Budget Travel – Finding affordable lodging in Europe

Many first time travelers make the incorrect assumption that a European vacation is beyond their means, but this is often not the situation. One of the biggest charges associated with any vacation, including travel to countries in Europe, is lodging, but it is workable to fund budget accommodations that are clean, safe and centrally located.

One of the secrets to finding affordable budget accommodations when traveling to Europe is to investigate the many bed and breakfast hotels that are common in Europe. The standard bed and breakfast in Europe is much different than its American counterpart. Whereas many bed and breakfast’s in the United States are luxurious, and high priced destinations, Europeans generally regard bed and breakfast hotels as inexpensive hotels, and they can be much more affordable than hotels in similar locations.

Most bed and breakfast hotels in European destinations are small, family run hotels. In numerous cases, the household has their living quarters right on the premises, and the hotel generally provides free breakfast with the cost of the room.

There are many places to search for European bed and breakfast hotels, including the world wide web, destination travel guides, Internet news groups and travel review web sites. While a few of the larger bed and breakfast hotels have their own internet sites, many do not, and word of mouth is frequently the best way to see them.

There are also booking services that will book the bed and breakfast hotel for you for a small fee (usually around 10%). These booking services can be be extremely valuable, especially if you do not speak the local language.

Even though you didn’t prepare, probabilities are you will still be able to find a low cost bed and breakfast hotel when you arrive. The arrivals area of most European airports has at least one booking desk to help travelers without reservations find affordable accommodations. Just be sure you have a local map handy so you don’t get stuck with a hotel in the center of nowhere.

There are some important things to bear in mind when booking a bed and breakfast or similar budget accommodations in European destinations. There are necessary differences in lodgings between Europe and the US, and initially travelers to Europe are often caught unawares. Underneath is a listing of items to consider when booking lodging for your European vacation.

Your budget accommodations will be clean, but basic. In the majority of cases the surroundings won’t be fancy or luxurious, but they will be functional and clean.

The rooms at an allowance hotel or bed and breakfast will probably be small, and closet space may well be limited or even non-existent.

The least expensive rooms will have washroom and shower facilities located down the hall, while more high priced rooms may have an in room washroom and tub.

A room that has only a shower will normally be less expensive than one that includes a bathtub as well. If this is an essential consideration, be sure to enquire about the lavatory facilities when producing your reservation.

Rooms equipped with a double bed are more often than not less expensive than those with twin beds.

If you are driving, there is nearly always a surplus charge for parking. Be certain to enquire about the parking charge when creating your reservation.

Be certain to buy a good map of the city you will be visiting, and make certain the hotel or bed and breakfast you choose is centrally located. It is oftentimes better to decide lodging that it within walking distance of several attractions you will be visiting, even though the room is slightly more expensive. Choosing a centrally located hotel or bed and breakfast will save you both time and cash for transportation.

When booking your lodging, be sure the price you are quoted includes all local taxes and applicable fees.