Touring Europe. A bucket list item to be sure. But many people can’t afford a European vacation…unless, they plan very carefully. But for those who do plan, the rewards are worth it. A European vacation can be both culturally enriching and cheap if you know these five travel hacks.
- Don’t Travel There During Summer
According to the World of Wanderlust, the best time to go to Europe is during the off-season. By extension, this means avoiding the continent during the months of June, July, and August.
There are two reasons to not going during this time. One, if you travel to Europe during tourist season, you’ll pay more, a lot more. And two, most Europeans aren’t home during those months. In other words, they travel, too. If you want to experience meeting the locals, it’s harder to do that during the summer.
- Tours and Passes
The Budget Traveller recommends going to cities that have passes that get into sites like museums as well as onto the busses and trains at a discount. The Berlin Welcome Card is the types of passes you’re looking for.
If you can’t find a discount pass that way, check out sites like Tour Me. These sites offer a low price for group tours as well as per person. Group tours cost by the tour not the number of people taking the tour. If you’re traveling in a group take advantage of this type of arrangement by sharing the expense of the tour with your travel mates.
- Visit the Louvre on Free Day
Did you know that the Louvre is free to visit? It is if you go on the first Sunday of the month. According to The Guardian, many European museums have free days just like the Louvre does. If you’re looking to save money while still getting your museum fix on, check out your museum-of-choice’s website to find a discount day near you.
- Take Up Less Luggage Space
If you want to save on your checked luggage, you’ll enjoy this simple hack. If you roll up your clothes and put them in your carry-on or in your backpack, you’ll be able to travel with carry-on luggage only. This, in turn, means that you might be able to avoid a checked-luggage fee and the expenses that go with it.
- Walk It or Bike It
Aside from giving you a set of iron lungs by the time your trip is over, taking Europe by foot or by bike tends to be cheaper. Sites like Warm Showers plus the myriad youth hostels that dot the European landscape mean cleaning up is cheap or even free and just part of the adventure.
Knowing the right travel hacks can make your European vacation not only cheaper but more fun. Before you head out across the grand continent, do plan on doing some advanced planning. By doing this, you’ll be able to find cheap and free entertainment as well as cheaper trips all around.