Europe for Less
Save money on more than just
hotels, meals, and airfares
Say no to taxis Get a city map that
includes bus, subway, and walking
routes at a local newsstand, where
you can also buy bus or subway passes.
And in several countries, once you’re
60 you get discounts on everything
from transportation to shopping.
Plan ahead for phone calls You
can buy an international calling
card; providers include major U.S.
carriers. If your cell phone uses the
GSM-standard network, consider
adding international calling (ask your
provider about rates). Or rent or buy
an “unlocked” cell phone—one that
works with multiple carriers in various countries. Learn more at telestial
.com and cellularabroad.com.
Limit currency exchanges Don’t
exchange large sums of money.
Instead of locking in one (possibly
disadvantageous) rate, use your
ATM or credit card as you go.
Enjoy free entertainment Talk to
locals to find activities that don’t
require fees. Options may include
street theater or lunchtime concerts.