Eastern Europe and luxury hostels: tips for the thrifty traveller

Eastern Europe And Luxury Hostels: Tips For The Thrifty Traveller;

Dubrovnik, Croatia can give you a lot of bang for your buck, according to travel experts.

The Travel Corporation (Contiki)

Don t let the falling loonie1 dash your dreams of a European vacation.

There are a few tips and tricks you can use to score the best bang for your buck regardless of what time of year you choose to travel.

Here are two of the most important things to consider if you want to save some money: destination and accommodations.

Where to go

The first step to planning your trip (aside from saving money) is deciding on a destination. And there are plenty of places worth exploring.

Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe is obviously where it s much, much cheaper, said Kash Bhattacharya.

His full-time job for the past four years has been running his Budget Traveller2 blog, which has all sorts of money-saving travel tips.

He added that it s insanely cheap to visit Bulgaria, Belgrade, Serbia, Bosnia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Poland is also incredible value for money.

Eastern Europe And Luxury Hostels: Tips For The Thrifty Traveller

Krakow, Poland

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Croatia s Dalmatian Coast and Prague in the Czech Republic are two other Eastern Europe recommendations from Erica Adelson of The Travel Corporation.

She said it can be a great alternative to Italy s Amalfi Coast.

Blessed with the same pristine beaches, crystal blue water and sun-drenched coasts to appease even the most seasoned beach bum, travellers will find prices here much cheaper than in the Amalfi Coast.

Croatia in recent years has blossomed as one of Europe s new hot spots, and the Dalmatian Coast is a gem that travellers are starting to discover.

Eastern Europe And Luxury Hostels: Tips For The Thrifty Traveller

Korcula Coast, Croatia

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Prague, meanwhile, offers picturesque, old world charm. Plus cheap beer.

A pint can cost you under $2 here and in most of Eastern Europe.

Eastern Europe And Luxury Hostels: Tips For The Thrifty Traveller

Prague, Czech Republic

The Travel Corporation (Contiki)

Dublin

Eastern Europe And Luxury Hostels: Tips For The Thrifty Traveller

Dublin, Ireland.

The Travel Corporation (Contiki)

For those who love London but are put off by the Brtitish pound, Adelson suggests opting for Ireland s capital, which she says has become popular with value-driven travellers.

If you go there, make sure to enjoy some Irish soda bread and stew, then wash it down with a cheap pint at The Guinness Museum.

Portugal

Eastern Europe And Luxury Hostels: Tips For The Thrifty Traveller

The Torre de Bel m, a World Heritage site, located in the Belem district of Lisbon. The tower built around 1515 to guard the entrance to the Lisbon harbour.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ron Poling

Eastern Europe And Luxury Hostels: Tips For The Thrifty Traveller

Bhattacharya, who lives on Portugal s Madeira island, can t say enough good things about this place.

Lisbon and Porto are in the limelight. Both are beautiful cities. They re also not very expensive.

Where to stay

Bhattacharya is a huge fan of luxury hostels3. Those aren t to be confused with the image of a bunch of 20-somethings crammed into a dorm room. These properties often have nightclubs and live music. Some have steam rooms, saunas and pools and they might only set you back 11 or 12 Euros a night, Bhattacharya said.

His favourite is the Gallery luxury hostel in Porto, Portugal.4 For about 10 Euros you can enjoy a three-course dinner (cooked by a chef) and bottle of wine with locals.

Eastern Europe And Luxury Hostels: Tips For The Thrifty Traveller

Travel is all about experiences and meeting people, and broadening your knowledge of the world, Bhattacharya said.

It s amazing how a great conversation over a cheap bottle of wine can lead to friendships that may last a lifetime. If you have a large social media following, Bhattacharya said sometimes you can get a discount from a hostel if you reach out before booking. Certain companies also give you a discount if you follow them on Facebook or Twitter, he said.

Airbnb5 is always an option, as well.

You can find some quirky quarters to sleep in, including a yellow submarine in Liverpool, England6 or a boat on the Seine in Paris7.

Eastern Europe And Luxury Hostels: Tips For The Thrifty Traveller

View of the Seine river from the houseboat.

Airbnb

READ MORE: 5 unique accommodations to add to your travel bucket list8

If hotels are more your thing, Booking.com9 crunched some numbers to figure out where and when your dollar will stretch the furthest.

Eastern Europe And Luxury Hostels: Tips For The Thrifty Traveller

Shaw Media, 2016

References

  1. ^ falling loonie (globalnews.ca)
  2. ^ Budget Traveller (budgettraveller.org)
  3. ^ luxury hostels (budgettraveller.org)
  4. ^ Gallery luxury hostel in Porto, Portugal. (www.gallery-hostel.com)
  5. ^ Airbnb (www.airbnb.ca)
  6. ^ yellow submarine in Liverpool, England (getmyboat.com)
  7. ^ boat on the Seine in Paris (www.airbnb.ca)
  8. ^ 5 unique accommodations to add to your travel bucket list (globalnews.ca)
  9. ^ Booking.com (www.booking.com)

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