Thanks to the falling euro, you can travel abroad in Europe for much cheaper than in previous years. But even with a weaker European currency, travel can still end up deflating quite a bit of your wallet if you don’t do it in a wise and frugal manner. Now, frugal doesn’t mean the absence of fun and proficient in saving doesn’t mean penny-pinching. But learning to travel cheap does allow you to spend the money on the things you really want to (i.e., souvenirs, amazing local cuisine).
So, to help you get the most out of your travel experience, below are some ways you can travel cheap and still enjoy the experience.
Believe it or not, the cheapest way to get around Europe is by using budget airlines. The competition between these airlines is so high that it helps keep the prices low and the flying experience enjoyable. Believe it or not, you can often find tickets that are just the price of the tax. It’s not unusual to fly throughout Europe and spend under USD 30. The prices are phenomenal, the travel is quick and easy, and you can often get a nice view of the area you are flying over.
Megabus is a great option for getting around the United Kingdom. It’s also a great way to meet like-minded people and make some friends as you head to your destination. Popular routes for these fares book quickly, so you’ll need to make sure you book about a month in advance. But even if you are a little late to the great deals, you can still hop an inexpensive ride. The average fare clocks in at about 40 GBP, which is cheaper than the average bus system. Megabus is now also the most economical mode of transportation for perusing Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam.
The ridesharing economy is growing in popularity every day. Similar to the American Uber, BlaBlaCar is extremely popular in Europe, and this website allows you to save money, hitch a ride with some people going a similar way, and see the beauty of the landscape you are traversing. It’s also a great way of getting off of traditional routes of travel and seeing some of the winding back roads and stunning countrysides of Europe.
Traveling is a beautiful and eye-opening experience, so don’t let the cost of travel deter you from memories that will last a lifetime. With a little research and tenacity, you can find great, safe, and inexpensive modes of travel!