Hacks to save money on European travel

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(NC) If you’re dreaming of a trip across the pond, don’t let your budget hold you back – there are plenty of ways to save big and keep costs down.

Book for fall. Given that autumn is considered low season for travel to Europe compared to the summer, the cost of flights and accommodations are lower too. Plus, there won’t be as many tourists and the weather will be beautiful and warm, but without the blistering heat of peak summer.

Look for freebies. Europe prides itself on its rich cultural heritage, which means many publicly funded museums offer free admission to their regular collections. Others will have free or discounted days, such as the first Sunday of every month or every Wednesday evening. You can also search online for free or pay-what-you-can walking or bike tours.

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Try a package. Think that packages with flight, hotel, transfers and activities are only for Mexico or Caribbean destinations? With Air Canada Vacations, you can choose from packages that have been carefully curated by a team of experts that let you experience your destination like a local. Perhaps a guided tour island hopping through Greece or a flavours of Italy tour are right for you. You’ll save by booking together and even more if you book early.

Eat like a local. Avoid flashy spots near the top tourist attractions. Instead, check out a variety of neighbourhoods and see which restaurants the locals visit for after-work drinks or a quick bite. You can also stock up on fresh bread, cold cuts and fruit and enjoy a delicious picnic spread while you get the vibe of a local park.

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