How to Travel In Europe – On a Budget!

How to Travel In Europe – On a Budget!

Go to the Continent without breaking the bank!

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Europe has some of the most incredible vistas and historical sites in the world. Unlike the U.S., which has only been building history since 1776, you can find sites in Europe that date back over a thousand years.

Going to Europe is on many people's bucket list, but one thing holding you back might be money. Can you travel Europe without spending a fortune?

You bet you can! Here are some of the best tips for making it happen.

Getting From Place to Place

The first thing you might think of about traveling to Europe is how you'll get around when you're there. Certainly getting taxis will be very expensive, and there are many things marketing to tourists that are not worth the price.

Instead, look at the following inexpensive ways to travel:

Megabus is a great way to get around the UK, as well as a great way to get from London to Paris, Brussels, and other major cities

Busabout is a great way to hop on and off transportation wherever you'd like. There are stops throughout Europe, including Greece, Italy, and Spain.

Flexbus is an incredible way to get to different countries in Europe. Travel is comfortable, there's WiFi, and you can bring up to three bags.

Budget airlines are very common, which keeps fares low. They can save you both time and money!

A rail pass can help you travel long distances without breaking the budget

Where Will You Stay?

Once you've decided how to get around, the next step is to determine where you'll stay! If you avoid the tourist hotels, you can find a lot of affordable options.

Hostels can be amazing if you aren't exactly sure of your itinerary and are eager meet other travelers. They often have communal kitchens and you can either grab a bed in a dorm or a basic private room. Be sure to check reviews before you check in, so you stay safe.

Homestays or Airbnb can be an excellent way to get a room without spending a fortune. You'll probably be staying with other folks, so be prepared to make friends. There are also bed and breakfasts, vacation rentals that include castles, and much more.

If you really want to have an incredible experience, try sleeping under the stars. You probably think of camping here in the U.S., but you can do it in Europe as well! Discover more about camping in France and other areas before you make your trip.

Having Fun on the Cheap

There are many ways to take in Europe's attractions without breaking the bank. One way is to avoid major tourist areas and look for out-of-the-way, quaint areas to enjoy.

You can also visit common attractions that are free. In Rome, many famous attractions like the Roman Forum and Trevi Fountain don't cost a dime. In Porto, Portugal, you can visit museums for free on Sundays.

Berlin is full of monuments, famous street art, beautiful parks, and attractions you can visit for absolutely nothing. You can also get discounts on museum entrance fees if you have a student ID. Prague is full of ornate Gothic and Baroque architecture, fascinating museums, and the largest castle complex in the world.

No matter where you decide to visit, a little bit of research and patience can give you plenty of fun inexpensively!

Ready to Go?

It's time to take Europe off your bucket list and make a plan to actually go. Yes, you'll need to set aside some money, but not nearly as much as you expected.

Where do you want to go in Europe? Share in the comments!

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Looks Like I'm Not An Only Child Anymore; Here's What I Learned From My Rush Experience

You can find a sorority based on first impressions, but you find your home through real connection.

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There are some perks to being an only child: there's no sibling rivalry, you learn to be comfortable around adults, and you get lots of personal space. But only a week after sorority recruitment, I wouldn't trade my Alpha Chi sisters for the world.

My rush experience at Elon was one of the longest, most unpredictable, yet rewarding experiences of my life. I had known I wanted to join a sorority since I was a little girl, but as the reality of recruitment set in, so did the anxiety. I wasn't sure what to expect, and the thought of having long conversations with strangers was daunting, no matter how much I practiced or prepared.

Although I wanted to go into rush with a completely open mind, I already had an idea of where I would fit in. Although the conversations ran smoothly in most of the rounds, other conversations were surprisingly forced in chapters where I expected to fit in. I was surprised to find that the house which immediately captured my love and attention was one which I hadn't considered before which brought out the best in me, no pre-round rehearsal required.

It was that house which I kept gravitating back to, up until the very last round. On Bid Day, I shamelessly screamed when I opened my card.

Accepting a bid from a chapter which I never expected to connect with has not only given me a new family but a better sense of self as well. My sisters naturally brought out my best personal qualities, the ones which my closest friends get to know, or I didn't know were there myself.

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How to Fail in Business – When You’re Really Trying

You can try so hard - and mess it all up. Learn how not to!

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I've been working my business full-time for almost four years. Despite my hard work, my business very nearly failed.

I made a lot of mistakes that lead to this. I want to share those with you, so that you can learn from what I did – and have better success than my business has had.

Wait Too Long to Make the Leap

I was in a very comfortable, stable, and BORING day job. I had dead-ended in my career years before I finally had the courage to leave.

68% of employees in corporate jobs are disengaged. I was one of those folks. I had my business as a side-hustle, and it provided additional income. But I waited three years before I took my business full time!

Why?

Honestly, I let fear and security win the day – until I was truly desperate and HAD to leave. And unfortunately, that led to my second mistake.

Leave Your Job Without Savings

So, while I was comfortable, I wasn't building my income. I let myself get lazy – even though I had a business on the side. It was very difficult to prospect at night when all I wanted to was veg.

Plus, at the same time I was running my side-hustle, I was dating and eventually marrying my husband. That took a lot of energy, and I was more interested in spending time with him than in building my uncertain business.

As a result, when I finally reached my absolute limit and finally gave my two-week notice, I didn't have a cushion saved up. I had a retirement account – and I used it entirely the first year of my business.

Not recommended.

Fall For All the Marketing

I'll tell you the honest truth. It's really hard to resist the temptation to spend like crazy when you have your own business.

I had excellent credit. (HAD.) As a result, I was approved for a strong credit limit on my business credit card. And I took full advantage!

A lot of this had to do with the fact that I fell for a LOT of marketing messages. You know all the folks that say, "I built my business 1000% in one month using these five strategies?"

They're lying!

If I had realized that MUCH earlier, that alone could have helped my business stay a lot more healthy.

Here's the dirty truth – they grew their business 1000% by preying on the uncertainty of beginning business owners like you. They'll give you some generic strategies in their course – assuming you even finish it. But your results will not be theirs, because you're not following the REAL business model.

I also liked the feeling of traveling to business conferences. And those conference hotels are NOT cheap. I whipped out the credit card, oblivious. Oh – and business conferences are one more giant sales pitch. Don't fall for it.

Finding Your Footing

I made all of these mistakes, and my business is still alive. It's very rough and my family is in a deep hole. At this point I only qualify for the types of credit cards Bonsai Finance recommends for folks with bad credit. But I'm still kicking!

A lot of what I did to right the ship was to get back to my core service – freelance writing – and stop chasing every other "success story" out there. I started ignoring the marketing messages. I stopped believing the "I can show you a way to easy money," lies.

If you've found yourself struggling in your business, you may be making these mistakes. Hopefully this article has given you some clarity so you can see the way out!

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