There’s not a traveller on the planet who isn’t happy to save a few pennies on the road. With Europe one of the most popular destinations to spend big and explore, draw on these tips to make those Euros go further.
Instead of flying into one of the big name European capitals like London or Paris, check if flying into an alternative airport will make the journey cheaper. Destinations such as Milan, Istanbul and Amsterdam could make for a fascinating stopover en route, or become your new holiday starting point. Being flexible with dates also offers more room to move price-wise, while locking in great prices is easy during the Europe earlybird season or by booking well in advance. For the frequent flyers, use those miles!
Europe in high season has its perks: the sultry summer heat, stacks of extra events and a buzzing atmosphere. But so does the low season: less crowds, shorter lines and cheaper rates on airfares, transport and accommodation, plus some activities. Alternatively, travel in the shoulder season for a balance of seasonal benefits.
Organised tours are a convenient way to know your costs upfront and only have to budget for spending money. For regular tour-goers, return passenger and multi-trip discounts makes this an even more appealing option.
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Free entertainment is always easy to find in Europe. Many museums offer free days each month – including some of the world’s biggest and best, such as the Louvre, Tate Modern and the Berlin Wall Memorial. Free walking tours are also common in most big cities and often, you’ll simply stumble across a free festival, cultural event or market injecting colour and atmosphere into the streets.
Do your research to get your money’s worth and make the most of each day, fitting in as much as possible into less time. It’s also the best way to find the best deals on the ground. A great rule is to make a trip to the local Tourist Info Centre your essential first stop in each destination.
Forget about paying for Wi-Fi at your hotel. It’s everywhere! Public squares, parks, malls and coffee shops all over Europe make it easy to check your emails and stay connected with loved ones back home. Just remember to turn off your data to avoid any unexpected roaming charges while on holidays!
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