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Europe on a Budget - Alternative Destinations

Europe on a Budget | Alternative Destinations You’ll Love

Europe on a Budget | Alternative Destinations You’ll Love

We’ve all had clients who want the five-star experience for the rock bottom price. When you know your traveler’s budget simply won’t stretch far enough to get what they want, what do you do? If your client is craving the European experience on a budget better suited for camping at the nearest state park, it’s time to think outside the box. There are so many incredible destinations just beginning to emerge on the tourism scene. By helping your clients consider these alternative destinations, you are not only helping them save but creating a unique and unforgettable experience.

If you want to help your clients understand how much they can save by spending all or part of their trip at an emerging destination, here are some travel cost estimates for 3 of the most-visited countries in Europe. Use these estimates to compare with the emerging tourist destinations below!

Average weekly cost for top European countries:

  • France – $1144 per person
  • Italy – $957 per person
  • Spain – $877 per persont

Europe on a Budget - Alternative Destinations

1. Visit Latvia

Costs for one traveler visiting Latvia

  • Weekly expenses – $411
  • Daily cost of food – $21
  • Daily cost for accommodation – $28

➡ Free things to do in Latvia

Stop and see the stunning Nativity of Christ Cathedral in Riga, but be sure to dress appropriately. Riga is full of art nouveau architecture, if you a little research on famous buildings beforehand, you can tour the city on your own.

Europe on a Budget - Alternative Destinations

2. Visit Bulgaria

Costs for one traveler visiting Bulgaria

  • Weekly expenses – $355
  • Daily cost of food – $13
  • Daily cost for accommodation – $28

➡ Free things to do in Bulgaria

You can enjoy a little bit of everything in Bulgaria. Scope out beautiful buildings and amazing food in the capital city of Sofia. Get your adventure on by trying one of Bulgaria’s 104 hiking and trekking trails. Or, if relaxation is your goal, spend an afternoon on the beach by the glistening Black Sea.

Europe on a Budget - Alternative Destinations

3. Visit Poland

Costs for one traveler visiting Poland

  • Weekly expenses – $505
  • Daily cost of food – $16
  • Daily cost for accommodation $45

➡ Free things to do in Poland

Lazienki Park is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll amid a busy week of touring. Visit the beautiful Palace on the Island or other delightful monuments. If you are there on a Sunday, you might witness a free concert celebrating the greatest works by Chopin.

Europe on a Budget - Alternative Destinations

4. Visit the Czech Republic

Costs for one traveler visiting the Czech Republic

  • Weekly expenses – $592
  • Daily cost of food – $21
  • Daily cost for accommodation – $49

➡ Free things to do in the Czech Republic

There is so much to see and do in Prague without shelling out the big bucks! Enjoy the live music and unique art scene as you search out famous sights such as the Astronomical Clock, Wenceslas Square, and Jewish Corner.

Europe on a Budget - Alternative Destinations

5. Visit Hungary

Costs for one traveler visiting Hungary

  • Weekly expenses – $508
  • Daily cost of food – $17
  • Daily cost for accommodation – $40

➡ Free things to do in Hungary

Of course, the view of Parliament and the Danube River are a must. For your picture-perfect moment, trying going at sunrise or sunset. It’s even a gorgeous sight after dark! Wander your way through Central Market Hall to enjoy local food and crafts. Finally, make a trip to Margaret Island in the middle of the Danube, where you’ll find an abundance of things to see and do.

Europe on a Budget - Alternative Destinations

6. Visit Turkey

Costs for one traveler visiting Turkey

  • Weekly expenses – $190
  • Daily cost of food – $5.25
  • Daily cost for accommodation  – $17

➡ Free things to do in Turkey

The influences of both Europe and Asia are woven throughout Turkish culture and cuisine — a definite must-see for your bucket list. A great place to start is Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. With over 4,000 shops spanning 61 covered streets, Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar is one of the largest in the world. Travel back in time as you explore this colorful, bustling shopping center.

Europe on a Budget - Alternative Destinations

7. Visit Croatia

Costs for one traveler visiting Croatia

  • Weekly expenses – $530
  • Daily cost of food – $21
  • Daily cost for accommodation – $42

➡ Free things to do in Croatia

Croatia has the Mediterranean feel without the Mediterranean price tag. The Old Town in Dubrovnik is bursting with history and architecture. Spend the morning exploring the streets, then head to one of Dubrovnik’s nearby beaches for some fun by the Adriatic Sea.

Looking for more ways to help your clients save? Encourage them to travel during shoulder season! Here are five destinations for great fall foliage and seven to try in the spring.

*Disclaimer: Travel costs are estimates and subject to change.

Shawna Levet

Shawna is passionate about helping travel agents grow their business and expand their knowledge as travel experts. She has been in the travel industry since 2011, helping agents and travelers alike find the best negotiated airfare and travel coverage to meet their needs.

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