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Europe in the summer can be a nightmare. It’s the most popular time to visit the continent. There are tourists EVERYWHERE! Yet, despite that, it’s still one of my favorite times of the year to visit (May and October are really the best, though). During the summer, the hostels brim with life, the heat makes those beaches pop, and the sparkle of the Mediterranean in the mid-day July sun is like a diamond. Throw in some festivals and you have the recipe for one of the busiest tourist seasons out there.

Step 1: How to Plan Your Trip

Planning the perfect trip to Europe can be daunting and overwhelming. I’ve been there and I understand, but I can tell you from years of experience that the more you plan your trip, the more anxiety you will face.Is money stopping you from taking the trip of your dreams? Getting to Europe can be half the challenge. Luckily, there are a ton of flight deals to the continent now if you know when and how to look for them. This article will show you how to always get a cheap flight to Europe and avoid being the person that paid the most for their ticket! Every year, thousands of travelers wonder how they can stay in Europe for more than 90 days, which is the limit in the Schengen Zone. The good news is that there are a few different ways to stay (especially because not all of Europe is in the Schengen Zone). In this post, I share what you can do to stay legally beyond 90 days and on the continent in general.

Step 2: How to Get Amazing Accommodation

Couchsurfing is a great way to save money (it’s free!), and it offers a peek into the local life and a way to meet locals. It’s one of my favorite resources when I travel. Plus, Europe has a ton of hosts! If you want to stand out from the crowd and stay with amazing hosts, follow these seven steps, my tried-and-true Couchsurfing advice. This is a how-to guide to house-sitting, a wonderful opportunity that allows you to stay in a location rent-free in exchange for watching someone’s house.

Step 3: Get Around Europe

Megabus is a cheap way to get around the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales), as tickets can cost as little as 1 GBP. You’ll need to book at least a month in advance on popular routes to get these fares. And even if you don’t scoop up these amazingly cheap deals, you can still travel for a more reasonable price than on the national bus system, as fares rarely top 20 GBP. Additionally, Megabus also operates trains to some destinations around the UK, usually starting at 10 GBP. Megabus is definitely the cheapest way to get around the UK and now is also the cheapest way to get to Paris, Brussels, or Amsterdam: they just launched routes from London to these cities, with fares as low as 10 GBP. Over the last few years, a new company has come on the market that has totally changed the bus system in Europe! German-based Flixbus has routes between 20 European countries with prices starting as low 5 EUR. Their buses include WiFi, electrical outlets, and up to three 3 free bags. It’s essentially like Megabus, but for the whole of Europe. They also offer a 5-city pass for 99 EUR. If you are planning a few long-haul trips, this is a great budget option as they do long treks through the night on routes not really served by Eurolines or the trains. (Don’t worry, they do short haul too!) Flixbus quickly became my favorite non-train way to get across Europe after it came out. To be honest, it’s even better than Eurolines! In Europe, buses are way cheaper than trains. Every country has its own national bus service, but for international long distances. Taking Eurolines from Berlin to Paris is $100 USD, while a last-minute booking on the train is $248 USD. The downside to bus travel is that instead of the much roomier train, you are cramped on a tiny bus. For this reason, I tend to pay a bit more and travel by train, but if you are on a tight budget, buses are the way to go.

Europe is one of my favorite regions of the world (which is why I spend so much time there). There’s so much variety in food, culture, language, as well as so much history. I love the continent and hope you use these tips to plan your ultimate travel adventure in Europe!