Europe Travel Guide
The first thing to do is to pick your destination point. Besides sightseeing, Europe provides a lot of holiday options: beaches, spas, cruises, wine and culinary tours, skiing, golf, hiking and sport events. Define what type of holiday you are most interested in, it would help you to plan a trip in a manner that each day is unforgettable. You can pick out a single city or region or you may travel through the entire country. For example, if you are a connoisseur of fine wine, then a label on a bottle of your favourite wine may become your inspiration. Find out the wine producer and plan your visit to this winery, and then take a look around for any other adventures. So the most important thing while planing the trip is to mention your favourite activities, keep it in mind and the journey becomes unforgettable.
DESTINATION GUIDES FOR EUROPE
Think through what kind of travel style is most suitable for you. I have travelled throughout Europe for several months and find out that the expenses heavily depends on the travelling style. And it took an average of $900 USD a month, including frequent flights from one country to another (which are the largest part of the expenses), renting a room, sightseeing and other expenses.
It is also crucial to pick the countries you want to visit. There are cheap countries in Europe such as Greece, Bulgaria, Spain and the expensive ones (Germany, United Kingdom, France). So while travelling throughout Greece, $700 USD a month is quite enough, meanwhile in the UK it requires from you at least $1400 USD a month. If you would like to visit both of these two groups, just take the average value. The Eastern and Southern Europe travelling expenses are below the average in two times in comparison with the expenses of travel in Western Europe. I have mentioned major items of expenditure below. Prices below are of Western Europe, if you would like to pursue for the South and Eastern Europe, then just half the prices.
Accommodation – If you’re planning to stay at hostel, be ready to pay around $22-35 USD per night depending on the location and number of people in your room. Keep in mind that the dorm room of the same size might cost you extra money on the higher end. An ordinary dorm room in Paris would set you back $35 EUR while the same in Budapest, just $16 USD. Eastern Europe almost always cheaper when considering booking accommodation. Campsites tend to be even cheaper. Hotel room for two can be booked for $39-55 USD per night, but this will certainly include amenities like free WiFi and bed sheets. Renting an apartment starts from $28 USD per night.
Food – Fast food like sandwiches or pizza can be purchased for $6-9 USD, restaurant meals with the main dish and drinks will cost you $27-40 USD. The canteen lunch for $6-11 USD. The best way to save money on food is to cook your own food for around 70 EUR per week. Groceries are everywhere, so you can pick what you really need and control your spendings. Food may be cheaper as you go East but in Russia food prices may rise.
Transportation – The cheapest way to travel is by bus. A city bus ticket is $2-3 USD. More convenient vehicle while travelling from one country to another is by train. With ticket price starts from $110 USD. A high speed train ticket from Berlin to Munich price starts from $155 USD, Bordeaux to Paris is about $95 USD, and Madrid to Barcelona is about $132 USD. Non-high speed trains are a lot cheaper, generally costing about 40-50% lower. It is possible to pick the budget airlines, for example, Ryanair, the ticket price can be $22-55 USD.
Sightseeing – Most museums costs starts from $13 USD. You may purchase a tourist map, that makes museum visiting much simpler, spending $33-55 USD per day. See country information for more details.
Money-Saving Tips For Europe
Cook On Your Own. By purchasing food in supermarket and cooking it on your own, you can save a lot. Weekly food expenses would reduce to $33-55 USD.
Eat Locally. Street shops, pizzerias, snack bars and canteens provide food for little money. There are very nutritious food so having two-three meals per day is more than enough not to feel hungry. Avoiding restaurants and eating at the local eateries will give you the flavor of local cuisine for much cheaper price.
Couchsurf. You can live for free with other travellers, using the advantages of this international project. This way of free accommodation is used by millions of backpackers worldwide.
Use Low Cost Airlines. Ticket from London (United Kingdom) to Milan (Italy) will cost around $22 USD. Purchase tickets at least a month before the date of departure, in that case you get the cheapest flight. The well-known low cost airlines are Easyjet, Air Berlin and Ryanair.
Use a Tourist Card. These cards offer a discount up to 50% on sightseeing, public transport, meals in restaurants and cafes. These cards can be purchased at the tourist centres, on the city’s official website, at the airport or train station.
Take Free City Tours. Most part of museums and exhibitions provide free admission at certain days. Official websites provide information of these days. It’s right choice to attend free walking tours, which are held in major European cities.
$870-1000 USD per month is enough for a safe European trip. The more countries you are planning to visit, the more expensive it would turn up. Define the style of holiday you will attend, and then you will be able to calculate the cost of independent travel in Europe more accurately.