25 Ways to Save in Europe

Don't let the dismal dollar derail your dream vacation
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2008 12:16 PM CDT

(Newser) – Worried that exchanging your dollars into pounds will leave you with pennies? MSNBC outlines 25 ways to stretch your money in Europe.

  1. Find no-cost entertainment, like free days at museums or public concerts.
  2. Use a credit card or get cash from an ATM for the best exchange rates and lower fees.
  3. Haggle, especially at outdoor markets or street vendors.

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  1. Forget the rental car; use public transportation.
  2. Consider buying a rail pass, and take the overnight train to save a night's lodging.
  3. Make lunch your big meal: You'll typically find the same dishes at half the price.
  4. Forget what you know about tipping: In Europe, 10% is the norm.
  5. Order the house wine. It's cheaper, and you'll be surprised at how good it is.
  6. Follow the locals to authentic restaurants that also happen to be less expensive.
  7. Consider a vacation rental or a hostel rather than a higher-priced hotel—then buy groceries to cook in your kitchen.
To see the full list, click the link below. (Read more Europe stories.)

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