It can be easy to get so wrapped up in the eager anticipation of a Eurotrip and pretty important considerations can easily be overlooked. All things considered, Europe is pretty accessible for US travelers. But if you’re not careful, you might end up shelling out more money than you intended, and spending your last few days penny-pinching (or Euro-pinching) instead of enjoying that long-awaited cappuccino on the Piazza di Spagna. We spoke to experts in European travel for advice on how traveling Europe on a budget can be done.
There are a myriad of common mistakes most travelers make during a trip to Europe, from not understanding the local tipping culture to sinking all their money into car rentals and mishandling their phone plans. These common financial faux pas are easily avoided, here’s what the experts advise.
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