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Tom and I enjoyed talking with both of you at Kristen’s wedding. We really admire what you are doing and will enjoy following you and wish the very best for both of you.
Thanks so much, Sharon! Ian and I had a great time chatting with you and Tom as well. I’m glad we had such a fun excuse to come back and visit St. Louis. 🙂
Hi! I admire how you are such risk-takers and adventure seekers. I would like some additional help. I am a teacher and my friends/co-workers would like some tips on how to travel to Europe on a budget and how to see more for our money. Greatly appreciated in advance. – Betsy
Hey Betsy, thanks for reading!
As a teacher — assuming you’ve got summers off — you’re in luck! Budget travel in Europe (or anywhere, really) is MUCH more doable when you’ve got flexibility and more time to travel.
To begin planning a budget trip, you’ll want to find a place to stay that’s more affordable than a hotel. Airbnb is one of my favorite resources for finding budget travel accommodations, and luckily it’s pretty popular in Europe. If you’re traveling with friends, that can make it EVEN more affordable since you can split the cost. Search for places that offer lower rates if you stay for a whole week — or even a whole month. Don’t be afraid to ask a host for a discount for a longer stay either.
To get to Europe on a budget, Norwegian is still my favorite airline option, but I think other airlines are catching on, too. I just got an email from AirBerlin advertising round trip rates from the U.S. to Copenhagen from $549, which is pretty comparable to Norwegian’s rates. To get a good price on a summer plane ticket, you’ll want to book as far in advance as possible, though. Prices on high demand tickets go up quickly on any airline, but on Norwegian, they usually do at least START low. You just have to be there when they first come available. Check out their fare calendar to see what the lead time is for ticket purchasing for the destination(s) you’re interested in.
Those are the two BIG money savers that Ian and I focus on when we travel. Admittedly, I’m not a huge travel hacker once I get to a destination, so I’m not super familiar with strategies for saving money on tours, etc. But there are plenty of travel blogs out there that write about those topics. You might search Nomadic Matt or Adventurous Kate to see if those sites offer any Europe travel hacking tips. Those are two of my favorite travel bloggers.
I hope that helps, Betsy. Let me know if I can answer any more questions for you. Happy travels!
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