105 Ways to Save Money While Traveling in Europe

Traveling in Europe can be done on a budget! Check out some of our top tips for budget travel in Europe, and then add your own!

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If you’re planning to travel to Europe this year, you may be wondering how to keep your wallet happy without letting your stomach get too grumbly.

We’ve started to put together a list of ways to save money while traveling in Europe, and here is the result! Although we haven’t reached 105 yet, we plan on continuing to add new ways to save money. This post will be constantly updated with the latest ways to budget your way through Europe, and we’re hoping that YOU, our dear readers, will help us to do that!

If you have a great budget-hack for Europe travel, let us know in the comments and we’ll add your suggestion to our list! Thanks in advance for your help!

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The Ultimate Guide to Enjoying Tenerife

How can you truly enjoy beautiful Tenerife? Read on to see all that this fantastic island has to offer and how to enjoy on the cheap!

If you’re looking for beautiful weather, sunny beaches, and fantastic adventures, then the Canary Islands are just waiting for you to come and explore!  These islands sit off the coast of Morocco but have kept their Spanish feel.   Although they stand out of the water in close proximity, each features very different landscapes and environments.  This beautiful travel destination is often overlooked, but is truly an adventurer’s paradise.

The day after we got married, Pep and I flew to Tenerife and spent our honeymoon on this fascinating and diverse island.  We got to experience a wonderful and adventure-filled island, enjoying the very different landscapes of the north and south sides.  Here’s how you can too! Continue reading “The Ultimate Guide to Enjoying Tenerife”

How to Avoid Getting Treated Like a Tourist in Europe

Want to blend in with the locals and avoid being that typical tourist? Find out how here!

I used to marvel at how people in foreign countries would start speaking to me in English.

Example: my family and I walk into a restaurant in Seville during our first trip to Spain.  The waiter comes to our table and says, “Something to drink?”

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Why Seville Will Always Be in My Heart (And Should be in Yours Too!)

Seville is one of our favorite cities in southern Spain. Want to know why, and how to visit cheaply?

Seville is a culturally rich city in the south of Spain that is full of beauty and light.  From the moment I walked its streets, I knew that it had lodged itself in my heart, never to be removed.  From the wonderful sights, to the stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, and placid Guadalquivir river, I was hooked on Seville.

So what are the places that made me fall so in love with this city?  Here are our top tips for traveling to Seville, and how to really enjoy it on a budget!

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Expectation vs. Reality: Paris

I dreamed of Paris as much as any travel lover does. See if Paris lived up to my expectations, and get some budget travel tips!

Paris truly does get a lot of hype, possibly more than any other city in the world.  It is absolutely one of the highest rated travel destinations in the world, and is on the bucket list of almost every world traveler.

Traveling to Paris is an adventure that every lover of culture and class feels they must experience in person, and until that moment they decorate their walls and hearts with pictures of the Eiffel Tower in spring, or the Seine River at sunset.  I describe what I experienced myself, as my expectations for visiting Paris only grew the more time I was away from it.  I felt as if it was calling to me from across the oceans, begging me to come and visit.

So what exactly did I expect from Paris, and how did the beautiful City of Light live up to everything I dreamed about it?  Let me explain.

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From a Reader to an Adventurer: My Path to Becoming a World Traveler

Want to know how I got my start on this life of adventure and travel? Find out how I bounced between the Caribbean, Western Europe, and how I ended up in Spain.

As my first post on this blog about world travel, I thought you might like to know a little about me and the story that I have now interwoven with that of my wonderful husband and travel partner, Pep.  Here on Piggy Bank Travels, I plan to document our adventures and provide meaningful and helpful advice for those trying to live a simple life of adventure like we do!

I have not always lived a life on the road, although it is something I have grown very fond of now.  After traveling so much in so few years, I’ve discovered that I can hardly sit still where I am.  I am always thinking about the next adventure, and I have dreams about packing all our things and leaving town in the middle of the night without a word.  This is not because I don’t like where I live (the south of Spain is quite lovely), but because my incessant need for adventure is like a hunger that is never satisfied.

So how did I come to this place in my life?  Let me share a little bit of my story, and how I came to be bitten by wanderlust.

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