You've probably searched for airline tickets at least one occasion, and you thought I'd be there when I was 65 and I was retired. Do not be discouraged! I will explain how you can travel to your dream country in Europe for less than you have imagined possible.
Step 1. Forget about your exact travel plans
The fastest way to make your trip the most expensive is to narrow your search to something incredibly specific.
For example, just because you have a four-day weekend on Easter does not mean it's a good time for travelers. Open up your flexibility on the dates you travel, where you travel and where you stay. The more flexible you are, the cheaper you will be.
Step 2. Determine where you really want to visit.
I know I just said I'm flexible, but that does not mean you can not choose where you want to visit, it means you have to be open to get where you did not anticipate. If you want to visit Dublin more than anything, do not look for US flights only in Dublin. You may find a plane ticket from the US to another European city for much less. Then you can book another short flight to Dublin for less than 80 round-trip dollars. It's a great way to see a bonus country too!
Step 3. Determine from which city you will leave
Flights to Europe vary dramatically depending on the airport you are traveling with, leaving and leaving the date of the trip. So a good first step would be to determine from which airport to leave. If you live in a big city such as New York, Boston or Los Angeles, you are lucky! You will find the cheapest flights to Europe from these cities. If you do not live in these cities, you can get there to get to Europe. So if you can get to one of those cities, it could be a cheap option. Otherwise, we recommend booking a flight to one of those cities in your hometown. Although it seems strange, you can get cheaper flights by reserving each leg individually instead of booking a ticket from your home to your destination.
Step 4. Determine the cheapest European city to fly to
The easiest way to do this is to check sites that aggregate all the cheapest flight so you do not have to search by hundreds of flights. Some sites allow you to type in the United States or the city that you know will leave in the "from" field. In the "in" field, try to choose "everywhere". Then scroll through the list of results that search for the first / cheapest country in Europe to fly. If, for example, Norway amounts to $ 340 and France amounts to $ 380, then it is probably worthwhile to choose France if it is the desired destination; however, if the difference is more than $ 100 I would first choose the cheapest airport. The annoying thing about Skyscanner is that transactions are no longer active, and that sometimes you have to search for more data that is looking for the cheapest travel. But patience is the key and so you find the cheapest flights. Another tip is that sometimes flights are through travel agencies, and it's probably worth looking for agency reviews before booking your ticket, as happy customers rarely write reviews. But if the agency has one of five stars, it could be a clue to move.
Step 5. Find an inter-European flight to take you to your dream destination in Europe
One thing most people do not realize is that to fly from one country to another in Europe is dirty cheap.
I flew all over Europe with $ 14 in a way. No joke. I have never paid more than $ 60 for a flight in Europe. Use Kayak.com to find a flight to your destination from any country you've reached the booking of the cheapest flight to Europe.
Step 6 Now, when you arrive, find a cheap or free place to stay
Everyone has their own dream holiday idea. If yours is in Ritz, then I'm surprised you read this far by this article. For most of us, we just want to stay decent, while we enjoy everything Europe has to offer. I've never been in a hole in Europe. I do not want and I'm not so desperate. The accommodations come in four options: hotel, rental, hostel or Couchsurf.
- Hotel. Keeping in a hotel is a safe way to go and if it's the first time in Europe or you're not too risky, then this is probably the route you want to take. Hotels, depending on where you are, is between 20 and 200 dollars a night, so you might want to keep this in mind when choosing a destination. I would not advise you to live in Monaco unless your oil company sees profits in the first quarter, but if you live nearby, Nice could be an option. In other words, keep the options open.
- Hire. Booking a room for rent, apartment, villa or house is also a safe bet, but it can be a bit more complicated than checking in a hotel. Sites like Homeaway and Airbnb offer truly unique locations and I must say that some of my favorite places that we have left in Europe have been rented. From a villa located in a Tuscany factory to a mother-in-law in a quiet neighborhood off of London, I really enjoyed being rent and the price is often much smaller than staying in a hotel if there is a group of you that can share the cost.
- Hostel. The word hostel hosts thoughts of scary movies, but the reality is that the difference between a hostel and a hotel is sometimes indistinguishable in Europe. Of course there are hostels where you get a bunk bed in a room with five other travelers and for some this is interesting and exciting! But just because beds with beds are not your thing, does not mean you have to exclude everything that the hostel has in the title. I stayed at some "guesthouses" that were as beautiful as a hotel.
- Couchsurf. If you are really on a tight budget or if meeting with local people is really important to you, there is no better way than Couchsurf. If you have no idea what we were talking about, visit the Couchsurfing site. Essentially, the site allows you to ask to stay with someone who wants to host home travelers for free and vice versa. People leave reviews of travelers and hosts, so you can have some assurances that they are reputed. This, of course, comes with risks and safety measures must be taken. In addition, you should always have a backup plan if the situation does not work.
Step 7. Eat inexpensive.
I focus on the need to visit Europe: travel, accommodation and food. There are, of course, a lot of other ways to spend money, but these are the things you have to spend money on, the food being one.
Foods are amazing. I like food and the first couple of times I went to Europe. I was disappointed, because I randomly lost in restaurants and most of them were under. This changed when I started visiting TripAdvisor for reviews from the restaurant, that's all it took to make every table be amazing. This was not so much a money saving tip as a general word of advice. However, TripAdvisor does not allow you to search for the general restaurant price, so $ is inexpensive $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
Here's a money-saving tip: buying food in Europe is usually very cheap. So if you booked a kitchen apartment, take advantage of it! Go shopping in a local market and buy some strange new food to cook! If you are on a hike, take some sandwich stuff to save a few bucks.
Step 8. Note that there are additional costs
Even though travel, accommodation and food are the main expenses, there are, of course, others. Things to consider include: transportation once you arrive, attractions and souvenirs.
Transport options include public transportation. Most European cities have a fantastic and inexpensive public transport that can be purchased using the local currency or a kiosk debit card. Keep in mind that American credit cards often do not work because you need a chip and pin number.
Renting a car is an excellent option if you plan to travel outside cities, it is usually quite affordable and gives you maximum freedom in mobility. Trains, though charming, are not usually a cheap way to travel to Europe. Tickets are much less expensive and faster. But if you are in love with the idea of seeing the country by train, then it is worth trying. Tickets can be purchased in advance on the Eurorail site for a fee. Or if you are more flexible and feel that it is worth the risk, you can purchase it personally at the train station, usually quite a bit less.
Step 9. Light of travel
Though you may not believe that the light that travels will save you money, believe me, it will be. First, each airline will charge luggage charges. So every leg of the flight will cost $ 25-25 for each bag. This is quickly added. Second, if you have two suitcases, you will fill two suitcases full of things that you probably do not need. Thirdly, inexpensive transport, like the subway, becomes frustrating and impractical when you pull around two cumbersome bags. Fourthly, your bags must be with you at any time or in a hotel, so if you plan on taking in the morning and going to another city, you will not be able to do anything until you reach your hotel and check your bags inside. Generally, it's just a huge pain to carry a bunch of things around you around Europe. My advice, and I can not emphasize this enough, is to fit everything into one backpack. I have a 50L backpack and have everything I needed a month and a half in Europe. Yes, there are also laundry places in Europe. If you say, you do not understand because you are a guy. I traveled with two young women and both fit everything in a backpack. If you say you do not understand because you are young, I have traveled with my mother in Europe and fit everything into a standard school backpack! You can do it too!
Step 10. Always plan for the worst and hope for the best
Whenever you travel to Europe, I plan my planned expenses and everything up. They also plan at least 200 unexpected expenses. Finally, my spending is always well below this number, but I do not want to ever get in the situation where I'm overwhelmed by the cost.
With 2,000 words, we have provided you with the European budget-based condensed guide. There are, of course, a lot of other things to think about when you book your trip to Europe, but the most important thing is to do it! Find the cheapest flights to Europe and book them. You can complete all the bookmarks later, do not try to plan everything before you get the tickets and do not try to plan every second every day. Leave time to be spontaneous and immerse yourself in European life.