Top 5 Ways to See Europe on the Cheap
Europe’s perpetual popularity in the travel industry is likely to continue as far as any expert can tell. This makes for some expensive travel at times. Webjet.com wants tomake sure that all of our travelers are in the best position to save some extra cash even when traveling to popular tourist destinations. Use this week’s top 5 travel tips to see Europe on the cheap in 2012.
5) Buy the Right Rail Pass
It can be tempting to choose a cheap rail pass but sometimes that choice will cost you more than you may think. Typically, flights and hotel accommodations are the two main costs associated with travel. Booking them first will ensure you get the most savings on the two, instead of basing your hotel and flight around a cheaper rail pass. Some rail passes offer a high level of flexibility for a small premium but it will be worth it when you do not have to change your flight plans at the last minute because you missed one train.
4) Jump on Flight Bargains
Domestic travel in the United States is quite different than in Europe. Since the continent is smaller in size, there are many low-cost options that can get you around the reliably. Our friends at airberlin have been a pioneering airline in Europe with their quality, reliable service and cheap fares. You would be surprised how far 30 Euro, a flexible schedule, and an internet connection can get you.
3) Eat With the Locals
Landing in a foreign destination can be a little intimidating the first day you are off the plane. Don’t let it get the best of you because you won’t want to waste a meal eating at a McDonalds—even if they do add a little local flare. Webjet.com encourages all of our travelers to do a little research on local eateries but also to take a chance and try something new. Even in the states the best food of each city is not likely to be in the major tourist destinations. Wander a few blocks away from the big attractions and follow the locals to find authentic eateries, at a fraction of the cost. Be prepared to wing your order in another language!
2) Go With the Flow and be Flexible
One of the keys to a happy and successful trip is being able to maintain flexibility along the way. With the budget airlines and wide range of rail options throughout the continent, Webjetters should make sure they check both flights and rail when making short travel plans. You wouldn’t want to make the mistake of paying for a long trip by train when you make a short flight at a reasonable rate. Search early for the most savings, but also check on airfares once you touch down—sometimes you will find some great bargains on low-cost carriers.
1) Stay Connected
With all of the tips above, you can be sure the internet needs to be your best friend. Stay connected with your laptop, tablet, or phone to make sure you are up-to-date on all of the cheapest travel fares. It almost goes without saying that you should be using your phone for travel tips and not just bookings. Check out our Top 5 Travel Apps for 2012 to make sure you are prepared to travel abroad. Find the information you need and then put that phone away—you can check your email back at the hotel.
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