Across the big blue pond lies a land full of beautiful architecture, an array of different cultures and cuisine to fall in love with. Europe, a unique collective of 50 countries, is a favorite for many travelers around the world and is listed as a “place to explore” on the bucket list of thousands.
One thing that may deter people from venturing into Europe is the cost of getting there, staying there and getting around there. What many don’t know, however, is that there are proven ways to land your feet on European soil without completely breaking the bank.
Here are some tips that may be helpful for those wanting to travel to Europe on a budget.
Tip #1 Plan ahead. Way ahead.
This is an important one. Planning ahead not only gives you time to cover all of your corners, expense wise, but it also gives you a much better chance at finding an affordable flight.
Some travellers recommend purchasing tickets 4-6 months in advance, while some say the prime time is to buy around 60 days before departure.
Tip #2 – Plan to travel during the off season, if possible.
If your travel dates are flexible and you don’t mind the cold, tickets to Europe are much cheaper during the winter months than spring and summer months.
For example, a round-trip flight from Detroit to Barcelona, Spain, is currently running at $1,300 for dates in August, while the same flight is going for $497 in early October.
Tip #3 – Choose an affordable departure and entry point and go from there.
Another secret many travellers have learned when planning their trip from the States to Europe is that sometimes other entry points can cost as much has half of what the original destination would cost to fly into.
For example, flying into Paris may cost you around $1,500 per ticket round trip while a flight to Dublin might cost you around $450 round trip. After arriving in Dublin, you would be able to either explore the city or buy a ticket to Paris for around…