Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Come explore the new Fodor’s Forum
    by ibobi Fodor's Editor | Posted on Dec 4, 17 at 08:03 PM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 US dairy vs European Dairy
  2. 2 Help me with an affordable hotel in Barcelona
  3. 3 Hertz, Lisbon, Fraud Warning
  4. 4 Italy 9 Days in December/Itinerary Help
  5. 5 A very important question regarding pronunciation
  6. 6 Spain.... 2.5 Weeks... Need Help!
  7. 7 Trip Report Paris November 2017
  8. 8 Has Berlin Banned Vacation Rentals?
  9. 9 Trip Report Christmas windows of Boulevard Haussmann 2017
  10. 10 Amalfi as a home base for the Amalfi Coast
  11. 11 Is a quick stopover in Bern worth it with 3 kids?
  12. 12 Help me get excited about a week in Portugal
  13. 13 1st Birthday Party in Italy questions
  14. 14 Italy: Hotels on the Amalfi Coast; Orvieto; Perugia; Florence; and Siena
  15. 15 Barcelona to Malaga
  16. 16 Planning a Trip from DC to Anywhere in Europe (Budget Friendly)
  17. 17 Lisbon stay - Olissippo Lapa Palace vs NH Collection Lisboa Liberdade
  18. 18 Christmas week in Ireland
  19. 19 Looking for Paris Rental Apt.
  20. 20 Salerno as a base to visit Amalfi Coast
  21. 21 Four Nights in Nice--What should we do?
  22. 22 August - Croatia, Italy, Malta
  23. 23 Traveling by car Munich to Soelden Austria
  24. 24 "Occupied" TV series: On location in Oslo
  25. 25 Trip Report Rome - Naples - Paestum - Salerno - Ravello Trip Report
View next 25 » Back to the top

finding the budget sweet spot for traveling

Jump to last reply

In planning for future trips to Europe I'm coming round to the idea of the "budget sweet spot" which implies getting good travel value for one's spending, but avoiding diminishing marginal returns. My idea is to not skimp on special unique things to see, such as interesting castles, gardens, villas, museums etc, nor forgoing extra transportation costs to get there. On the other hand, at home my wife and I live frugally and are content with that lifestyle. We don't enjoy extra luxuries, being pampered etc in the US and I don't think we'd get that much enjoyment out of it in Europe either.
For that reason, I think it would make sense for us to go for lower cost accommodations, such as a week long apartment rental with kitchen facilities in some places, and focus on eating at cheaper, but still authentic places, when we don't cook at "home". We also don't drink alcohol at home and I have no interest in drinking it abroad.
The other big budget question is where to go. I like the idea of subbing Austria for Switzerland, and spending time in Croatia and Hungary. I still have fond memories of my last trip to Hungary in 1989, where travel costs were basically close to nothing. I realize things are different now, but prices still look pretty attractive. Wandering around the old Hapsburg empire seems like a good budget travel decision with lots to see and experience.
So, my overall idea is as follows. Don't skimp on seeing the attractions of an area, do skimp on the extras that won't enhance (for my wife and I at any rate) the overall experience. Would like to hear from others on this budget travel philosophy.

9 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement