• Tips and tricks for the budget-conscious student for Europe travel

    2012-05-02

    Young people may be counting down the days until their summer break begins in between college semesters. Some may work in their hometown, while others could take summer coursework to stay ahead. However, individuals may want to consider squeezing a trip or two into their plans, as these excursions are more affordable and accessible than ever.
    Websites like Fodor's have created ways for students to research some of the ideal locales that cater to travelers on a budget. For instance, this was the first year the popular travel website chose a list of wallet-friendly destinations throughout Europe that they recommend would be best for frugal travelers.

    Included on the list were several cities in Spain, which is a country known for delicious food and beautiful churches, all of which are cheap to sample and experience. Granada was one of the cities selected, since it is full of college students and has a lively nightlife. This locale also has an interesting take on dining - when patrons order a drink at certain bars, they are given a free "tapa," or small appetizer. This continues for every drink ordered, so students can essentially eat on the house.

    Travelers on a budget do not have to necessarily visit a city known for its cheap eats and attractions. There are other ways to achieve one's travel dreams by simply being smart about planning and staying flexible when deals do arise.

    If students want to take a road trip with their friends, this may be the smartest way to save money and see multiple locations. According to the Times Daily, those who also maintain a steady speed in the vehicle and make sure things like the tires are inflated correctly can save money on gas and other expenses like repairs.

    Hostels are nothing like what is shown in some horror movies. These accommodations can be a wonderful way to meet new people, live like the locals do and also get a good night's sleep. Europe is full of these facilities that sometimes only cost a few dollars per night. This way, young people can experience classic cities like London, Paris or Rome without breaking the bank.

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