Italy can easily be called one of the most beautiful countries in the world – with its unrivaled architecture, picturesque landscapes, and mouthwatering cuisine; it’s easy to see why it’s a staple in people’s bucket list. Sadly, most people don’t travel to Italy because they think that it’s too expensive. And because of this mentality, they miss out on all the experiences and memories that travel brings.
But, what if I tell you that traveling to Italy need not be expensive? No way! You say? Well, as an insider in Italy, let me tell you some tips and tricks to bring your travel costs down.
Cheap Tip 1:Travel on Lean Months
If you do your homework and travel to Italy on the lean months ( August to December), you can easily find tickets from $400 return. ( Yes, you read right, RETURN). If you do your homework, scour the online travel websites, and not be picky about the airline, I can assure you that you can find a great deal.
And, if you travel in the lean months, there are not as many tourists as the summer months. It’s not scorching hot as well, so it’s a win win situation for you and for your budget.
Cheap Tip 2: Hit The Supermarket
One of the best ways that you can save on expenses when traveling in Italy is to skip the restaurants and hit the supermarket instead. The variety of food choices will pleasantly surprise you. And did I mention that for the price of one glass of wine, you can an entire bottle? You’ll be happy to know that you can eat for one day for about 10 -15 Euros compared to spending at least 50 euros per person a day.
I’m not saying go all cheapo and skip the restaurants altogether. Of course, you should splurge once or twice during your trip and give yourself a treat to enjoy the food and the service. But, buying your food in the supermarket will definitely save you big money that you can spend somewhere else.
Cheap Tip 3: Plan in Advance
There is an adage that goes “The early bird gets the worm”, well in this case the early bird gets the first class seat on a train at a quarter of the price.
Train fares are pretty much like airplane fares – it’s cheaper if you get them in advance. Channel your type A personality and plan your vacation, and you and your pocket will be happy that you did. You can book your tickets in advance the Italian train website at www.trenitalia.com. A word of caution though, these tickets are usually non refundable so you have to make sure that you stick to your schedule.
Cheap Tip 3:Skip the Hotel
Sure, hotels are nice, but they can also be expensive. Instead of staying in a hotel, opt for other alternative means of accommodations like hostels, B&B’s or airbnbs. If you opt to rent in airbnbs for short stay apartments, you get access to home amenities like stoves and washing machines. This means that you can cook your own food and wash your clothes, both which can drive your travel costs even lower.
Travel is a surefire way to expand your horizons and widen your thinking, so if you can, and if your schedule permits, travel! Trust me, you’ll be glad you did!