After I ﬁnished my semester abroad in Paris, I spent three weeks backpacking across Europe with my best friend Katie. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and we did it with almost no money. You’ve already seen how to eat cheaply through Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Hungary in Part One – but the trip isn’t over yet!
Vienna, Austria: BeerThe next stop on our itinerary was Austria, home to some of the best beer in Europe. You’d be crazy not to try some, but those late night bar tabs can add up fast! So what did we do? Found a bar with a fantastic happy hour, oﬀering pints of many diﬀerent local brews for only €2 – about $3. Even better, the bar had tables outside, so we were able to enjoy the afternoon sun, take in our amazing surroundings, and drink some great Austrian beer. Many bars will also oﬀer happy hour deals on food, giving you another opportunity to try some local cuisine at reasonable prices. Prost!
Venice, Italy: Bread, cheese, and olives
We spent almost the whole ﬁnal week of our trip in Italy, and it took all our willpower – and occasional panicked checks of our bank balances – to keep from eating everything we saw! On our ﬁrst Italian day we arrived in Venice, a magniﬁcent city where everything seems out of a movie, but which unfortunately is not known for its aﬀordability. Thanks to our trusty guidebook however, we found an adorable little café that oﬀered small, tapas-like plates of local cheese, bread, and olives, and we were able to snack on some delicious authentic Italian food for a relatively small price. Just be careful not to order too many things, or you’ll be over budget in no time.
Rome, Italy: PizzaNo visit to Italy would be complete without pizza, and I had some of the best I’ve ever had in my life in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome. What’s not to love about a huge “individual” pizza that’s only about €7 and will keep you full all day? This was another trick we learned: if you eat a large meal mid-afternoon, you won’t need much else for the rest of the day…except maybe some gelato! The pizza in Italy is truly not to be missed – and with the fresh ingredients and thin crust, it’s not the high-calorie monstrosity that American pizza is, especially if you load it with veggies.
- Find a happy hour for a cheap way to try the local brews
- Look for tapas-style restaurants
- Eat one large midday meal instead of a lunch and a dinner
- Splurge every once in a while
- Pick the right travel companion