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Whether you plan to travel Europe as part of a backpacking adventure or as a structured trip that takes in some of the finest cities in the world, your travelling budget will often be stretched to the limit by the fluctuating value of the Euro. By se

How to travel through Europe on the cheap

Whether you plan to travel Europe as part of a backpacking adventure or as a structured trip that takes in some of the finest cities in the world, your travelling budget will often be stretched to the limit by the fluctuating value of the Euro. By seeking out the cheapest travel, accommodation and dining options, you can preserve money and extend your European visit. Although finding the cheapest ways to travel to destinations remains important, cutting down the cost of being there also helps.

Skill level:Moderately Easy

Things you need

Bus servicesAirline servicesTrain servicesFerry servicesCommunity websites

Instructions

1 Look for early deals with major bus and coach operators, including Megabus and Busabout, to enjoy cheap travel into European destinations for as little as £15 (based on a single fare from London to Amsterdam in June 2013). Keep in mind that buses tend to take you into the gateway of Europe but extensive travel to East European countries requires additional expenditure.

2 Consider budget airlines such as Easyjet or Ryanair for fast access to major cities from most UK airports or save money by travelling under the English Channel with a Eurostar Pass. Use ferry services if you are travelling in a group and plan to take a vehicle across Europe with you. Split the cost of ferry crossings equally between the driver and passengers to get better value from your travelling choice.

3 Save even more money by hitchhiking across Europe and meet interesting natives throughout your journey. Be alert to potential dangers, particularly if you are a female travelling alone, and stick to busy routes where high levels of traffic and exposure might deter any would-be assailant. Follow your instincts and remember you are not obliged to get into a vehicle if you think it might be unsafe to do so.

4 Cut down the cost of accommodation by using campsites and make the most of the warmer European weather. Plan your travel itinerary carefully and call youth hostels to book rooms on nights that you’ll definitely be in a particular city to save money on expensive hotel costs. Join a couchsurfing website and enjoy a fantastic community vibe where other members offer a sofa or spare bed for a night or two for nothing more than the pleasure of your company.

5 Work for your accommodation by taking on labour jobs at farms through the WWOOF website. Become a member and look for employment if you are likely to be in a particular location for a fortnight or more. Expect to work 4 to 6 hours daily and try to find deals where breakfast and evening meals are included with your board to save even more money.

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