Case Study: 'I've been going since Euro '88... I have got rooms some places for €15 per night'
Tony Franklin has learnt a few tricks in how to save money at tournaments having followed the Irish team since our first outing at the European Championships in 1988.
Back in 1988 thousands of supporters relied on travel agents to get to the Euros in Germany, and packages then cost more than £1,000.
Tony and his friends in Donabate, North Co Dublin, have always gone on their own steam, booking flights and hotels themselves, and he reckons he has saved thousands of euros as a result.
The former nurse at Portrane Hospital and his fellow fans were sitting at a computer on the night of the draw in December, booking flights and hotel rooms. For flights, accommodation, and taxis he predicts that he will spend €1,130 for the opening round.
As a member of an official supporters club, he is only spending €25 on each match ticket. He will travel from Dublin to Paris by plane and then use internal flights, and the entire cost of the plane journeys will be €400. His shared accommodation will cost him €30 per night.
When he travelled to Italia 90, when Ireland got to the quarter-final, Tony spent less than £700 (€900) at a time when flights were still expensive.
"If you share with a few people you can save a lot of money, and I have got rooms some places for €10-€15 per night."
Tony recalls the World Cup in the US in 1994 as extremely expensive, as a result of high airfares.
At the last Euros in Poland, Tony saved money by flying to Berlin and getting a train to Warsaw.
"Some of the accommodation was extremely cheap, but there were four or five of us in a room and some were sleeping on the floor. We rented a house in Poznan for €200 for five nights, and it came with a fridge full of food.
"When I am going out in a town or city I would always stay off the main boulevards and promenades. It is always cheaper to eat and drink in the back streets with the locals."