Money-Saving Tips for Travel to Europe – Part II
Part I of this article already provided you with special money-saving tips for flights, local transportation, accommodation and food. Here are a few more special tips for you that will save you even more money when you travel abroad.
1. Save on activities
– Many museums have free admission on certain times and days of the month. If you like museums, always do your research beforehand using guidebooks and museum websites to see if there is any free admission to your attraction. This time, for example, I realized that there is free admission to the Mezquita in Cordoba every Saturday before 10 am. Not only was I able to save a few dollars on admission, I also got to see this breathtaking Moorish masterpiece in the early morning before the arrival of hordes of tourists.
– Enjoy local free activities: attend local concerts, festivals, watch street performances or live music as I did in Granada, where I was enjoying various local Flamenco musicians in different spots across the city. Drop a few coins for the artists, it will be cheaper than a high-priced concert any time.
– Buy a bundled access card that will give you discounted access to a number of attractions. For example, Berlin has a bundled transit & activities pass called the City Tour Card which bundles public transit in tariff zones A and B (all of downtown Berlin) with reduced or free access to numerous attractions. A 48 hour Berlin City Tour Card will cost you 15.90 Euros, while 72 hours are 21.90 Euros and a 5 day pass is 28.90 and provides significant discounts for a large number of attractions and museums, for a variety of city tours (by bus, bicycle, boat, and even by Trabant – the cute but ugly two-stroke car that was much coveted during communist times in East Germany). It also features discounted walking tours, reduced-price access to various palaces and theatres, and even shopping and restaurant discounts.