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Lately, I’ve been asked by many people how I can afford to travel. I can afford to do this because I travel on a budget most of the time. My last few trips to Europe cost me only 35 euros a day: insane! Let me tell you all the tips and tricks on how to do Europe on 35 euros a day.

Flights (included in how to do Europe on 35 euros a day)

You may or may not have heard of the website skyscanner.com. I always use this website when booking a flight. Travelling by plane (return trip) from Londen to Warsaw can cost you as little as 40 euros! And this is not an exception. You see, on Skyscanner, you can search for flights departing from a certain country or city to anywhere at any time. This way, you’re able to find many great deals.

Breaking it down

Let’s go with a flight that costs 70 euros. That’s 10 euros per day. 25 euros left.

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Flight from Brussels to Athens

Accommodation

Almost always do I use booking.com. The approach to finding the cheapest accommodation here is selecting your dates of stay and the city you are going to be staying at. Then, you have to select the ‘lowest price first’ option. If your budget is 35 euros a day, you almost always end up staying in hostels. Don’t worry, hostels are actually so much more fun than hotels or b&bs. You’ll get to know so many people! Most hostels also have a kitchen available to their guests.

Breaking it down

Most hostels charge between 5 and 15 euros a night. Let’s go with 12,50 just to be sure. Please note that in some cities like Geneva, Switzerland, it’s impossible to stay somewhere overnight for anything less than 30 euros. But in general, 12,50 per night is easy to achieve. 12,50 euros left

Food

The cost of food is always tricky because it varies enormously between countries. One thing is for sure: if you’re going to eat out every single day, you won’t be able to travel for 35 euros day. My approach to this goes as follows. Most days, I start the morning by eating a few slices of bread (with some cheese and cucumber) and tea. It costs you no more than 1 euro to start your day like this. In the afternoon, I usually get some delicious sandwiches, croissants, or pains au chocolat. Having lunch like this usually costs no more than 1,50. In the evening, I usually cook my own food at the hostel. This never costs me more than 5 euros a day.

Breaking it down

You’ll spend approximately 7,50 on food a day if you handle it like this. You will see that it’ll cost you even less most of the time. I always use this money to eat local specialities in some restaurant. 5 euros left.

Lithuanian kiwi-bread, mackerel and water

Lithuanian kiwi-bread, mackerel and water for no more than 5 euros

 

Transport and entrance fees

When travelling, there are days when you can walk everywhere and when you don’t have to pay entrance fees. On other days, you’ll spend a lot on both of these things. In general, you can count on spending approximately 5 euros a day on these things. Of course, if you’re planning to take international train trips or something similar, you’ll spend more. But hey, this is a budget guide.

Breaking it down

You’ll spend approximately 5 euros on transport and entrance fees a day. This means 0 euros left.

Metro Station Lisbon

Metro station Lisbon

Wrapping it up

Well done! You managed to spend no more than 35 euros this day travelling in Europe. While this post is based on both research as well as my own experience, you can’t do Europe on 35 euros a day on certain occasions. Sometimes, it just might not be achievable. I highly recommend counting on unforeseen expenses when planning a trip. This way, you won’t be disappointed when your goal to do Europe on 35 euros a day turns out to be impossible. In the end, you having fun is the most important thing.

Cheers, Thorsten.