Traveling Around Europe on a Budget
Europe is a place full of different cultures, nationalities and customs. Deciding to go there on vacation is definitely something that everyone should consider at least once in their lifetime. Unfortunately the money side of things is always a problem, especially if you travel in peak seasons – such as in mid-summer, when all the kids are on the summer break. A great time to go to Europe is in the spring, as a lot of travel providers lower the cost of their prices as the demand is less.
Getting to Europe is no problem, but how do you travel comfortably and affordably when you get there? There are many cheap airline companies operating in Europe, such as EasyJet (UK), Germanwings (Germany) and Ryanair (Ireland). Here you can get book cheap flights around the continent without any hassle. However be warned that you don’t always get free check in baggage with the basic fee. With Ryanair you have to pay an additional amount to check up to 40lbs a bag. The airline, however, allows you to take on 20lbs worth of stuff onto the plane (for free)… although there are baggage dimensions that you have to adhere to. This is a great opportunity if you want to head to somewhere for a weekend or for a short break away.
Another idea would be to go ‘Inter-railing’. This involves using the train around Europe, going from one city to the next. InterRail offers a great selection of places to visit, and also gives you the option of booking hostels or hotels in the cities where you wish to spend some time. There are different passes that you can purchase to cover your trip around Europe. The two options that you can choose from are either a ‘one country pass’ or a ‘global pass’. It is definitely worth visiting the site to find more information about this style of traveling. Many people like to do this as going by train offers a more scenic route that going by plane sometimes lacks. It is more suitable for the person who has time to spare, as getting from one country to another can be time consuming if traveling this way.
Couchsurfing & Hostels
Choosing to ‘couchsurf’ can also be a very cheap way of staying on this continent. However it may be better, if you are traveling in a group, to book yourself and your party into one of the many hostels that are available throughout Europe. Another great way of spending your time in a city is renting out an apartment or a room from a local. There are plenty of providers out there that have host listings, where you can contact them to organize a place to stay for a short period of time. This is great if you really want to experience the local culture.
Harriet Pagan writes for Wimdu. If you are looking for comfortable apartments during your vacation in Europe, then visit Wimdu’s website to find some amazing offers to suit you and your budget!
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