Your Guide to European City-Hopping On a Budget.

It’s time to explore the large cities of Europe, discover a mix of cuisines in each country, and watch the scenery change as you arrive at your next destination; add your favourite travel companion, and it is a dream come true. The sad thing is that we usually need to save up for these trips, and often an entire year in advance if you’re a student – it kind of puts a damper on the excitement, doesn’t it?

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Luckily for you, people have managed to travel between major European cities without spending too much at all. Take advantage of their knowledge and start packing right away – Paris, Prague, Budapest, Krakow, and many more are waiting for you.

Use Trains To Travel

Although a plain ticket between cities in Europe is affordable and fast, especially when you book them either up front or right before you intend on departing, you can save a lot by travelling by train. Consider investing in an Interrail ticket as these are flexible and basically designed for the young traveller who would like to see a bit more of Europe than just one country.

You can choose between an all-round ticket that’s somewhat more expensive but gives you the freedom to roam as much as you please, or a more limited ticket where you get a set amount of train journeys. There is really no downside to either; if you want to spend a month going from country to country, I recommend the all-round ticket as you don’t have to keep track of how many journeys you’ve taken. If you only want to see a few, you’d be better off with the more affordable option to not waste money unnecessarily.

Trains = accomodation!

Another benefit to travelling by train is that you might get an overnight train when you go between the main cities. Sleep like a baby in a compartment of your own, stack yourself up on a shelf above your friend, nap in your seat between other passengers, or try to make yourself comfortable on the floor when you don’t have a reservation. You can go from first class to third class in a blink of an eye, but you’ll get to the next station nonetheless.

Stay in Affordable rooms

When you don’t have an overnight train, you should consider using Airbnb or Couchsurfing. They both offer affordable accommodation in the comfort of other people’s home, and you don’t need to worry about staying at some lunatic’s house as people leave reviews and ratings of the place. Just make sure you’re a good guest, as they’re going to give you a rating as well!

If you want to have your own kitchen and all you can find on Airbnb is a single room, you can have a look at short term rentals by London Serviced Apartments. They have similar options in Berlin and the other large European cities, too, so there’s no need to worry about not getting to cook your own dinner.

Use Public Transport

Remember to stay true to the public transport system they have in the cities you visit. It’s mostly to save money, but also to explore the area as it should be explored – not in the back of a comfortable car, but squeezed between other tired travellers.

Finding A Place To Stay In London.

London is a truly amazing global city. From the iconic London Eye to the historic West End, Buckingham Palace to Regents Park, and from Hipster Shoreditch to upmarket Mayfair, you’re never short of things to do in this magical melting pot. Of course, however, any trip like this will come at a cost; London is one of the most expensive cities in the World for people to visit and stay. Unfortunately, the pure expense puts off a lot of holidaymakers from visiting the capital. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Instead, with the right research and time, you can find cheap alternatives to the expensive hotels in London. To help you out, this post will be going through three of the best ways to stay in London without breaking the bank. So, once your accommodation is sorted, all you have to do is head out into the city and explore!

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Shoreditch, London; The Coolest Street Art Locations.

Street art is often more than just something pretty to look at; It can help brighten up a dull part of town and give it a hipster reputation, it can carry a powerful political or social message, and of course, provide the backdrop for your next Instagram photo.

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Gift Idea: Check Out These Great Maps Of Your Favourite Destinations!

Unique ways of remembering trips always make a great gift, either for a friend or a way to treat yourself ;). After you’ve had a great trip to a destination, you have your photos, but it’s always nice to have another ay to remember it! Forget your fridge magnets, it’s all about map art! Passing a map on a wall in your house you will be able to see all the different destinations you’ve travelled to, each one evoking different memories and feelings! Modern Map art provide great maps of most destinations across the world!

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The Top 4 Luxury Hotels in London

London is known for having some of the world’s oldest and most iconic luxury hotels. It’s not surprising, considering it’s one of the world’s oldest cities. It was founded by the Romans back around 50 AD, and the concept of letting a guest stay in one’s house, or accommodation so to speak, actually dates back to Biblical times.

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There’s an Awesome Farm in The Middle of London!

I remember going to farms as a youngster; the excitement of seeing all the animals, feeding them, and thinking I could actually talk to them. My favorite were the sheep and goats who nearly took your hand with them when they gobbled up the food you gave them. Now that i’m older I realize, to my disappointment, that I am no Dr Doolittle. However, the memories of visiting farms as a youngster are still very vivid and i’m sure I learnt a thing or to when I visited them!

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The Problem With Optional Service Charge in The UK.

“Can you take the service charge off the bill please?”

The idea of saying this probably fills you with dred.

Don’t worry, it’s very British of you.

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