Europe is amazing. It's a must see in your lifetime and has some of the most fascinating sights on Earth. However, visiting Europe is expensive. Or is it? Here's how you can visit almost all of Europe if you're on a budget.
1. Food - Most people go out and eat at touristy spots when they travel. However, these places are often expensive. In order to eat cheaply and have a taste of local cuisine, eat street food. It's common to see food stalls all over Europe, so don't worry about not having any food stalls near you. An example of street food is crepes in Paris and pizza in Rome which are often just a few euros each. Eating these foods really make you feel like a local and get a taste of just what the country is like.
If you're not up for street food, try some local restaurants. These restaurants are often in quiet areas away from any tourist attractions and will have great food. If you need to find a good local restaurant, ask a local and they'll be glad to help you out. However, if all this out of the question, then cook your own food if you have a kitchen by just simply buying ingredients from the nearest store and then cooking with these ingredients in your own kitchen. This way, you'll be able to enjoy your own tasty cuisine!
Pro tip: Use refillable water bottles and fill them up at public fountains to save money on water which isn't free!
2. Transportation - The best way to travel in Europe is probably by using a Eurail pass. Compared to flights, a Eurail pass is well worth it and gives you access to practically all of Europe. It's simple and easy to use to get around between countries in Europe. However, if you're not interested in trains, then start flying. Use European budget airlines such as RyanAir, EasyJet, and Wizz Air. Their flights are often cheaper than you might expect and get you from one country to another in no time. If you hate trains and hate flying, then take an overnight bus. These buses are clean, modern, and make you feel at home. You can take a Flix Bus to go from city to city for under 30 euros.
Let's say that you're not traveling from country to country. What if you just want to get around a city? Use bike share or walk around to avoid getting ripped off by taxis. Besides, you get to experience and see more of the city by biking or walking anyways. Some cities offer metro passes as well for 3 or 7 days. These metro passes are also a great option. Tourist passes might also give you free public transportation but that's more related seeing popular sights in Europe. You can even use an Uber if you want but try to avoid taxis (they can be sketchy and rip you off!).
Pro Tip: Do research on which form of transportation is best because some might be cheaper or nicer than others.
3. Lodging - One main tip for staying on budget is not going to hotels! Hotels are often expensive, especially in the city centers. Instead, stay at hostels. They can be as low as 20 euros a day (sometimes lower!) and you get to meet other travelers too. In case you didn't know, in hostels, you share rooms with other travelers for a low rate and you meet new people too! If you're not interested in sharing however, then look a few miles outside of the city center for a hotel room on the cheap end. However, even when outside of the city center you can still be paying a premium for your stay so beware!
Another great option is CouchSurfing. CouchSurfing is an online website where you can get in touch with a local and stay with them for the night on their couch or if you're lucky, a spare guest room. You meet a new friend for the night that can tell you about the city and where to go. This is a big advantage to CouchSurfing. However, the best part is that it's free and you can stay in the city center for absolutely nothing at all. If you're willing to CouchSurf, then this is the option for you.
Pro tip: Use websites that compare the best rates at hostels/hotels so that you know that you're getting the best price.
4. Attractions - This is what you're most likely going to be remembering the most about your trip in Europe. If you plan on visiting museums or other attraction such as The Louvre, it'll usually set you back under 30 euros a person. However, these attractions are usually great and it's worth the money, especially after you've saved tons of money on food, transportation, and lodging.
Not every attraction costs money however. Sights such as the Berlin Wall or Colosseum are free. If you're willing to spend a bit a money to see all the sights the city has to offer, buy a tourist pass and you'll be able to visit all of the best attractions in that city. The good news is that when you buy these passes, you'll be saving a good amount of money compared to if you had bought all those admissions separately.
Pro tip: Do some research on where you're going to go so you know how much it costs to visit all those attractions. You might even find a cheaper admission price online!
Now go visit Europe and make the most of it!