From culture and cuisines to football and fashion, Europe has it all. The birthplace of Western Civilization, it is a land of amazing history and rich culture. And what makes it even more unique is the variety of its people. All in all, one can say that it is an ideal tourist destination.
Travelling to Europe is almost everyone’s dream. Unfortunately, not all can afford to live that dream, for a vacation to Europe can be expensive. But if you’re tight on budget and are in no mood to postpone your vacation, with right planning, research and some efforts, you can cut costs considerably, and still have a great time.
The first step, of course, is planning early. If you map out your journey months in advance and book all your tickets as early as possible, you can save hundreds on air tickets. Also, map your trip carefully to avoid double costs. For instance, say if you’ve decided to visit five or six countries, land somewhere in Greece, and, after visiting all the countries in between, return from London. As for your stay, many people put up rooms for rent. Such vacation rentals are much cheaper than proper hotels because of obvious reasons. You can also save on restaurant bills as you’ll generally have a kitchen to cook your food in.
Getting around Europe is another issue. Although most major cities are connected by flight, it would be foolish to spend almost all your money and time in crammed interiors of a plane, rather than enjoy the beautiful scenery in a relaxing road trip. Renting a diesel car is much wiser because cars in Europe are efficient and you would not be required to pay much on gas. Diesel, moreover, is subsidized in many countries. However, if you’re not very confident about driving in another country, you can always travel by rail. In fact, almost all of Europe is connected by rail, and the tickets are rather cheap. The journeys are extremely comfortable. Always enquire at the ticketing counter for cheaper trains and student discounts.
Finally, if you have friends, then travel with them. You can all share a common house, rent a common car and share all your costs. You’ll also have a much better time in a group, unless, of course, you’re the solitary type.