A “Euro Trip” might actually take the crown for being the most ‘bucket listed’ item in the world. From our 65 year old parents to our college-going cousins, everyone harbours the dream of a trip to the planet’s most visited continent. We’ve met so many people who keep waiting for their bank balance to go over the roof before they are willing to take one. Here’s the simple truth: You can travel Europe on a budget if you follow a few basic money-saving tricks. In fact, barring flights, most other things can even be done on a Thailand budget, if you’re willing to research a bit.
Here, we give you 10 essential tips to travel Europe on a budget. Maybe, it is time to just hop on a flight and head to your countries of choice in Europe.
Hostels are as good or even better than hotels!
Given a choice, Divya and I would stay in a hostel even if we can afford a plush double room in a hotel or an AirBnB apartment. As a couple, even though we don’t save a significant amount by living in hostels, we just love the vibe. It is a fantastic place to meet like-minded people, you get access to activities that only hostels do, and you get to live it up. If you’re a solo traveler, it is a no-brainer to be living in hostels as dorm prices are usually between 12-15$ a night. Every hostel also has private double rooms if you’re a couple which are usually much cheaper than hotel rooms. In fact, European hostels are among some of the coolest accommodations in the world. Use HostelWorld for all your hostel bookings in Europe – trustworthy and spot-on reviews.
Couch surfing / House Sitting
You may have heard of CouchSurfing before but have you tried it? It’s quite straightforward – you create a profile on CouchSurfing and send a request to people in cities you’re traveling to. If they like you, they accept it and you get to stay for free with them. We host many CouchSurfers at our home in Bangalore and almost all of them have been traveling all across the globe without spending a penny on accommodation. Interestingly, a lot of listings actually offer more than just a ‘couch’. Some hosts even offer private rooms with a private bath.
Another service that you could potentially think of if you plan to stay for a long period in one place is house sitting. When people have to leave their houses behind while traveling for lengthy periods, they look for house sitters who will take care of their houses in return for a free stay. Yes, you may have to walk their dogs or fix their plumbing issues but isn’t it a lovely trade off when you get to live in palatial villas for free halfway across the globe?