10 TIPS CHEAP HOLIDAY TO EUROPE
Here are 10 of the best tips to make your travel to Europe sparingly.
1. RESEARCH THE RIGHT
Plan your trip properly. Buy a good guidebook like "Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring", or ask on the mailing lists / forums / acquaintances who've been there. Make a detailed travel itinerary so that you can book transportation and accommodation far in advance so that the price can be cheaper. Do not be too ambitious to visit many cities or countries in a short time because it will be more expensive. Live in the suburbs or in the countryside will be more efficient. Roads in Eastern Europe cheaper than Western Europe. Budget per day about € 40 in Western Europe, except in Switzerland supermahal. Eastern Europe is cheaper, a budget of about € 30 / day, except for Russia and Ukraine. Budget enough for accommodation, meals and local transportation ride. Buy Euro currency directly from Indonesia.
2. COMING SEASON ON THE RIGHT
Allow at least 2 weeks. If it is less than it was just wrote only 'nyape-nyapein' bodies. Not worth it at the cost of air tickets. Do not go to Europe during the peak season, from June to August in the summer time so many local people on vacation. Do also go in the weeks approaching Christmas and New Year. Besides humans spilling everywhere, long lines, the price bounced up, too hard to find lodging and transportation. Europeans, especially France and Italy, really appreciate the quality of life. They will cool close up shop or hostel to enjoy a holiday with her own family.
3. HUNTING CHEAPEST TICKET
Europe's biggest expenditure to exist on the ticket of Indonesia. Make sure you hunt for tickets far in advance. If you have a Frequent Flyer reward points his advantage by getting free tickets close as possible to the destination city. Try to download the open jaw ticket, which means going to and from different countries. For example, go to Frankfurt return from Rome. Thus when it had reached Rome, no longer need to waste time and money to return to Frankfurt. Flights between cities / countries in Europe too should be tried. With the rise of low cost airlines, such as Ryan Air or Easy Jet, will be much to save time and cost than a train ride.
4. STAY IN HOSTEL
Liked most frugal if there is a ride in the home of relatives or friends there. If confident, can also stay for free in the homes of people who can we know through couchsurfing.com. But if you want to be a lot of fellow travelers and lazy indebted, stay in hostels. Most cheap if his dorm, 'to-do' one room in bunk beds with bathroom facilities. Count the price is per bed per night. Messages could hostel via online from websites that display information about the hostel.
5. SLEEP AT NIGHT TRAIN
To cross the countries in Europe, the most effective and efficient train. To save on the cost of staying, take the night train to arrive the next day, so do not pay for accommodation again. European rail cars divided into 3 types with the order of lowest to highest, namely Sleeper consists of 4 beds in one compartment, Couchettes consisting of 6 beds, and Compartment composed of 6 people (3-3) in the first compartment. If you plan to go to many countries in Western Europe, you should buy a Eurail Pass in the form of train tickets throughs to all EU countries. This season tickets are not valid for European citizenship so can not be sold there. In Indonesia could buy a travel agent or buy online at eurail.com. But if only three countries traveling alone or only to Eastern Europe alone, it is better to buy the tickets 'ketengan' directly at the station.
6. EAT FIVE FEET
Eating in restaurants is obviously expensive, and also we have to pay a service charge along with the tip. The solution is better to buy a meal on the sidewalk alone. For the size of Indonesia, a roadside hawker in Europe quite filling. The choice of sausage, burger, kebab, crepes, etc., with large portions. If you want to eat a bit heavy, take advantage of the hostel providing breakfast or dinner package at a bargain price. Prices of food and beverages in hostels guaranteed cheaper than outside. Want cheaper again? When the hostel has a kitchen, buy groceries at the supermarket and cook in the hostel, such as frozen food, sandwiches, eggs. Rice is expensive in Europe, in the hostel was not provided rice cooker. So dare to forget to eat rice. Eating too there is the trick. Great meal twice a day, for example, at 11 noon and 6 pm, or 2 pm and 9 pm. Among them, buy a snack or bread at the supermarket. If the loss averse, bring dry food from Indonesia such as instant noodles, shredded, chilli sauce, instant coffee also.
7. CARRY DRINK BOTTLE
A bottle of water in Europe could reach 2 euros (about USD 27 thousand). So better bring a drink bottle and refill the water in the faucet, can be in the water fountain or in a public restroom. Do not worry, the water can be drunk directly there. Moreover, water is healthy right?
8. MINIMIZATION ENTRY TICKET
Sign monuments, museums, attractions, the ticket price is not cheap. Then go to a place that you really want to go. If just want to make photographs to the envy of friends, better not to go up to the Eiffel Tower - just stand in front of him without paying the ticket. Many of the activities are free in Europe, such as walking down the pedestrian street and the canal, hanging out in the plaza, watching buskers, or a picnic in a public park. Find info on hostel or a fellow traveler on which the museum is free, or even free sponsored clubbing discotheque. When you have a strong determination to enter all points of travel and stay more than four days in a city, buy season tickets. For example, Paris or London Sightseeing Pass Pass that includes hundreds of museums, galleries, tourist attractions, free guide books, even including public transport like metro and buses.
9. TRAVEL LIGHT
So that is cheap and easy, air baggage not more than 15 kg and hand luggage is not more than 7 kg. The most practical to carry backpacks, and even then a maximum of 10 kg so that baseball objections. Do not bring mostly clothing and footwear, adjust with the seasons so no need to buy again. Be diligent washing clothes. Bring detergent from Indonesia and washing clothes by hand because the shower 1-2 pieces all hostels usually forbids washing clothes in the washing machine if not coins. For practical purposes, bring disposable innards and discarded. Still object carrying a backpack? When planning for a day trip somewhere, put stuff in a locker provided at the railway station. Carry only the essentials, like wallets, cameras, documents, cell phones in a small bag.
10. YOUNG GETS MORE CHEAP
Age was significantly associated with the cheapness of travel in Europe. If you are aged less than 25 years then you will receive a 35% discount for Eurail Pass. If you are still in school, take advantage of the student card. With the card can be up to 50% discounts on museums and other attractions. Not limited to high school students only, but also for students S1, S2 and S3. So even though older, inexpensive possibility is still there, the origin of student status. Unfortunately not all places accept Indonesian student card, so now make an ISIC card (International Student Identity Card).