Europe has everything from huge cities to quaint villages, mountains, beaches and lakes. All these places will be exactly as you imagined them. Venice will reveal all its charms to you, and spring Paris will even exceed all the expectations of lovers of romance. The Oxford colleges are really like the film sets of the Harry Potter movies. There is something here not only for lovers of antiquity — Europe can surprise with its modern sights and architecture. If you are embarking on such a trip for the first time, follow these tips for traveling in Europe. They will help you combine practicality and impulsiveness and have a great time.
Choose the right season
If you decide to travel during the peak summer season, then it is better to choose the eastern part of Europe — the Balkan coastline, the Slovenian mountains and the Baltic cities. Here you will find many fantastic places for inexpensive holidays. When the tourist traffic dies down with the onset of autumn, head to central Europe. The famous coastlines and islands of southern Europe are more serene at this time of year, while the cities of Spain and Italy take on a special charm. In the winter, Europe can offer world-class skiing and festive New Year’s cheer. In the spring it is worth directing your eyes to the north, to the Netherlands, Scandinavia, France and the British Isles. Each European country has its own season and season. Be clear about what exactly you want before booking a tour.
Book your accommodation wisely
Although accommodation is one of the key costs when traveling, it should not be a stumbling block when planning a budget tour of Europe. Indeed, even in the more expensive cities of Europe there is a system of hostels where there is always an affordable place at an affordable price. The level of hostels in Europe sometimes even surpasses many hotels. If you are ready to camp, then take care of a tent and a sleeping bag. You can stay in special excellently equipped places. Come in the summer when cheap university housing is available for tourists. Be sure to book hotels and hostels in advance, no matter what your budget, especially during the peak summer months.
Travel by train
Traveling by train is the best way to experience the diversity of Europe. Plus, the train covers even the longest distances very quickly, and you can sleep at this time. The cost of the ticket will correspond to the cost of accommodation during the night. Most European countries are covered by the InterRail train network, or a similar Eurail system. Depending on your free time and budget, choose all the countries you are interested in and book train tickets. An unforgettable trip is guaranteed to you.
Travel during festivals
There are many events, festivals, big noisy parties and other events in Europe. It is best to travel around the cities of Europe during these holidays in order to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of noise and fun. But it is worth planning a tour and booking hotels in advance. Some of the most exciting holidays include St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, when Dublin becomes the epicenter of the extravaganza, as well as all kinds of Christmas markets, a tomato battle in Spain, flower parades in the Netherlands, etc.
Eat like a local
You will encounter some of the world’s finest cuisines on your trip to Europe, so enjoy your meal to the fullest. A low budget should not be a hindrance if you avoid the tourist traps. Try to eat and drink with the locals, who always know the best and cheapest places. Don’t miss free breakfasts in hotels where you can eat well for the whole day ahead. Visit local fairs where farmers sell fresh fruits and vegetables at low prices.
Look for a freebie
No matter how it sounds, but even with a minimal budget, you can fully enjoy the trip. A low budget doesn’t mean you can’t visit the most expensive cities in the world. Plenty of iconic European experiences are readily available, and sometimes even free: look for free city walking tours, experience the Italian aperitivo tradition in Rome, make the most of free museums in London, and try to cook your own food with local ingredients.
Expand your horizons
It’s tempting to plan your trip across Europe in the major capitals — but you’re missing out on a lot. Europe offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, from horseback riding in the Bulgarian Mountains and surfing in Portugal, to cross-country skiing in Norway and breathtaking hiking in Swedish Lapland.
Allow yourself a little squandering
One benefit of inexpensive travel is that it makes spending even more sweet and pleasurable. If you are staying in hostels, throw yourself a nice party. It could be a cocktail party in a hostel in Paris, or a pasta meal in Rome. Alternatively, organize a day of water sports in Croatia. You should not concentrate only on saving, sometimes you need a good discharge.
Don’t stay up late
Whether it’s a tour of Berlin, or the hipster atmosphere of London, flamenco in Seville, the bars of Budapest, or the ethnotheques of Italy, there are countless reasons to walk before sunrise. Europe lives during the first hours after midnight, and many well-known establishments are ready to receive tourists around the clock. You can order a glass of Duvel beer in the historic Brussels tavern La Fleur, where Magritte liked to hang out, or sip a foamy drink in one of the historic Oxford pubs, where J.R.R. Tolkien and Lewis. However, try to get plenty of rest and don’t go to bed too late. This will allow you to save energy for further travel.
Visit the beaches
Tired and out of breath? It’s time to visit the beach. Formentera’s beaches are quieter and wilder than neighboring Ibiza, while Croatia and Italy have plenty of beautiful white sand beaches. If you want to relax in the wilderness, pay attention to Mogren in Montenegro, part of the so-called “Budva Riviera”. There are a huge number of articles about the beaches of Europe on LifeGlobe, where you can easily choose the most suitable place for your vacation.
Deviate from tourist routes
If you want to experience the charm of Europe without the crowds, then it is worth sometimes deviating from the well-trodden tourist routes. Try visiting Olomouc in the Czech Republic, a miniature Prague with great architecture and fewer tourists. Pay attention to Berat, a magnificent Albanian city with the remains of Ottoman architecture and picturesque nature.
You can easily become a victim of scammers in Europe. One of the main tips for travelers is to take precautions. Avoid tourist traps, try not to highlight your expensive camera or smartphone too much. Keep an eye on your bags, be careful in hostels and on trains, especially at night. Make a photocopy of your passport and store it somewhere online, which will avoid many problems in case of loss of documents.
These were the top tips for traveling in Europe. Have a good rest, stay healthy and take care of yourself!