Cheap European Vacations – Where To Go This Summer
We get a lot of emails from people asking for advice on their planned Europe trips, and the most common question we get is about how much it will cost to travel to the destinations they have planned, and then also if we have some tips for other cheap European vacations they can take instead.
After having traveled extensively through Europe in the last few years we have found that prices vary highly between every country, and depending on where you go you can either make or break your budget.
Also remember that it’s not just the destination that decides the price of your trip – to make sure you stay on budget, don’t be cheap with your travel insurance.
It’s better to be safe than sorry, and to spend a little extra money on getting travel insurance with medical conditions (if you have them) – since if you risk it and something bad happens, your trip will certainly be one of the most expensive you’ve taken..!
A General Rule For Cheap European Vacations
As a general rule, countries in Eastern Europe tend to be cheaper – there are some great places to visit in the Balkans and Baltics.
A few exceptions in Eastern Europe is Turkey and Greece, which from our experience are quite expensive to travel in.
Here are some great destinations for those looking for cheap European vacations this summer…
Bosnia is a true gem in the Balkans, with some fascinating cities, beautiful nature and charismatic people.
Traveling by bus around the country is cheap, and a great way of seeing the countryside.
Eating local food and in local restaurants (i.e not the touristy ones) is very cheap; a coffee and Borek (a traditional savory pastry) is about €2, and you can get a descent meal with drink for €5.
Sarajevo and Mostar are two great places we recommend to check out, but there are many other places to see and things to do – like white water rafting in Neretva river.
Portugal is one of my favorite cheap European vacations in western Europe, with charming cities, lovely people and fascinating food.
There is a great variety of things to do in Portugal, from surfing in the south, to exploring the Fado restaurants in Lisbon, or wander the narrow streets of the picturesque town Porto in the north.
There are some great deals to find in Portugal, especially in Porto.
There are plenty of cheap snacks to buy in the corner shops, and there are hostels offering amazing value.
Croatia isn’t as cheap as many other Eastern European countries, but for a beach destination, Croatia is the perfect alternative to Greece (which for the record, doesn’t seem to have gotten any cheaper despite the economic crisis).
The coastline is incredibly beautiful, with quaint fishing villages and islands with awesome nightlife.
Food, accommodation and drinks come relatively cheap, and you can travel cheap both on the mainland as well as go island hopping between the islands.
The capital city Zagreb (which generally seems a bit cheaper) and the historic city Dubrovnik offer amazing culture and history for when you’ve had enough of the beach life.
In all, it’s one of the best cheap European vacations for both sun worshippers as well as culture and history fanatics.
Estonia is our favorite among the Baltic countries – the capital city Tallinn is adorable, with charming cobble stoned streets, interesting attractions and friendly people.
It’s on our list of cheap European vacations because accommodation, food and transport is cheap, and because there are many free sights to check out.
Don’t miss out on trying the huge delicious pancakes at Kompressor (Rataskaevu Tänav 3, in the Old Town) which at €1-5 is a steal!
Checkout of Tallinn Travel video
I say Berlin instead of Germany because the rest of Germany isn’t as cheap as Berlin.
Summers in Berlin don’t get as hot and unbearable as in many other cosmopolitan cities in Europe, so if you are looking for a shopping weekend getaway, you will find summer a perfect time to visit and get the best of the city.
You can find some great value on accommodation, and there are cheap restaurants, bakeries and bars everywhere.
Berlin is the perfect choice for cheap European vacations for tourists who enjoy boutique shopping, underground partying and museums.
Some people might complain about how Czech republic isn’t as cheap as it used to be, but in the big picture it’s still cheap and still deserves a spot in the list of cheap European vacations.
You can get a nice hotel room in the city center for the same price as a hostel in other countries in Europe, their famous beer can be enjoyed for €1,5 and you get large portions of their hearty cuisine for well under €10.
The country itself is beautiful and has some interesting places to visit, Prague being the most popular, nicknamed the “city of a thousand spires”.
What is you favorite cheap destination in Europe?