Europe is a place that every traveler dreams to visit. Many countries from the continent are on their bucket list for spots they want to go see. Nonetheless, traveling to Europe also poses a huge challenge, since it usually entails the need to have a huge budget to make it possible. Travelers are often tempted to splurge, wanting to have the best time in visiting the region – they want to see the most famous tourist spots in the world, stay in luxurious hotels, and try on different cuisines. If you see a popular restaurant on the continent that you know you had that one opportunity of visiting, wouldn’t you want to eat there even if it means spending more than your budget?
So many people who love to travel skip on going to Europe, because of a limited budget. But did you know that even if you want to stick to a low travel budget, you can still visit beautiful places in the famous continent? Aside from zoning out the need to spend more than you intend to, there are actual places in Europe you can enjoy on a budget.
Yes, we know, you might be thinking that we are out of our minds suggesting London, England as a budget traveler destination, especially when you consider the worth of the pound versus the dollar. However, the trick of budget-visiting London is simple – stay in budget-friendly hotels or inns (definitely not the Savoy), while enjoying British delicacies along with the famous street market of London. As for places to visit, you can check out Britain’s history through London’s numerous museums with free entrances, such as the British Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Tate Modern, and the Natural History Museum. You can also enjoy outdoor attractions like Hampstead Heath, and see the Buckingham Palace from outside – you might even catch a glance of Britain’s royal family out on a rare outing.
Palermo, Sicily (Italy)
When the country of Italy is mentioned, the places that instantly come to mind are Rome, Venice, and Florence. Since they are popular, tourists flock to them, therefore catapulting hotels and other destination prices to very high prices. But there are other beautiful places to visit in Italy that are friendlier to tourist pockets, like Sicily, specifically it’s the capital city of Palermo. Aside from more affordable hotels and restaurants, it’s one of the best places to truly ‘experience’ Italy, since it reflects the Italy of the past, not a modernized version of it. There are street foods you can enjoy with very affordable prices, as well as old churches and other architectural wonders to visit and be in awe of, such as the Palazzo dei Normanni, Palazzo Chiaramonte, the Catacombe dei Cappuccini, Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo Cathedral, and many more.
The Peloponnese Island (Greece)
The go-to places to visit in the country of Greece are Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos. But if you are on a budget and want to enjoy the beautiful country, the place to head to is Peloponnese. Located in the southern part of Greece, the peninsula boasts of stunning beaches, most of which are untouched, while some are not that developed like those in other regions in the country. Think of your trip as somewhat educational, because aside from taking a dip in the crystal clear blue waters of the Peloponnese beaches, you can also visit the palace of Agamemnon at Mycenae, as well as the palace of Nestor Pýlos, the Olympia sanctuary (the sight of the Panhellenic games), and the famous Greek theaters in Epidaurus.
Want to visit Portugal but for a limited cost? No problem, because instead of Lisbon you can explore the city of Porto. The country is known for its relaxing vibe and the best place to feel that is in Porto, the one not crammed with so many tourists. Some of the things you can do are just find a nice and affordable restaurant, drink some port wine, and enjoy the stunning view of the Rio Douro – you can take pleasure in the same view by simply walking along the Dom Luís I Bridge (no expense needed for that). If wine is what you traveled to Portugal for, there are wine lodges you can choose from at the Vila Nova de Gaia. There are also historical spots to visit in Porto, such as the São Bento Railway Station, the UNESCO World Heritage Ribeira District, and the Porto Cathedral.