We all try and save money where we can. Whether you’re putting together a monthly budget, saving money on your weekly shop, or looking to boost your private pension schemes or savings, it’s important to save money where possible.
However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still do those things that you enjoy. After all, that’s what life is about. You just need to be a little savvy when it comes to what you do and how you do it. Take holidays for example. Since the financial crisis of 2007 many of us are changing the way we holiday, looking for things closer to home or cheaper European destinations. It’s also important to find things to do on your holiday that are free. Here are a few of our favourites to get your teeth into.
Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
Paris may not always be the cheapest destination, but there are ways of making it a little more so such as taking the Eurostar and enjoying many of the free activities where you’re there. Take for example, Notre Dame Cathedral – it’s one of the world’s most stunning pieces of architecture as well as the inspiration behind the classic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Visiting the cathedral and its dazzling interior is free, as are many of the concerts held here. If you want to climb the tower and visit the museum however, there is a small fee involved.
Juliet’s House, Verona
It’s one of the most iconic scenes of any of Shakespeare’s plays – the famous balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet; and this is said to be the location. The 14th century Casa Di Giulietta, is thought to be once the home of the Cappello family who could potentially be the inspiration behind the Capulet’s in the play. The balcony of the property is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the city with visitors flocking here to photograph and serenade each other. A visit to the balcony is free, but if you pay you can go inside. You can even hire the balcony as a wedding venue.
Rijksmuseum Gardens, Amsterdam
The Renaissance and Baroque gardens at the Rijksmuseum gardens are equally as fascinating as the museum itself. Here you’ll find a stunning array of statues, fountains, ponds and salvaged Dutch architectural pieces spanning five centuries. The gardens are free to enter between 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. Just be sure to pick up a free printed guide to make sure you don’t miss anything.