Hello and welcome back…or just welcome, if your new around here. This post is part two, partner to the post I put up last week about travel on a budget and how to stretch your money (missed it? find it here. Your welcome!) . I’m writing this with family travel in mind because that’s what I do, but most things can be applied across the board. Also apologies for the really dull post titles.I did try to think of an interesting title or lead in, but….nah, got nothin’. So this is  just a bit does-what-it-says-on-the-tin.

So…in no particular order, here are the things we do to make our budget work for us when we are traveling.

  1. Get the best value out of your accommodation. Whatever you stay in, make it work for you. Look for well located lodgings. Miles out might be cheaper when you book but its going to cost you time and money during your trip. Look for accommodation that offers free extras…breakfast, WiFi, parking, tea and coffee, free to use leisure facilities. This will save you time, money and make your break that little bit nicer.
  2. Think about what you want to see and do. Do you actually need to spend to do it? Do you really need to see every museum and attraction just because its been hyped up on every travel blog or Instagram? Probably not. I actually think some of the most iconic attractions are best enjoyed from afar. Take, for example, the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the TV tower in Berlin. We loved seeing them on the city skyline, exploring the area around them, learning about the history of each . But standing in an (hours) long queue to part with big bucks to go to the top? No thanks. We still had an Eiffel tower or TV tower experience just in a different way, for less money.  Spend the money saved on something else. For us it was a HOHO bus in Paris to help make the most of our  short time there. In Berlin, an afternoon spent in the Menschen Museum…something a little different,that we all really enjoyed.

    Things Helen Loves, Menschen Museum Exhibit
    Menschen Museum, Berlin
  3. Look for alternatives. Taking the example of the TV tower in Berlin. Ticket prices vary but a standard observation deck ticket for a family of four will cost around €45. At Panoramapunkt Berlin a family ticket will cost €17.50.  For this ,you still get views across the city ,  a café at the top to enjoy a little something along with the views, access to an informative exhibition about the history of the area and a ride in Europe’s fastest lift.

    Cranberry tart from the Dutch Island Terschelling
    Local treats in Terschelling
  4. Food, glorious food. And drinks. When we travel we tend not to do three meals a day. It takes up  time and money to do that. We tend to do a hearty breakfast at the hotel  and a good late lunch/ early dinner as a main meal. In-between we just grab a snack. We try to make that a bit of a local experience… Cranberry tart on Terschelling , waffles in Germany, hot chocolate and trdelnik in Prague. We also like to visit the supermarkets. Not only do we then get to see how and where the locals shop and what they really eat, but we can also pick up refreshments on the go that don’t break the bank.
  5. Check out the freebies! Most destinations will have some parks, monuments, gardens that are free to visit. A city park can make a good stop off, especially if you have children who need to blow off steam. Many European cities have some great free museums. Some paying attractions will be free on certain days. Ask your hotel staff for local event listings, see what is on while you’re in town.  Do your research, you might be pleasantly surprised at what you don’t need to pay for!

    Things Helen Loves, Child enjoying free event in Berlin
    Free event in Berlin

As always, I hope you found something helpful or interesting here. Do you have any tips or tricks that help you stretch the travel budget? Lets chat in the comments, it makes my day to hear from you.

Helen x



9 thoughts

    1. ThingsHelenLoves says:

      Thank you, and thanks for taking the time to comment!

  1. Good one .Such great posts on Budget travel did help me to save some good amount of Currency however ,out of my own travel experiences of recent years , I too have penned down some small but practical tips to get Luxury Hotels as well as some good add-ons (room upgrade , sightseeing etc.) on a budget price .

    You can thank me later on,here’s the post !

    Planning to travel abroad? Just a 5 minute read might save you some money !! 🙂


    Hope you find it useful !! 🙂

    1. ThingsHelenLoves says:

      I will certainly take a look, always good to share tips for a better travel experience! Thanks for stopping by, appreciate it ☺️

      1. Exactly, since reading similar posts by other people helps us too , so it makes all more sense that we too share any such ideas which can help others in travelling better while saving some money !

  2. I agree with you Helen. Many things can be enjoyed free. We also went to Paris one summer and actually put up a picnic on the grounds near the tower. It’s free of charge and it was an excellent experience for my family. There was also one time in Lake Tekapo in New Zealand, instead of eating at a restaurant, we decided to put up a picnic mat, ate simple food but our view was priceless – among the wild lupins in front of a turquoise-coloured lake.

    So thanks for sharing your thoughts. It’s a good reminder for us.
    – Amor

    1. ThingsHelenLoves says:

      It really is about the experience, not the price tag! The lakeside picnic sounds lovely. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, always appreciated.

  3. It’s nice to meet a fellow budget travel blogger! You have some great tips here and I look forward to reading more of your adventures <3

    1. ThingsHelenLoves says:

      Thanks for stopping by! Just been reading about your Vegas trip with interest as this is a possible ‘to-visit’ for us in 2018. Looking forward to exploring your blog and keeping up with your travels.

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