Consider Accommodation options
If you are on a budget, consider inexpensive options for your hotel accommodations. Think Hostel or Bed and Breakfast. You can even look into a service called Couch surfer but I don’t advise this unless you are fully comfortable with it. If you choose to stay in a hotel but you are on a budget be sure to research some of your cheaper options. Lastly, if you are traveling alone definitely check out some of the hostels. It’s one of the best ways to meet new friends, connections and even possible travel buddies.
Things to include are a travel guidebook or travel guide app on your portable device, paper map or mapping function on your phone, a camera, and at least an idea of the types of attractions or areas of the city you want to visit. Whether you are a super prepared traveler who creates a travel itinerary in advance or a backpacker who plans last minute and goes off the beaten path, being prepared will ensure you get the most out of your trip experience.
Find Travel Passes
Look for passes for trains, museums and more. By doing so you can save a lot of money, especially if you plan on visiting a lot of museums and using the train for the majority of your transportation.
Experience the Local Culture
Taste the local food – it’s a huge part of the culture and it’s a must if you truly want to experience the city you are visiting. Another part of experiencing the culture is getting to know the locals. Your trip experience will be completely different if you take advice from a local or better yet, if you spend some time with locals. They know all the best restaurants and hidden reservoirs you would likely never find on your own. In other words, avoiding the expensive tourist traps and opting for recommendations from locals will be an experience not to forget.
Visit Small Towns and the Countryside
Go off the beaten path from the many museums and monuments in the great cities of Europe. You will get a much better feel for the country you’re visiting if you take a step away from the fast-paced city life. People are friendlier, it’s less noisy, hotel and food are cheaper and the pace is much slower.
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