Ahhhh, the joys of summer vacation! But the summer vacation to Europe is out of reach for your budget. Maybe you haven’t considered some of the following ideas about how and where to stay, for affordable European vacations.
Most Inexpensive European Cities
One way to save money vacationing in Europe this summer is to choose a relatively inexpensive City. Look for packages from the U.S. to cities like Prague, Budapest and Vienna, and travel in September or October when kids are back in school and rates are lowest. Look for all-inclusive packages which include airfare, lodging and daily breakfast. ?Brussels Airlines has started offering nonstop flights between New York and Belgium’s capital city, and round trip airfare costs just under $800 per person. Once you’re in Brussels, enjoy some of the best high-end luxury hotels for the best prices.
If you’re already in Europe and looking for a short weekend away, Dublin is another city with affordable travel packages for two. Once you’re in Ireland, you can enjoy a variety of free cultural and historic attractions such as the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the National Botanic Gardens.
Affordable European Vacations: Home Swapping
Have you considered a non-traditional way of taking a European or U.S. vacation? You won’t just save money compared to staying in hotels, you will experience life as a local and leave the tourist traps behind. ?Check out one of the well-established home swapping sites like HomeLink International, Home Base Holidays, Swap My City Pad, or Intervac Home Exchange. Home swaps can be made for as little as several weeks to as long as a year, and are a great way to plan affordable European vacations. Annual membership fees usually apply to home swapping sites, which give you access to listings and allows you to create a profile to list your own home online. ?Talk to someone who has used the home swapping site you are considering and find out what their experience was like.
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