Going on a Yoga Retreat might not be for everyone. Well, that’s wrong. If you are opting out of going on a retreat yourself, than these budget retreats might be something for you. When you plan your trip well, you can even save a lot of money on you plane ticket. Here are 5 trips in Europe that are do-able on a budget for you.
Europe is quite big and has a lot of divers cultures and languages. Luckily most of the people speak English and they almost have the Euro as a common currency. This means that if you are from Europe yourself, you don’t have to be worried about the exchange rates and everything.
And if you are from outside of Europe, it’s also quite easy to travel around Europe if you plan to extend your stay before or after the retreat.
The budget retreats that I have picked out for you are in Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Montenegro. This because it’s quite easy to travel around within or around these countries, the climate is quite enjoyable and because of the meditereanen climate somehow the people are also very relaxed, kind and heartwarming. Well, in general that is, of course you always have some people that aren’t that enjoyable ;).
Budget Traveling and Retreats
So for this article I had a few criteria to take into consideration. For example, the retreats had to have accommodation and at least one meal. The countries that I choose aren’t normally that expensive to enjoy the other two meals, and it also might give you the opportunity to discover a bit. For those who are already traveling on a budget, you know that you shouldn’t stay on the mainstreets and go into the smaller streets for more reasonable prices!
Not only that, but these countries are also really strict when it comes down to hygiene in restaurants and street vendors, which means that you can safely eat some food from a food truck for example. Although you might want to take a seat when you eat, when you are buying food on the street you are free to sit wherever you want. Like on the beach for example watching a beautiful sunset!
A great part of traveling on a budget is knowing what your budget is and sticking to it. So before you leave, before you even book your retreat, flights and itenaries, decide what the budget is.
Don’t use your credit card! This is just to keep in mind that it’s easy to use your credit card and think: hey, I’ll pay it in the next couple of months. But the danger here is that you’ll overspend and that your budget will be emptied in just a couple of swipes with your card. It’s okay to take your credit card, but only use it in emergencies.
If you want more tips on traveling on a budget, then go to this website.
Traveling on a budget to Greece is quite easy, if you stay away from the main islands and the touristic places. But that’s like everywhere else of course. Greece has a lot of island to discover, so if you’d like to go island hopping, it’s very suitable for that. Check out the prices of the ferries though as those may elevate the price of your trip.
This retreat will take place in Palairos. It’s on the West-coast of the Greek mainland. The nearest airport is Aktion Airport and is served by some of the major airlines in Europe, including some local ones. So if you are looking for a direct flight outside of Europe, you’ll be looking for a flight with a lay-over.
Besides that, you’ll get a good deal for what you’ll be getting. Not all the meals are included, however, brunch is. Which means that if you don’t mind skipping breakfast, you can just go with their brunch as your first meal. This brunch is also served on a beautiful location. If you don’t want to cook for yourself, you can also ask them for dinner at an extra cost.
7 nights accommodation is included, just like 6 hatha yoga classes, meditation sessions and yoga nidra. You will be having one day off during this week to explore or relax. The location is just 10 minutes away from the beach, so if this is a budget vacation for you, you can just roll out your towel and dive into the meditereannnan sea! If not, you can have a look at the excursions the center has to offer.
If you’d like more information about this retreat, click here. Prices are starting from US$278 which is a really good deal for what you’ll be getting.
Pizza and pasta are words that immediatly come into your mind when you are thinking about Italy. It’s no surprise that Italy knew how to surprise us with there simple, yet delicious food they have to offer. They make it with care and love and that’s what you tast in their dishes. Here is a retreat for you if you love to have some traditional Italian pizza.
During this retreat you’ll be staying in 2-star Hotel Arno. It may be that you aren’t looking forward to stay in a two star hotel in a touristic location. However, this retreat has a lot to offer for the price they are offering it for!
You’ll be getting two yoga sessions a day, three meals a day and this for 7 nights long! This is actually to crazy for a retreat where prices start from US$425. And on top of that you’ll also get two meditation sessions during this week and a free one-hour massage!
The retreat is located in the San Marino area, with Rimini Airport as its closest airport. This airport is growing and has more and more low-budget airlines coming. But it’s still a small airport, so you might have a better chance going into some bigger airports and taking the train after that.
For more information on this retreat, click here.
Time for Tapas! Spain is large and has a lot to offer as well. The Spanish people don’t always have such a good reputation somehow, however, if you know a bit of Spanish, they will like you a lot for it. That’s the only thing they want, being able to communicate with you, even if it’s just a little. So before you leave, buy a small book to learn a bit of Spanish and you’ll have hardly any problem in Spain :).
Ibiza has been high in demand recently for everyone doing yoga. No wonder that I had to include this retreat into this list! This retreat is located with the beach on walking distance in the northern part of the island.
Every morning (or occassionally in the afternoon) you’ll be doing a 3-hour long yoga sessions! Which seems like a long time, but it will end before you even know it! In the morning is also a very good time as this will mean that you’ll have the entire afternoon for yourself to relax or go on the excursions they have to offer.
There are two meals included, and it depends which one is. Breakfast is included every single day and then it is either lunch or dinner that is included. The meals that are included are generally the ones after your 3-hour long yoga class. So if you are doing yoga in the morning, you’ll be getting lunch. If you’ll be doing yoga in the afternoon, you’ll be getting dinner.
It makes sense as the meals are served right after your yoga class. And after that program is finished, you are free to do whatever you want. Be careful though, because of the popularity of Ibiza, prices might be steep. Ibiza has its own airport, so it’s easy to travel there as it is a high demand tourist location.
Prices for this retreat start from US$390. If you want more information, click here.
Portugal also has been one of the countries lately that has been high in demand for Yoga Retreats. The country itself is still low in population, which leaves a lot of open space to hold a retreat. The retreat I’ve picked out for you is just above Lisbon, so it’s good to combine with a city trip and is close to the beach as well.
The Art of Vinyasa, is a retreat near Ericeira and it has a lot to offer. You’ll be getting 2 vegan meals a day. Which is quite exclusive as there are not so many vegan options to find when you are doing a retreat. So this retreat is vegan approved!
Not only that, but you’ll also be getting two yoga classes a day, meditation sessions and they also have a divers evening program. They are really going deep into the whole yoga philosophy and the yogic life, so this retreat is for those who’d like to be immersed into yoga and meditation for a complete rejuvenation.
If you happen to have the time, Ericeira has been called the surfers paradise and the retreat organisors also know who and where you can get a surf lesson at an additional cost. So feel free to ask them.
As well, Portugal is quite cheap, so it’s very suitable for those who are looking for a budget trip. Going to a cafe and drink a coffee might cost you $1. Going to a restaurant is on average $14 for a whole meal, drinks included.
If you want more information about this retreat, click here. Prices start from US$540.
Monte-who?! Yes, Montenegro is a country in Europe and a beautiful one as well if I may add. It used to be former Serbia and Montenegro, and before that it used to be Yuguslavia. Since their divorce in 2003 you don’t hear a lot from them anymore, so let’s give this little country the attention that it deserves.
This retreat is lying in the beautiful hilly mountains of Stari Bar. Although it’s in the mountains, it’s also not that far away from the beach.
The retreat itself is completely catered, so you’ll have all your meals at the property. And if you get hungry in between the meals, there will be refreshments to your disposal. Meals are all vegetarian.
You will be getting two classes a day and there is even a yoga hall inside the hotel, which means you don’t have to worry about going during the wintermonths. Besides that there are also a few excursions in the beautiful nature of Montenegro.
The nearest airport is Podgorica Airport. They don’t really provide a transfer service, but they’ll do their best to see if other participants are arriving in the sime period as you do. This might surpress the costs and even gives you a chance to get to know your fellow yogi’s.
If you’d like to know more about this retreat, click here. Prices start from US$441.
That was it for the yoga retreats when you are traveling on a budget, if you have more questions, or if you have a spot that has to be on this list. Let me know in the comment section below!