European travel on a budget is possible, provided that you know how to find the best travel and accommodation options. Besides, you have to study some statistics on the cost of living in the various countries, in order to be able to avoid the very expensive countries such as Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Norway.
Depending on your available budget, you should choose those countries that allow you to live on the amount you are willing to spend per day. Eastern European countries are the cheapest, but this doesn’t make them less beautiful. You can have an excellent trip through East Europe without having to spend a fortune on it. Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, Romania, and Bulgaria are only a few examples of countries with stunning landscapes, impressive history and welcoming people. Although a bit more expensive, Spain and Portugal can be two amazing destinations. However, you should probably avoid Madrid and Lisbon, as capital cities are usually more expensive than the rest of the country.
When searching for accommodation, you should avoid city centers, as prices here are higher than everywhere else. You can study the subway map of your desired city, and pick a location with fast access to a line that goes to the city center. You can save a lot of money on food by choosing restaurants that are outside the tourist area. Prices can vary by 50%, so it’s definitely worth finding out where locals prefer to eat.
Last but not least, flexibility is very important when you want to visit Europe on a budget. You need to be ready to take a low-cost flight on a very short notice. If you do, you may be able to spend as little as $10 to fly across Europe. If this is something you can’t afford, you should probably stay home and save some more money. Remember when using public transport in another country it is advised that you use the local currency and buy a family ticket if you are travelling with your family.
I have also learnt that going the way to speak the native language goes a long way, and so if you have the opportunity to visit another country you can speak a little bit of the local lingo of, then I would certainly make use of that by trying your hand out at speaking to some of the natives.