4 affordable European cities for the budget traveler

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Dec 7, 2017 · 3 min read

How have your dream European vacation, and how to save money doing it.

Ahh, how it sucks to be young and broke.

You’re fresh out of college and just started a new job. Every time one of the older guys at the office asks you your age, it prompts an endless stream of “glory days” tales told in an almost dreamlike daze. As soon as Dennis finishes reminiscing on spring break ’91 in Cancun, he tells you the same thing you’ve heard time and time again: “have fun and travel while you’re still young.”

Well, alright, great. The only problem is that the best time to travel age-wise is also the worst time to travel financially.

Chances are, you just moved to the city and are living in a two-bedroom apartment with three other roommates. You live on bagel bites and scrambled eggs, and last week, you didn’t have enough money to refill your Metro card and had to walk home in the rain.

Basically, you’re broke. But if you plan smart, you don’t have to miss out on your dream European vacation!

Here are four amazing destinations for the budget traveler and how to save money in each of them:

Budapest, Hungary

With its beautiful architecture and thermal baths, Budapest is one of the most popular destinations in eastern Europe. Budapest’s combination of bustling nightlife and rich history makes it the perfect city for all ages, and its access to cheap alcohol, food and accommodations makes it easy for budget travelers to save money.

With 1 Hungarian forint equaling about 3 American cents, you can plan a relatively inexpensive trip to Budapest.

Prague, Czech Republic

When you climb up the Petřín tower and gaze out at the sea of red roofs, you’ll understand why Prague is deemed one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. In addition to its beautiful views, Prague is home to many free points of interest, such as the astronomical clock and the John Lennon wall, making it a desirable destination for budget travelers. Due to its small size, Prague is easy to explore on foot, which helps save money on transportation.

It’s also one of the only cities where beer is actually cheaper than water! What more could you ask for, really?

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Nestled on the coast, the “Pearl of the Adriatic” is home to fresh seafood, stunning beaches and winding streets. If that wasn’t convincing enough, you might recognize the walled town as King’s Landing from “Game of Thrones,” which is why Dubrovnik is Croatia’s most popular city. Budget travelers can save money by exploring Dubrovnik’s unique geography and taking advantage of the affordable walking tours.

With 1 Croatian kuna adding up to 14 American cents, you can plan a Lannister-esque vacation with a wildling budget.

Lisbon, Portugal

Best known as Portugal’s coastal capital city, Lisbon is famous for its hilly landscape and pastel-colored buildings. Explore one of Lisbon’s many attractions, such as the São Jorge Castle, or pop in one of the countless cafes scattered throughout the city. Affordable food and lodging make this western European city a must for budget travelers, but if you still find yourself strapped for cash, save some money by grabbing a cheap bottle of wine and relaxing on the beach.

Rough life, amirite?

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All words by Lauren Vehar

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