Jul 11, 2018 My biggest tips for seeing Europe
What keeps people from traveling? The number one reason… Money. I meet people all the time that view a trip to Europe as an once-in-a-lifetime experience. Something they’ll save for years to accomplish. In this post I’ll introduce you to discount Europe. As a rule, the further east you go, the cheaper it gets. My biggest tip for those wanting to see Europe…
Skip Western Europe. Eastern Europe has everything that the West has but at half the price and half the crowds!
The dream destinations like Paris, Rome, and London, are all exceptional but food, accommodations, and activities end up being so expensive that it’s really restrictive for a lot of people. However, flights to big cities are always cheaper because so many airlines service those areas. So if you really want to see Paris book your ticket there for a day or two and then take a cheap flight to Budapest or some other destination for the rest of your trip. Here are some examples of places to consider seeing in lieu of the better-known places.
- The beaches of Croatia (Rovinj being one example) are just as magnificent as Southern France and Italy but at a much lower cost and with far less people.
- Pula, Croatia has one of the best-persevered Roman amphitheaters called Pula Arena that we enjoyed far more than the Coliseum in Rome. It had ZERO crowds, tickets where half the price, and it was just as stunning.
- Lake Bled in Slovenia has ALL the lakeside charm of Lake Como
- The capital city Ljubljana, Slovenia has all the gems of several German towns we have visited with much easier parking and again far less people
- You have probably heard about the famous Camino hiking trail from France to Spain with around 190,000 hikers annually. What you have not heard of is Via Dinarica. This is known as Europe’s best hiking trail that knits together Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, and Albania (with Macedonia also eager to join the thread) along a 1,200-mile route that traces the spine of the Dinaric Alps through the Balkan Peninsula. It’s an epic trail that outdoor enthusiasts feel is one of the top trekking destinations to experience.
- There are 3 honeymoon cities in Europe; Paris, Prague, and Budapest. We have been to all 3 and Budapest is just as breathtaking and wonderful as its Western counterparts.
- Gdansk, Poland sits on the Baltic coast and is a hidden gem for those who love water cities such as Copenhagen, Amsterdam, or Bruges
Let me know if you have any other comparisons I should add to my list! Also, if you liked this blog post and would be interested in a similar one about traveling to Asia on a budget leave me a comment letting me know! After traveling for 54 consecutive weeks to several locations around the world I feel I have some good advice and insight to share.