- Find Accommodation where you can self cater.
Eating out for breakfast, lunch and dinner can be expensive. You’re better off going to whatever the alternative to Tesco is and getting a load of grub for cheap. Of course, you’re going to want to sample the local cuisine but limit meals out to 2 or 3 times a week.
2. Pre book everything
Part of enjoying a holiday away with your mates is the freedom to go with the flow but when it comes to touristy stuff, we’d recommend you pre book everything in advance. When it comes to tour buses etc, companies jump at the chance of ripping of tourists who are unfamiliar with the native currency.
3.Avoid the Gimmicky tourist shops.
There’s plenty of these kind of places throughout Europe and beyond. If you don’t want to spend 6 or 7 quid on a fridge magnet it’s best to avoid them. If you find a place that’s good value and has some good souvenirs then fire away but try to be dubious.
4.Exchange your money with recognized Bureau de Changes
This sounds pretty obvious and i’m sure you’ve all heard of the scammers who’ll insist that €150 is only worth 2 forint, a lollipop stick and a recipe for goulash. Change your precious money in the airport or the post office.
5.Make sure to have a good grasp of the exchange rate
Speaking of those pesky foreign currencies, make sure you have a good idea of the exchange rate in your head. Before you buy something, ensure you know the equivalent price in euro. Keep track of what you’re spending in euro and make sure to translate menus if they aren’t translated already.
6.Take money in different forms
Yes, I know we use this tip for every single travel advice article but we wouldn’t if we didn’t think it was really important. If you are low on cash, the last thing you need is to lose your wallet. Well, you wouldn’t want to lose your wallet under any circumstances I suppose but set your self at ease by taking money in different forms. You could make your life even easier by signing up to N26. Its easy and quick to set up so you can go back to dreaming about those sandy beaches off the coast of Portugal or sampling some of the best wine Italy has to offer on your trip to Rome. There’s also no foreign transaction charges and you can cancel/un-cancel your card anytime you like :).
7. Rent a bike
This partially depends on how cycle friendly the city/ area you’re in and how expensive the public transport is. This advice would be particularly relevant for somewhere like London where you can rack up quite an espensive bill travelling by tubes and bus. With a bike, you also don’t have to worry about changing lines and all that shenanigans.
8. Pre-book those flights early and try to avoid the busy season
The last thing you want is to spend most of your budget on just getting from place to place. If you book early enough and avoid the manic June and July months then you can get flights between European cities for very reasonable prices.
9. Get an ISIC card
With an ISIC student card you can avail of some of the best discounts around and save your self some serious dosh. 100 quid off Interailing Packages anyone?Yes please!!With the sound bunch of lads at ISIC, you can also get 10 % off Eurolines. There’s plenty of attractions across the world where you’ll get some stellar discounts so you don’t have to worry about running out of money and having to beg on a side street in Barcelona.
10. Take it Slow
Relax. You don’t have to rush around to see absolutely everything within a week. You’ll end up not really enjoying the holiday and spending more money than you need to. Take your time. Stroll around the city and just take it all in rather than insisting on visiting every museum and tourist attraction in the vicinity, paying 15 quid or more entry fee each time.