10 Budget destinations in Europe

Travelling is vital for our inner peace and relaxation. Lately, people have been travelling more, while trying to find affordable but still great locations.

Europe relatively has affordable locations, except a few (London, Paris, Copenhagen etc). Below you can find the cheapest European destinations that are more likely to stay affordable most days of the year.

1. Budapest

This beautiful European city is a must. Even 3 days are enough to explore the whole city and enjoy yourself. On average you can spend 20 euros per day, without being really frugal. Everything is extremely affordable, including transportation and food.

As for the museums and thermal baths, you might spend a bit more, depending on what you want. The museums are not something special, but you have to visit at least one thermal bath & spa when visiting.

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2. Riga

Latvia´s capital is best to visit during spring and summer. 2 days are enough for your visit, with average daily cost 15-19 euros. Most restaurants are on the cheap side, while museums are either free or around 1-3 euros.

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3. Warsaw

Also one of the cheapest countries in Europe. The city is ideal for visiting for a couple of days. Poland, in general, is great for shopping and trying polish dishes. The prices are very low, making it perfect for a quick and cheap get-away.

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4. Prague

Prague is one of the most visited destinations in Europe. The reason why? It is a gorgeous city that you can explore within a day or two and extremely cheap. Most sightseeing, if not all, are within walking distance, so it is a great way to cut on your travel costs and skip the transportation tickets.

On average 20 euros per day are enough, considering that in a day, you will have lunch and dinner, coffee and snacks. Of course, visiting any museums or buying souvenirs, is extra.

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5. Berlin

Berlin is best to visit for 3-4 days and you must calculate in your budget approximately 30 euros per day. Berlin is a city with great architecture, incredible nightlife and endless food options. Beer and sausages are very cheap and something you have to try when in Germany.

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6. Palma de Mallorca

Mallorca is ideal to visit during the summer months, so you can also go to the beach, relax and have a great time. Of course, during these months the prices might be higher. Nonetheless, 30-40 euros daily is what you should expect to spend.

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7. Madrid

Staying in Madrid for 3-4 days, you can combine famous sights with local favourites. The capital of Spain is a true gem that you must visit for sure. The breathtaking architecture and the delicious food, along with the extremely easy and affordable transportation, make it a perfect destination. On average, be prepared to spend 30 euros per day on average.

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8. Rome

Rome is ideal to visit all year long. No matter when you decide to do so, be prepared for a lot of tourists anywhere you go. 3 days is perfect for Rome with a budget of 35 euros per day and per person.

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9. Vienna

Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe since it combines perfectly great architecture with high living standards. It is perfect to visit for 3-4 days with a daily budget of approximately 30 euros. What makes the city a great travel choice is the fact that if not all, most museums are for free.

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10. Porto

For a strong European temperament, head towards Porto. The city wins people over in an instant, with most travellers preferring it instead of Lisbon. Porto has everything to offer. Great food and wine, amazing architecture, great nightlife and beautiful beaches. Of course, it is best to visit during spring, summer and fall. 4 days would be ideal for a budget of 31 euros per day.

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5 Ways to Save Money for Travelling (Updated)

Travelling is always great and refreshing, but not always the easiest thing to do, especially for those who live in countries where the economic crisis stroke for good. However, it is not impossible, if you are willing to make a few changes in your everyday life. Cut some other costs while saving more, or even find alternative ways to spend less while booking or during your trip.

1. Research & Budget

Try creating a budget for your next trip. Let´s say you plan on visiting Berlin and you are willing to spend 50 euros per day. So for 4 days you plan on spending 200 euros. Add an extra 50 or 100, if possible, just to be safe in case extra ccosts occur. Knowing your budget as soon as possible, will help you save more and manage your costs even better.

After that or before determining your budget, try researching more about your future trip. For example, if you wish to visit some museums, find the ticket prices, or search for cheaper food choices, while delicious at the same time. Tripadvisor.com is a great tool to get all the information you want for sights and food.

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2. Cut Costs & Save More

Depending on the kind of trip you want, you need to manage your finances. Try cutting unecessary costs, such as eating out or shopping. Purchase a piggy bag that DOES NOT open from the bottom and choose a specific amount of money you will put in every day or week. Add two euros per day and in 10 months you will easily have gathered 600 euros. But do not be tempted to touch them before that.

3. Low-cost flights 

If you are lucky enough to live in Europe, then you definitely know the biggest low-cost airlines, such as Ryanair, EasyJet, Transavia, Germanwings etc. If you can, try to book your tickets on dates with the lowest costs (usually Tuesday to Thursday). However, you should be prepared to only travel with a carry-on to avoid extra charges. If you just want to travel somewhere with no specific destination in mind, use the airlines´websites to find the cheapest tickets for any destination.

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4. Travel off-season

Travelling in Greece, Italy or Croatia during July and August can really burden your budget. The flights are expensive and so are the hotels. Instead, try to visit in June or late August to September. But if your dates are fixed and your destination not set, then you can find the cheapest trips. Of course, if you book you trip as soon as possible, even 5 or 6 months before, you may get the best deals.

5. Find the best accommodation deals

If possible try to book your hotel several months, since only then will you able to find the best offers and lower prices. It is very difficult to find a great hotel room at a low price, close to the city centre and with breakfast included. Therefore you have to choose what is more important for you. The best choice would be to choose a room close to the city centre so that you cut on transportation costs. Having a nice room is not so important since you will hopefully not spend so much time in there. Check HotelsCombined to find exactly what it is you are looking for or Airbnb.

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5 Ways to spend less on a trip

2017 has just begun and a lot of you have already made your resolutions for the year. Most people decide to try and travel more at the beginning of each year,  but by the end of the year, they haven’t successfully done that due to limited budgets.

Let’s assume decide to travel. You have found the perfect destination and tickets at really good prices. But you do not want to spend a lot on your actual trip, plus you wish to get the best deal possible for a hotel.. Is this possible?

Kind of. In my opinion, once you decide to travel, you need to fully enjoy it but NOT overspend. However, if your budget is low or you simply wish to spend as little as possible, take a peek on some pretty basic tips.

1.Food

Most money on vacation is being spent on food because everybody needs to eat. At least 3 times per day. Try to book a hotel with breakfast included. If not, try to find bakeries around for your breakfast. For lunch definitely skip restaurants, unless you actually want to go to one. Instead, take advantage of the fridge (if your hotel room or rented apartment have one) and fill it with types of quick-to-make food, such as salad, fruits, biscuits etc.. If that is not an option for you or simply not enough to fill your hungry stomach, choose fast or street foods. Street foods make a great option since besides being tasty most often represent the city’s traditional cuisine. However, if you stay more than 2 days, it will be almost impossible to not visit a restaurant for a normal meal.

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2.Transportation

Try to book your hotel a few months in advance so you can get a cheap hotel close to the city centre. By doing that, you will minimise your transportation costs to almost zero, since you will not have to use the metro or tram to go sightseeing. If you do not manage to find a cheap hotel in the centre, make a plan of the places you want to visit and see the transportation prices. Maybe is more worth it getting a day ticket.

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3.Hotels

The biggest amount of money on your trip will be spent on the hotel. Try to get a great deal (yes, it is very possible) by booking one close to the city centre, preferably with breakfast and low price. This is a perfect combination and in most cases might be worth it to spend more money on your hotel than anything else. By doing so, you will save money on one important meal (breakfast) and have no transportation costs. Of course, another option is to go with an Airbnb apartment. But be aware that is not always the best choice. It may end up costing more than a hotel.

 

4.Sightseeing

Paying for more sightseeing is often not worth it. For example, if you need to pay 20 euros to get on top of a church to see the view. You go up, say ‘WOW, that’s gorgeous’, take a few pictures for your Social Media and leave. Most cities offer free access to museums and other landmarks, such as the National History Museum in London.

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5.Souvenirs

Of course, you want to buy a small souvenir to always remember your trip. But they can b quite pricey. What you can do is to avoid buying them from touristy areas, where popular sights are located and large groups of tourists are always there. Instead, try to find local small stores or even supermarkets for way cheaper souvenirs.

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