10 Ways to Travel Europe When You Don’t Have Money

Having the money to travel is a constant battle. It’s the number one reason people don’t travel. But what if you could still travel Europe without having much money? Today I am going to show you 10 ways to travel Europe when you don’t have the money. We’ve all been in this boat before (including myself), and these are my very best tips on how to still travel with little money!

10 Ways to Travel Europe When You Don't Have Money

Flexibility

Having flexibility is going to help you so much when trying to travel with little money. Often the best flight deals are around the three month mark from departure. You can also get really good deals from budget airlines within a month of having to leave.

If I’m being real though, most of us don’t have flexibility. I even went back and forth about mentioning this, but if you do have the flexibility with your job or in your life, then definitely take those last minute deals!

Location

If you don’t have the flexibility to travel on short notice, then location is everything when you don’t have money. You need to travel to a country you can afford. Don’t always be fooled by cheap plane tickets either. Tickets to Scandinavian countries are super cheap in terms of price, but they are some of the most expensive cities to live in.

I love using this list from Expatistan, which simply ranks every European country in terms of living costs. What’s the lowest? A lot of Eastern European countries. I suggest starting there! Some of them are insanely underrated too.

Pssst, check out beautiful Prague and Krakow.

10 Ways to Travel Europe When You Don't Have Money

Taxes

If you can, try to do everything possible to get money back. That means making sure you are writing off as many things as possible. Also make sure you are regularly aware of the types of things that qualify for tax subsidies. I love using some of my tax check in April to book a summer trip. It’s a great option!

Go With a Friend

Traveling with someone else is a fantastic way to get around Europe when you don’t have money. It makes accommodation incredibly cheaper, which can be the second largest expense after airfare.

10 Ways to Travel Europe When You Don't Have Money

Hostels and Self Service Hotels

If you don’t have a friend to travel with, then try booking boutique hostels or self service hotels. These are always super cheap and lots of these places are really upping their game. Now you can get a boutique or luxury hostel experience all to yourself, and it’s still cheaper than a hotel.

Lots of hotels are also going self service, which means no room service or anything extra. These types of hotels are always cheaper.

Workaway

Workaway is a way to stay in someone’s home, in exchange for your work. There are multiple jobs people in other countries are looking to fill. People look for nannies for their children, or help on their farm. There are endless opportunities to score a free place to stay! It’s also a great way to have an authentic experience and live with the locals.

10 Ways to Travel Europe When You Don't Have Money

House Sitting

Now this one is just a genius option if you don’t have money and love pets. Trusted Housesitters is a house sitting program that let’s you house/pet sit for people going away on trips. So if you’ve ever wanted to visit London but are always tight on cash, then this is basically free accommodation!

It’s most popular in England, but there are a ton of countries to choose from including the US, France, and Australia.

Dieting

Always wanted to start a diet? Then do it for the plane ticket! Seriously though, watching what you eat can save you some serious cash. I save a ton of money by not eating out during the week, and brining my coffee from home. You don’t necessarily have to go on a diet, but it can be a good start to break those spending habits.

10 Ways to Travel Europe When You Don't Have Money

Sell Things

A lot of us just collect things that we end up never using. You know the things you have in your storage room that never see the light of day anymore? Think about selling some of those things.

You can also make some extra cash for your travels by selling things that you don’t really need. We all have lots of items that we could do without.

AirfareAlerts

The last way to travel Europe when you don’t have money, is by signing up for AirfareAlerts emails. This is a new project I’ve been working on as part of my passion to save you money and help you travel more. Every week I research the best deals on airfare, and then an email pops up in your in box telling you exactly how to book the deal.

Great deals are out there! It just takes a second to find them. If you are interested in receiving 2-3 emails per week of the best flight deals to Europe, then sign up here.

10 Ways to Travel Europe When You Don't Have Money

It is possible to travel Europe and enjoy yourself when you don’t have money. Just remember to plan smart with these tips, and always believe in yourself. There are thousands of people out there traveling with quite literally no money at all. You just have to be persistent and savvy!

35 Comments

  • 1 month ago

    These tips are really great! Thanks for sharing babe.

    X Merel
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    • Emily
      1 month ago

      Thanks! And you’re welcome!

  • 1 month ago

    Great post! Traveling with a friend definitely helps save costs. Especially when splitting the cost of where you are staying.

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    • Emily
      1 month ago

      Yes it does. I always try to bring someone along for the very reason haha.

  • 1 month ago

    Very informative post, darling!

    Funmi x
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    • Emily
      1 month ago

      Thanks!

  • Loving this post, thank you for sharing this!!!
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  • 1 month ago

    Great tips! I’m definitely going to check out Expatistan. I learnt the hard way when going to Oslo earlier this year, we got Β£30 plane tickets only to find out it was one of the most expensive places whilst we were there, oops!

    Samio
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    • Emily
      1 month ago

      Haha yes! It’s so crazy there. Expatistan is really good for statistics regarding Europe. I like seeing what things cost there before I travel. They even break down what a meal is or if you want to buy some milk from the grocery store. πŸ™‚

  • 1 month ago

    Finances are a huge reason as to why I haven’t traveled to Europe yet! Glad to see there are a ton of ways to be frugal while traveling! Thanks for the tips!

    Kim
    Simply Lovebirds

    • Emily
      1 month ago

      You’re welcome Kim! Hope you make it there someday!

  • Belen
    1 month ago

    Wow you share some great tips here dear, thanks for it!!!

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    xx

    • Emily
      1 month ago

      You’re welcome Belen!

  • 1 month ago

    Such a relatable and helpful post thank you! And as always the photos are so beautiful!

    Sophie | Sophie’s Corner

    • Emily
      1 month ago

      You’re welcome Sophie! Thanks so much!

  • 1 month ago

    Airfare alerts are awesome and I’ve never heard of Workaway, that sounds super cool! And the eating in rule seems super smart, I really got to do that more. I also found that Berlin was a pretty good place to visit on a budget, food was much cheaper than in other Western European cities!

    Characters & Carry-ons

    • Emily
      1 month ago

      I agree about Berlin! It was slightly cheaper. Workway is such an awesome site if you’re on a budget!

  • 1 month ago

    These tips are a real eye-opener and I was unaware of schemes such as workaway, such fabulous ways to cut down the costs while you travel.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

    • Emily
      1 month ago

      Yes! I love Workaway! There are so many different ways out there you can save money now, and I love it!

  • 1 month ago

    These are some great tips! I remember learning about self service hotels in one of your posts but I had no idea house sitting was an option too! I will definitely check that out the next time I’m traveling to Europe. Thank you for sharing!

    • Emily
      1 month ago

      Thanks Jenny! The house sitting one is such a great option. I definitely want to try it out soon!

  • 1 month ago

    Such helpful tips, I like the dieting part as it’s usually doable for me πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing especially the expatistan website.

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    • Emily
      1 month ago

      Same here! Thanks Mercy!

  • 1 month ago

    Some great tips Emily! We are this year travelling for the first time with our babygirl and our two dogs and weß ve rent a car and a house and I can tell you soooo expensive. I have to plan better for next summer. xoxo

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    • Emily
      1 month ago

      That’s definitely expensive. Traveling with two dogs and a baby can be difficult too! Good luck!

  • 1 month ago

    Nice post.
    I’ve been wanting to travel but I never seem to have to money. I’ll keep your tips in mind πŸ™‚

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    • Emily
      1 month ago

      It’s always the hardest part! Keep on going lady!

  • 1 month ago

    Ah, I just discovered your blog and I’m going to bookmark it!
    This is such a great post, with lots of practical tips. I’m heading to Europe in a few weeks, so this is all very helpful. Beautiful photos too!
    Lyndi

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    • Emily
      4 weeks ago

      Aw thank you Lyndi! So glad you found me! Hope you have a great time in Europe. I love it so much. Let me know if you need any tips too!

  • 1 month ago

    I’m always wishing for someone to tell how I can do it without having a $100milion bank account, haha and my wish just came true! I didn’t know house sitting is a legit thing but I’m going to try that one out!

    yanrula x

    • Emily
      4 weeks ago

      Yes! It’s kind of amazing. I like to blog about traveling on the more realistic side. I feel like Instagram and other blogs just assume everyone has tons of money! So I totally get it. πŸ™‚

  • 4 weeks ago

    Such a relatable and helpful post thank you! And as always the photos are so beautiful! abendkleider lang gΓΌnstigΒ 

    • Emily
      2 weeks ago

      Thank you!

  • 3 weeks ago

    I really hate when people tell me they can’t afford to travel Europe. Everything you mentioned above hits the nail on the head! It’s not about having a lot of money. People can travel for months if they are smart with their money and know where to spend it. Thank you for shining a light on this topic, what you mentioned are all very helpful tips!
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    • Emily
      2 weeks ago

      Same here! I try to be a little understanding, because I once thought I couldn’t afford it either. But you just have to really work to make it a priority! Saving here and there can go a long way.

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