Travelling is a therapeutic experience. It gives you a chance to detach yourself from the mundane drudgery of life and discover new cultures and horizons. If one is travelling to an entirely new country, the experience is transformational, but only if one does it right. It's easy to get carried away by what the tour operators and popular travel packages recommend in Europe because that's what appeals to the masses. But if one really goes down the path less trodden, the results are revolutionary.
Without much ado, here are 7 hacks to ensure that you get the most out of your European holiday:
1. Always spend less than usual on flights
There are several steps to ensure that you do not pay as much as most people do for their flights. The most important step is to search for flights tickets on incognito mode in your browser. Flight operators trace your internet history and their algorithms ensure that they show you spiked up prices for your destinations when you search for them again and again. Going incognito stops them from tracking you. Try to book early morning flights, they are the cheapest of the lot. Also, check flight prices for other airports around your destination if time is not a constraint. Sometimes, the collective cost of flying to a nearby airport and then travelling to your destination is drastically less than flying directly. Try it!
2. Save up space by packing smart
Always roll clothes while packing, don't fold. As shown in the image above, it saves an incredible amount of space. Pack a long scarf. This multi-purpose item can be used as a bed-sheet, a towel, a muffler and of course a scarf! Keep your loose cables in an old eyeglass case. It's a lot more convenient to store them like this. They don't get lost or tangled up. Use your shoes to store anything! Well, this is a no-brainer. The insides of a shoe have enough space to store knick-knacks. Stuff in undergarments, watches, money, etc. They save up space and are never on the hit-list of thieves.
3. Opt for Airbnbs instead of hotels
Well, I have already listed a lot many reasons to justify this particular hack. An Airbnb provides a lot more value for money if one compares the amenities, location, space and other factors. It also gives travellers the flexibility of using the place like they wish to. There are so many filters and micro-filters on Airbnb that allow you to find yourself the perfect stay for you, your family and friends. However, the most integral reason remains to be the human touch. Hotels are purely made and designed for commercial purposes while an Airbnb is meant for the owner's own usage. Hence, there's a lot more care and affection that is put into the latter. Renting an Airbnb will considerably improve your European experience. Check out some options right away.