It’s time for new experiences, new feelings, new emotions, and new stories! Your backpacking trip around Europe starts today! Many backpackers travel on a shoestring budget to see as many new places as possible. With this in mind, we’ve compiled our Top Ten Money Saving Tips for backpacking around Europe!
Breathe in the air of freedom of Amsterdam, appease your senses walking around the Champs D’Elysees of Paris, show off some style in Berlin, check out Prague’s antique beauty, see why everybody is talking about London. Europe is full of exciting destinations and you want to see them all! These are just some of the better known cities. From north to south and from east to west, the European continent is the ideal place to go backpacking.
Remember that overnight stays in hotels, and the travelling part itself are where most of your budget will go. So we have hope these tips will help. Take note!
1. Plan your trip well
Of course it’s so much more fun if you just pack up and leave without thinking about where you’re going next. But it’s always a good idea to make a note of the places you want to visit and pencil your tour on the map to see which places are closer, and which parts you can skip. This will help you save money on travel and avoid retracing your steps! Check out Omio or Rom2Rio for transportation options!
2. Make a daily budget
This is one of the essential money saving tips for your backpacking trip around Europe. Check how much you can realistically afford to spend each day. Don’t go over that amount – stick to your daily budget! Apps like Trail Wallet can help you stay within your budget!
3. Low-cost transport
Money saving tips go a long way when it comes to transportation. Options like carpooling, bussing, or traveling by train with Interrail are the best options. Not only will you save wait times at airports, but it’s a great opportunity to meet new friends along the way. See Famous Hostels offer with Interrail/Eurail Ticket.
4. Eat like a local
It isn’t necessary to spend a fortune to eat well. Local food is often cheaper than imported goods, and it’s more authentic. A good tip for backpackers is to go to local bars where you can try the most typical local cuisine without airs and graces. Another option is to buy food in supermarkets, and to book hostels that offer free meals.
5. Hostels over Hotels/ Air BnBs
There’s no better place to stay in Europe than hostels. Besides being a thousand times cooler than hotels, hostels provide a cool and relaxing environment at a fair price. Forget the cheap and basic idea of a hostel with bunk beds with nothing more to offer, read our Ultimate Guide for Hostels or Five Reasons Why You Should Stay at Europe’s Famous Hostels. We want the best for you!
6. Street Festivals / Events
Lots of cities you’ll visit will have street festivals and events organised by local councils or associations. These are more authentic than pricey tourist attractions, and you’ll get to see how the locals live!
7. Culture is Free
In many cities, museums are free and they’re a great way to get to know the city you’re visiting without spending a fortune. If you fancy a few museums in the same place which aren’t free, check online for museum pass bundles to save yourself a few extra pennies. You might also get to jump the queue!
8. Budget for Laundry
For as much as you want, you’re not going to be able to take your whole wardrobe in a backpack. Most hostels have laundry facilities, but you can also bring travel sized detergent with you to hand wash your clothes to help stretch your budget.
9. Be Wary of Souvenirs
We all like to buy a little something for our nearest and dearest. But souvenirs are almost always overpriced and take up precious space in your backpack. Send a postcard instead. You can pick them up for less than a euro, and postage is never expensive.
10. Make Friends
This is the secret to a successful backpacking trip around Europe. We don’t mean make friends for personal gain though; we want to promote authentic friendships. You can team up to cook together to reduce your budgets. Learn about the people you’re travelling with, and you may make a friend for life. Your backpacking adventure is guaranteed to be your ultimate life experience!
Now that you have our Top 10 Money Saving Tips for Backpacking Europe, we hope you can put them to use on your adventure! Be sure to check out Europe's Famous Hostels, serving Europe and Israel’s ultra cool destinations!