5 Ways to Save Money When Traveling To Europe

These are difficult times for anyone accustomed to traveling across the Atlantic in the good old days when the dollar was as strong as an ox.

European travel now requires serious planning if you want to avoid breaking your bank.

Check-out these 5 tips for saving money.

1) Book an apartment instead of a hotel
If you’re going to be in the same area for at least a week consider renting an apartment.  They’re generally cheaper than hotels and can provide a more enriching travel experience.

2) If you do stay in a hotel, skip their breakfast
14 Euros for a croissant and a cup of coffee?  I don’t think so Francois.
Forego breakfast at your hotel and head out to a local bakery.  You’ll have more fun, save money, and eat better food.

3) Pick the right credit card
Almost all banks charge a fee for processing foreign credit card transactions.  Get one that doesn’t (like Capital One or Discover) and you immediately save (up to 2 to 3%) each time you use the card.  Caveat: Make sure your potential savings aren’t negated by a high annual fee or interest rate.  Read the fine print.
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4) Don’t exchange currency at banks, hotels, or money exchange kiosks
ATM’s almost always provide the best rates.  In most circumstances you’ll want to avoid changing your money at banks, hotels, and especially at airport and rail station kiosks.

5) Do your homework
Spend a little pre-trip time on the Internet and it can really pay off in the form of cheaper flights, car rentals, and accommodations.
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2 responses to “5 Ways to Save Money When Traveling To Europe

  1. Although I haven’t tried it, I hear that staying at convents and monasteries can be very satisfactory and economical; also booking at 1-star hotels, in Paris for example, can be fun and an adventure if you are “game.” I booked once at Orly awaiting a girlfriend whose mother had not yet left; the one-star hotel was clean and very modest and my room was on the inside stairway where all night long I heard elderly gentlemen breathing heavily as they walked upstairs with their “showgirl” companions. The next morning I was the only guest who had “stayed the entire night” and demanded le petit dejuener! They went out and got it. Then I checked out, got in a cab, and directed the driver to one of the 5-star Paris hotels [Le Meurice] where my friend was staying! The shock alone on the faces of the hotel staff and taxi driver were worth the entire adventure!

  2. letsjapan

    Great advice. I’m going to do a variation of this on LetsJapan.Wordpress (within the next week or so) and give proper attribution/credit to Le Stuff, and post a link back here, too!

    R

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