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April 28, 2009

Europe on a Budget

Travel Europe Thinking about postponing that trip to Europe? It's almost Valentine's Day and European cities are some of the most romantic in the world. The exchange rate keeps getting worse, and fuel surcharges increase the cost of flying. There’s no guarantee that the dollar will strengthen against the Euro or that air fares will come down anytime soon. But, there are plenty of ways to reduce the strain on your wallet and still have a wonderful trip.

1. If you don’t have to vacation during the summer, don’t. Air fares can cost hundreds less off season.

2. Compare fares of major airlines with charter flights and consolidators. Save money by flying into a hub like London and transfer to a no-frills airline to reach your destination.

3. Pick a place and stay a while.  To greatly reduce your cost-per-night, stay in an apartment instead of a hotel.

4. Be sure your rental agent explains things like how to use the coffee maker and where the nearest markets are. A kitchen let’s you save on food by not eating every meal out.

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