What can I expect from traveling in Europe?

Traveling in Europe is an exciting and enriching experience due to the continent’s rich history, diverse cultures, stunning landscapes, and a wide range of attractions. Here are some of the most important tips and considerations when planning your Europe trip:

  • Visa and Entry Requirements – Depending on your nationality, you may need a visa to enter certain European countries. It’s important to check the entry requirements for each country you plan to visit and ensure that your passport is valid for the duration of your trip. As of now, many countries can enter Europe visa-free, but starting in 2025, U.S. passport holders will need a visa to travel to Europe.
  • Language – English is widely spoken in many of the bigger European cities, but it’s helpful to learn some basic phrases in the local language of the country you’re visiting. It shows respect for the local culture and can make your travel experience more enjoyable.
  • Safety – Europe is generally a safe destination for travelers, but it’s essential to stay vigilant, especially in crowded tourist areas where pickpocketing can be a concern. Keep an eye on your belongings and be careful with your personal information.

Bucket List Experiences in Europe

Toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain - Italy
Visit the Eiffel Tower - France
Hike in the Swiss Alps - Switzerland
See the Northern lights - Iceland
Sail around the Greek Islands - Greece
Swim in Gatorade blue water - Albania
Marvel at the Cliffs of Moher - Ireland
Eat paella & drink sangria - Spain
Sleep in a glass igloo - Norway

Floating in the dreamy blue water in Albania

trevi fountain - rome, italy

Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy

Typical Costs When Travelling

The average cost of traveling per day in Europe can vary significantly. It depends on several factors, including the country you’re visiting, your travel style, and your personal preferences. Europe offers a wide range of options to cater to different budgets, from backpacker hostels to luxury hotels. Since Eastern Europe and Western Europe travel costs differ quite a lot, here’s a rough breakdown of daily travel costs for each for various budget levels:


Budget Travel – Eastern Europe: $15 – $40 USD per day

Budget Travel – Western Europe: $30 – $50 USD per day

  • Stay in budget hostels or guesthouses.

Mid-Range Travel – Eastern Europe: $40-$120 USD per day

Mid-Range Travel – Western Europe: $60-$150 USD per day

  • Stay in mid-range hotels, Airbnbs, or lodges.

Luxury Travel – Eastern Europe: $120 USD and above per day

Luxury Travel – Western Europe: $150 USD and above per day

  • Stay in luxury hotels or resorts.


While there aren’t many street food options, throughout Europe like there are in Southeast Asia, you can stick to the local restaurants to save some money on food. Average minimum food costs per day:

Eastern Europe: $30 per day

Western Europe: $50+ per day


Europe is known for it’s excellent transportation options. You can get around on any budget, as there are super cheap flights, well connected trains and subways, buses, Ubers (in many cities), and it’s pretty safe to rent a car in most countries if you prefer to drive yourself. Many of the bigger European cities are walkable and bike-able (is that a word?) as well. Transportation should not be any issue for your Europe trip, no matter your budget!

Mid-range suggested daily budget – $90 (Eastern Europe) or $140 (Western Europe)

*Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a mid-range hotel or Airbnb, eating out at affordable restaurants, and using local transportation. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!

Money Saving Tips

Travel during shoulder season Consider traveling during the shoulder seasons (spring and fall) when the weather is still pleasant, but prices for accommodation and flights are lower compared to peak tourist season. Summer in Europe is generally really packed with people.
Opt for budget airlines Look into budget airlines for domestic and intra-European flights. They often offer cheap fares, but be sure to factor in any extra fees for baggage and other services. Many budget airlines only allow 1 small personal bag for free.
Take advantage of free and discounted attractions Many European cities offer free or reduced-price admission to museums, galleries, and historic sites on certain days or with special passes. Research these options ahead of time. If you're a student, bring your student ID for an extra discount.
Withdraw your cash in local currency Use ATMs to withdraw cash in local currency. DO NOT withdraw money in USD (or whatever your home currency is). Avoid currency exchange counters, as they often charge high fees and offer poor exchange rates.

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Hi! I'm Carrie Salter, a travel blogger originally from the USA, but now traveling and living abroad full time. I share travel guides, travel tips, and inspiration from around the world!

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