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Posted on Tuesday 08 February 2011 in Shoestring
When planning vacations in Europe, families should consider visiting the eastern part of the continent, where many of the activities and recreation offered there are cheaper than their western counterparts.
According to Tesco Bank, places like Bulgaria, Poland and Hungary are perfect for families or travelers on a budget.
Flight costs aren't the only part to look at, the organization advises. Accommodation, car hire (if necessary) and food/drink expenses can tally up quickly so writing up a budget placing spending limits could be helpful.
Consider staying at self-catering overnight locations to cut down on food costs, which can range up to $700 AUD.
"At the other end of the scale, Reykjavík is likely to burn the biggest hole in people's wallets with expenses for a week's holiday setting a family back [more than $5,000 AUD]," says Tesco Bank.
Sopot and Gdansk, Poland; Tallinn, Estonia; Kosovo; and Budapest, Hungary were all listed by the New York Times in their list of "The 41 Places to Go In 2011." Tallinn was named the European Capital of Culture in 2011, highlighting much of the city's cultural offerings after spending years as a hard-partying locale, nicknamed the "Las Vegas of the Baltics."
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