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How to Travel to Europe Cheaply


Avoiding Paying for Travel Planning

  1. Use free research sources.Most planning books and pay-to-read articles about planning your trip to Europe are either scams or contain the same exact information that you can find for free. The first way to travel to Europe cheap is to not put down any money upfront for planning.
  2. Take advantage of any memberships or connections you have.
  3. Gather ideas through social media.Even if you're not sure if you'll travel to Europe yet, start a Pinterest board and pin useful tips and articles as you see them. Once you're ready to go, you'll have a wealth of hand-picked information at your fingertips!

Packing Light

  1. Stick to the bare minimum of luggage possible.If you pack light, you can save lots of money. If you pack carry-on only, you won't have to pay luggage fees on flights. Also, you'll be able to walk for distances instead of calling a cab as you won't have to drag so much along with you.
  2. Remember that you can buy most things once you arrive in Europe.There's no reason to bring a large supply of toiletries or food with you.
  3. Look to bring wrinkle-resistant clothing.Rolling it tight in your luggage will save even more space.
  4. Beware of taking liquids on the plane.There are many solid alternatives for common liquids, such as shampoo bars, lotion bars, even perfume sticks. Using these instead of liquid alternatives will make your carry-on more TSA-friendly.
  5. If you need to buy luggage, look for a wheeled backpack so you can switch from carrying to rolling as necessary.Make sure it is within the size limits of international carry-on luggage.
  6. Remember that many accommodations offer laundry facilities, and almost every town has at least one laundromat.If you're traveling for an extended period of time, only bring a few changes of clothes plus some concentrated powder detergent.

Choose Transportation Wisely

  1. Buy your plane ticket several months ahead of time for the best prices.Overnight flights tend to be cheaper, plus you won't have to pay for accommodations that night. Also try to book from a deal website, such as Expedia or Travelocity, but clear your computer's cookies before doing so for even better prices.
  2. Consider airplane alternatives.Flying is not the only way to get to Europe. Depending on the time of year and your availability, it may be cost-effective to take a ship at least one way. If you don't live overseas, see if you can get to Europe by train or bus.
  3. Use public transport.Once you arrive in Europe, avoid renting a car if you're traveling solo or taking taxis. Trains and buses are available to get from city to city. You can buy a Eurail pass ahead of time to save money.
  4. Use your feet!Walking is the cheapest method of transportation within a city, so make sure to bring a good pair of walking shoes. (This is another reason why it pays to travel light!) City buses are another inexpensive option.

Saving Money on Accommodations

  1. Decide where to stay.Depending on how you travel, there are different accommodation options that may or may not work for you.
    • Hostels are a popular option, and are great for solo travelers and platonic couples. Instead of renting a room, you rent a bunk bed. Other than that, hostels typically offer the same amenities as a hotel.
    • If you are traveling with a large group, book a no-frills guesthouse.
    • If you prefer to see the countryside instead of the city, there are campgrounds spread throughout Europe. You might want to travel in warmer weather for this option!
    • As long as you do background checks, interviews, or reference checks, staying in someone's home is a viable option. Couchsurfing, Mennonite Your Way, and Camp in My Garden are just three of the many home stay programs that have European connections.
    • This shouldn't be an every night option, but take advantage of sleeping in transit. For overnight train trips, you can book a sleeper car. If a train or bus station is open 24 hours, you can probably stay there before your departure or after your arrival.
  2. Weigh the pros and cons of locations.Accommodations away from downtown may be cheaper, but it may be more costly for you to get transportation. Consider cost of accommodation versus cost of transportation when considering where you want to stay.

Saving Money on Attractions

  1. Travel to places off the beaten path.Lesser-known cities will be overall cheaper. Although attractions may not be as famous, there is still  plenty to do for less!
  2. Plan which days you will spend in which cities.Some cities have free days for museums and other attractions, so you might want to plan your itinerary around that.
  3. Look for discounts offers.Some cities, especially the tourist-heavy ones, will offer discount cards for many of their attractions. If you want to visit most or all of these attractions, a discount card may save you money.
  4. If you are a student (or even if you recently were one), bring your student ID as this can get you discounts at some attractions.You can also try bringing along a AAA card, AARP card, military card, or any other card that you think may help get you a discount. They won't be as effective as they are in your home state, but if you ask for discounts often enough, eventually someone will give you one!
  5. Don't spend money on souvenirs!They are overpriced, will weigh your pack down, and will inevitably just collect dust back at home. Taking lots of pictures is the best way to capture memories. You can also collect small free souvenirs, such as city guides and ticket stubs.

Becoming a Voluntourist

  1. Search the internet for a cause you care about.There may be a volunteer program available in Europe, which would be a meaningful way to spend at least part of your trip. Some programs can offer meals, transportation, or possibly lodging.
    • Diverbo has programs in Spain and Germany. In exchange for conversing in English for one week, you can get three-course meals, four-star resorts, and more for free!
  2. Research more opportunities.Read the e-book "The Underground Guide to International Volunteering" for information on opportunities you should and should not take. There is even a section in the back of the book that lists dozens of volunteer opportunities in Europe, as well as the rest of the world.
  3. If you want to stay long-term, there are many programs that will allow you to volunteer in exchange for room, board, and activities.Kandersteg in Switzerland and ACLE in Italy are two such examples.

Making Money While You Travel

  1. Try monetizing your travel with online blogging.Before you leave, start a travel blog and keep it updated on your journey. Use Google Adsense or another advertising program on your site and you could make some pocket money. But be forewarned, if you don't spend lots of time building up your blog, you may not make any money at all. Either way, it's an easy way to keep your family and friends updated on your travels. (And maybe they'll send you some money!)
  2. Consider au pairing.It is basically a cross between a foreign exchange student and a nanny. Most au pair programs require your hosts to treat you as part of the family and provide you with your own room, meals, days off, travel (if the family goes on vacation), and a weekly allowance. Young women are the hired more often as au pairs, but either gender and any age can apply.
  3. Get a job with a travel writing organization.You can write or photograph for magazines, hostel booking websites, or any other travel-related publication that is your cup of tea. Unless you have lots of experience, you probably won't be paid enough to cover all your travel expenses, but you'll score freebies every now and then.
  4. Do odd jobs as you go.Some European travelers play music, do hair, work in hostels, or even get jobs at local stores. However, check the laws about foreigners working before you do any of this. Nothing ruins a trip like getting arrested!
  5. Look for any available scholarships.Scholarships are available specifically to students who want to study abroad. This will also qualify you for a student visa, which will allow you to stay longer and maybe get a job.

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  • The most important thing is to have fun!
  • No matter how you budget or cut expenses, traveling to Europe will still cost money. Consider what you really want to do.
  • Start saving at least months in advance. Talk with your banker about the best way to save for your travel fund.
  • Get an international data-only sim card in advance. This will give you access to the Internet for using Google maps, searching for some cheap or local places to eat or for free calling and texting.


  • If you volunteer or work with an organization, verify that it is legitimate.
  • Be cautious if you stay in someones home. Be sure to get a background check, reference, or interview of the host before agreeing to stay.
  • Avoid looking like a tourist and you'll avoid getting taken advantage of.
  • Learn some general laws about traveling in Europe to avoid being arrested.
  • Use extra caution if traveling alone, in the dark, in a sketchy area, or any other potentially dangerous situation. Really consider if you want to something extremely dangerous, like hitchhiking or going out with a stranger.

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