Travel to Europe from the United States can be expensive, but it doesn't have to be. Today I'm sharing with you how to travel Europe on a budget.
Find Cheap Flights
Flights are typically the most expensive part of a trip to Europe. Working hard to find inexpensive flights is step number one to saving money on a trip to Europe. If you live in an area with access to a bigger airport, this can be slightly easier to find really great flight deals. Subscribing to companies email lists like Delta, United and other big airlines can be beneficial to finding last minute deals. You can also find deals on websites like Groupon and LivingSocial. For smaller airports, it just requires that you spend some time finding the cheapest deal and do some research into the cheapest times to fly/search for flights.
Stay in Hostels or Use Airbnb
Other than flights, accommodation is usually the other big ticket item as far as cost goes. Staying in hostels, or airbnb shared apartments or whole apartments are a great option. If you aren't a huge fan of staying in places with people you don't know, just know that you won't be spending that much time in wherever you stay other than sleep.
Go in the Offseason
During fall and early spring/late winter is when you will find the best travel deals. Summer tends to be the most expensive, as well as holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring Break. Flights will be cheaper, as well as accommodation if you don't travel around traditional breaks and holidays.
Try to Eat in "Local" Places
Meaning, eat in places that don't boast their English speaking skills or English menus. Eat in places where locals would eat to avoid places upping their food prices because they know tourists will eat there. Plus, you'll get a better taste of the local culture if you eat in local places.
Explore the Free Things
There are tons of things in Europe that are free. Just walking around a beautiful European city is a great way to spend an afternoon without spending a ton of money. Exploring the free things not only saves you money, but forces you to get a little creative with your endeavors.
Thanks for reading!