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5 tips to planning a budget European trip

If planned well and in advance, you can easily visit Europe on a low budget
ST701 Editorial Team - April 28, 2014
By: Cheryl Mah
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5 tips to planning a budget European trip

A dream destination for many, Europe is the smallest continent in the world. The 34 countries within Europe offer a variety of landscapes, climates, architecture and historical reference points so that any visitor will find something they will enjoy. Unfortunately, with the higher exchange rate for the Euro currency, you may want to consider planning a budget trip to Europe instead.

Here are 5 tips to guide you:

1. Plan in advance

You’ll be able to save a lot of money on travel and accommodation expenses if you plan your trip way in advance. If you can, try to avoid high-peak tourist seasons as costs are higher during those times. Airfares and room rates also tend to be cheaper if you book in advance or during low-peak season, but remember to compare costs before you make any bookings.

2. Set your priorities

Decide which part of the trip is most important to you – sightseeing, food or simply relaxation. If you’re visiting Europe with the main purpose of sightseeing, that should be your priority over other aspects like food or lodging. Instead of dining at restaurants or staying in hotels, you may want to consider having your meals at cheaper cafes or fast food outlets and staying in a hostel. If you plan to travel between different cities, think about taking a train or bus rather than a flight.

3. Allocate budgets

Conduct a research on the costs of things like transportation and food in Europe. Write down all the different aspects of your trip which you need to spend money on and allocate a budget to each one. By doing this you will be able to keep your expenditure under control and not overspend.

4. Save money

Depending on how many countries you plan on visiting, you will need to estimate the amount of money you need to save up for your trip in the months ahead. You may need to cut down on unnecessary spending or even take on longer working hours to earn more money. 

5. Take advantage of rewards or privileges

Have existing frequent flyer miles or membership clubs for travel? Use them to offset your costs wherever possible. Students, bring along your valid student identification card and you will likely be able to purchase tickets to tourist attractions at cheaper prices or even get free entrance.

Travelling to Europe may be quite expensive, but don’t let it dissuade you. If planned correctly, you can easily go on your European trip with a low budget. Remember to be creative, flexible, and most importantly, have fun.

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