ABC – A Bucharest Charm

Bucharest is one of Europe’s best hidden capital cities! Check out our guide to touring this Romanian recluse – ‘I-a picat fața!’

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Earlier this week, we gave you a brilliant introductory guide to volunteering abroad, written by our guest blogger Astrid. If you haven’t had chance to read it yet, check it out here!

It got me to thinking about locations in Europe that can be visited by those who want to experience a unique ‘voluntourism’ experience as well as visit an area for fun. Romania is one of the best locations for volunteering abroad in Europe. From performing arts roles to conservation research, Romania can be one of the most beautiful places to visit that’s only a few hours from home. Be sure to check out advice from VSO if you want to learn more!

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Volunteering abroad can be a unique and humbling experience!

From a tourist point of view though, Romania’s capital, Bucharest, is undeniably a haven for the student traveller. Beautiful landscapes border a wonderful city structure, with so much accessible by foot. If you want to get further out into the surrounding area, Bucharest has brilliant public transport links that can allow you to explore as much as you want – for a very reasonable price!

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You can zip around Bucharest by tram!

 

Bucharest, like many Eastern European cities, displays glorious historic architecture alongside relics from the recent communist era. This is all documented in heritage sites across the city, from the former residences of national leaders to tours routed around the locations of revolution. You can leave Bucharest with a real understanding of modern-day Romania and the challenges faced by the nation today.

Don’t forget about all the food and drink you can find in Bucharest! From Mahala, a contemporary Romanian restaurant offering the best of the local cuisine, to the gorgeous Linea rooftop bar overlooking the city, you can experience the best culinary vibes that Bucharest has to offer without breaking the bank!

 

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Be sure to take a break in one of many of Bucharest’s green spaces!

The flights below are with Wizz Air – Wizz Air offer a lucrative deal with their Discount Club. For €30 a year, a named traveller and their companion can benefit from a significant discount on flights, as well as luggage deals. For €60 a year, this can extend to a named traveller and up to five others getting this deal. In this instance, there is a 40% discount in the comparative price – travelling more frequently with Wizz Air will allow you to quickly earn back this initial cost!

Like many other budget airlines, Wizz Air have recently changed their baggage policy. All passengers are entitled to one free cabin bag (40cm x 30cm x 20cm), while those who purchase Priority at £6.50 per flight will also be entitled to an additional bag (55cm x 40cm x 23cm). Aside from this, a 10kg bag (149cm x 119 cm x 171cm) costs £10 per flight.

 

(Prices last checked 17th January 2019)

18th March – LTN – OTP (08:55 – 14:10) – £10/£16 (Wizz Air – the lower price is with the Discount Club) (Transfer from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to city centre = 50p)

21st March – OTP – LTN (21:35 – 23:15) – £10/£16 (Wizz Air – the lower price is with the Discount Club) (Transfer to Bucharest Otopeni Airport from city centre = 50p)

Total = £21/£33

 

Currency conversion rate (17th January 2019) – 1 GBP = 5.32 RON

 

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Please note, all the information on this page is accurate at the time of publication.
If you are viewing this deal at a later date, the price and availability may no longer be as advertised.

 

 

40 Must Know Facts About Volunteering Abroad

Volunteering abroad can have an enormous amount of benefits, from improving physical and mental health to gaining new skills. There are more reasons now than ever before to get away and help others overseas!

 

Volunteering abroad can have an enormous amount of benefits, from improving physical and mental health to gaining new skills, there are more reasons now than ever before to get away and help others overseas.

Here are some must know facts about volunteering abroad:

  1. Ten years ago, in 2008 there were reportedly 1.6 million international volunteers. Think how many there are now!
  2. In 2018, the top volunteer destination was Thailand, followed by India and in third place Peru.
  3. Volunteering abroad and gap years became popular in the 1960s. Gap years started as a cultural exchange experience.
  4. Culture exchanges actually deter future wars, countries are less scared about different cultures and instead embrace them.
  5. The first gap year organisation was founded in 1969 and is still running today, specialising in internships abroad.
  6. International volunteers are great for a country’s economy, volunteers have contributed $200 million to Australia’s economy.
  7. Volunteering helps to improve mental health.
  8. You become a part of the community. Volunteers don’t just visit a country, they are welcomed into the community and live as a local.
  9. ADHD volunteers are able to focus and concentrate for longer compared to those with ADHD who did not volunteer.
  10. The flight will probably be the most expensive aspect of any volunteer trip. With return flights to South America typically around £700 many volunteers are looking to stay closer to home, in Europe.
  11. Volunteering makes you healthier according to a study done by S Travel Association
  12. It is affordable but rarely free. There are many affordable volunteer organisations out there, but they may be harder to find, on the second or third page of search results.
  13. 96% of volunteers believe that volunteering makes people happier, there are many studies which support this.
  14. The main reason volunteers help overseas is to experience cultural immersion and give back to a less developed community, with an aim to end poverty.
  15. If a volunteer has a personal attachment to a project, with a skill to offer or a genuine interest, they are more likely to feel the benefits of volunteering.
  16. Volunteers settle into a project quicker if they know some familiar phrases in the local language. Probably the two best words to learn are “hello” and “good” to start making friendships.
  17. The USA sends the most international volunteers abroad, probably because they install the idea of volunteering overseas with the peace corps from a young age.
  18. By reading about what other volunteers and travellers have experienced in the region you’re travelling to will lower the culture shock experienced, as you have a better idea of what to expect.
  19. Some colleges offer extra credit or travel grants for students who volunteer, even if it is not advertised, it is always worth asking!
  20. Employers are always looking for unique things which make candidates stand out against the thousands of applications they see every day. Volunteering can help boost your CV. Make sure you leave your project with a reference and if possible a video clip of you volunteering.
  21. Whilst volunteering abroad, many skills are gained or enhanced, from teamwork and communication to admin and planning work. Many of which are opportunities that crop up on an ad-hoc basis.
  22. Employers claim they can gain a better understanding of someone’s personality when they have included volunteering abroad on their CV. Ensure you have described your role abroad as fully as you can.
  23. Your ideas on a project are actually heard. I was shocked to see that projects actually wanted to hear about room for improvement and keen to implement ideas volunteers have.
  24. The best way of starting your own volunteer project, is through volunteering on another project and learning how they work.
  25. Adults who volunteered as a child are more likely to help again in their adulthood compared to those who never helped overseas when they were younger.
  26. The most popular type of volunteering at home is fundraising and activities to raise money for a cause.
  27. The second most popular form of volunteering at home is baking, serving and preparing food for others.
  28. Statistically, more volunteers are female than male.
  29. The majority of summer volunteers are aged between eighteen to twenty-four years old and are likely to be employed.
  30. Volunteering abroad isn’t exclusively for younger volunteers, more mature travellers are taking advantage of sabbaticals, career changes and retirees free time to help overseas and see a new country.
  31. Between November and May the average age on a project is much higher, with only one or two gap year students.
  32. Nearly 20% of volunteers in one survey documented that when helping on a volunteer project their overall general health improved.
  33. Simply the act of planning a volunteer trip overseas is enough to make someone happier.
  34. A new perspective gained from volunteering helps volunteers see clearly and inspires them to keep doing great work whilst volunteering.
  35. Volunteering helps renew someone’s perspective on everyday stresses like work, family, relationships and health.
  36. Volunteers are more likely to volunteer solo and meet friends on a project, rather than travelling with people they already know.
  37. Even when volunteering solo, you don’t have to volunteer alone. Organisations can help volunteers chat before they travel and even help volunteers fly out together.
  38. It is not uncommon for volunteers to make friendships which last for life, organising a second or third volunteer trip together.
  39. The main object in the way of volunteering is the commitment, unaware that many project welcome volunteers for as little as a week.
  40. Many employers are keen to encourage their staff to volunteer offering extra vacation days when travelling to help a good cause.

 

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London Calling – Tips and Tricks for a Capital Adventure

Capital experiences for a capital price! Check out our tips to explore London on a budget!

As someone who loves getting out into the world and seeing what every nation has to offer, it’s not uncommon for me to forget just what can be found on my doorstep.

London, to those like me who live hundreds of miles away, is a whole experience when visiting. Even though things may look and sound the same to at home, London is so vast that you could spend a whole day in just one borough and still not know all of its secrets. Our guide to the UK’s capital will hopefully give you an insight into exploring the city like a pro.

 

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Kensington is one of London’s prettiest districts!

 

The capital is, unsurprisingly, a haven for culture. Many of London’s biggest and best collections can be explored for little to no cost. From the Science Museum in glamorous Kensington to the Tate Modern on the banks of the Thames, you can view some of the world’s premier exhibitions in the same city. The London Underground is a great way of getting around so your culture trip can continue with ease.

My recent visit to the Natural History Museum made me fall back in love with nature. This educational hotspot had children and adults alike mesmerising at the wonders of the animal kingdom before introducing them to the scientific surprises found throughout nature. From geology to palaeontology, you could easily spend all day in the gorgeous building – it is however possible to blitz the site while still leaving with a mind full of knowledge.

 

 

 

Food is not just a factor of travel – in London, it can be your main focal point! From Chinatown to ‘Little India’, the capital can let you (and your taste-buds) travel around the world without leaving the inner city.

On my latest visit, I opted for hearty American fare with a twist. Honest Burgers, found across London, offer delicious burgers with incredible additions. Be sure to order a double portion of their rosemary-salted chips, since you’ll wolf them down so quickly! With gluten free, veggie and vegan options, everyone can enjoy their delicious meal. Students can also benefit from a very generous 30% discount courtesy of UNiDAYS – check out their page here for all of the T&Cs.

 

 

 

Here are our top tips for a London experience on a budget:

 

  • If you’re in possession of one, remember that your contactless card can work as an Oyster card on the Underground and bus networks – your daily fare will be capped in line with current fees (eg. £7 for travel solely in Zone 1), and is much cheaper than buying a single fare.
  • Be sure to factor in the number of zones that you’ll be travelling in on the Underground in relation to your length of time in London – it could be cheaper to purchase a multi-day travelcard for a longer stay.
  • Download a map of the Underground to your phone – internet access cannot be guaranteed when travelling, especially on the Tube; a guide on your phone allows for conspicuous travel planning on the move.
  • Make sure you know what is and isn’t free within London’s biggest museums and galleries – many of the featured or heavily advertised exhibits will come with a price tag, even if the site and many of the other exhibitions are free to enter.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help! – London has a reputation as being a bit of a stoic and silent location, but it reality it’s one of the friendliest cities around. From Tube staff to waiters and waitresses, be sure to ask for help and guidance if required. Even ask other visitors to the city about their itineraries to gain perspectives of the city that you would never have previously explored.

 

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London is gorgeous, whatever time of day!

 

Images: Heather Swain, Megan Field

 

Please note, all the information on this page is accurate at the time of publication. If you are viewing this information at a later date, the prices and availability may no longer be as advertised.

 

An Albanian Affair

Want culture, history and beauty from your break? Look no further than Albania! Check out our last post of 2018 to get inspired for your 2019 travels!

It may not even be 2019 yet, but now is one of the best times to start planning your spring and summer adventures!

You might only know Albania as one of the first countries alphabetically, but this Balkan beauty is a haven of culture and surprise. This route takes you in and around Albania’s capital of Tirana, and to the gorgeous coastal port of Durrës, two locations that will leave you wanting to come back and explore this brilliant region even more!

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Can you believe that you can travel high above Tirana?

Tirana, like many other former Yugoslavian cities, is a capital that combines a rich and developed history with a more recent, impactful past, as well as signs of a modern future. The iconic Piramida is a communist relic that is truly unique – though seemingly a disused, vandalised structure, a short lesson in the history of this site will let you understand why this location is so crucial to Albania today. If you want to see this brilliant city from above, the Dajti Ekspres cable car travels high above Tirana into a wonderful, natural haven – this is the longest cable car service across the Balkans, giving you the best opportunity to snap those incredible photos to show off your fab holiday!

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Durrës is a cultural colossus as well as a beautiful beach!

Only 40 minutes West from Tirana by train, the port of Durrës may seem like a total world away from life within the capital. Bordering the Adriatic Sea, Durrës is a combination of seaside destination and ancient monument. With its foundations being believed to be back in 600 B.C., it isn’t a surprise that the seaport is home to a 15,000-seat amphitheatre, however seeing is always believing! Durrës is also an archaeological goldmine – as well as relaxing by the coast, you can also explore the region’s past through its objects and buildings, ranging from bathhouses with glorious designs to the city’s unavoidable castle.

 

(Prices last checked 26th December 2018)

 

11th March – LUT – TIR (06:50 – 10:50) – £10.50 (Wizz Air Discount Club), £18 (without Wizz Air Discount Club) (Transfer from Tirana Airport to city centre = £2)

13th March – Tirana – Durrës (11:45 – 12:25) – 50p (hsh.com.al)

14th March – Durrës – Tirana (15:35 – 16:15) – 50p (hsh.com.al)

Note – The station for Tirana is actually in Kashar, a 15 minute drive from the centre of the capital. If you would prefer to travel from Tirana itself, please search coach services, such as this one. These are however not verified. Please also check before travel that the trains are actually running – it is reported that they may often stop or not run with little to no notification. Train times may also change with no prior notice.

15th March – TIR – LUT (11:30 – 13:30) – £15.50 (Wizz Air Discount Club), £23 (without Wizz Air Discount Club) (Transfer to Tirana Airport from city centre = £2)

 

Total = £31/£46

 

Regarding accommodation, both Tirana and Durrës are home to many affordable homestay options, located both in the centre of the city and by the seafront respectively. Both also present a range of cute and quirky hostels and cheap hotels perfect for a short Balkan break. If you want to experience Albanian hospitality for less, don’t forget that Student Holiday Plans offers new Airbnb users the chance to save £25 from their first booking anywhere in the world over £55 – check out our page here explaining how!

 

Currency conversion rate (26th December 2018) – 1 GBP = 136.45 LEK

 

Images: Alexandr Bormotin, jesper-48.blogspot.com, albania.al

 

Please note, all the information on this page is accurate at the time of publication. If you are viewing this deal at a later date, the price and availability may no longer be as advertised.

Ringing in the New Year, Student Holiday Plans Style

Want to end your year with a bang? Get ready for an incredible deal on hotels next week – be prepared with our guide!

EDIT (17/12/18): This deal has now expired.

 

Student Holiday Plans always tries to find deals that allow you time and ease for planning a holiday. However, some deals are so spontaneous that we, and you, simply don’t have time to strategise! This deal in particular is not a travel deal involving flights, but a deal on accommodation that seriously is too good to turn down.

 

Expedia are offering 90% on selected hotels for travel between the 17th December and 5th January (inclusive). Sounds too good to be true? It really isn’t! The offer goes live at 9am on the morning of Monday 17th – any purchase has to be via the Expedia app (found here for iOS and here for Android), and the promotion code ‘HITRESET’ has to be entered on the payment page – that’s it! The code is limited – this deal recently ran on the American Expedia site, and all codes were used within the first few hours of release, so you’ll have to be on the ball if you want to get the best deal! If you miss out, the code will still get you 20% off of your hotel. If you want to check the terms and conditions further or learn more, read all about Expedia’s deal here.

 

Now this might be a bit too last-minute to be travelling abroad, but this deal could still be used for a New Year’s Eve out, or visiting family and friends over the Christmas break.

We’ve got some top tips for making sure you don’t miss out on this incredible deal:

 

  • Make sure you’ve created an account with Expedia that has a credit or debit card, or PayPal account, attached before the start of the sale. This will save time when you pay – all you have to enter is your card’s security code.

 

  • Always select the ‘Free Cancellation’ option presented. Even if you’re sure you’ll be able to stay in your hotel on your selected nights, you have the freedom to change your mind and get your money back for what would only be maybe only a few pence more than losing out.

 

  • Most importantly, this deal can only be redeemed on the app – don’t miss out by finding a great hotel on the web only to not be able to recover the deal!

 

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, we have found a few fabulous flight routes that would be great for a short holiday break, and leave your total travel spend at a minimum.
Everyone knows that Dublin is a wonderful city all year round. From having a pint of Guinness in one of the city’s unique pubs to snapping a picture with some of Dublin’s gorgeous architecture, Ireland’s capital is one of the best places to go for a festive break. Don’t miss out on seeing the unmissable Spire in the centre – at 120 metres tall, you won’t miss it!

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Wrap up warm for a stroll down Dublin’s scenic streets!

 

If you want to get away from city life, you can visit Limoges in the West of France for next to nothing either just before or after the New Year. As well as the ubiquitous Christmas market that can be found all across Europe at this time, Limoges is also home to some glorious Gothic architecture that beautifully juxtaposes the little traditional alleyways, such as the ‘Rue de la Boucherie’. Something that you’ll love to share with your uni friends is your time in ‘Escrocs’, a café specialising in variations of ‘croque’ (grilled cheese) sandwiches!

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Last minute Christmas presents, anyone?

 

Prices last checked 14th December 2018 –

 

20th Dec – BRS – LIG (18:05 – 20:40) – £10 (Ryanair) (Transfer from Limoges Airport to city centre = £17 – £23) (Uber)

22nd Dec – LIG – BRS (15:50 – 16:30) – £10 (Ryanair) (Transfer to Limoges Airport from city centre = £17 – £23) (Uber)

Total = £54 – £66

 

2nd Jan – BRS – DUB (08:05 – 09:10) – £13 (Ryanair) (Transfer from Dublin Airport to city centre = £5.50) (dodublin.ie)

4th Jan – DUB – BRS (06:30 – 07:40) – £13 (Ryanair) (Transfer to Dublin Airport from city centre = £5.50) (dodublin.ie)

Total = £37

 

3rd Jan – BRS – LIG (18:05 – 20:40) – £10 (Ryanair) (Transfer from Limoges Airport to city centre = £17 – £23) (Uber)

5th Jan – LIG – BRS (15:50 – 16:30) – £10 (Ryanair) (Transfer to Limoges Airport from city centre = £17 – £23) (Uber)

Total = £54 – £66

 

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Just to demonstrate the level of discount you’re looking at with the incredible deal by taking the example of Limoges, the prices above in red are the price per night, excluding city tax. You could have two nights in a city centre location for under £20!

 

Images: Marten Bjork, Diogo Palhais, tourisme-hautevienne.com

 

Please note, all the information on this page is accurate at the time of publication.
If you are viewing this deal at a later date, the price and availability may no longer be as advertised.

Black Fly-Day

Black Fly-Day is upon us! We will be tracking the best routes and updating this post with all the best deals, be sure to keep checking in with us throughout the day!

NOTE – The below deals may only be valid until the end of the 23rd November; the prices and route availability may greatly increase following this date.

 

This post will be updated throughout the day with any new, major airline deals!

 

Black Friday – the shopping holiday the day after Thanksgiving has entered the global consciousness in a massive way. This is something that the travel industry has also greatly involved itself in – this isn’t just the larger airlines taking pounds from their long-haul flights though, the smaller, budget airlines are also in on the act. Here are some of the best deals for this coming spring – spending now for your Easter break might end up saving you money by the time your holiday comes around!

Many of the flight deals below are flying with Ryanair. The price listed does not include any luggage over their free ‘small’ handheld bag (max. dimensions 40cm x 20cm x 25cm). Due to the recent change in their baggage policy, in order to travel with a larger suitcase (max. dimensions 55cm x 40cm x 20cm), you will now have to purchase either a priority deal, or a check-in option. We would advise for the deals below to opt for the ‘Priority & 2 Cabin Bags’ deal – this is £6 per flight, and the cheapest option for travelling with more than only the bare minimum of luggage. Be sure to check the official Ryanair information here if you want any more guidance on luggage.

 

  1. Gothenburg

 

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Gothenburg, though one of Sweden’s biggest cities, is not always at the top of a student’s travel bucket list. It however really is a hidden gem that can be explored over a short period of time. A haven of culture, art and food, Gothenburg is a Swedish smörgåsbord that has a surprise around every corner. Be sure to check out the view of the city from above at Skansen Kronan, a hill-top fortress and overlooks the Gothenburg skyline. If you’re feeling adventurous, there is a free public sauna and pool right in the middle of the city that can be used all year round – be sure to pack your swimming costume!

 

4th March – STN – GOT (08:45 – 11:35) – £16.99 (Ryanair) (Transfer from Gothenburg Airport to city centre = £8.50) (flygbussarna.se)

7th March – GOT – STN (22:05 – 23:10) – £16.99 (Ryanair) (Transfer to Gothenburg Airport from city centre = £8.50) (flygbussarna.se)

 

Total = £50.98

 

2. Perugia

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The capital city of the Italian region of Umbria, Perugia, is located right in the middle of the country. Though you won’t be lounging by the coast during this break, you will have the chance to explore the hidden history of the gorgeous city. Beautiful squares right in the centre of the city help to clearly highlight the wonderful architecture of the region. Churches and historical structures are plentiful in Perugia; the unique San Lorenzo Cathedral is a must-see due to its contrast between its unfinished exterior and wonderfully intricate interior. Being a university city, Perugia is also home to some creative bars in some really abstract locations – there is even a restaurant and bar in a former hospital!

 

1st March – STN – PEG (07:40 – 11:10) – £14.99 (Ryanair) (Transfer from Perugia airport to city centre = £2.50) (fsbusitalia.it)

4th March – PEG – STN (11:35 – 13:05) – £26.51 (Ryanair) (Transfer to Perugia airport from city centre = £2.50) (fsbusitalia.it)

 

Total = £46.50

 

3. Porto

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We have written about travelling to the wonderful Portuguese city of Porto before – read all about it here!

 

23rd March – STN – OPO (06:35 – 08:55) – £16.99 (Ryanair) (Transfer from Porto airport to city centre = £2)

27th March – OPO – STN (18:05 – 20:35) – £16.99 (Ryanair) (Transfer to Porto airport from city centre = £2)

 

Total = £37.98

 

4. Oslo

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This route is a bit different as it is for travel at the end of January, but if you’re able to travel at this time then you’re not going to find a flight deal better than this!  Oslo does have the reputation for being a little bit pricey, but as with every major city, you can soak up the culture without breaking the bank. A tour of the local landmarks is a definite must – don’t forget to check out the gorgeous Frogner Park and marvel at the sculptures hidden within the glorious green space. Food is also a key part of the Oslo lifestyle – while fresh Nordic fish is a given, Oslo is also a champion of street food. Be sure to eat at Mathallen for some of the most unique food concepts in this part of the world!

 

20th January – STN – OSL (06:25 – 09:30) – £4.99 (Ryanair) (Transfer from Oslo airport to city centre = £9) (nsb.no)

23rd January – OSL – STN (21:30 – 22:40) – £4.99 (Ryanair) (Transfer to Oslo airport from city centre = £9) (nsb.no)

 

Total = £27.98

 

Don’t forget, Cyber Monday is also coming up after the weekend – keep your eyes peeled for anymore travel deals! Be sure to say in the comments if you’re going to take advantage of any Black ‘Fly-Day’ deal for your next break!

Same City, Different Day – Re-visiting your Favourite Places with Fresh Eyes

Re-visiting Budapest has made me want to see so much more of this city!
Turns out that twice is still not enough!

This past week I was lucky enough to re-visit the city I consider to be my favourite in Europe – Budapest. Although my main reason for visiting was sadly not as a tourist, I was able to see a few of the sites I remembered so fondly from my previous time in Hungary’s capital, while also being able to make a few new memories in new locations.

 

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A less common view of Budapest’s brilliant banks of the Danube from the edge of Margaret Island

 

My first visit to Budapest was as typical as you can get. Trips to museums, tours of buildings and ruin bar-hopping were absolutely perfect first-time activities for viewing this unique city in all its glory. This time however, with less time available to actually go into places, as well as less money, I really had to think about how to best spend my time in this wonderful city effectively.

 

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No visit to Budapest is complete without viewing the gorgeous Gothic architectural Hungarian Parliament building

 

With the sun shining down across the whole city throughout my visit, I was able to explore an element of Budapest that I had missed during my last experience in the city. The green spaces within this metropolitan area are a welcome surprise, and the perfect place to go and soak up the sun away from the hustle and bustle of tourists and traffic. Both Margaret Island and City Park are easily located just outside of the main city centre, and can be accessed by public transport or on foot. The M1 metro line has stations actually within City Park itself, while there is a tram stop on the bridge at the foot of Margaret Island. Surprises are hidden within every corner of both locations, including a zoo, a dancing water fountain, and a thermal bath!

 

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The beautiful Városliget, or City Park, is a fairy-tale land only minutes away from busy city life

 

Here are my top tips for re-visiting a city and not leaving disappointed:

 

  • Find out where the locals go – tourist traps are called tourist traps for a reason. Instead of going to cafés and restaurants located right next to big attractions and queuing for hours for that must-see place, try checking out reviews on websites in native languages to find that extra-special location to eat, explore, and enjoy.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask – staff in hotels, homestay hosts and even servers are often more than willing to share their favourite places in the city they call home. Even meeting other visitors along the way and asking them what they’re planning to see and do can open your eyes to all the experiences your location has to offer.
  • Go off the beaten track – if possible, make sure to slightly vary your repeated journeys. I found that when going back to my homestay flat, by going down the next street over from the one my map suggested I was suddenly surrounded by wonderful street art that I would never have found if I had stayed on the fixed route. Of course, make sure that you can still get to where you are meant to be going!

 

Going back and visiting Budapest again has really opened my eyes to returning travel! Be sure to tell me in the comments where you would love to visit again!