Euro Travel

If you’re going to​ Europe,​ and planning on​ traveling,​ rather than staying in​ the​ one place for the​ duration of​ your vacation,​ and you​ don’t want to​ spend a​ fortune,​ there’s two or​ three alternative ways that you​ can travel throughout the​ continent.

The first option would be to​ take what you​ might call the​ “traditional” budget alternative,​ which would generally be backpacking and traveling by train. Nothing wrong with that at​ all,​ and by using a​ pass on​ the​ trains (known as​ a​ Eurailpass,​ and available in​ the​ USA from you​ can certainly reduce your spending,​ whilst journeying widely throughout many countries.

There are,​ however,​ a​ couple of​ down sides to​ this traditional “budget” planning.

First,​ whilst it​ can often be exhilarating and exciting to​ meet and travel with strangers on​ a​ train,​ equally,​ sometimes,​ it’s nice to​ have your own space to​ enjoy the​ journey,​ on​ your own.

Secondly,​ by definition,​ trains can only take you​ as​ far as​ the​ railway station,​ and railway stations are not always placed where you​ want them to​ be placed. in​ other words,​ if​ you​ have definite “target” places that you​ want to​ see,​ then you​ might end up having to​ take a​ train,​ then a​ bus or​ taxi (for who knows what distances) before arriving at​ your destination. This shouldn’t be a​ problem if​ the​ place you​ so desperately want to​ visit is​ in​ the​ city,​ but what if​ it​ not?

And,​ of​ course,​ trains run to​ their timetable,​ not yours!

An alterative to​ trains are planes. Flying within Europe is​ now extremely cheap,​ and can be reasonably convenient,​ especially if​ you​ are visiting a​ country that it​ widely geared up for tourism.

For example,​ right now,​ it​ is​ possible to​ fly from the​ UK to​ beautiful Salzburg in​ Austria for GBP19 one way (approximately $35) or​ to​ Istanbul in​ Turkey for GBP31. See or​ for more information on​ availability of​ flights and fares.

Budget flying,​ however,​ carries with it​ many of​ the​ disadvantages of​ the​ trains – crammed into small seats next to​ someone you​ have never met before,​ the​ inevitable delays and so on.

So,​ here’s my suggestion. if​ you​ are lucky enough to​ be planning an​ extended European adventure,​ (at least one month) then make it​ a​ real adventure of​ which you​ are in​ total control.

Travel by car. Then,​ you​ can go exactly where you​ want,​ when you​ want,​ you​ can choose your own company,​ and,​ basically,​ you’re the​ boss. Maybe you​ are now thinking,​ nothing so revolutionary in​ that,​ car hire is​ not exactly a​ new idea,​ is​ it?

No,​. it​ isn’t,​ but I’m not suggesting that you​ use Hertz,​ Avis or​ any of​ the​ other global car rental companies.

I’m suggesting that you​ do what I did some years ago for a​ three month tour of​ Europe.

BUY a​ car – a​ used model,​ something relatively cheap that you​ can then resell at​ a​ later date,​ before you​ fly home. Make sure that it’s a​ fairly basic model,​ something that is​ widely available throughout Europe (so that any required spare parts will be cheap and plentiful) and that it’s mechanically straightforward – no turbochargers or​ superchargers – so that if​ anything does go wrong with it​ on​ your travels,​ repairs will be simple (i.e. inexpensive) as​ well.

In my case,​ I traveled to​ Europe,​ bought an​ estate car (a station wagon) in​ France for $750,​ drove some 10,​000kms throughout France,​ Spain,​ Portugal,​ Italy and so on,​ and sold it​ for $650 three months later. Apart from a​ couple of​ minor repairs (a new battery) and the​ cost of​ the​ gasoline,​ I lost exactly $100 on​ the​ deal.

In the​ meantime,​ I had gone exactly where I wanted,​ when I wanted and done exactly what I wanted to​ when I got there! Truly,​ the​ freedom of​ the​ open road!

Yes,​ it​ was travel on​ a​ budget,​ but it​ was definitely not what I would think of​ as​ budget travel! to​ read more,​
Euro Travel Euro Travel Reviewed by Henda Yesti on July 26, 2018 Rating: 5

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