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Nomadic Matt’s favorite tips for saving money in Europe

Nomadic Matt’s favorite tips for saving money in Europe

This is a guest post from budget traveler extraordinaire, Matt Kepnes. Keep up with his travels and read his advice at NomadicMatt.com For the last five years, I’ve spent every summer traveling around Europe. My first summer riding the train through the European countryside enamored me with the continent and I couldn’t resist coming back….repeatedly. » Read more

What We Learned About Traveling in 2012: Tips from writers around the Web

What We Learned About Traveling in 2012: Tips from writers around the Web

There are many things we love about the end of the year. Eggnog, HD yule log apps and the subtle but certain scent of travel plans in the new year to name a few. But what we really love are lists. Big honking end-of-the-year recapapaloozas that rehash what we learned in the past 12 months and what » Read more

Having a Bâle in Basel? Know your exonyms!

Having a Bâle in Basel? Know your exonyms!

There comes the moment on the train journey from Paris to Cologne when Aix-la-Chapelle morphs into Aachen, just as when one makes the journey in the reverse direction Lüttich suddenly becomes Liège. Many European cities have multiple identities and it’s always good to know in advance the various possible renderings of your destination station (and » Read more

iPhone in Europe: Comparison of AT&T and Verizon plans

iPhone in Europe: Comparison of AT&T and Verizon plans

Note: This article is part of a series on Using an American iPhone in Europe… without Going Broke. If you’re trying to decide between AT&T and Verizon as a carrier, consider the differences in their rate plans for using American iPhones in Europe. Here’s a quick breakdown of the differences: AT&T v. Verizon: An iPhone » Read more

iPhone in Europe: How to set up your phone to avoid a billing “surprise”

iPhone in Europe: How to set up your phone to avoid a billing “surprise”

Note: This article is part of a series on Using an American iPhone in Europe… without Going Broke. So, say you go with the $30 data package. What exactly does that mean? How many emails can you send and receive with 1200 MB of “data transfer”? How many web pages can you browse? Which applications » Read more

iPhone in Europe: Information for Verizon customers

iPhone in Europe: Information for Verizon customers

Note: This article is part of a series on Using an American iPhone in Europe… without Going Broke. Since 2011, Verizon has offered the iPhone to its customers. Verizon’s international rates are comparable to AT&T’s, but Verizon’s data plans are a bit pricier. Making international phone calls on Verizon’s iPhone 4S For the international traveler, » Read more

iPhone in Europe: Information for AT&T customers

iPhone in Europe: Information for AT&T customers

Note: This article is part of a series on Using an American iPhone in Europe… without Going Broke. AT&T offers a number of international phone and data packages for Americans taking their phones abroad. The day before take-off, I called and spoke to a customer service representative about my options. Two weeks later I’m still » Read more

Tinkering with Time: Daylight savings time in Europe

Tinkering with Time: Daylight savings time in Europe

It’s that time of year when we are apt to meddle with time. Most European countries adopt daylight saving time (DST).  All those that do favor seasonal DST will thus set their clocks back by an hour early next Sunday morning, October 30. This means that overnight trains in Europe next Saturday night will pause » Read more

More than Hot Air: European Smoking Laws

More than Hot Air: European Smoking Laws

By Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries— During a day or two in a small town in the Czech Republic this summer, we noticed a local gently chiding two tourists for smoking while standing at a bus stop in a small village. The lady’s reprimand was delivered in the politest possible way, and clearly no offence » Read more

European Train Travel: Some important considerations before booking tickets

European Train Travel: Some important considerations before booking tickets

Two regular contributors to EuroCheapo respond to a good question posed on our blog. Victor posted on March 11, 2010: “Hi, three of us have planned a trip to Europe from 27th June 2010 to the 10th July 2010. Our itinerary will take us from London to Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, Venice, Vienna, Berlin and back » Read more

Coming to Grips with Europe: Who uses the euro?

Coming to Grips with Europe: Who uses the euro?

Okay, so you think you’ve got Europe absolutely sussed out? You recognize the difference between an ogonek and an umlaut, know your pelmeni from your pierogi, and can map with precision the boundaries between the six time zones that straddle the European mainland? (Yes, there really are six separate one-hour time zones on the mainland » Read more

Calling Home: Cheap tips for staying in touch while traveling

Calling Home: Cheap tips for staying in touch while traveling

When I travel, I look for affordable ways to stay in touch with my friends and update my family back home. Thanks to the Internet, it’s much easier to stay in touch now than it was in the past, and the cost of doing so has plummeted. For those who are looking to save a » Read more

Planning: Paris and St. Petersburg, done. Moscow, well…

Planning: Paris and St. Petersburg, done. Moscow, well…

Next Friday, January 16, I’ll be heading off to Paris for a week of hotel visits. Paris is always a joy, even in the midst of a cold January, and I’m looking forward to sleeping in three different (and yet unnamed!) hotels while spending my days visiting and reviewing about 40 others. Finding and booking » Read more

Top tips for a budget-friendly European vacation

Top tips for a budget-friendly European vacation

Thinking about postponing that trip to Europe? Jane McIntosh, creator of Jane’s Smart Art Guides™, audio guides for independent travelers, says, “Go ahead and go.” While the exchange rate keeps getting worse and fuel surcharges increase the cost of flying, there’s still no guarantee that the dollar will power up to the euro’s mojo or that air fares will » Read more

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