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    A quick guide to a budget-friendly family trip

    Holiday – time to take a break from work, recharge the batteries, see the world and enjoy the company of family and friends. There is nothing better than this!
    Piggy bankHowever, the activities involved usually come with high prices attached. Tourists from European countries, for instance, spend an average of 2,542.15€ during a two-week vacation. This budget estimation derives from a study commissioned by Auto Europe in 2017, with participants from several EU countries.

    Despite this figure, it’s possible to stay on budget and make the most of our time away. Whether you want to frolic in the ocean, visit world-class museums, sit at a side walk café, have fun at a local pub, or maybe even savour a renowned local chef’s masterpiece, you will find useful tips here.

    Most monuments, parks and historical sites around the world are free of charge to visit, or have a low entrance cost. Box offices often offer discounts for specific ages, so be sure to show your student or senior card. Also, take advantage of Sundays to visit museums and local attractions for free. Most cities in Europe provide websites and phone numbers that you can contact in order to check which museums have special concessions.

    Speaking of websites, make a habit of checking local municipal websites, specially their News & Agenda sessions, to find upcoming events, flea markets, open air concerts and family activities offered to the community. Living as a local is a great way to engage in the customs and traditions around you.

    New cultures can also be experienced by indulging in traditional dishes. But not from the famous must-try restaurants you may hear at first from travel agencies and advertisements! Escape these touristic traps by asking for residents’ favourite places. You will have a taste of their truly unique cuisine for much, much cheaper! Feel free to also have a picnic at the nearest park or beach – the fresh air will be rewarding.

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    Free walking tour guides are available in most touristic cities, and they are a great opportunity to photograph your journey. On rainy days, opt for an alternative way to get acquainted with the area you’re visiting. By taking a bus or tram line that crosses the city, you will be able to go sight-seeing without having to spend a lot of money, and getting to know wonderful must-see places.

    Moreover, another way to enjoy the holiday without emptying your pockets is by allocating your budget accordingly to priorities. For instance, those who enjoy luxurious hotels can indulge in a nice room, and save on meals and transportation. On the contrary, foodies can opt for cheaper options of accommodation and then go wild with expensive scrumptious meals.

    Ultimately, going rogue is the best way to discover the true spirit and diversity of new places. Do you have any other suggestions? Also, how often do you stay on budget while on holidays? Share on the comments down below.

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