Have you been saving up your pennies for that dream vacation in Europe? The wait is finally over! Due to the new holiday offers, you no longer have to postpone your getaway. With the proper research and planning Europe might become cheaper than you think. With so much medieval architecture, beautiful landscapes and lively cities, it’s no wonder people all over the world flock to this stunning continent. Here are a few tips on how to plan an affordable trip with the family.
Choose your dates wisely
As beautiful as Europe is in summer, maybe it might be wiser to visit it in winter. Sure, this might mean a few extra layers of clothes, but that doesn’t make it less beautiful. Moreover you will successfully avoid the crowds and high prices.
Accommodations are usually the most expensive part of the trip, luckily a lot of budget hotels are now available. The most popular lodging is the family-friendly hostel. Most hostels are located in charming old towns which have a lot of character, and include communal breakfast. They are also a great way of meeting other people traveling with families, which means your children will have more fun. Camping Villages are also an inspired choice for the budget traveler. The camping villages have a recreational character and offer a lot of activities, from swimming to water-slides and parks.
Most European cities offer day-long or month-long public transportation passes, and assuming you are on a budget, you probably won’t be spending a lot of time in a cab.
Have a picnic
Who said you have to eat in a restaurant? The cities of Europe are very well-kept, and the parks are clean and lovely. Why not settle down with the family and enjoy a picnic, while admiring the beautiful cityscape?
Expand your horizons
There’s so much more to this mesmerizing continent than Paris, or England. Europe has some of the most enthralling capitals and cities in the world, which are steeped with history. The best way to enjoy these places are by renting a car and traveling to the off-the-beaten-track places like Croatia, Hungary, Sweden or Slovakia.
Look for free attractions
Many places can be seen without paying any cent, you just have to look for them. Asking around for directions is the best way to find out where they are.
Use a local culture guide
The advantage of big cities, is the great number of cultural activities, many of which are sponsored by cultural organizations. This includes a variety of activities like outdoor movies, concerts and parties.
These are the advices I can give you. There are also other ways to lower costs on your trip. For any suggestions please leave a comment in the comment box below!