Euro Trip: 5 Things to Save/Splurge On

Written by: Carla De Guzman/Friday, Aug 07, 2015 01:59 AM


It's finally happened. After saving, saving and saving, you're ready to go to Europe. It's a daunting trip, and the number of things to consider are numerous. But don't let this beautiful continent scare you - there are many things to enjoy and explore, whether you're there on a shoestring budget or looking to splurge a little.

To help you out on your travels, here are our ten tips on what to save and what to splurge on while you're exploring. Andiamo, Allonzy!

1. Accommodations

We hear you gasping in disbelief, but hear us out. While paying only 50 euros a night sounds like a great idea, that may lead you to a dark and scary corner in the farthest areas of the city you're exploring (Read up on our article on the 5 Everyday Things That Can Save You!). We're not asking you to stay at the finest hotels, we're saying it's all about location, location, location. The more central you are, the easier it will be for you to navigate new places. So if it's a choice between spending just a little more for a good location, it's well worth the few extra euros.

Still looking to save a little? Aside from AirBnB, make sure you check out booking sites that may have lower prices on central hotels.

2. Water

It may sound strange, but water is very hard to come by in Europe. In certain places, to order a bottle of water will be more expensive than ordering a bottle of beer or wine! You'll find yourself spending quite a lot of water, giving in to the occasional urge to drop a whole euro on a tiny bottle just to quench your thirst. Our advice would be to find the nearest supermarket on your first day and purchase one bottle per person and then buying one big bottle to refill the ones you have.

3. Bathroom Use

It may be rare to voluntarily go into a paid restroom in Manila, but Europeans charge up to three euros just to use the facilities, even the less than sparkling public ones. When you're bursting to use the loo, duck into a cafe and splurge on a cup of coffee at around 1.50 euros, and then use their facilities. You get a nice bathroom, and a chance to take a break too!

4. Souvenirs

When you're in a new place, the urge to bring a piece of it home with you can border on uncontrollable at times. Our suggestion would be to choose one thing that you would get across all the countries you visit. For example, a post card from each museum (at around one euro or less) for framing, a decorative plate from each city, or even a mug from each country. That way you don't lose your head trying to decide which thing to grab, and have a general idea how much it will cost you.

5. Transfers

There are plenty of ways to go cross country in Europe - by bus, train or even plane. Sometimes the cheapest option to get from the terminal to your hotel can turn out to be the hardest - especially when the bus drops you off at a completely unfamiliar place, leaving you to drag your luggage around cobblestones and trying to get the French guy laughing at you to help you out. If you're willing to spend for it, hire airport transfers direct to your hotel, or grab a taxi where you were dropped off. It's a big expense that you only need to make once.  

Most countries in Europe have organized transport systems (lucky them!), so you may find yourself saving quite a bit by purchasing 'package cards' or tickets that you can use unlimited for your whole trip. This can get tricky though, because it usually comes as a piece of paper!
 
These may sound like little things, but trust us when we say that they'll make your trip easier and breezier. Remember to take lots of photos, and have fun!

Next: Check out our  11 Tips for Every Traveler ->

About Carla De Guzman
Carla de Guzman is the author of self-published books Cities, Marry Me Charlotte B! and We Go Together. She loves to travel, coming home to her dog Kimchi and spending her weekends having dinner with her crazy family by day. By night, she’s writer and an artist, spending her midnights at her desk. Follow her on Instagram (@somemidnights) for more!
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