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The Cheapest Way To Use Your Phone While Travelling Europe

Generally speaking, it’s easier than you may think to use your mobile phone while travelling round Europe without racking up huge bills. How exactly you go about this will depend on the specific offers available at the time, and the country you are living in currently, but overall it shouldn’t be difficult to work out how to save money and still make and receive calls, and even use your data connection to access the internet. Here’s how it works.

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If you’re in the UK…

For UK residents, many phone providers will currently let you travel around Europe at absolutely no extra cost! For example, Three now offer data roaming with no fees or price hikes at all, so you can benefit from the same low cost that you pay at home from anywhere in Europe. On some contracts you simple have to inform your carrier that you are going to a different country, and they will check that your phone can work there temporarily. Sometimes you may have to pay higher prices, if you are on a PAYG plan or with certain providers including giffgaff.

If you’re in the US or elsewhere…

It’s not so easy for tourists from outside of Europe to use their phones in European countries, but it’s also not that complicated to set up. You have a few options to choose from.

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Firstly, you might simply commit to not using your phone much, and inconvenience yourself slightly rather than have the hassle of coming up with a dedicated plan. If you’re willing to keep your phone off or on “flight mode” for the entire duration of the trip this may be OK, but for many of us that’s not ideal. Since the costs of spontaneously using your phone abroad with no pre-planning can be fairly high, it’s best to consider another option.

You might decide to buy an international package from your current provider. This would be a temporary package that could include calls, texts and/or data to browse the internet. You can often get them as a one-off add-on that’s easy to setup, and it could work out at a good price if you plan to use your phone a lot. However, you could waste money if you don’t need to use as much as you buy.

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The cheapest way to use your phone abroad, and probably the best for most people, is actually to wait until you get to your destination and buy a SIM card from a shop. This will work if you buy a card on the same network you usually use, or if your phone is unlocked you can go for any provider. You just have to insert it into your phone and then you can start using it n whatever local plan is the cheapest. This means since you’re paying prices meant for locals, you can get better deals in general. This option might require some extra research but it’s really the ideal way to be cost effective with this aspect of your holiday spending.

The European Tourist’s Complete Price Guide

When travelling around Europe, the choices are endless when it comes to how much you spend and how you spend your time. Countries within the continent, even those very close geographically, can vary wildly in terms of average cost and the kinds of things on offer. If you want to take on the increasingly popular challenge of touring round different countries and having as many different experiences as you can, then Europe is a great place to do this as long as you start with some research into costs. Here is a master price guide to help you know what to expect.

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The cheapest option for somewhere to stay on a European holiday is going to be a hostel of some kind. This choice is favoured by the majority of backpackers who are happy sacrificing some luxury to save on cost and see many different places for a low total price. In the cheaper countries, mostly in Eastern Europe, you could get a shared dorm room for as little as 6 EUR per night.

If you go to a slightly more expensive country or you’re after a bit more privacy, expect to pay closer to 30 EUR per night on average. Upgrading to a hotel room might come closer to 50 EUR per night on average, and if you go to the most expensive and popular cities such as Paris, expect hotels to start from around 70 EUR per night.

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In general, when it comes to food you should try to aim for around 10-20 EUR per day if you want to eat well. This could easily get you one or two restaurant meals in most places, as long as you avoid the most expensive tourist spots. In Western Europe, food costs about twice as much as in the East, so it depends on where you’re spending most of your time.

Transport will be your third major cost to account for. You can travel on local bus or train services for just a couple of Euros per trip, and in many cities you can invest in unlimited passes to travel on the buses or subway services. For example, a full week ticket for the Paris Metro system costs less than 25 EUR which works out to amazing value. To travel between cities or countries, trains could be a lot more expensive, although slower ones will be cheaper.

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Overall you can save a lot of money with simple tricks. It’s mainly about knowing what to avoid entirely, to save you getting ripped off on a regular basis as you travel around. Buying drinks in bars, having too many restaurant meals for convenience and opting for expensive hotel rooms unnecessarily are probably the top reasons that people accidentally spend too much in Europe.

Tips for Travelling to Romania

Romania is probably one of the most underrated countries in Europe. Many tourists from the west aren’t really aware of all the benefits of visiting this wonderful place, and don’t even realise how spectacular it looks, the variety of different places there are or even the sheer scale of the country itself. If you do decide to travel to Romania on holiday (and we highly recommend you try it once), here are the best tips for enjoying it and making the most of your time.

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1) Enjoy the cheap prices

There are no particularly amazing money-saving tips for travelling to Romania, but you won’t need them to save a ton of money compared to other more popular tourist destinations. Everything is extremely cheap, especially food and drink. Accommodation will also be very affordable especially in less popular cities where you can opt to stay in a hostel or similar.

2) Make the most of the weather

Romania’s landscape is very varied, and so are its seasons. In different places and at different times of the year, you could go hiking in snowy mountains or spend your days on a scorching hot beach. Choosing your destination and the time of year you travel will have a big impact on your activities.

3) See the religious history

Romania is one of the countries in Europe with the most religious history behind it. There is plenty of fascinating architecture to see, each with rich history to learn about. You’ll find interesting monasteries and cathedrals almost everywhere, and they’re all unique.

4) Spend time in Bucharest

The capital of the country boats hundreds of years of history, with impressive buildings and museums to visit all over the city. There are also plenty of modern attractions if that’s what you’re interested in. To experience the best of what Romania has to offer you should at least stop off at Bucharest for a while, although it’s important to see the rest of the country to get a complete picture.

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