How to Travel [in Europe] on the Cheap [Part Two]

Well, Hello there! 


Glad you decided to pop in! As promised, I have part two of this post for you today.

So. You want to know even more ways to travel ridiculously cheap while you're in Europe? You've come to the right place. 
1. Couch-surfing. You guys. I honestly cannot believe I forgot to mention this in my last post! Thanks to Megan and Erin, though, I remembered it for this post.
If you don't know what couch-surfing is, it's basically sleeping on someone's couch in your travel destination. You may be really hesitant to try this, thinking things like, is it safe? I don't blame you - I was the same way until... I found this site. It's an excellent resource for anyone interested in either surfing or hosting. You can do quite a bit of research on the hosts, message them back and forth getting to know them, arrange a meeting before you sleep in their home, etc. etc.
Bonus: Many hosts have room for more than one traveler, so this is an option whether you are alone or with friends. Plus, you could make some new friends. 
2. If you do eat out, do it the smart way. Bakeries will be your best friend. Seriously - you can get pre-made sandwiches for a couple of euros. Another good idea (this one thanks to Megan again) - go where the locals go. Most of the time, these will be the less expensive, more authentic places. Turkish food is always a tasty, cheap, and filling option as well.
3. Mitfahrgelegenheit - or hitching rides with other people. This, like the couch-surfing thing, might have you a bit worried, but, like the couch-surfing thing, it's actually a pretty reliable thing. Most of the time, you can catch rides to major cities, and you just chip in for gas. It's a pretty nifty deal - just make sure you go through sources like this one - I feel like it's the safe way to go.
4. Avoid tourist traps/souvenir shops. This may seem like a no-brainer if you're trying to save money, but I feel like I should mention it anyway. Not only do souvenirs take up space in your luggage (possibly adding extra costs), but they are likely to break in transport, and are usually over-priced. Instead, take tons of pictures, and if you really want to buy something for the folks back home, stick to things that are small and inexpensive, like postcards, shot glasses, and playing cards. 
5. Pack and Travel light. Not only does this make it easier to drag your crap around, but it helps you to avoid those things like excess baggage fees, and those can be a beeee-yatch, especially if you're traveling with a budget airline. 
So, how do you guys save money while traveling? 

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48 comments:

Katrin said...

I have never tried couchsurfing. But it sounds promising. Have you done it a lot? Never met a freaky person?

Megan said...

wow thanks for the double shouts here ;) either means im cool or just ridiculously cheap haha :)

i have never heard of this carshare service?! i wonder if they have one in norway. what would be better is if they have one where i can share someone's car and not give them gas money ;) hahhah :)

great tips!!!!!

E :-) said...

Going where the locals do is definitely a great tip!

Sarah Kate said...

Woah...sweet deal with the couch-surfing! I've never heard of anything like that before. Wouldn't really work for a family of 3, but excellent if it's just u and your husband! Unless you somehow find yourself on the couch of a Hannibal Lecter-wannabe.

Alana Christine said...

I so want to try couch surfing, but definitely not by myself. haha

Dorothy Explor'r said...

i'm making a mental note to consult with you any time i plan on going to europe!

even if it's 10 years from now. remember i said this! ;D

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

I'm not so sure I could be a couch surfer even if it does save money!

Alex Butts said...

I think I lived off Doner and Happy Meals (actually come with a side of fruit, too) while I was traveling. Both are always filling and cheap and you get a variety of things with it. Gotta love it.

Becky said...

These are such good tips. I never knew there were actual sites for helping you couch-surf and hitch rides from people. That makes me feel a lot better about the whole idea--it's much safer.

Couch-surfing actually sounds like fun, too...how much more authentic do you get than actually staying with a local?

Lucy McCracken said...

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Brianna said...

Indeed - going where the locals go to eat is the best way. You always know where that is, too, because at lunch time there is a massive line wherever said restaurant is. And usually it's a bakery, yes! Packing light (aka, just a carry-on or backpack) is the way to go. Another tip: Bring a small travel size detergent and you can do your laundry almost anywhere. That way you really CAN only bring like 2 or 3 outfits. It also cuts down on the room you have to buy souvenirs and fit them back in the suitcase ;) Another tip for traveling light: Make friends you can stay with NEXT time you go. Germans were the most sincere people I have met, and the most friendly. I was invited to dine at someone's house a ton of times and I didn't even know them! Take it!

twiggy@thedirtlife said...

omg. couch suring.

this. sounds. awesome.

Danavee said...

Gave you a little shout out on the blog just now. For your Pinterest pic embedding tutorial!

Thanks again!!!

His Little Lady said...

now i have no excuse not to go to europe ;)
xo TJ

Blond Duck said...

Those are so fun!

Liz Brown said...

I always save up any tips on European traveling. Just in case I ever get to go.

The whole 'packing light' thing though ... I already have that one down. I think its because I actually hate packing and never do until the last second. :D

Amie said...

This is so cool! I thought about couch-surfing when I was in california stranded with nowhere to stay. I still want to try it, so thanks for the positive recommendation :) Next trip I go on i'm going to try super hard to only bring one big backpack, it would make everything so much easier.

Great blog!

Sara Louise said...

Dining with the locals is always a good idea, and the food is usually better too!

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Cocalores said...

Great tips for travelling through Europe, Alyx! Those youth hostels in Scotland are really great, especially in the remote locations like the Isle of Skye! Even though I'm more likely to splurge on a nice hotel room nowadays, I still try to keep the costs down, having used a lot of your tips, too. I've collected some tips for Paris travellers, in case anyone is interested: http://cocalores.blogspot.de/2012/06/paris-five-great-tips-for-visitors.html
(Sorry, something was wrong with my last attempt to comment)

Robert levi said...

I really love the article, quite interesting indeed. Thank you for posting this. Keep up the good work! Surfing Europe

Antor Biswas said...

I've never known a dog who doesn't wolf down anything food-related at the drop of a hat. He's clearly a very discerning gentleman!

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