Planning a trip around Europe Backpacking this summer and looking for ways to save money? Chris Richardson of The Aussie Nomad, has six sure-fire ways to keep your wallet happy while you’re country-hopping through the Continent. Chris picked up these tips during his last backpacking trip through Europe Backpacking.
Traveling can be one of the most exciting things you do in life, but it can also be one of the most expensive. If you’re going to travel, you’re going to have to spend save money. However, there’s no need to break the bank! Here are a few general tips on how to save money when travelling around Europe Backpacking.
Get a good backpack
It’s absolutely worth investing in a proper hiking backpack with a frame and ample support, and a pair of hiking shoes. Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) is an excellent place to check out what’s available. A winning backpack-shoe combination will improve your whole travel destination experience and will also enable you to walk to your hostel from the station rather than taking a taxi or public transport you want to see more of your destination, not just fly past it.
ways to save some money while backpacking. Food can often be one of the biggest costs and if you’re adventure trip is less culinary and more…cultural…then food might be at the bottom of your expense list. In Spain, you may just be able to get by with the small tapas you receive when ordering a beer. Or, if you’re really looking to save money as much up for your travels, most hostels offer kitchens where you’re welcome to cook your own meals.
Use the kitchen
Make use of any kitchen facilities your hostel might have. But whether you’ve got access to a kitchen or not, it’s a good idea to pack a dual-voltage water heater, like this one from Lewis N Clark, which comes with a European Backpacking adapter. If you’re staying in a hotel room or a hostel with no kitchen facilities, this little immersive heating element will boil you a cup of water in minutes. You can use it for tea, coffee, soup or even eggs.
Bring your own snacks
Bringing some energy bars or granola bars with you during the day can help fight off hunger cravings in between meals. Snacks during the day can easily add up to just as much save money as a meal. With bars in hand you won’t be spending your money on unnecessary snacks and can save money it for other things.