1. Choose the Off Season to visit:
If you wanna visit Europe try to avoid the months of June, July and August. Because Europe can be a mess in peak-travel season, with crowds and queues lining up in Paris and London. Even you have to fight large lines and crowds to see the Mona Lisa or the Sistine Chapel in these months. Moreover, Europeans themselves also go somewhere else during this time. So to get a real feel on what locals are like in your destination, visit cusp-season- early spring or in the fall!
2. Choose a Smaller City to Stay:
You can choose Girona near Barcelona, Bologna near Florence to stay and they are just a short train ride from the main city. Try to avoid large cities like Rome, Paris, London or Amsterdam as those all can be overrun with tourists. So it will be difficult to blend in and speak with locals. On the other hand small cities are usually quieter and run at a slower pace, allowing you to enjoy yourself with less pressure. It will be easy for you to get more accommodations in the form of apartment rentals.
3. Try to Stay Central and Walk:
Choosing a cheap hotel in the suburbs is not always a good option, because it’s not always worthy. Taking into account the transportation to and from the city, or the hassle of trying to find a restaurant in a residential area— sleeping far from downtown can be a real pain. So we’ll suggest to book a moderate place in or near the city center. You’ll be able to reach the main sights and find cafes and restaurants with no trouble at all. Plus, you’ll see more of the city if you’re walking around rather than taking the metro or a bus.
4. Meet new People:
Smile and be open to people. Talk with street vendors, shopkeepers, bar patrons, even people staying at your hostel. Don’t be shy. There’s no better way to meet locals and like-minded travelers than striking up a conversation. You may end up meeting some lifelong friends!
5. Choose Train to Travel:
Don’t think that travelling in train is always the cheapest option. Rather many trains are more expensive than air travel in Europe, but the comfort makes all the different. Europeans love their trains because it is more spacious, comfortable, and easier than air travel depending on your end destination. Mostly there is no hassle of a long queue and you can buy your ticket minutes before departure. You can also download a rail planner app where you can track schedules and buy tickets and make the travel even easier.
6. Think about Airlines too:
Keep in mind that Europe has dozens of cheap airlines that fly from city to city at minimal cost. For example you can fly from Dublin to Warsaw, or Barcelona to Amsterdam for under $100, and usually cheaper than train tickets depending on the distance. So we think that budget airlines are destiny’s gift for the mindful traveler.
We hope that these tips will make your travel easier if that is Europe.
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