5 Tips For Exploring Europe On A Budget

Are you getting ready for a big European holiday? How exciting if you are! Europe is a continent filled with culture, class, mystery, history and unique experiences. From the cities of Spain to the islands of Greece and the alps of Switzerland and the unique culture of Eastern Europe – there is so much to see and do when visiting this magical place. You could spend years there and not see everything the continent offers.

Yet what if you want to explore Europe but don’t have a lot of money? You might be on a gap year after school or have worked hard and saved up enough for tickets but need to find a way to travel around your destination on a shoestring. Whatever the case may be, we’ve prepared this helpful blog article. Within, we’ll share our five top tips for exploring Europe on a budget. Read on to discover them.

Buy Your Currency Online

Did you know that you can buy foreign currency online? You can visit various currency exchange platforms and transfer your native currency for Euros, Pounds, Sterling, virtually any European currency.

It’s pretty simple, you buy the currency you require using a credit or debit card, and then you can travel to a physical location to pick up the cash. You might even choose a company with premises at the airport, and you can collect it before you catch your flight.

Doing this ahead of time will save you the time and hassle of trying to exchange currency on your day of departure or when you arrive in Europe. You can also save money by buying currency when the exchange rate is in your favour.

If you’re unable to purchase currency online via an exchange platform, don’t be too concerned, there are plenty of physical currency locations available, and are often located at the airport, so you needn’t be without cash for even a moment. You can also choose a different currency to the country you’re in. For example, by using an online converter you can actually buy Japanese yen in the middle of Germany. So at the beginning of your trip, set yourself up with currency from each location you’ll be visiting, just to make sure you’re absolutely ready to enjoy your adventure.

Stay in Cheap Accommodation

One of the most expensive parts of travelling in Europe is the accommodation. Hotels and motels can be pretty expensive, and the cost can add up quickly. It is not the best solution for a long trip where you want to take your time and explore the local lands.

You can save some money by staying in cheap accommodation like a backpacker’s hostel. Here, you’ll share a room and a bunk bed with your travel companions or complete strangers. This is actually a positive, because you will meet all sorts of people while travelling Europe, and you might just make some friendships that will last a lifetime.

Make it a Working Holiday

If you’re planning on staying in Europe for a while, you could look at making your trip a working holiday. If your existing job is flexible enough, you could work remotely from Europe if the time zone differences allow for this. This won’t work for every job, though.

Other jobs you can take on while travelling Europe could include hospitality jobs such as bartending, waiting tables or even washing dishes. This way, you can work a few days and spend your days off exploring and seeing the sights. In Europe, most countries are a short trip away, especially if you stay somewhere relatively central such as the United Kingdom or France.

By working on your holiday, you can use the money you earn on your travels and keep your savings untouched for when you return home.

Consider Visiting Eastern Europe

Western Europe is quite expensive, in terms of accommodation, food and activities you can experience. Also, the Euro is a strong currency, and if you’re coming from somewhere like Australia, you’re getting your money halved when you convert it to Euros.

Whereas Eastern Europe is still a fantastic place to explore and definitely the cheaper option for those travelling on a shoestring budget. You can visit places such as Serbia, Hungary, Poland or Romania and experience the rich local culture and history.

For instance, a day in Bulgaria might cost between $25-35 US dollars, whereas a day in France could cost almost twice that amount.

Take the Train and Bus

Instead of flying to all your European destinations, you can save considerable money by travelling via train or bus. Yes, it will take longer, but you can also see the verdant countryside pass by travelling this way and meet exciting people.

The money you save on travel methods can be put towards all sorts of activities and European experiences. You could afford tours, nights at nightclubs, eating out, and visiting museums, galleries and other cultural institutions.

A Cost-Cutting Conclusion

This helpful article has shared our top five tips for exploring Europe on a budget. Of course, there are various other ways you can save money and cut costs when travelling, but these are the main ones that will see you save a considerable amount of cash. What are some of the other ways you can think up? This might be a good exercise to undertake before booking your flights.