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!
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!