Post # 1
So Fiance and I are dying to go to Europe more specifically, Paris, London and Milan (as well as a few other spots in Italy if possible). We will be flying out of LAX and would like to fly into London. Does anyone know where to find any really great deals on tickets? Hotels? Anything or anyways to save money when traveling internationally? I’ve never been overseas and am somewhat at a loss. Thanks!
Post # 3
Well going to the most expensive cities in Europe isn’t going to help you cut costs. I like to use tripadvisor.com for hotels and you can find cheaper hidden gems and kayak.com for flights.
Post # 4
Renting an apartment is amost always cheaper (and a GREAT option in Paris!). Smaller B&Bs also tend to be much cheaper than the chain hotels. And, there are some great hostels in Europe that have private rooms/bathrooms. An excellent way to both save money and meet people!
There are also European rail passes that give substantial savings once you’re over there, if you are looking to travel between cities (as opposed to just staying in London, Paris, and Rome, for example – those you could just fly).
Post # 5
I like using kayak.com for finding flights. It also helps if you are flexible on your travel times.
As for places to stay, look for more “economy” hotels and maybe even places with small kitchenettes (so you don’t have to pay restaurant prices for all your meals).
Post # 6
I heard you can save a lot of money by staying at hostels but the movie, Hostel, kinda scared the crap out of me. haha
Post # 7
We are planning a one year anniversary trip to Europe this fall so I would love to see responses to this as well! You should look at Ryan Air or Easy Jet for cheap flights from one country to another or check out http://www.eurail.com/home for the Eurorail passes that are actually really good deals. Definitely check out staying at hostels although it may not be ideal for your honeymoon if you want a lot of privacy!
Post # 8
You can take the train from one big city to another. Book during the “off” season. Staying in hostels is always a great option… but I agree with yrret107 – totally freaks me out! Food can be super expensive too! How about looking at an all inclusive hotel just outside one of the big cities you’re interested in? You’ll save a ton and be able to take “mini trips” to the city.
Post # 9
In general you can save money overseas in the same ways you do here.
Travel on public transit instead of flying or taking cabs and travel as little as possible (that’s really what costs the most), have as much free fun as you can (walk around, take advatage of free museums and things when you can), eat grocery store food or cheap fast places, stay in budget hotels (Ibis is a nice chain over there).
A couple years ago I did 2 weeks in England & Scotland for about $2500 including air fare, you just can’t be too worried about it being perfect and beautiful all the time. It will be beautiful, but you have to be realistic and accept that things like great views from your hotel and 5 star dining aren’t as important as the place and the person you’re with.
Post # 10
Hostels in Europe are generally really nice, guys. I think it’s really lame that a horror movie decided to ruin that for people.
Also, I am incredibly anti-all inclusive hotels. Isn’t the point of traveling to immerse yourself in a new culture and try new things? If you’re eating at the American restaurant at your resort, you are missing out on the best part of the trip – eating and mingling with the locals!
Post # 11
@crayfish: Totally agree – we went to an all inclusive in Jamaica for our honeymoon and we decided that all inclusives really just arent for us. We want to explore!
Post # 12
Oh, if you have a really nice house and live in a nice area, maybe consider house swapping… like in the movie, The Holiday? That would be pretty cool, if you did.
Post # 13
I live and die by there Top 20 – seriously so amazing. Sign up now! haha.
Also Hotwire.com is amazing.
Post # 14
@Luxuryshoegal88: I am also planning a trip to Europe for our honeymoon next May and one of the suggestions I have most received is to make reservation at least 6-7 months before travel date beacause hotels/ hostels fill up in advance.
Post # 15
British Airways often has very good offers, and their inflight service is excellent!
@PitBulLover and everyone else:
Be careful with those Airlines! They offer flights at very low rates, which is fine, but you have to pay high fees for everything, like paying by credit card, hand luggage, more than one checked luggage, boarding fees and so on. So a ticket that is advertised for 29€ can easily sum up to a couple of hundreds, especially when you’re travelling with lots of luggage which you normally do when you’re going on a larger vacation. Moreover most of their destination airports are quite far away from the main city, which means you pay a lot of money to get into the city by taxi or whatever, and in the end you could have booked another airline much cheaper but more comfortable. I’m not saying that they are bad airlines, you might still be lucky and save lots of money, but please be careful when you book the flights! Check their website very intensely for additional hidden (!) fees before booking and check the airport code ( http://www.world-airport-codes.com) and the distance from the airport to the city! Both airlines were already involved in several lawsuits by the European Union for unfair competition. Ryanair is crazy, they are already planning a “lavatory fee”, flying with them is almost worse than taking the Subway :))
Post # 16
Lonely Planet has a great tourist guide called Europe on a shoestring, it has cheaper options for sleeping, traveling and other touristy things. Maybe you could get some tips there, it would be a good buy anyway for when you go to Europe.
Otherwise i would suggest going to the south of france by train when you’re in paris. It does not take long if you catch the TGV train and you’ll get endless beaches and lovely small villages (the real french life). Maybe you could have a few days in paris and then some in the provence area before taking the train to italy and Milan (the train goes from almost every village by the sea in provence to Ventimiglia were you can get a train to Milan. Also, you can take the train from London to Paris (would cost you about 110$).
Hope this helps.