Creating and Sticking to a Travel Budget

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No traveler wants to count pennies while on their dream trip, but the reality is that most of us can’t afford to throw out our budgets and deal with the fallout once we’re back at home. While creating--and sticking to--a travel budget isn’t glamorous, it’s also not that difficult. With a bit of pre-planning, some organization, and, most importantly, a little self-discipline, making and abiding by ... Read Full Article

Avoiding Credit Card Woes in Europe

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  Recently, we have noticed that our credit cards do not always work in some areas of Europe. Although not a cause for panic, there have been a few changes that travelers should be aware of when using credit cards in Europe. The Chip-and-PIN cards were introduced in Europe almost ten years ago and now more than 80 countries use them. The Chip-and-PIN credit cards use an embedded ... Read Full Article

Budget Savers When Traveling in Europe

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Even with the value of the dollar approaching that of the euro, Americans traveling in Europe on a budget still need to be creative and mindful. The following suggestions can help any traveler, but especially those who prefer traveling independently. Airfare Finding the lowest airfares to Europe can be incredibly time-consuming. I turn to a reputable travel agent who may charge a fee but ... Read Full Article

Tips and Tricks to Protect Yourself from Pickpockets in Europe

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Pickpockets are a pernicious problem all over the world, but 8 of the world's 10 worst cities for pickpockets are top tourist destinations in Europe. This doesn't mean you shouldn't come to Europe ready to have a great time. It just means you should observe a few basic rules and techniques to keep your pocket change in your own pocket. Basic Safety The best things you can do to protect ... Read Full Article

Tips for Saving Money on Your Europe Trip

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A Europe vacation can be expensive, but not if you travel smart. Here are some tips to help you save money on your next Europe vacation. Saving money before you go Book Direct When booking airfare look to some of the online booking engines to find the best price and then book with the airline itself.  The airline will usually offer the same price as Kayak or Expedia, but I like the fact that if ... Read Full Article

Is a Paris Pass Worth the Cost?

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  Is a Paris Pass worth the cost? You pay a fairly hefty amount up front; but, will it save you time and money in the long run?  My experience on a recent trip to France is Yes, definitely, if you plan to see the sights (of course you’re going to sight see, you’re in Paris) and if you plan your time carefully. The Paris Pass provides entry to more than 60 attractions in and around Paris, ... Read Full Article

Tips on Tipping in England

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Imagine the scenario. Two Americans are visiting England and have just finished their meal in a fairly down-to-earth cafe or pub. Studying their bill, they lean over toward an Englishman at the table next to theirs and ask him how much it would be customary to tip. He is mystified. "Tip?... In this place?" But now it is their turn to be mystified. "You mean we shouldn't leave anything for the ... Read Full Article

Eating Well in Europe on a Budget

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For many people (this writer included) one of the main joys of traveling is sampling all the culinary wonders of a new cuisine. It can be hard to reconcile a small budget with a big appetite, but with a little creativity, you can stretch your travel dollars and enjoy all the tasty delights a country has to offer, without going over budget. Create a Budget Decide how much you want to ... Read Full Article

Europe Travel Tips: Saving Money in Europe

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There are many ways to enjoy Europe on a budget. We have been to Europe innumerable times and you can learn from our experience. Top 10 tips on saving money in Europe. Fly during low or shoulder season Airfare is least expensive during low season - November through February (except during the holidays) and Shoulder season - March through April and September through October. High season ... Read Full Article

Our Guide to Tipping in Europe

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Traveling to Europe should be an adventure, but trying to figure out the tipping rules for each country can be a headache.  Here is our quick guide to the ins and outs of tipping in Europe. Austria At Restaurants you should round up the bill, or tip 5-10%. Tip in cash, handing the tip directly to the server, or tell the server how much the bill should be (including tip) before he or she makes ... Read Full Article