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10 tips for cheap travel in Europe

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The fall of the dollar against the euro benefits, without a doubt, European travelers greatly since most Asian, African or American currencies move in line with the currency of the US currency.

On the other hand, travelers from the United States suffer terribly the consequences and must tighten their belts when traveling through Europe. The well-known creator of the Frommer guides offers a series of tips to Yankee travelers for their hotel stays in Europe. The tips are basic and in good common sense and can be applied to anyone who plans a trip or a short trip to the old continent soon:

1. Ask for a room without its own bathroom. Without a doubt, the best way to get a room at a good price. You will save 20% or 30% on your stay for this small sacrifice that does not cost much after all.

2. Bargain. European hotels always offer the highest rates they can legally display. However, the highest figure is only required during the high season or on special occasions such as festivals or popular parties. At any other time of the year you can find the rooms for a much lower price. Think that the hoteliers will prefer, after all, to give you a 10% discount than to leave the room empty. So forget that you are in Europe and try it, you have nothing to lose.

3. Pass breakfast. Most European hotels directly add breakfast to your reservation. The added price usually ranges between 5 and 10 euros per person for a breakfast that after all consists of a croissant, jam, coffee and juice. You can find the same or better on the street for less money.

4. Check the hotel website. Many hotels post last-minute discounts on their websites especially in the off season. It is not a bad idea to take a look before in case the flies.

5. Try to book online. Although hotels often do not offer discounts on their own page you should enter hotel portals such as Booking.com, Hotelius or Hotels.com where you will surely find the same hotels, the same room for cheaper prices than those shown on The same hotel website.

6. Accommodates the whole family in the same room. Try to have the hotel service add a plegatin or two if necessary. It is customary to add 15% per bed so it goes much more on account than booking two rooms.

7. Pay in cash. Many hotels will add 3% or 5% if you pay by card. Some do not even tell you, so if you prefer to pay by card make sure the surcharge that can cause you.

8. Choose a double bed. This is applicable to some small hotels, usually with only one star. A higher rate still applies to two-bed rooms than to a room with a double bed.

9. Install yourself in residential areas. The cheapest hotels in Europe are close to train stations but tend to be the most shady. In the residential areas away from the center the hotels maintain good prices and gives you the opportunity to know areas where tourists do not arrive. Of course, to choose this option, a good transport communication is required, make sure before that.

10. Consider another type of accommodation. There are many other hotel options such as B&B, apartment rental or even hostels. On the HostelWorld portal you will find a good list of hostels and most have double or triple rooms that sometimes have nothing to envy to a hotel.

Via Frommers

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