As we mentioned we will show you how to save on your travel. We all know that going on holidays mean spending your hard earned money. So here are some tips on how we managed to go on our holidays without breaking the bank:
1. Planning Ahead – Knowing where to go in Europe and carefully planning your itinerary is the number one key on how to save on your travels. Book your airfare and hotel 6 months to a year in advance before your trip. This will give you ample time to shop around for cheaper tickets. (Kayak.com, Tripadvisor, Booking.com, Venere.com) These 4 sites are my favorites for checking and comparing prices. We like Kayak because on this site you can compare prices from different sites in just one page. We use Tripadvisor mostly for hotel reviews. Personally we always go for a 4 to 5 star hotels for a price of a 3 star hotel so we can enjoy our rest after a tiring day. Booking.com is the best when securing your bookings while shopping for a cheaper one. They’re very helpful when it comes to your concerns especially on your refund. We included Venere.com because this was the site where we found most of our cheap hotel bookings when we went to Europe. Always check this site first if you’re going to Europe.
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2. Travel Off Season – How to save money on seasonal trips? To avoid paying more for airfares and hotels knowing the best season or time to travel is key to saving money. Winter is the cheapest time to fly to Europe because of the cold weather while Spring and Fall are the ideal times to go in terms of weather and moderate hotel and airfare prices. Summer is the Peak season and the most expensive time to go to Europe or anywhere else for that matter. This is because families are free to travel when the kids are out of school and also the best season to enjoy the warm weather.
3. Know your Itineraries – One of the most important things to prepare in order to save money and maximize your travel is your itinerary. “A View on Cities” is our guide site for planning the daily activities for our travels. On this site you will see the city maps for sights and popular attractions a must to see in one place. By using their city map you can plan your daily activities maximizing your time in one location.
4. Getting Around – Exploring each city by foot is a great way to experience the city life and save money on transportation. This is why we usually book our hotel on a city centre. It’s usually a bit pricier but if booked early it will be the same price as the outskirt ones. Wandering aimlessly around the streets is the best way to explore the city. We love taking pictures during the day but at night is the best time in capturing the mesmerizing City lights and experiencing the night scene of each city.
5. Find Local Food – One of the exciting part in traveling is to try the different specialties that each city has to offer. Wander around and have the courage to try something new from the large selection of food for each city. Indulge on the mouth watering delicacies that Europe has to offer. From having breakfast at local coffee shops or bakeries to lunch and dinner with authentic European cuisine. Doing food trips at various restaurants is great if you have the budget but if you’re traveling on a tight budget it’s also good to do some groceries at local supermarkets. Find local supermarkets where you can get your daily essentials like bottled water, snacks etc.
6. Mind the Exchange Rate – It sounds unnecessary but you can definitely save quite a bit of money by watching the exchange rate. If you see the dollars are strong against Euro buy right away. Have some pocket money for small purchases to avoid using your credit cards.
More Tips to come for each City on our next Blog…