How to Save Money While Traveling in Europe

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Get a Mobile Hot Spot or Travel Phone Plan

If you’ve used your phone internationally, you know that it’s expensive. We’ve heard horror stories of travelers coming home to bills in the hundreds.

It pays to do your research and plan ahead. Some mobile phone providers now offer international travel passes, which allow you to use the phone overseas. Verizon in the USA, for example, provides service in Europe for $10/day to those who sign up for the international travel plan.

If you don’t want to spend that, simply get a Google Voice number. Before leaving the country, forward your mobile phone calls to your Google Voice number. Then, in your Google Voice settings, check the box to have your phone messages sent to you via email or text (check your international text charges before you do this). You’ll still get your phone messages, just via email or text, bypassing the costly minute charges.

The cheapest and easiest way to get internet access in Europe is to purchase a mobile hot-spot device or SIM card. These can be purchased before you go. See our article on how to get internet while traveling.

How to save money in Europe
The Vecriga is a small boutique hotel in Riga, Latvia. Photo by Janna Graber

Look at Accommodation Options

Hotels aren’t the only option for accommodations. Budget hostels, AirBNB, and Bed and Breakfasts are just a few possibilities. If you are looking for true budget options, check out our article on couch surfing. Some places allow you to stay for free in exchange for work, which others charge a small fee.

Home exchange is another option. This allows you to stay at a private home in Europe in exchange for sharing your place at home.

Take a Night Train

A night train lets you combine transportation and accommodations in the cost of one ticket.  Many overnight train routes in Europe have sleeper cars between major European cities. You can choose from a budget seat that reclines to a private sleeping car with breakfast included. The majority of European night trains are included in the Eurail passes, but you’ll need to reserve and pay for your preferred sleeping accommodation type in addition to your pass. Check train prices at Omio Travel or Eurail.

Riga, Latvia is a beautiful city, and one of the more affordable destinations in Europe. Photo by Janna Graber
Riga, Latvia is a beautiful city, and one of the more affordable destinations in Europe. Photo by Janna Graber

Consider Less Popular (But Still Amazing) Destinations

Places like Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are often overlooked, but the Baltic Countries are rich with culture, good food and nice hotels – and they’re much more affordable than many other places in Europe. Portugal and Poland are also affordable destinations.

Do your research. We have information on world travel in more than 90 countries here on Enjoy!

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