Supply fuels demand and as one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, travel to Europe can be expensive. For seniors living on a fixed income or without much money to spare, the dream of European travel can still be realized. Frugal travel to Europe starts with planning ahead and preparing for emergencies with travel insurance.
Avoid the Summer Rush
During the summer months, Europe is crawling with excited travels. To meet the demand, prices on airfare, restaurants, and hotels are also much higher. Frugal seniors who wait till winter can travel to Europe and experience the same wonderful cultural options but with fewer crowds and cheaper prices. On airfare, this could lead to huge savings since most airlines charge holiday surcharges during holidays and the busy summer season.
Seniors are more prone to accidents and injuries than younger adults. On a European vacation, extensive walking and different weather conditions could be a problem for some; especially seniors who already have preexisting health conditions. With a Medical Evacuation policy, seniors can be reassured that no matter how remote their European travel destination is, they are not out of touch. This travel medical insurance can get seniors airlifted and returned home to receive immediate care.
Compare Package Deals
When booking a trip online seniors can easily compare travel agencies and book hotels, air flights, and even some tours online. River cruises however, usually offer better savings since airfare is not a concern. These cruises are also suited to seniors looking to experience Europe at a more leisurely pace. As cruises are only in shallow waters, motion sickness is not a concern. Seniors get the price of the room, meals, onboard activities and tours of Europe’s most appreciated wonders with local guides – all at one low price. Some tours also feature hotel stays as part of the cruise and meals at local restaurants. By buying in bulk, cruise lines can negotiate lower hotel prices than those available to individual travelers.
Save when Traveling Around Europe
If planning on traveling between England, France, Germany and other countries in Europe – trains, airlines, and rental cards are all options worth considering. Budget airlines offer reasonable prices for those looking to quickly hop between countries. Each country has its own set of train cards with discount cards for those over 60, available in some countries. Seniors who plan on mainly visiting one or two specific countries might consider renting a car. By traveling by car seniors get to move at their own pace and cars can be rented through online travel agencies weeks in advance to get a discount. Look into Rental Car Policies to cover the cost of any repairs needed in case of a car accident or to protect against theft of personal property stored in the vehicle.
When exploring Europe, enjoy some of the many free adventures offered to save money. Ancient churches and cathedrals, grand parks, art galleries, museums, libraries, architectural wonders, and free concerts are some of Europe’s most amazing experiences. Seniors who set a realistic budget and protect against the unexpected with a travel insurance policy can have a grand adventure touring Europe.