Europe as a whole can be a shock to those expecting to travel around the continent on a shoestring, especially for first timers. Alongside the cobblestone streets and charming baroque buildings, restaurant meals and hotel rooms can burn a hole in your pocket. A very big one at that.
So I found myself in Prague in the Czech Republic towards the tail-end of a two and a half week trip around Central Europe last year. Contrary to what I expected, I managed to get by doing the things I wanted without spending a lot. In fact, I was able to get by with slightly less than US$25 a day. Here is how I did it.