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How To Travel on a Budget

Posted on February 16th, 2012 by Jenny Frankel

In October my friend Ashley and I traveled to five different countries in Europe in a little under two weeks. While it took a little extra planning and plotting, we were able to do so at an extremely affordable price and I wanted to share some resources with you if you also want to travel Europe but don’t have an unlimited budget.

Travel websites are your best friend! For flights from the United States to Europe, check out STA travel. They have great deals for students and people under 26 years old, and offer cheap fares that most other websites don’t pick up.

For travel in between countries in Europe, eDreams is a great resource. You enter your departure and arrival cities, and the website scans dozens of airlines to find the best deal. Flying between European cities is extremely affordable when using this site, which means you can visit more places in less time!

For living accommodations on the cheap, hostels are usually the best option. For my trip, I paid an average of 20 euros per night, which translates to less than $30 – what a steal! Hostel World is a fantastic website that allows you to search for hostels in over 180 countries. The site offers descriptions, pictures, prices, and user reviews, so you can be sure of your living situation before you ever set foot on foreign soil.

Experiencing a new city doesn’t have to break the bank either. You can see a lot that a city has to offer by doing some good old fashioned walking. By going to the city center and just walking around, you can get a feel for the city, and figure out sights and activities you may want to explore further. Additionally, the concierge or desk attendant can usually tell you local places to eat and hang out that are off the beaten path. These are usually cheaper than touristy places, and have much better fare to boot!

If you’re traveling to the U.S., check out the state guide for things to do in each state!

How do you save money while traveling?

Written by Jenny Frankel

Jennifer is the Director of Financial Services at Envisage International. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Florida where she holds a Masters in International Business and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. She has lived and worked abroad in Chile, Costa Rica and London, and traveled extensively in South America, Europe and Asia.

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