something more affordable that the big name hotels, it’s a good idea to head out of the major cities and look to the surrounding towns.

These towns can offer cheaper accommodation and a more authentic feel than the tourist traps in the cities, but still being close enough to allow you to enjoy everything the capitals have to offer.

  1. Fly with low budget airlines

With a multitude of price comparison sites easily at hand nowadays it’s easier than ever to find great deals, and these sites are great when looking for flights.

Travel costs are usually the main culprit for eating into you holiday budget so naturally should be one of the top of the list when looking for savings.

Budget airlines are a great way to cut back, however you may find that some smaller airlines do not fly to all the destinations you are planning to travel too.

Once you have chosen your destination, look for airlines that cater for those specific locations and you should be able to find some great deals.

And a bonus tip… 

… Don’t forget to get the right type of travel insurance. Single trip policies can be more cost effective assuming you are only planning a single trip this season, but annual and multi trip cover can provide savings in the long run if you plan on travelling more frequently.

Specialist polices can prove cheaper in the long run too – for example a cruise policy will be ideal for your next cruise (whether it’s in Europe or beyond) and may work out much less expensive than looking to add to a policy extensions for every excursion and more.

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