EUROPE ON A BUDGET
From the best time to travel to Europe, to how much to budget, how to create an itinerary, custom itinerary ideas, where to go, what to see and do, how to apply for a visa, which platforms to use and how to save money while traveling in Europe, this ebook has you covered!
The first time I landed in Europe, all alone, I was pretty overwhelmed. As someone who had lived most of her life in India and only ever travelled within Asia, Europe felt like an entirely different beast. When I landed in Warsaw, the air felt cold and humid, it smelled different and I couldn’t figure out something as simple as how to get a cab to the university dormitory I was headed to.
I didn’t even know if I could trust the first cab driver I met from years of conditioning that I should ‘bargain’ for the best offer. I cursed myself for not learning the basics of Polish before I arrived.
As the next four months of my European student exchange unfolded, I made some great travel decisions and some really dumb ones. As a solo 21-year-old female traveller, I was terrified when I was stuck in Cologne overnight with no hotel in the vicinity of one kilometer that was available. I was stuck in a small waiting room whose only other occupants were ready-to-pass-out homeless folks. There was not one other traveller that I could talk to or ask for help. I was myself incredibly hung-over (which I blame on Polish vodka and crazy friends), and on top of that I had a gigantic backpack to drag around.
I remember that night alone at the train station like it was yesterday. Waiting for a train connection that didn’t seem to come, protecting myself and my oversized backpack. That night, led to a very important travel lesson. It was to make sure that I researched and planned important elements of a trip before I jumped on a train or flight that was heading somewhere. I mean spontaneous decisions are all great in theory, but you have to know when to take such decisions in real life.
This is how I came up with the idea of writing this book. Many of my blog (Indian Girling)’s readers had written to me for help to plan a Europe trip or itinerary and some of the most popular articles on my blog include travel tips to Europe. A large section of solo female travellers, especially from Asia, would love to plan and travel to Europe alone, but for many reasons are overwhelmed and simply don’t know where to start. I have been there, and I know exactly how helpless one can feel.
With this in mind, I just want to provide a snapshot of a few things you can expect to take away from this book:
How to budget, plan and book every step of your trip including sample itineraries that I have created based on my own experiences.
Top highlights from the most visited cities across Europe so you can pick which ones to visit and which to skip.
How to apply for the Schengen visa and make sure you get it the first time around.
The best tools, resources and links you need to plan and book a great trip.
Special travel hacks that will help you save money in various ways.
Tips for packing and practical things one needs to know about Europe.
The book is organized in a way in which I conduct my own travel research and planning. You may skip back and forth based on your own preferences.
This book is different from conventional travel guides in the sense that my aim is for you to have all the information you need for planning a perfect trip, by yourself. The focus of this book is on trip planning and I hope you will find it helpful in planning your next adventure in Europe.
I have also kept in mind a broad audience that is also based in developing countries, that often require visas to travel to Europe. This is why I have added a section only on visa applications and how to ensure you get the Schengen visa the first time around. In this book, you will not find detailed destination or sightseeing guides, as every traveller has a very different taste in travel and even if I wrote 15,000 pages on this topic, it would not be enough for a continent the size of Europe.
Based on the last six years of living and travelling in Europe, I have stumbled upon techniques, tricks and insider tips that help me simplify the monumental task of planning a trip to Europe. I simply want to share those with you by the means of this handbook, in a manner that is easy to follow and implement.
So, let’s get started, shall we?
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Always wanted to travel to Europe but didn’t know where to start?
Confused if you should travel by budget airlines, trains, buses or rent a car?
Is the Eurail pass worth it?
Which platforms are the best for booking your travel in Europe?
How do you save money in Europe?
How to be safe as a solo & female traveler?
How do you apply for a Schengen visa?
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Shruti is a meticulous traveler and it shows in her book. Right from setting a proper context, ensuring inclusivity outside “USA only” crowds, sample itineraries, visa guidance, to budget and time ranges for what suits your pocket, she has you covered. As a full time corporate worker, I understand how hard it is to find practical guides to plan trips at a short notice. Shruti, sailing in the same boat, does a fantastic job of giving you a complete breakdown with timelines, and the best things to squeeze in on your trip. All of this, married to her personal stories and struggles give this book a believable and endearing touch.
A very easy read, fully packed with useful information and good tips! This guide provides a great overview on how to plan a trip to Europe in the most cost-effective way. Perfect for everyone who isn’t sure where to start when creating an itinerary for Europe – you’ll learn the best way to travel around, what is the best season to visit, how to budget depending on the length of your stay, what to pack and so much more.
I loved the book! It’s full of practical tips and resources for anyone looking for some guidelines when organizing a Eurotrip. The sections for itinerary planning and city-specific budgeting are especially useful for travelers like myself, who tend to get lost in mountains of online information. I will definitely keep this guidebook handy for my next adventure and I’d recommend anyone to do the same!
I managed to get this book right before the 4 day trip to Rome. After going back to Germany, I couldn’t wait until really getting settled down but write a few words to express how grateful I was to Shruti-the author of this book. I have to admit that this book is very selective, which chose the most worthwhile destinations and covering them in depth. It also was succinctly but beautifully written and designed to help smooth my travel which was arranged in pretty limited time (2 days). Especially, plenty practical tips and updated advice given on budgeting helped me save a lot of money and time as well as broaden my cultural experiences
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Shruti is a digital marketer and travel blogger rolled into one. After graduating from a top business school at 22 and leading two million dollar startups, she moved from India to Germany to chase a new adventure. Her travel blog, Indian Girling has received over 170K page views in less than 1 year of being live. Her advice has been featured in Her Campus, Female Travel Bloggers, Indiblogger, Medium and her Europe Trip Planner eBook has been listed as an Amazon bestseller. She aims to help people travel Europe on a budget, just like a local would.
How is this guidebook different from others?
This is not JUST a sightseeing guide, but rather a PLANNING guide. Last, I checked, that doesn’t really exist. You have to do all the heavy-lifting spending a shit ton of time and money finding where to go, what to do, how to book, which visa to apply for, etc etc.
This is why I created an actionable and information-packed guide that provides you guidance in a very simple to follow manner. You don’t need to swipe through 1000 pages just to realize you still have to google the answer to the question, “How do I activate my eurail pass?”.
With this 90+ page ebook, you can get to your ideal state of planning, preparing and booking for your trip in the most cost-effective and time-saving manner possible.
Is there a refund available?
Yes. If you feel like you did not benefit from the ebook, just write to me within 7 days of your purchase and you’ll get a full refund! Contact Email: email@example.com
What format is the book in and how quickly do I get it?
As soon as your purchase is processed you will get a link to download the ebook (PDF) or the toolkit. Your purchase is driven via Gumroad that is 100% secure. You will also have access to free lifetime updates, so each time I update the book or the kit you will get a notification.