Ways to Explore Europe on a Budget

April 23, 2015 Updated: April 28, 2015

With a Eurail Pass

Traveling by train is one of the oldest means of transport across the world, and though technology advancements have improved this common means of transport, it is still the best way to explore distant lands at a close range. Railway networks in Europe are efficient and well connected making it easier and faster to move across countries.

If you plan to visit several countries within Europe via a train then you might consider getting a Eurail Pass to save money on your travels. You need to plan your itinerary carefully before deciding to buy a pass. After planning your itinerary, calculate the cost of every individual ticket along your route and compare with the cost of the pass. If the total cost of single tickets is way below the cost of the pass, plus some other elements which this site breaks down, then you should purchase the pass.

There are different types of passes for for different types of travel. They include the Eurail Global Pass for first class travelers, the Eurail Select Pass ideal for extensive multination transportation, and Saver Passes for those traveling in a group.

Couch Surfing

Couch surfing is a social networking site that enables travelers to communicate, meet, and even host each other for free. It connects travelers worldwide helping them to find free accommodations, making it an excellent way to do Europe on a budget. All you need to do is create your own profile in the site, just as you normally do on Facebook and then connect with the online community. It is a free process although the first time it costs a donation to verify your bank account and identity, but from there it is free.

The site allows travelers and hosts with available couches to connect and communicate to see if the arrangements suit both parties. Accommodations vary depending on hosts and the size of their houses. Some may offer only couches or mattresses, while others may offer suites or rooms that you may use during your stay. Hosts also vary from those who can offer you a bed and nothing else, to those who will cook for you.

Couch surfing is a great way to save money on a tour of Europe, meet new people, experience different cultures, and share travel experiences.

Rent a Campervan

Europe is a continent full of delightful attractions, amazing cities, stunning landscapes, and intriguing cultures. It demands intimate explorations and in style. The best way to criss-cross the European continent is by renting a campervan. Campervans come in different shapes and sizes to cater for different numbers of people. When renting a campervan, you need to know how many people you will be traveling with and how far you would like to go.

Renting a campervan saves you time and money than if you were to book flights and accommodations at every stop. It even becomes cheaper if you are traveling as a group so that you can split costs and take turns driving. Europe is ideal for campervan holidays as it is easy to glide through national borders; it has a great network of roads and has numerous campsites.

This article was previously published on www.TheWorldIsCalling.com. 

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