Interrail Budget

Budgeting Your Money

If you’re thinking about booking a Euroventure, but worrying about the costs, fear not! It’s always daunting spending a big chunk of cash on something, but believe us when we say that you’ll never regret it! Spending money on travel will bring you something that possessions never can – new experiences, new friends and incredible memories. With that in mind, here are our top tips for looking after your money when you’re abroad – both before you go and while you’re away!

Budgeting while you’re away isn’t the only thing to think about! You can also maximise how far your money goes when you’re booking the trip itself. We know that it’s never easy to save up, but at Euroventure we want everyone to experience travel, which is why we try to make it as easy as possible to pay for the trip of a life time! Here are our tips for getting the best deals before you go:

Before you start, have a think about how much you’re willing to spend and which places you can realistically visit to stay within budget. Have a look at some of our other packages to get an idea for our standard priced trips and if your priority is to travel as cheaply as possible, feel free to ask one of our friendly team about creating a custom quote. By creating a bespoke trip, we can try to maximise your exploring time while sticking to your budget. Here are some general tips for saving money on your trip:

  • Stay in hostels rather than hotels, particularly if you are travelling alone – all our hostels are really comfortable and more sociable than hotels!
  • Eastern Europe is generally a lot less expensive than Western Europe, so you’ll be able to spend longer travelling for your money.
  • Don’t cram in too many destinations, it’ll be more expensive and you won’t get chance to see any of them!
  • Avoid night trains if money is the priority as they can actually make your trip more expensive, particularly at short notice.
  • Take a look at our ultimate guide to travelling Europe by train to make sure you make the most of your Interrail pass!

Book in advance & travel off peak

The best way to save money is to book as far in advance as you can. Our best deals are at least 6 months before your departure date. There are two advantages to booking early:

  • Prices are lowest if you book in advance, since there’s plenty of hostel and hotel rooms available, and the trains are sold at an advanced rate. We pass this saving onto you guys.
  • You’ll have more time to pay off your balance, using our instalment system (see below)

Choose off-peak travel where possible. If you’re able to travel outside of school/uni holidays, you might want to think about booking your trip in lower season, e.g. from September to May (avoiding the three busiest summer months). Not only are the prices lower during this time, but the cities won’t be as busy with tourists, and you’ll miss the boiling hot weather.

 

Make the most of our flexible payment system

When you book a Euroventure trip more than 90 days in advance, all you have to pay upfront is a deposit of just £150 per passenger, either over the phone or by bank transfer. After this, you can pay the remaining balance in instalments.

We’re very happy to help you do this in whichever way is easiest for you – so you can either pay small chunks off monthly (you pick the date), or you can pay chunks as and when you can afford them.

As long as the balance is paid off by the date in your Trip Summary, we don’t mind how or when you pay it! Obviously, the longer you have to pay off your full balance, the smaller the chunks you’ll have to pay, so get booking!

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Periodically we launch special offers giving you money off a Euroventure, as well as competitions and quizzes where you can bag yourself a deal. Get involved to save money on your quote!

Remember...

We know our trips are great value and we do everything we can to keep them that way, but when it comes to having spending money once you get there, you’re in charge. To make sure you stay on top of this, you might want to think about setting up a standing order to put a little bit aside regularly. To put things in perspective, saving just £20 each week will add up to just over £1,000 in a year – and what you never had, you won’t miss! For more tips about money saving, head to our blog – here’s how you can afford to travel!

It’s always wise to seek out the best deals on changing currency too. Foreign exchange desks don’t all offer the same rates and you’ll want to make sure you get as many Euros (for example) as possible for your hard-earned cash. Try visiting moneysavingexpert.com to compare rates from travel agencies, the Post Office and other distributors, as well as for more tips and tricks on money saving for your trip!

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