Happily, life is full of choices...and travelers have plenty. It’s part of what makes a journey such great fun. Why not uncover clever ways to save money in pricey — but unmissable — European cities rather than skipping them altogether? After all, these places are famous for good reasons.
Naturally, the basic travel pointers like avoiding high season, shunning high-end hotels and touristy restaurants are obvious to a budget-minded traveler. But there are lots more ways to save and it all adds up. No worries, as you’ll be eating well, enjoying concerts, exploring top sites and embarking on wonderful adventures while economizing in major destinations such as London, Paris, Stockholm, Venice and Barcelona.
Best of all, the built-in benefits of urban cost-saving measures often mean taking a deeper dive into the authentic local scene.
To fall in love with parts of the city that tourists overlook, book your accommodation at a hostel, a homestay apartment or at a bed and breakfast inn. That action alone will both save money and get you out of the tourist core to discover the distinctive neighborhoods that define the genuine pulse of a place.
To taste the food that residents place on their own tables everyday, head for the outdoor food market or pop into the largest grocery store you can find to prepare a picnic lunch or a dinner at “home.” Avoid fancy food halls, expensive delis and convenient corner shops — European supermarkets and open air market days are a cultural touchpoint, a photo magnet and enormous fun.
Walk everywhere you possibly can. Oh, and bring your most comfortable walking shoes because .. .well, cobblestones.