Undoubtedly, the most effective way to stretch your travel budget is to spend no money at all. Here are a few tips for planning activities that are free:
Cash in on complimentary culture
Many European cities offer free walking tours, where local guides offer their services for gratuity only. Likewise, you can get your cultural fix — for free — at many world-renowned museums. The British Museum in London, the Berlin Wall Memorial, the National Museum in Copenhagen, and even the Louvre in Paris all grant guests access to their exhibitions for free.
Take a hike
Hiking is not only free, it’s also a great workout and low-maintenance fun — meaning you don’t have to be an expert to hit the trails. Headed to Edinburgh, Scotland? Pack your sneakers and plan to climb Arthur’s Seat. The hike takes about an hour if you walk the entire trail (there are various access points), and the summit offers great views of the city.
Pro tip: Bring snacks, drinks, and a blanket along to have a picnic lunch and enjoy the view.
Make your own mural tour
Checking out street art and murals is also completely free. Cities like Glasgow, Berlin, and Copenhagen all have thriving public art scenes that are worth exploring at your own pace.
Living your best life on a European vacation doesn’t have to break the bank. Use these tips for stretching your travel budget, and soon you’ll have saved enough to plan your next adventure abroad.