Three ways to save money when travelling to Europe

By TravelWiseOct 16, 2023 19:00 PMNews
Travelling to Europe will become more expensive
Travelling to Europe will become more expensive. Source: Freepik

The annual inflation rate in the EU increased by 6.4% in June 2023, according to Eurostat. At the same time, the number of tourists has increased dramatically due to the lifting of travel restrictions imposed during the pandemic.

Therefore, this year, we should expect that travel to Europe will be expensive, and popular tourist destinations will be filled. At the same time, several tricks can make a vacation in Europe more affordable, Marcet Watch writes.

Less popular places

If you want to save money, you should pay attention to lesser-known, sparsely populated areas around major cities. They can often offer lower prices than popular tourist destinations, while the number of historical sites and the level of entertainment there usually do not disappoint visitors.

For example, you might like Austria's second most populous city, Graz, which is about 2.5 hours away from Vienna by train. The Truffle Festival is held there, and Graz has a large number of places where you can taste backhendl (Austrian fried chicken). That's why this place is called a gourmet's paradise.

Flexibility in choosing dates

It is best to choose dates between the peak season and the off-season. At this time, popular locations are often less crowded (and usually have lower prices) than during the peak season. In addition, the weather is generally cooler and there are more local things to do.

According to ITA data for 2019, the four months with the lowest number of flights in Europe were from November to February.

The four busiest months in the same year were May, June, July, and September. Thus, March, April and October remain the best months to travel to Europe.

The right to compensation

Even with the perfect flight itinerary, allow for delays. The year 2023 has been quite difficult and unpredictable for European air carriers, who have faced everything from computer problems to constant strikes by airport staff.

If your European flight is delayed, you are entitled to compensation. The EU261 EU regulation obliges airlines to compensate travellers for most cancellations, denied boarding, or delays of two hours or more on flights to, from, or within the EU.

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