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It’s a land resounding with royal histories seemingly straight from the storybooks, where kings and queens once walked in gilded palaces. Europe is home to legends, panoramic beauty, and artistic heritage, and is nothing less than regal. In one of their classic one-liners, Lonely Planet describes it as a “fairytale castle,” and even if you had the courage to disagree with such an expert, you wouldn’t have the grounds. There seems to be magic lurking around every corner of the continent, making Europe one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the world.

And there are so many ways to start wandering into this labyrinth of myths and wonders. You could start the adventure in Florence, where the Renaissance was born, or in the quiet beauty of Holland, where windmills embellish the wide-open skies. How about the Swiss Alps, where snow-capped mountains become the canvass of lush green fields and deep blue lakes? Or the Scottish Highlands, where century-old castles still stand almost perfect? As you turn your head around, you’ll find yourself lost in a real-life wonderland – until an inescapable dread of the money leaking from your pocket brings you back to reality.

But there’s no need to worry (sigh of relief) because there is absolutely no reason to stop yourself from undertaking the great European exploration. Below, we’ve listed the 10 friendliest budget travel destinations in Europe, enough to spark that thrill of conquest and adventure as you discover the magic of the continent with your own eyes, minus a vicious vacuum cleaner stubbornly cleaning out your funds. 

P.S. If you want a few tips on how to travel cheaply when you arrive at your low budget destination, you can hoover up these handy tips: How to travel cheap in Europe.

Travel Destinations in Europe Tip #1
Prague, Czech Republic

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This may have been one of the hardest countries to attempt to spell as a kid, but the Czech Republic still brings about some kind of childlike wonder in you as you arrive. Clearly, the boredom of spelling lessons didn’t ruin us completely. Ready yourself for some mugs of local Pilsner beer – which, by the way, is an absolute bargain! So make sure to pick up a few specialties for your friends back home. 

You’ll be treated to cobblestone streets, stunning taverns and of course, amazing gourmet as you go along. Make sure to try some trdelnik, the most delicious crossbreed of ice cream-donut you will ever taste. Probably the only breed too. 

Prague or Cesky Krumlov are great places to start your trip, with rich histories dating back centuries. Take a tour with Sandeman’s New Europe (freeee!!) tours to get your fill of history here without making an enemy of your wallet. Actually, this counts for pretty much any major city of Europe.

Travel Destinations in Europe Tip #2
Andalucía, Spain

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Looking forward to devouring some juicy steak? Andalucía, Spain is the answer. Even if meat’s not really your thing, the wide array of delicacies presented by a good tapas restaurant is sure to put a smile on your face (and a food baby in your stomach). Think melted cheeses, roasted veggies, delicate cuts and decadent wines. Erm… Yes. Please. 

Its magnificent countryside is perched on the southern side of Spain, which means you get sunny skies and lush green foliage draping around ancient castles. Taste the flavors of Iberia, inhale art in its local museums, and then, hop on to a ferry heading to Morocco for your next adventure.

Travel Destinations in Europe Tip #3
Paphos, Cyprus

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Begin your Mediterranean journey in the city of Paphos, just to the southwest of Cyprus. From here, you can take a stroll around ancient ruins, before cooling yourself by taking a dip into its stunning white sandy beaches.

They apparently have not quite caught up with the grabbing at money going on in the West, meaning that a trip to the art gallery here is actually still free – wow! Perhaps one of your best investments here would be a two-day travel card (£8.85) or a city bus tour (£15.05). 

Travel Destinations in Europe Tip #4
Warsaw, Poland

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Believe it or not, Warsaw is one of our favorite travel destinations in Europe, and for a good reason. Famous art galleries and museums are within reach by walking, and your necessities are ultra cheap: for example, a 48-hour travel card costs just £5.16! Five pounds, sixteen pence. What!

This beautiful medieval city glows especially at night, where you can enjoy the Old Town Square and feed on local delicacies during your stay at the local market.

Travel Destinations in Europe Tip #5
Budapest, Hungary

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Another (quite thrillingly) low budget travel destination comes in the very attractive form of Budapest. If you’re attempting to cut back on costs after an ‘accidental’ visit to one of its famous luxury spas, you can enjoy the free sights of Gellért Hill, as well as the flourishing Nagycsarnok, the city’s biggest (and most delicious) food market. Enjoy good deals with the native gourmand and prepare your palette for a taste explosion. When you’re done, visit Castle Hill and take picturesque snaps by the garden lounge towards the Royal Palace.

As an added bonus, you can annoy everyone back home by singing George Ezra’s Budapest in the weeks before you leave.

Travel Destinations in Europe Tip #6
Riga, Latvia

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A true remnant with an old-town atmosphere, Riga is a quaint city carved out of cobblestone and high-topped gothic architecture. It is graceful, quiet and reserved – and somewhat kitsch, thanks to multi-colored buildings accented with large windows which welcome guests.

In Riga, you get to enjoy a cup of coffee for just £2.66 (!), and a visit to top galleries in various museum sets you back as little as £3.10. Enjoy the impressive structure of Blackheads House and Alberta Iela, then proceed to the Central Market to buy some goodies.

Travel Destinations in Europe Tip #7
High Tatras, Slovakia

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This mountainous forest, the tallest range in all of Eastern Europe, promises to draw you closer to nature. How could it not, when its white-gilded snowfields and sapphire lakes contrast with the vibrant green color of the pine forests perched above the alpine range.

Get your backpacking gear on; you are in for a treat. Experienced and beginner hikers can find their best routes, while mountain chalets welcome the travelers with warm rooms and a good meal. Delve into some incredible beginners’ backpacking tips first, here

Travel Destinations in Europe Tip #8
Lisbon, Portugal

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Who wouldn’t be astounded by the spectacular hillside overview of Rio Tejo? Lisbon is a picture-perfect sight draped with domed cathedrals, cobbled streets, and haunting ruins. If you’re looking at the postcards on offer around the town and none of them quite match up to your own, carefully captured or posed pictures, simply create a personalized postcard direct from your phone. It’ll most likely be budget-friendlier too! 

You may well stammer at the frightening and impressive scene that was once the Great Lisbon Earthquake; the city has since redefined itself, reconstructing beautiful facades into one of the first seismically preserved architecture in the whole land.

Munch on fresh seafood offerings during your stay while sitting in a classic terrace garden as the sun goes down.

Travel Destinations in Europe Tip #9
Peloponnese, Greece

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This is where legends were born! The city is the scene of that well-loved fable in which Paris elopes with the beautiful Helen. With a splash of Byzantine, Mycenaean and Ottoman influence, this whimsical city is surprisingly one of the most budget-friendly yet culture rich travel destinations in Europe.

Drop by Ancient Olympia, then visit the ancient ruins at Corinth and Mycenae. In Kastro, succumb to a food-fest of the local delicacies with a medieval flair. End your trip at Monemvasia, a cliff where you can see the waters of the Aegean Sea.

Travel Destinations in Europe Tip #10
Vilnius, Lithuania

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Literally oozing with nostalgic Baltic beauty, Vilnius is a traveler’s favorite – due equally to its pocket-friendly accommodations, as to its alluring attractions. It is the largest European baroque town, decorated with clusters of Catholic and Orthodox structures rising from cobbled pathways and majestic hills. Visit the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania to experience some ghostly pangs of royalty before seeking out and enjoying some homegrown flavors in Lokys.

Well, there you have it. Exploring Europe doesn’t have to be expensive, in fact, it shouldn’t be. With these budget travel destinations, you can enjoy the best of the continent’s hidden gems, at a price you can easily afford – without sacrificing on culture, experience or beauty.

Discover more: Into a bit of activity when abroad? Or maybe you just want to see the world at a slower pace? Take a look at our favorite cycling routes around Europe. It’ll probably reduce your transport costs too!

Discover even more gorgeous European destinations to get your inspiration flowing.

The Jail Mail – Having a loved one in prison can be very hard. Of course, life is rough for the inmate, but it’s hard for those on the outside to deal with, too.

Staying in touch while your friend, family member, or loved one is in prison can be very difficult. The person does not have the freedom to come seeing you at their leisure, and you can only drop in during designated visiting hours, if at all. Many times, the person in prison is not even located close enough to be visited regularly.

So what happens to relationships when one person is incarcerated? It doesn’t have to be the end of the relationship. Sure, things are different and the person is less accessible, but you can still keep the connection strong. Sending Jail Mail is one of the best ways to stay in contact with loved ones who are in prison. It will make their day to receive the mail, and it will make you feel good to send it, too. Being able to express yourself through Jail Mail might be a challenge, but MyPostcard makes it feasible.

In this article, we’ll explain how MyPostcard is the best way to send Jail Mail to the ones you love who are currently in prison. We’ll also help you out with expressing your feelings through Jail Mail and explain why it’s so important to keep this practice alive.

Send Jail Mail #1
What is MyPostcard?

To put it simply: MyPostcard is your new favorite way to send mail.

How Is It Superior to the Way I Send Mail Now?

Forget the old way of shopping for a card, printing out images to include with it, scrounging around for a nice pen to write the address, forgetting the right amount of postage, having your card returned back to you, and having to make 10 trips to the post office.

The future is here. Our platform gives you a way to turn your digital photos and images into postcards and greeting cards.
This is an interesting and personal way to send meaningful mail to the people that matter most. Using our simple website or app, you can design custom mail to send to your family and friends and send it straight from there.

No stamp buying or trip to the post office necessary — MyPostcard is a one-stop shop for creating and sending Mail to anyone around the globe.

Designing Your Cards

With MyPostcard, you can order photo postcards, greeting cards, photo prints, and more. You can either design the card from scratch or use one of our existing templates. We have thousands of designs made for any and every occasion you can think of.

From Christmas cards to simple printouts of your favorite memories, our products arrive at their destination in a stylish gift box or nicely scripted envelope. Send love to someone else or design photo products to display in your own home. You can include personal images, heartfelt messages, or just use the card to remind your loved ones that you’re thinking of them. Use some of our recommended motivational quotes or come up with a personalized message of your own.

Then, once you’re happy with your creation, we handle the addressing, stamping, and mailing out of your postcard. The mail will be delivered promptly in a beautiful display of affection and the packaging design is sure to impress and delight your recipient.

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How It Works

Sending Jail Mail through MyPostcard couldn’t be easier. No need to fret about your messy handwriting or whether the recipient will like the design of the card that you chose for them. All you have to do to send Jail Mail using MyPostcard is log on to the website or app. From there, browse through our over 8,000 available designs and find something that appeals to you.
Do you want to include just one image, or a collage of 8? Do you want one short but sweet message inside, or are you prepared to write an inspiring letter?

The choice is yours with MyPostcard. Our products are fully customizable and are tailored to suit your needs. You’ll use our simple graphic design platform to customize the cards as much or as little as you’d like, and then you’ll input the address of the recipient and off it goes.

If you have any questions about the design or mailing process, we’re here to help. Don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance with our platform. We have offices in Berlin, Germany, and New York City, USA, so we’re always on hand to help you out.
Want to gift the chance to use MyPostcard to others? Not a problem. We also sell gift cards.

Send Jail Mail #3
What Should I Write?

Sending Jail Mail may seem intimidating. How do you know what to write? What’s the right thing to say? How can you uplift the recipient and express yourself through a piece of paper, without being able to hear their tone of voice or look them in the eyes?

Don’t fret. People have been expressing themselves through sending letters for thousands of years, and you too will be able to effectively communicate your message to the recipient without even being able to chat with them in person. Below, we’ve included some great things to include in the Jail Mail you send. Whatever you decide to include, you want to make it personal.

Having meaningful contact with the outside world or with loved ones they’re missing can make all the difference to the inmate receiving the mail.

Share Personal Details of Your Life

One of the main things you’ll want to do when sending Jail Mail is to share personal details of your life. The inmate has no other way to know what’s new with you. They’re not scrolling through Facebook or texting back and forth all day long, so keep them up to date by sharing all the details in the mail you send.

Did you start a new job? Are you frustrated with a friend? Is a family member having a baby? Have you been sick, or did you start a new exercise regimen? These kinds of details may seem menial to you, but they hold a lot of weight for the inmate. They want to hear how you are and what you’re up to, so getting the chance to read about your life through the mail you send can truly mean a lot. You don’t want them to feel out of touch with you because they’re in jail, so do what you can to keep them in the loop.

Events, Updates, and News

Sure, people in jail may have a general idea of what’s going on in the world, but it’s not like they’re updated constantly with daily happenings and events. They’re not being bombarded with news stories and up-to-the-minute tweets.

Let them know what’s going on in the world and your take on it. This can feel like carrying on a conversation. It’s not quite the same, of course, but it’s the next best thing for the inmate to know how you feel about current events happening in your community and around the world.

If something major happens or a big shift occurs in the world, write your inmate a letter about it. They’ll enjoy hearing from you and will feel more in the know.

Quotes and Inspiration

Sending inspirational messages can make a big difference to someone who is in Jail. Obviously, jail is not a fun place to be.  It can be lonely, isolating, depressing, and discouraging.

Do the best you can to lift the inmate’s spirits by including motivational quotes and other inspiring messages in your Jail Mail. Don’t worry if you feel like you have nothing inspiring to say. Looking up quotes to include is fine to do. The wisdom shared by others who have gone before us can resonate with anyone and everyone journeying through the human experience.

Remind the inmate that everything is going to be okay. Sending Jail Mail is important and noble because it can make all the difference for someone who has wound up in jail.

Push them to do better and provide them with encouragement, motivation, and hope. You may just help them turn their life around.

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Send MyPostcard Now

Ready to make your loved one’s day? Send a MyPostcard today and bring a huge smile to their face. We offer all kinds of design and layout options to fit your needs. With 8,000 different designs available, we’re sure to have something you love. All you have to do is pick a design, upload images – or choose a card without pictures – and then send your postcard on its way. Jail Mail has never been easier or more beautiful to send.

Your recipient will be impressed and amazed that you took the time to create such a visually appealing piece of mail just for them.

Send a personalized Postcard now. No matter where in the world your loved one is located – within the prison walls or without – you are guaranteed to make their heart soar.

Why wait? Your heartfelt piece of mail just may change around someone’s day – or even their entire life.