Planning a European holiday is only half the battle when you’ve got a budget to work with. Managing your travel expenses while abroad is no small feat, and even the most seasoned traveller can feel stuck when it comes to making the most of every dollar spent. To help get you started, we’ve enlisted some travel and money experts for the insider scoop on how to see the best of Europe – without breaking the bank!
Exchange money ahead of time
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Avoid tourist traps for food
See the sights on foot
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Travel during off-season to avoid high-season mark-ups
Suggests Bonnie: “Travel during the shoulder or off-season when there are fewer tourists but still reasonably nice weather. Pricing for accommodation can be greatly reduced.”
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Sightsee for free
Take the train
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Pack a small bag each day to avoid unnecessary purchases
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Take advantage of useful apps you can download to your phone
Just be sure to avoid becoming totally engrossed in your phone, as not being aware of your surroundings is just one of the 19 most dangerous things you're doing when travelling.
Use your phone as a camera
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Opt for a phone travel plan
As he explains" “From late June (when school’s out) to August, prices are at their highest which can easily add 25 per cent to your overall budget. Instead, try going sometime from April to early June when prices are lower and the weather is still good in many countries.” Plus, "Don't underestimate a trip to Europe during the winter. Europe has the best Christmas markets in the world and it's truly a magical time to visit many countries in December.”
Use a travel rewards credit card
“Don't forget, earning points are only worth it if you're paying your full balance every month. It doesn't matter how many rewards you earn, paying interest charges will always cost you more.”
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Consider a tour
If considering a guided vacation, book early
“When it comes to airfare, prices don't tend to fluctuate much, but it's still in your best interest to book early. This way, you'll get the first choice of seats without worrying about paying that premium when you book last minute.”
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