After nearly a decade of a weak dollar against the euro, budget travelers will want to now take advantage of the improved exchange rate and plan that dream trip around Europe. Traveling through Europe on a budget can be easy if you do your homework and research. Before laying down any money on your your plane ticket, creating a strategy will save you from overpaying.
Here are six budget friendly, European travel tips:
Ask questions. Do not make assumptions. Often a triple room includes two double beds, not three single beds. In addition, they may be a third person surcharge. Some packages have blackouts, such as no Saturday arrivals. Always check the rules and get this all in writing. Make sure you read everything before you agree to the terms of the contract.
Package rates are usually quoted as a per person rated, based on double occupancy. A single traveler may have to pay the equivalent of two travelers. A bundle can range from a discounted hotel, vehicle and meal package all the way to one component that includes any tax or surcharge. Before making a reservation, check what is included when booking a hotel. Prevent any duplicate payments. Check the contract to see if your hotel rate includes tax, transportation or any other surcharges. Often, bundled rates include breakfast and transportation.
Plan on cutting your phone usage. Payphones and land lines are not very common in this age of the SmartPhone. Before you leave for your trip, check out free telephone apps such as Viber and Messenger.
Searching for Wifi hotspots traveling can be time consuming. While helpful, often these hotspots are situated in expensive, touristy areas. This is a trip of a lifetime, so reducing your time on technology is a must.
Rearrange your biggest meal
Many Europeans only indulge in eating out at lunchtime. For example, Nordic countries such as Sweden, Norway or Iceland restaurant dinner prices are prohibitive. By making lunch the heartiest meal and ordering the dagens meal, the day’s lunch special, you will save money. Not only will you enjoy a three-course meal including after meal coffee, it will only cost less than 15.00 dollars per person. Prevent any additional charges and avoid ordering soda pop, or a special coffee drink. Instead, embrace the sparkling water. Most restaurants will include bottled sparkling water or juice in the fixed price meal. Dinner time can be something lighter such as a sandwich or Tapas. Grocery stores and coffee shops also sell inexpensive take-away meals. Look around and eat like a local and save.
Saving on transportation
Before purchasing plane tickets or an unlimited rail pass, map out your itinerary. Then go online and tally the train costs. Your total will make your decision. Sometimes a bus trip is the most economical choice. Check the departure schedule as well as the cost of a bus ticket and comparison shop. Lastly, compare the cost of flying between two cities. Check out discount carriers such as EasyJet or Norwegian Air. These airlines are leading the discount pact and that offer significant discounts on flights between European cities.