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Here's How You Can Explore Europe On A Millennial's Budget

10 Sep 2018 by Chew Hui Ling

With the holidays in full swing, you may be in the midst of planning a vacation abroad – whether it’s your long-awaited graduation trip or a spontaneous getaway to satisfy your wanderlust. Amongst the many top tourist destinations, Europe tends to fall under the misconception that it’s an expensive country to travel to. With these money-saving tips, you can easily embark on your dream European holiday without breaking the bank!

Transport

Europe transport

Despite Europe’s vast geographical size, getting around on a budget is definitely possible. Here are three recommendations:

1. Bus

By far, the most cost-effective option when travelling around Europe is by bus – other than walking, of course. Check out Interflix by Flix Bus that allows you to discover five cities all across Europe for only €99! Not only is it super affordable, it’s also fuss-free to adjust your bookings in case of itinerary changes. Their fleet of buses always arrive on time so it saves you from unnecessary waiting.

2. Train

Another alternative is to travel by Eurail. Though slightly more expensive than travelling by bus, it allows nine flexible days of travel and access to board multiple trains each day! This is a great option for those who are looking to pack in multiple tourist spots in a day. Prices range from €53 to €169 depending on the routes selected.

3. Car

Grabbing a cab in Europe can be rather hefty, but thanks to BlaBlaCar, travelling by car is now cost-efficient for the everyday student. Similar to the GrabHitch service we have in Singapore, BlaBlaCar functions as a carpool service that fetches passengers who are heading towards the same direction – at a wallet-friendly fare. For instance, a ride from London to Manchester starts from €14. Now you can enjoy a comfortable ride and even make a couple of new friends along the way!

Tip: Check out Changi Recommends’ handy Trip Planner that allows you to see at a glance the best mode of transport to reach your desired destination!

Accommodation

The best thing about ending a day of exploring is being able to crash in a cosy abode. Hotels can be expensive, so we found some budget-friendly options that don’t compromise on comfort.

1. Hostel

Hostels have long been a well-loved form of accomodation for students on a budget or backpackers, so this one’s a no brainer. Hostel World is a handy platform that helps you to find hostels at your desired destinations at your fingertips.

Alternatively, check out a few of these stylish yet affordable hostels in Europe:

Franceso’s in Los, Greece

Franceso’s in Los Greece
Credit: Francesco’s

Kabul in Barcelona, Spain

Kabul in Barcelona, Spain
Credit: Kabul

Hostel Mostel in Bulgaria

Hostel Mostel in Bulgaria
Credit: Hostel Mostel

Tallinn Backpackers in Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn Backpackers in Tallinn, Estonia
Credit: Tallinn Backpackers

Hostel stays always spell fun because you will get to meet not only locals but people from all countries and walks of life. Expect late-night gatherings with your newfound friends – that’s where the most interesting and memorable conversations are made.

2. AirBnB

AirBnB offers millions of listings across more than 191 countries, which means you have a wide variety of lodging options to choose from. Booking rates vary depending on accommodation facilities and location – prices can go as low as $26 per night like the Göreme Valley Cave House in Turkey, or even at $22 per night at the Frankovič Bed&Breakfast Apartment in Slovenia.

Food

For those on a shoestring, a good way to manage dining expenses would be to include a mix of cheaper dining options to the typical fine dining restaurants – think local markets, street food and even home-cooked fare!

1. Local markets

Borough Market in London, UK

Find local markets like the widely-known Farmers’ Market, where you can get top-quality eats at cheap prices. The perk is that almost every city has at least one Farmers’ Market, but most markets only open once or twice a week till early afternoon so plan ahead before making your trip down.

Pro-tip: Wait till the market’s closing to get even more discounts off the street snacks!

2. Street food

London Street Food

What better way to get bustling with the crowd and taste authentic local fare than with street food? Each country has their own speciality – visit France for crepes, Berlin for currywurst, Belgium for fries with a large diversity of sauces, Italy for pizzas, UK for fish and chips, just to name a few!

3. Budget-friendly restaurants

Being on a budget doesn’t mean restaurants are completely cancelled out of your list of food places! Here are some tips for you to get the best cheap eats:

  • Keep a lookout for lunch or dinner specials
  • Ask locals for the best cheap eats in town
  • Avoid eating in central areas and head to residential neighbourhoods for the best deals
  • Skip restaurants that have multi-language menus

Tip: When asking for water, request for tap water instead. Else, they will serve you bottled water which is way more expensive.

4. Cook your own meals

Choose from an array of local produce either from the Farmers’ Market or any grocery store you can find nearby and whip up your own meals! By far, this is the cheapest option. You can also get creative with what you cook and control your portion size despite being on a budget. Plus, it makes for a great bonding activity for students travelling in groups!

Shopping

Europe shopping

The best places to shop at are markets where you can find hidden gems at extremely low prices. Avoid going to tourist hotspots because prices usually get spiked up in those areas. Check out these 10 cities that offer cheap shopping, or bring out the Singaporean in you by trying your luck at haggling.

A few places you can get good bargains are Amsterdam’s Waterlooplein, London’s Portobello Market, Paris’ Puces de St-Ouen, Madrid’s El Rastro and the market of Tangier in Morocco.

Tip: Beware of pickpockets especially at crowded areas such as markets.

Attractions

Europe is a land filled with thousands of historic sites, from contemporary art museums to old historic sites. Expect tons of sightseeing and long walks! For all the museum lovers, you’re in for a treat. Just in London alone, there are countless free museums for you the visit, such as The British Museum, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern and more.

Tate Modern
Credit: Tate Modern

Other than London, there are also plenty of spectacular museums across Europe waiting for you to discover. One example is the National Museum and Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Poland for 1 PLW (S$0.36) and 8 ZT (S$5.46) respectively.

For other historic sites or attractions, here’s a tip: check if the country has free walking tours that give you a comprehensive tour of the cities (Belgrade, Serbia and Budapest offer free walking tours).

Tip: Get your attraction tickets here for discounted prices up to 40% cheaper as compared to over-the-counter prices.

Wi-Fi

ChangiWifi

Having access to social media is essential for millennials – gotta do it for the ‘gram! Opting for wifi routers is a good option for students travelling in groups. ChangiWifi allows up to six mobile devices to be connected, which makes it perfect for sharing and provides additional cost savings.

It’s now available in 13 new destinations (including Europe) so hop over to their website for more information on router rental services. Be sure to book yours at least two weeks in advance as these babies get snapped up pretty quickly.

Now, who says you can’t explore Europe on a budget? Bon voyage!

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#1 MAC Matte Lipstick (51.58% off)

MAC Matte Lipstick

MAC lipsticks don’t necessarily come cheap, but starting from midnight, you can grab the best-selling MAC Matte Lipstick (U.P $41.40) at half of its retail price. There’s no better steal than this!

Flash deal starts from 9 September, 12am.

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Grab Promo Codes

We know how hard it is to get promo codes from Grab now, but thanks to Shopee, you can stock up on your supply of $10 Grab promo codes (U.P $10) at a discounted rate. If you’re new to Shopee, you can also use ‘GRABNEW5’ to get $5 off with a minimum spending of $10.

Flash deal starts from 9 September, 3am.

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Apple AirPods

With everyone going wireless these days, it’s about time to add a solid pair of AirPods (U.P $238) to your Apple arsenal. To save you some moolah, the folks at Shopee are slashing off 20% off these expensive babies – warranty of 12 months included. Yay!

Flash deal starts from 9 September, 9am.

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Food Capital

Located at Grand Copthorne Waterfood, treat yourself to a 1-For-1 International Buffet Dinner (Fri to Sun, U.P $120.66–$197.74) at the premier dining destination of Food Capital. For under $100, you can relish in the freshest seafood offerings from shucked oysters to sliced sashimi, before indulging in a gourmet spread of hulking beef stripling, slow-cooked veal shank served with a truffle potato mousseline.

Flash deal starts from 9 September, 4am.

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Nintendo Switch

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Flash deal starts from 9 September, 12pm.

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Coco & Eve Coconut and Fig Hair Masque

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Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

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Birkenstock Rio Women Sandals

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Flash deal starts from 9 September, 9pm.

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Mention Christmas and the first thing that comes to mind is probably the annual Christmas street light-up that adorn Orchard Road – and this year’s edition is no exception. 

For the first time ever, Orchard Road will be welcoming everyone’s beloved characters from Disney and Pixar to be part of the festivities, including the likes of Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, Elsa and Woody. Titled ‘Disney Magical Moments’, the Disney-themed affair is set to dazzle from 10 November 2018 all the way to 1 January 2019.

Disney Magical Moments Overstreet (Disney Princess)

Nearly 3km of the iconic shopping belt will be occupied, featuring four distinct zones that take on varying Disney themes: Disney Princess (Tanglin Mall to Shaw House), Mickey Mouse & Friends (ION Orchard to Mandarin Gallery), Frozen ([email protected] to Orchard Central), and Toy Story (Orchard Central to Plaza Singapura).

Set Piece (Mickey _ Minnie)

While you’re busy exploring the different themed zones, don’t forget to check out the star of the show – a spectacular display of glittery lights that can be seen arching across the Orchard Road-Paterson Road junction. In addition, there will be lots of Instagram-worthy opportunities with life-sized set pieces featuring Disney characters.

The Great Christmas Village returns from 15 November to 26 December 2018 at Ngee Ann City, which features an exciting array of activities such as amusement park rides, pop-up retail stores, a food village and craft beer bar, as well as nightly live performances. What better way to celebrate Christmas?

Disney Magical Moments will take place from 10 November 2018 to 1 January 2019 along Orchard Road.

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Dog days getting you down? Don’t let the scorching temperatures dampen your spirits – we’ve got just the spot where you can chill out and cool off away from the sweltering heat. 

With the school holidays in full swing, why not gather your pals for a fun-filled day on ice at Singapore’s first and only Olympic-sized ice skating rink? Enter The Rink at JCube, which not only offers a welcome respite from the current heatwave, but also serves as the perfect hangout place to host after-school gatherings, class outings or even alumni reunions. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s surrounded by plenty of delicious F&B options, so you can grab a bite and soak up the vibes before joining in the action.

The Rink

The Rink provides an extensive variety of classes, events and activities for everyone – whether you’re an ice skating ace or a first-time skater. For the beginners, there are basic Learn-to-Skate lessons ($171.20) available to ensure you get the fundamental techniques covered. If you’re already a veteran in the rink, you can even take your ice skating skills up a notch by signing up for Advance Learn-to-Skate Class ($214), where you can try dabbling in Olympic winter sports such as figure skating, speed skating and ice hockey. These classes are guided by NROC-certified coaches so rest assured you’ll be in the good hands of seasoned professionals.

The Rink

Can’t get enough of ice skating? Here’s a pro tip: get yourself a Skater’s Play Pass ($196 for 20 sessions) to help you save more than 40% when you ice skate at The Rink. Don’t say bo jio!

Now, head out there and skate away!

Admission details:
Adult: $14
Child (Pri 6 and below): $12
Skate Boots Rental: $4
Skating Aid Rental: $11 / $15

This post was brought to you by JCube.

The Rink is located at JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1 #03-11, Singapore 609731. Head over to their public skating calendar to check out the opening hours.

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Goodbye August, hello September! August was filled with plenty of awesome events from Hyperplay to Singapore Night Festival, but this month’s about to get real lit with tons of exciting activities in store – from racing action to gourmet feasts, geek mayhem to K-pop madness. Mark your calendars!

NOW TILL 8 SEP: SINGAPORE SCIENCE FESTIVAL 2018

SINGAPORE SCIENCE FESTIVAL 2018

Celebrate all things science and explore the exponential possibilities of Artificial Intelligence through an inventive lineup of more than 50 activities, workshops and games. This year’s programme features past favourites including Singapore Maker Extravaganza and X-periment! @ one-north Festival, alongside a few new additions that involve some very exciting collaborations. It’s time to get your geek on!

Visit Singapore Science Festival 2018 for more information.

7 TO 9 SEP: HALLYUPOPFEST 2018

HallyuPopFest 2018

Fuel your K-appetite at the biggest K-pop music festival in South East Asia! The inaugural HallyuPopFest 2018 will see 21 of K-pop’s biggest names like Wanna One, NCT 127, Taeyeon, BTOB and more grace the stage. You will also get to meet numerous talented rising stars such as UNB, MOMOLAND and Dreamcatcher.

Tickets from $148, visit Sports Hub Tix for more information.

8 & 9 SEP: SINGAPORE TOY, GAMES & COMIC CONVENTION 2018

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Singapore’s largest pop culture convention is back, bigger and better than ever before! Apart from the usual lineup, this two-day extravaganza will also be celebrating Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 10th anniversary where fans will get to meet their favourite Marvel creators and artists including Marvel Studios’ Head of Visual Development, Ryan Meinerding.

Tickets from $10, visit STGCC for more information.

14 TO 16 SEP: FORMULA ONE NIGHT RACE

F1 2018

Fasten your seatbelts for non-stop entertainment on and off the track at the 2018 Formula One Night Race! Soak up the electric atmosphere around you as you catch the most explosive race action and thrilling performances from some of the hottest music acts like The Killers, Dua Lipa and Jay Chou.

Tickets from $78, visit Singapore GP for more information.

15 SEP: DAN & PHIL 2018 WORLD TOUR ‘INTERACTIVE INTROVERTS’

10-Events-to-Rev-Up-Your-September-06-Dan-and-Phil

Come for the accent, stay for the existential crisis. Iconic YouTube duo Dan and Phil will be bringing their new stage show titled Interactive Introverts to Singapore, which is set to be an epic interactive experience of rants, roasts, battles, stories and surprises that is guaranteed to make you cringe, laugh and all at once.

Tickets from $30, visit SISTIC for more information.

21 SEP: SEVENTEEN CONCERT ‘IDEAL CUT’ 2018

SEVENTEEN IDEAL CUT CONCERT 2018 SINGAPORE

Having sold out tickets to their concerts in Seoul, the talented triple-threat cover boys of our latest issue are coming to Singapore with their highly-anticipated concert tour IDEAL CUT. Get ready to be mesmerised by the irresistible charms of SEVENTEEN as they put on an unforgettable show!

Tickets from $98, visit Sports Hub Tix for more information.

27 TO 30 SEP: THE GREAT FOOD FESTIVAL

The Great Food Festival 2018

Returning for its second year, experience a celebration of gastronomic adventures at The Great Food Festival 2018. Relish in mouthwatering gourmet delights from celebrity chefs that are sure to tantalise your senses. Don’t forget to leave room for some of those Insta-perfect sweet treats made by world-renowned patissiers!

Tickets from $30, visit The Great Food Festival 2018 for more information.

28 SEP: YOONA ‘SO WONDERFUL DAY’ FANMEETING TOUR

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Shortly after her swift appearance on our shores as the brand ambassador of Korean fashion label H:CONNECT back in July, Girls’ Generation darling Yoona is returning to Singapore for her very own solo fanmeeting. SONEs can look forward to an intimate night with our resident Hallyu goddess as she presents lots of fan interactions and enthralling performances.

Tickets from $98, visit APACTix for more information.

29 SEP: THE COLOR RUN ‘2018 HERO TOUR’

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The happiest 5K run is back this year with a superhero theme, complete with brand new colour zones where you will receive double the colour when you enter. With an all-new participant kit, new course elements and a super-charged Finish Festival, will you answer the call to be a #TCRHero?

Tickets from $65, visit The Color Race Singapore for more information.

Which September event has got you most excited for? Let us know in the comments!

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