There are quite a number of affordable places to travel in Europe while still maintaining your great travel experience. In fact, there are also a few places that you can visit for free!
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague with its storied churches, statue-lined bridges and picturesque downtown is a beautiful place to visit. In order to enjoy an affordable visit to this area, visit in the cooler months and look for hotels with complimentary breakfast.
Strasbourg is a good place to visit for its medieval churches and its half-timbered houses. January or February is the cheapest months to visit.
Lisbon is a great European destination with a number of interesting places to visit and things to do. If you want to enjoy some savings while traveling to this area, stay at a pensão (pension) as opposed to staying in a hotel. A pension is a guest house with shared bathroom facilities that, not only has reasonable accommodation rates but is also, in most cases, near a number of local attractions. If you happen to be in the city on the first Sunday of the month then you will be able to enjoy free entrance to a number of museums and other attractions. Don’t forget to get yourself a Lisboa card that will allow you to save on transportation and entrance fees to certain attractions.
Krakow with its charming presence is often missed in European travels. This gorgeous city however, has plenty to offer in terms of vibrant medieval attractions like the market square – Rynek Glony, the Wawel Cathedral, the Wieliczka Salt Mine and the Old Town among other interesting places. For cheaper hotel accommodations, the winter time is the best time to visit. Instead of hailing a taxi from the street, it is cheaper to call for one over the phone.
With its gorgeous beaches and glistening waters, Valencia is a fantastic destination for those craving a bit of relaxation. This Spanish coastal city is not only one of the most affordable places to visit in Europe but it also one of the most charming. The months of November to March are the cheapest to plan your visit. For low-cost foods, visit the Mercado Central which is home to quite a number of restaurants. As for travel within the city, look into getting a Valencia Tourist card which comes with unlimited travel in addition to discount prices to a number of local attractions.
Tips to minimizing your travel costs:
- Check out the different prices of different modes of transport. In addition, find out if buying a transportation card will save you some money.
- Instead of always booking with a hotel, look for cheaper accommodation alternatives such as cottages, campgrounds, private rooms or villa rentals.
- Be on the lookout for daily markets for your feeding needs. There you will find plenty of food at reasonable rates.
- Search for interesting sites that charge little or nothing. There are plenty of museums or historical sites that fall in this category.