If summer has you daydreaming of a trip to Europe, but your bank account is throwing a cold, hard wrench of reality into those plans, we’ve got good news for you. It might not be as pricey as you think! Travel expert Loren Christie breaks down some European trip tips to satisfy your wanderlust and your wallet.
Don’t fly direct
Get yourself to the continent and then find cheap flights, trains or buses to your desired destination. Skyscanner is a must-have app—it finds the cheapest flights to your destination. You’ll need to be vigilant of connection times and baggage restrictions, though.
Take the bus
Once you’re there, buses can be cheaper than trains to get around.
Know your timing
When it comes to accommodations in Europe, timing is everything. Avoid school holidays and capital cities (unless you’re dead set on it). Trivago’s hotel price index shows the cheapest options by city. Fun fact: You can camp for free in any public space in Norway or Sweden!
Check TripAdvisor for restaurants, which can be rated by price. For those into the thriftier scene, an app called TooGoodToGo sells off restaurant surplus food at really low prices instead of throwing it away.