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Savvy ways to save on your next European holiday

Published August 26th, 2013

Of all the destinations in the world, few lure us in with its history, beauty and culture like Europe, only to inevitably leave us with a giant hole in our pocket. From the lousy British Pound exchange rate to the heartbreaking hotel rates in Paris, a holiday in Europe can be an expensive endeavour - but it doesn’t have to leave you broke either. To get the most bang for your Euro and Pound, here are some savvy ways to save on your next European holiday.

 

Avoid excessive fees with a cash passport

While there’s no avoiding spending money in Europe, you can spend it wisely. And the best way to do so is by spending it with a cash passport. Avoiding the exorbitant international credit-card fees and locking in a competitive exchange rate, the multi-currency cash passport allows you to load your own money onto the card in the form of British Pounds and Euros. With added security in that the card is separate from your bank account, the best part about the passport though is that it is accepted wherever MasterCard is and (for the most part) doesn’t charge any fees for international ATM withdrawals.

 

Buy a city pass and transport pass

Not just a savvy strategy for Europe but pretty much everywhere in the world, If you’re staying in a city for longer than a day, a city pass and multi-trip public transport pass are well worth the price. Most city passes will include entry to a range of attractions and museums, so you can well and truly get your money’s worth depending on how much you want to see and do. For getting around your destination, a multi-trip transport pass is always much more economical than buying individual tickets, not to mention a whole lot easier.

 

Save on museum fees

One of the best parts of a Europe holiday is the museums you can visit; the Louvre in Paris, the Tate Modern in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. While entry fees to these establishments do add up, it’s possible to save a few Euros by doing your research. Many of Europe’s museums are free on certain days and nights in order to manage crowds. Some even offer free days just for young adults like The Louvre which is free on Fridays for those aged 18 to 25.

 

Don’t be afraid to haggle

You might not want to try it at Topshop, but haggling is perfectly acceptable in other parts of Europe. To make a cheap feed even cheaper or to pick up a bargain souvenir, don’t be afraid to haggle at some of Europe’s outdoor markets and street vendors, particularly in countries like Italy, Greece and Spain.

 

 

Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.