Traveling on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Europe and all it has to offer. Whether you’re into backpacking, sightseeing or cuisine, we’ve put together a list of the top three countries (and a favorite local cuisine classic) that will provide you with the full European experience without spending too much money.
Bulgaria is one of Europe’s most exciting destinations. Rich in history, architecture, golden beaches, and nightlife, the blend of nature and culture is one that’s suitable for every financial situation. The country is built on many different cultures, allowing travelers to experience multiple cultures in one country. The county’s capital, Sophia, is a delightfully laid-back city that is often forgotten by travelers, who prefer to visit the coast and ski resorts. Favorite local food: musaka– the Bulgarian “lasagna” made of potatoes, eggs, and minced pork meat.
Portugal’s history, one of a kind culture, seas, hot springs, and beautiful cities, has turned it into one of Europe’s most popular budget destinations. Lisbon (the country’s capital) is known for its fresh seafood and countless bars – perfect for a night on the town. If you’re into nature and hiking, Portugal has much to offer. With a range of hostels spread throughout the country and accessible transportation system, Portugal is the budget-friendly traveler’s dream come true. Favorite local food: sardinhas assadas – freshly grilled sardines, leaving both bones and head intact its a salty snack that’s easy to love.
Ukraine is one of Europe’s hidden gems and has become more “tourist-friendly” over the past few years. Being as big and undiscovered as it is, there is a wide range of experiences to be had. Whether its festivals, the beaches in Odesa, or enjoying the rich culture the country has to offer, Ukraine is a must when it comes to budget travel. Favorite local food: borshch– the famous Ukranian beet-root soup that can be served both hot and cold!