If you're on a budget, you have to be really strategic about where you decide to travel to.
Once you get to Europe, travel within Europe (via cheap flights) and places to stay can be really affordable ( we must be doing something wrong, America!). But, there are some countries that are much cheaper than others which is good news for travelers on a budget .... like our ILP volunteers!
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So if you're looking for places for a quick weekend trip, or something longer that won't break the bank - you're in the right place! Here are some of the cheapest (but coolest!) places around.
Introducing one of our favorite cities to vacation in. It is a great place with tons to see and it is also super affordable by European standards. You'll want to add this to your list if you're volunteering or traveling through Europe (Krakow makes for a great weekend visit).
Here's a bit of a breakdown to show you what most visitors spend during a day in Krakow:
Hostel: This hostel is only about $12 a night
Transportation $1.50 (most of the city is walkable)
Meals $4-$8 each (average)
This isn't somewhere you hear about a lot, but holy cow you should go! Zagreb is a darling little city bursting full of gorgeous buildings, lakes and pretty parks. I really think Croatia is one of the most underrated countries in Europe, especially at these prices.
Hostel: Hostel Temza is a great place to stay starting at only $12 a night!
Meals: $12 a day
Alright, ILP volunteers you are scoring yet again! Not only can you spend a semester in Kiev, but it is cheap to explore as well! Some of my favorite things to do in Ukraine were free (or less than a couple dollars). Grab a snack from a street vendor and spend your time roaming around the city and park - that alone will make you fall in love with Kiev and you'll never want to leave.
Hostel: The Elements Hostel has rooms for as low as $7 a night!
Transportation: 50 cents (use the public buses ... they are so cheap)
Meals: Plan on about $15 a day (depending on where you eat - here are some of our favorites spots in Kiev)
Click here to see a longer list of the cheapest cities in Europe! Be careful, once you start looking you'll be hooked and never want to leave ... but maybe that's a good thing.
ILP (International Language Programs) has several programs in Europe where volunteers can spend an entire semester living in Europe, traveling around and making a difference. Get info on what it takes to be an ILP volunteer here and start an application to get in touch with someone who can answer your questions: