If you’re anything like me, you’re eager to travel and see the world but you’re also broke! While studying abroad I was able to see and do everything I hoped I could, on a budget. I did a lot of research before hand for ways to save money. I thought I could share what websites I used for travel and lodging while in Europe.
- If you decide you want to fly to most places while traveling around Europe (or even in the states), Skyscanner will be your best friend. It’s similar to Expedia or other websites like that but easier to use and I’ve found better deals on Skyscanner. All of the budget airlines in Europe are connected to the website so you can find a variety of prices and airlines to travel. I used this website for almost every trip I took and found great deals. Even though Norway is a very expensive country I was still able to find most of my tickets for under $100. You don’t find that in the states.
- If you’re under 26 years old, check out SAS. They have cheaper tickets under “book youth tickets”. All you have to do is sign up with your email and you can save some cash! Since this isn’t something all ages can use, you have to go to SAS’s website to buy the tickets. Skyscanner won’t have the youth discount since its not available for everyone.
- Other airlines to keep an eye out for (that you can find on Skyscanner) are Norwegian Air, Ryanair, Easyjet to name a few. Norwegian air always has great deals from the U.S. to Europe.
- One thing that I found helpful when trying to get around a city or if I wasn’t totally aware on how to get from the airport to where I was staying was to use travel planners. All you have to do is google search the city you’re in and travel planner. **example: Amsterdam travel planner**. This will give you some options of websites that will be super helpful. It’ll give you options of what type of transit is offered for you route, how long it’ll take, and how much the total trip will take. I’m very much so a planner so this was helpful so I didn’t feel like I was going to get lost!
- Most of you have probably heard of Airbnb by now, but let me just tell you how truly amazing this website is. For those of you that have never used it or heard of it, Airbnb is a website that you can use to rent out other peoples places for a variety of days or even months. You have the option of renting out an entire home/apartment, sharing with other guest (like a hostel), or renting out a room while the home owners are still there. You can find some really nice places for cheap and close to all the main attractions. One thing I love about the hosts on this site are how helpful and welcoming they are. Most places gave to directions to and from the airport to the Airbnb and provided some city maps and brochures for different sites. I could go on for a long time about how amazing this site is but I’ll leave it at this; It’s affordable and so helpful in a foreign place. Airbnb also has different promotions where if you refer a friend you can save money on a stay and similar deals. **If you have any questions about my personal experiences with Airbnb, feel free to contact me.
- Hostelworld is another route to go if you’re interested in staying in a hostel to get a real feel of European travel. I used this site twice while traveling and found great hostels for a great deal. The website shares with you what accommodations each hostel has and reviews from previous guests.
There are definitely ways to save some money while traveling abroad, you just have to do some research. These websites were all so useful for me and my friends and I hope you can use them as well so you can see the world.
“Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take”- Proverbs 3:6