As the weather gets colder and colder and colder, I find myself dreaming more and more about our next European adventure this summer (I’ll talk about the possible locations in another post!). But with planning a trip comes budgeting for a trip— a topic that frightens a lot of people (and for good reason… traveling is expensive!).
Throughout the years, I’ve become kind of a pro at the whole budgeting while traveling thing (not to brag or anything…well maybe a little). I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite budget travel tips- I hope they can help you when planning for your next trip.
1. Walk as much as you can-
We travel to see and experience, right? Well, how can we do that if we are always inside a bus, car, or train? Walking allows you to see more of the city that you are visiting and stumble upon places that you might have never seen if you had used public transportation. Walking allows you to find some really great places or hidden gems… my favorite church in Valencia, the location where Julius Caesar was killed in Rome, the most gorgeous viewpoint in Salzburg– each was found randomly on a walk through the city. Plus, if you walk everywhere, you can eat as much as you want and still fit into that bikini that you worked so hard for before your trip!
2. Do your research-
So there’s this saying that goes “nothing in life is free”- well, if you do your research before you travel, you can prove this saying wrong! There are so many activities and things to see that don’t cost any money- you just have to clue yourself in. When we were researching about Madrid, we found that the famous Museo Del Prado has free admission during certain times and as a result, we got to see world famous artwork without spending a dime. You can do this all over the world, you just have to research it beforehand!
3. Look into neighboring cities for cheaper nightly rates-
What do Paris, London, New York City, Cinque Terre, Amsterdam, Annecy and Dublin have in common? Hotels in these cities are expensive! A huge way to save money is to stay outside of these major cities- just make sure that there is easy and cheap access to the city center either by bus, train or foot. When we visited Cinque Terre, we stayed in a nearby town called Levanto (and by nearby, I mean like 5 minutes by train nearby). Not only was the commute to Cinque Terre easy and cheap, but we got to stay in a gorgeous area for the fraction of the price that it would have cost in Cinque Terre…and as an added bonus, we got to explore another city that had amazing scenery and delicious food!
4. Eat from supermarkets-
As a traveler, supermarkets are a super great way to save money (see what I did there?). We don’t eat out every meal at home because it would cost too much… so why do it while traveling? You can get an entire meal at a grocery store for a fraction of what it would cost at a restaurant. And not only will you be saving money, but shopping at the local grocery store will allow you to buy what the locals buy and eat what they eat. How better to experience another culture than eating what they do! Supermarkets often sell pre-made salads or sandwiches, but my favorite thing to do is buy some bread, a local cheese and some wine- the perfect dinner and the perfect money saver. Also, as an added bonus, when you buy your meals from supermarkets, the whole city becomes your restaurant, so have fun and choose an amazing location to eat!
Anyone have other money saving tips to share? Let us know!