Europe is one of the most expensive continents in the world for traveling.
However, the gorgeous scenery, cultural sites, and experiences you can gain are truly worth more than money. You don’t have to be super rich to travel Europe. Backpacking in Europe remains as popular now as ever before. So, if you are a budget-conscious backpacker ready to discover the wonders of Europe, here are a number of thrifty tips:
Stay at Homestays
Accommodation in Europe can be notoriously expensive. Hotels aren’t cheap anywhere. The majority of your budget will be spent on accommodation if you choose conventional hotels. Instead, opt for local homestays. You will get a room for cheap along with meals. You will be able to experience a slice of authentic local culture and hospitality as well. There will be plenty of locals offering rooms near major tourist attractions and hiking trails. If you are in a city, a hostel will be the cheaper option than a hotel room.
Take the Public Transport
Eat Where the Locals Eat
Enjoying authentic cultural cuisine is a big part of travelling. Most tourists enjoy their meals at restaurant. However, the bills can be quite hefty for a budget traveler to bear. Therefore, try to choose the cheapest eateries and restaurants. Simply, the places where the locals eat offer the best prices for meals. Cheap food is not necessarily bad food. Most restaurants inflate prices to capitalize on tourists. Avoid that trap and enjoy equally delicious meals and drinks at local haunts. Generally speaking, if you are in a non-English speaking country and the menu is in English, you might be at a tourist trap.
Avoid the Peak Season
Peak season offers the best weather to travel to a destination. Other than the sunny skies, everything else will be a nightmare. You will find the beaches and the major attractions crowded during peak seasons. Worst of all, all the prices, from accommodation to taxi fare, are highly inflated. Peak season is the most expensive season to travel. So, you can enjoy normal rates and even lowered rates during the off-season periods. Usually, if the weather is too hot, too cold, or too rainy, not many people travel. You can still enjoy the good weather and cheap prices during the interim seasons.
Shop at Farmer’s Markets
Follow the above tips, and your European experience will be much less costly.