How to See Europe on $50 a Day

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Prague, Czechia. Photo by Anthony DELANOIX on Unsplash

So, you want to see Europe but your bank account is more “hostel” than “hotel”? No problem! With a daily budget of $50, not only can you survive in Europe, but you can have a blast exploring it. Let’s walk through some money-saving tricks that’ll make your European adventure both affordable and unforgettable.

Plan Your Route Wisely

Choosing the right destinations can make or break your budget. Eastern and Southern European countries like Bulgaria, Romania, Portugal, and Greece offer incredible value for money compared to their Western European counterparts. Cities like Sofia, Bucharest, Lisbon, and Athens have affordable accommodation, food, and attractions. Also, consider traveling during the shoulder season (early spring or late autumn) to avoid the high prices.

Stay in Budget Accommodations

Hostels are a budget traveler’s best friend in Europe. Not only are they affordable, but they also offer a chance to meet other travelers. Many hostels include free breakfasts or kitchens where you can cook meals, saving you money on eating out. 

Look for Free Attractions

Many European museums and attractions have days when admission is free. Plan your itinerary around these days. Plus, simply wandering around Europe’s charming streets and neighborhoods costs nothing and can lead to some of the most memorable experiences.