Traveling to Europe is one of those trips everyone dreams of – there’s just so much to do and see, no matter what you’re interested in. It’s perfect for a trip with friends, a bachelorette trip, stag-do, a family holiday, an engagement trip, no matter what you’ve got in mind, you can find it in Europe! There are even a ton of wonderful places to find some awesome cruise deals if that’s what you have in mind. There’s so much diversity in Europe that you can literally find anything. But if you’re anything like me, then you might be wondering how you can keep costs down so you can make your money go further and hopefully stretch your trip out a bit longer. With that in mind, here are my top 4 tips for visiting Europe:
1. Consider a Tour
Chances are you’re going to want to see a lot of cities and tours can offer better value in terms of transport between those cities and the accommodation between them. It can be a logistical nightmare trying to plan all the connections and check ins and check outs on your own. With a tour you’ll have someone else responsible for all the logistics, you’ll just smile, turn up and be told where to be and when. It will make it easy to see and do more when you have a shorter time frame. A Europe tour is a great way to do and see a lot when you don’t have a ton of time.
2. Go in the Off Season
Off Season is generally considered the non-peak periods, so not summer and not the holiday periods. This will mean there will be generally more tour dates left, more hotels left unbooked, cheaper flights, more space available and fewer tourists around – making for a less stressful and cheaper trip. Summers can also be painfully hot in parts of Europe, so choosing to go in Autumn and Spring can afford you really nice weather without all the discomforts of the peak season.
3. Learn Some Local Phrases
You can probably get by only speaking English but you’ll be surprised by how much better you’ll be treated if you learn some local phrases. It can be overwhelming especially if you’re traveling to a handful of countries, but learning basic phrases such as “hello” “please” “thank you” and “where is” will take you such a long way! I personally love the Lonely Planet phrasebooks as they’re compact and can easily fit in your pocket. If you don’t want to spend any money, consider downloading the DuoLingo app on your smartphone – the best thing? It’s free!
Traveling around Europe is such a fun adventure and with these 3 tips I’m sure you’ll have a great trip!