How can you plan a European vacation in 2023 on the cheap?

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With the holiday season approaching, which begins a new phase with the start of the new year 2023, and for anyone considering booking travel in Europe in 2023, there are interesting ways to keep costs down.

Expense savings is still the main factor that many visitors look for, but it also pays to go to similar destinations and places outside the known range, where inflation has less impact on travel costs.
Vacations aren’t just about hotels and flying. The cost of anything from coffee and a taxi to a delicious dinner can make a difference. While the world is dealing with rising inflation, some countries’ prices are rising faster than others, and it’s worth keeping this in mind before booking.

The Trivago Hotel Price Index shows that some prices have risen the most, and where inflation has had the least impact, the cost of drinks in Turkey, for example, has risen by a staggering 123%.

Cities like New York, Madrid, and Las Vegas have gone up a lot, while cities like Auckland, Johannesburg, and Brussels have also gone up. What’s more, many cities in Asia (Kuala Lumpur, Dubai and Manila) have seen lower prices compared to 2021.

Prices will always be more expensive when places are off the beaten track, but you can get some great deals by going to places that offer a similar vacation, but at lower prices. Skyscanner is launching a tool in early 2023 that will provide similar destinations at cheaper prices when people search for travel.

Eastern Europe has been the undiscovered and unknown travel hero for years. Anyone who wants Croatia can head to Albania instead, while Romania offers the Carpathians, the Black Sea, medieval villages, and beautiful lakes.

Early morning flights are always the best bet, as they are not as prone to the delays and cancellations that affect flights departing later in the day. Set up flight price alerts and use incognito mode when searching for fares, as the latter does not increase the cost of airline tickets each time you search.

It is usually (but not always) best to leave the middle of the week if possible and avoid trips that coincide with major events in cities. New York in September is a good example: it may be one of the best times to visit the city, but it also coincides with New York Fashion Week, the United Nations General Assembly and the US Open.

And although flexible working and climate change (due to excessive heat) extend the traditional mid-hours off-peak, Europe’s best bargains can still be in January, as well as in October and November.

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