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7 overlooked and under-visited European destinations that offer extraordinary value

7 overlooked and under-visited European destinations that offer extraordinary value

For Americans, Europe looks set to be particularly budget-friendly this year. This is all well and good, as summer season is just around the corner. But favorable exchange rates only go so far; for most travelers, high-value and modest costs remain objectives. Below are a few affordable, attention-worthy European destinations. I came up with three of » Read more

7 Ways to Make Your Travel Dollar Even Stronger Abroad

7 Ways to Make Your Travel Dollar Even Stronger Abroad

For American tourists heading to Eurozone countries, the news just keeps getting better. When I wrote this piece celebrating the strong dollar back in January, the euro had stumbled to $1.17 for one dollar, the lowest it had been since 2006. As of today, the euro will cost you only $1.07. (For the latest rate, » Read more

Planning a trip to Europe? Avoid these 10 costly mistakes

Planning a trip to Europe? Avoid these 10 costly mistakes

Heading on a trip to Europe this year and deep in the planning stages? Now’s a great time to quickly review your itinerary and “trip strategy” to make sure that you’re not about to make any common mistakes that will add unnecessarily to your travel costs. From hotels to flights, rental cars and train tickets, » Read more

What the strong US dollar means for Americans traveling to Europe this year

What the strong US dollar means for Americans traveling to Europe this year

Americans traveling to Europe this year will finally have a little relief at the register, or at least a smile on their faces when they examine their credit card statements once they get home. The euro has fallen significantly against the dollar in the past six months, tumbling down to US $1.17 for 1 euro » Read more

5 cheapo alternative destinations in Europe

5 cheapo alternative destinations in Europe

On the face of it, this should be a great time for Americans to think about traveling to Europe—or at the very least, to the Eurozone and those countries with currencies pegged to the euro. At the start of 2014, it took $1.38 to buy a euro; today, a euro can be had for just » Read more

Pre-Trip Checklist: 10 ways to save time and money before you leave for Europe

Pre-Trip Checklist: 10 ways to save time and money before you leave for Europe

Preparing to take off for a big European adventure? You’ve got your flights and hotels booked, and are already thinking about what to pack. The anticipation can be so much fun. However, as responsible Cheapos, we must point out that this is also a critical moment to examine the “small print” of your trip. After » Read more

16 Easy ways to save on trips to Europe in 2013

16 Easy ways to save on trips to Europe in 2013

Lately I’ve received quite a flurry of emails from friends seeking advice as they prepare to head from the US to Europe for the first time in several years. As it turns out, they’re not alone. According to several industry surveys, more Americans are planning to visit Europe in 2013 than in previous years. So » Read more

Wander, Wonder and Whims: A different approach to travel

Wander, Wonder and Whims: A different approach to travel

We have become great fans of less-planned journeys. Cast back a generation and travelers were much less worried about having every aspect of their itinerary planned out in advance. There was a happy spontaneity to travel. That’s changed. Nowadays, travelers view their vacations as investments that need to be properly planned and carefully managed. The » Read more

Day Trip or Overnight Stay? Paris, Oxford, Iona, Toledo and more

Day Trip or Overnight Stay? Paris, Oxford, Iona, Toledo and more

When exploring Europe, the easy option is to choose a central city and use that as a base for exploring the area around. It often makes sense. Paris is a sensible jumping-off point for a day trip to Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny — and in truth in mid-summer the glorious shade and pools at » Read more

May Daze: Public holidays across Europe in May

May Daze: Public holidays across Europe in May

Wednesday May 2, 2012— If you’ve been traveling in Europe this week, were you caught unawares by a spate of public holidays? Over 40 countries and territories across the continent took time out Tuesday for May Day while some countries opted for a double dose of May Day festivities. In Russia, for example, both Monday and » Read more

Many Happy Returns: Why revisiting makes sense

Many Happy Returns: Why revisiting makes sense

“I’ve done central Europe and have no real interest in going back,” said the traveler we ran into on the train though Spain last month. Cities from Berlin to Budapest had, it seemed, been ticked off as done and dusted. It’s a common view that, as long as there is virgin territory waiting to be » Read more

Planning Tip: Navigating school holidays when picking travel dates

Planning Tip: Navigating school holidays when picking travel dates

Having a sense of local travel patterns is a smart way of seeing Europe at its best and trimming costs. High school holiday dates are often a key determinant of accommodation costs. And with kids already heading back to school in some parts of Europe, that opens up opportunities for Cheapos looking for bargains. Summer » Read more

Cheapo Basics: 10 ways to save on the “big items” in your travel budget

Cheapo Basics: 10 ways to save on the “big items” in your travel budget

By Tom Meyers— If you’re planning a trip to Europe this year and nervous about how to afford it, we have a few basic rules that, if followed, should help you save on the biggest items in your travel budget. Sure, everyday small charges like cafe cremes in Paris (€2-4) and vaporetto rides in Venice » Read more

Exploring Oman: Arabia with a twist

Exploring Oman: Arabia with a twist

  Not quite usual Cheapo territory, we know, but when did you last consider Oman? The Arab world is in the news and ripples of revolution wash over some parts of North Africa and the Middle East. But canny travelers realize that it’s still business as normal across much of the region. A dash of » Read more

The Littlest Cheapo: Baby’s first passport

The Littlest Cheapo: Baby’s first passport

By Meredith Franco Meyers in New York—Baby Cheapos grow up so fast. Before you know it, they’ve gone from diapers to economy seating and they’re flashing you a passport. When this recently happened to me, I had to hop into action fast (especially since I had already booked a plane ticket for me and my » Read more

Strategy: How to not get stuck with the worst room in the hotel

Strategy: How to not get stuck with the worst room in the hotel

By Tom Meyers— I had a bad feeling when I checked into my second hotel in Lisbon earlier this month. I was in town for the week to review about 50 hotels for our Lisbon guide, and I’d be spending three nights at this hotel. I had just spent three nights at another hotel, the » Read more

Travel Tips: 10 ways to travel Europe for under $1000

Travel Tips: 10 ways to travel Europe for under $1000

Don’t let the fear of expenses get in the way of a trip across the pond. When done right, touring Europe can be cheaper than traveling through North America. If I can manage a four-month jaunt for under $1500, you can manage a two-month trip for $1000 or less. Here are 10 ways to make » Read more

ATM, Debit, and Credit Card Fees for Americans in Europe: Know before you go!

ATM, Debit, and Credit Card Fees for Americans in Europe: Know before you go!

May 27, 2010. Like a good Cheapo, you’re planning to avoid currency exchange counters and head for the ATM upon arrival in Europe. But if you’re American, we have a couple of questions for you. How much does your American bank charge to withdraw money from a foreign ATM? Do they take a percentage? What’s » Read more

6 Ways Americans heading to Europe can benefit now from a stronger dollar

6 Ways Americans heading to Europe can benefit now from a stronger dollar

Europe’s recent financial troubles, propelled by the debt crisis in Greece and other countries, have given European markets the jitters in the past few weeks. As a result, many investors have turned away from the euro, causing its value to plummet against the US dollar. As of today, the US dollar is stronger against the » Read more

Travel Planning: Five tips for finding a cheap hotel during summer

Travel Planning: Five tips for finding a cheap hotel during summer

We’ve all been there. Your flight is booked, your itinerary is nearly finalized and now all you need to do is book your hotel rooms and your travel plans will be complete. But there’s just one small problem: It’s the summer. And you’re planning on going to, say, Paris, and are freaked out that all » Read more

Alphabetical Tourism: Europe from A to Z, and especially L

Alphabetical Tourism: Europe from A to Z, and especially L

Remember George Dubya? Here in Europe he is still revered as a remarkable pioneer in “alphabetical tourism.” After all, during his first-ever visit to Europe in June 2001, the presidential itinerary featured Spain, Sweden and Slovenia – or perhaps it was Slovakia. Even Dubya himself was a shade uncertain, but he did a grand job in » Read more

Packing Question: Should you take your laptop on your trip?

Packing Question: Should you take your laptop on your trip?

The scene is all too familiar: While packing your bags back home, you spot your laptop computer. It seems to be winking at you with an all-knowing, come-hither look. “Take me with you,” it says. “Please. You know you need me!” Well, Cheapos, what do you do? Should you pack your computer or not? Can you survive » Read more

Wandering Cheapo: Five tips for stretching your budget abroad

Wandering Cheapo: Five tips for stretching your budget abroad

How have I made the most of my limited budget abroad? It goes without saying, “Prepare, prepare, prepare!” Research and development Although down-to-the-minute planning can be limiting, doing some research on the best hotels and hostels, and the best modes of transportation, is the key to saving your money later. If you can do research » Read more

Travel Tips: Keeping your credit cards secure

Travel Tips: Keeping your credit cards secure

Two months ago a credit card ID thief nabbed my account information and went on a shopping spree. Over a two week period this (Editor’s note: expletive deleted) bandit purchased, among other items, snacks at the racetrack, many tanks of gas, and a new pair of shoes. In the end, $2,000 was charged to my card. I » Read more

Tips for great travel despite the weak dollar

Like us, many of our readers are American. And regardless of nationality, probably all of our readers are aware of the unfortunate exchange rate currently greeting US travelers abroad. Today, for instance, the euro costs US $1.58. Yet we’re still traveling to Europe. Newspapers and magazines have been abuzz lately with articles about stretching the dollar abroad. » Read more

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