Checking out flight specials with Ryan Air is a must for any traveler. Fares start as little as "$19 Euros from say, Dublin to Barcelona. Look for specials, as they vary from day to day. The only drawback is that Ryan Air has a luggage restriction, but we were able to manage quite well with a small carry-on and a large personal bag. Ladies, a small purse fits nicely in a large bag!
The U-Bahn and S-Bahn are quite easy to navigate, with stations all over the city for a reasonable fee. A 24-72 hour pass can be purchased in the station, and allows access to buses, trams and some trains for as little as 9- 20 Euros. Long distance train travel is also reasonable, look for 2 for 1 offers.
The food...oh, the food! Most meals are made to share. Rich, and filling, two people can dine fabulously for less than 40 Euros, including beverages and dessert!
Hotels vary in price, but we found searching Expedia was the way to go. Our highest hotel fee was $136 per night, and we stayed in the five-star Clontarf Castle. Cheaper than San Francisco, and an unbelievable experience!
Air B&B's are great too, but be careful, read fine print, not all are private. Also, when booking hotels, look for how many beds are in the room, and what size. Some hotels offer 1 twin or 1 double. We lucked out in every city we visited, with the exception of Munich. Lovely room, quaint hotel, but located across from a bar with outdoor seating that stayed open until 2am.
I am eager to get back to my writing, and share my travels through my characters. I hope you will join me!