Country Savings and Travel Tips When Visiting Europe

A homesteader shares his travel tips when visiting europe with money he saved by living in the country in northern Idaho.

| January/February 1978

This homesteader shares his travel tips when visiting europe on money he saved money by living in the country.

Country Savings and Travel Tips When Visiting Europe

After extensive investigation, I found — prior to my last trip abroad — that the least expensive way to jet to Europe is to go on a charter flight. (Icelandic — the "hippie airline" — used to be the most economical way to go, but their prices can now be beat by the charter outfits.) On my last trek, I flew to London on Wardair (a well-known charter line) out of Calgary, Alberta, which is 350 miles north of where I live. The fare — round trip, on a Boeing 747 — was $379.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Because fares are constantly undergoing revision, it's always best to do a little checking first before you commit yourself to any particular flight. According to a representative of one major international airline, it is now possible — thanks in large part to Freddie Laker and the way he's set transatlantic airline fares on their ear — to fly from New York to London round trip for $256 on a "space available" basis. What you do is [1] ask to buy a "Budget Fare" ticket, [2] tell the ticket agent what Sunday you'd like to begin your trip on, and [3] wait for the agent to confirm the availability of your seat on the appropriate flight. (The catch here is that you may not get to leave on the day you wanted. After you've been booked on a flight, however, your seat can't be taken away from you, and you can stay at your destination for as long as you like.) The point is: Shop around before you fly. You may turn up some unexpected bargains . . . even with the scheduled airlines.]

If you decide to fly with a charter line (anyone can do it . . . you don't have to belong to any kind of group, as long as you're willing to pay your fare at least 60 days in advance), my advice is to pick a carrier that you've heard of before. Ward Air has been around awhile and can (in my experience) be trusted. Sun Tours — a Canadian company that's underwritten by the Royal Bank of Canada — has been around awhile, too.

Charter prices seem to be a little less expensive across the Canadian border than in the U.S. (an advantage only if you happen to live near or above the border), but this may change soon. The important thing is to check the prices of as many charter companies as you can before you buy your tickets . . . don't limit your search just to American firms.

Vienna . . . Via "The Woods"

Here are some tips on going to Vienna (or anywhere else in Europe) via "the woods", gleaned from my own experience in making six trips to the Continent over a twenty-year period (1956 to 1976):

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