Visit Cagliari, Sardinia on a budget! 9 ways how to do it

Cagliari is the biggest city and the capital of the island. It is usually an expensive destination. It tends to gather more of a “cashed-up” crowd, which is understandable with its 20 km long Emerald Coast. But today I will give you tips on how to lower the costs there and easily afford this destination.

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Cagliari is a vibrant city. It is full of life, many bars, restaurants, tourists, underneath the palms in the Marine.

1. Flights to Cagliari

My advice is to take a flight to Alghero, because it is much cheaper than flying directly to Cagliari. Then you can reach Cagliari with a car (around 5 hrs driving) or with a train, which takes a bit shorter time (13 Eur a ticket). The tickets you can buy directly at the station, since buying online is not that developed. You can also rent a car, and go around the island, which is very pleasant and most of the people prefer this.

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2. Rent a car in Cagliari

I advise you to use your flight company for renting the car because it will always offer a discount. I used Ryanair, and it offered me cheaper options than all car rental companies. Bear in mind, that in the peak season can be pretty busy to park there.

3. Where to book your accommodation in Cagliari, Sardinia?

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There are two options since the beaches are outside the city center.

a) inside the city center (which I choose).

You will stay in the center and have access to all the bars, restaurants, gelaterias, shops, and everything in the city, which I believe is more budget friendly. In this case, you will need to move with your car/bus to go to the beach. For me, that is better, because I love to go out in the evening and I did not want to miss the vibrant nightlife in Cagliari. Then I recommend you to stay in a place which is as close as possible to the Marina. You have the bus stop next to you and you are in the heart of the city. Do not search for a sea view, it is very hard to have it in the city and the prices are crazy. Furthermore, you can skip the search of accommodation with breakfast included, because at most of the places breakfast means just a snack you can grab, unless it is not specified what kind of breakfast you will have.

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b) on the beach, outside of the city .

In this case, you will have sea view, but you will be tight on buses and driving when you go out in the evening. The beach area was pretty amazing to stay in but you have to book it a lot in advance – 2-3 months just to make sure you have good prices and variety.The restaurants there should be either choose very carefully, or simply avoided and go around with your car. They are pricey and not on a great quality.

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Free things to do in Cagliari, Sardinia:

4. Free walking tour Catch the pink (tips based of course). You will learn a lot for the city and go through the most important places in the old part of the city. At the end of the tour, you will receive a lot of information about the traditional food, what kind of souvenirs you should buy and what other places to visit.

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5. Going up the hill Castello di San Michele

All you need to pay is few Eur for a ticket for bus number 5 and then on foot up the hill. All the visit can take a half day or even more. You will have beautiful views from the lagoon and the city and on top, there is a medieval castle.

6. Going to the park Monte Urpinu

One amazing experience for which you need few hours. The park is free, very well organized and has many spots for taking awesome pictures. It is totally worth visiting and you will see most of the city while getting there.

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7. Cattedrale di Santa Maria

The Cathedral, is one of the most beautiful ones I have ever seen. It has stunning details and it is very peaceful.

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8. See the Pink Flamingos

You can take the bus, and go straight to The Regional Park of Molentargius. You will not be able to walk around the flamingos since it is protected area, however, you can see them pretty close.

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Interesting info: If you are thinking, how on Earth were these flamingos born pink? They were actually not… they were born grey but after eating a lot of shrimps, they turn their color.

9. Visit Poetto beach

Actually, all the beaches are free but this one is my favorite one. I visited it in bad weather and even then the watercolor was emerald blue.

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Restaurants and food in Cagliari, Sardinia:

The prices for food are not low. A dish with pasta would be between 11 and 16 EUR. However I can confirm that the food is absolutely amazing, and I had not even one bad dish during my 8 days holiday. We used mostly tripadvisor for finding places, and recommendations from the hotels where we staid.

Appetizers:
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Pocorino cheese

Dishes:
Bottarga (cured fish eggs, granted on the pasta or with bred)
Malloreddus (short pasta like miochi)
Culurgiones (staffed raviolli, with tomato souse and may be sausages)
Burrida (dog fish with nuts and vinegar)
Fregola (like kus kus but thicker and sea food)
Roasted pig (the sardinian speciality)

Desserts: seada (seems to me like one big ravioli, fried and then they out sugar on it with honey)

Liquors: limonchello (the limonchello is typical for south Italy, so definitely try it in Cagliary)
mirto (made of small berries)

Wines: red – cannonau, white – vementino (it is a very fresh wine).

Other things to visit in Cagliari, Sardinia

Bastion de Saint Remy – the icon of Cagliari. This is the front of the Citadel area which housed the Cathedral and Arsenal. You will see it as well during the free tour guide.

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Visit Via Stretta the narrowest street in Cagliari. It is in very cute, and scenery.

Museo Archeologico. I received many recommendations for it, in case you have a bad weather day, definitely visit. The ticket is 7 EUR and you can find more information here.

Torre dell`Elefante. It is one of the stops of the free tour guide. There is a bit of a climb, and you will see the tower with little elephants, which was one of the main entrance to the city once a upon a time, and you will have the chance to overlook towards the whole city and sea from one side.

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Thanks for visiting,
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Extensive tourist guide to visit Barcelona

Hello everyone, I am back after taking some long break from my blog due to Dutch exams and preparing for another step in my 9 to 5 career. I am back with some new articles to share after checking all of the questions you sent me.

So let`s talk about one of my favorite destinations in Europe – Barcelona! I will share with you my Barcelona tourist guide so you do not miss anything there and I will list 7 reasons why you need most certainly to visit Barcelona!

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What is the best time to visit?

The weather will be nice any time of the year, but mostly from March to November. I would advise visiting in June, September, October. Barcelona is more of a city trip and exploring sights-seeings than an all day long beach vacation. Save your summer holidays for a place where you go with the only purpose – beach time, and use Barcelona as a start or an end of your summer.

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Cheap flights to Barcelona?

Barcelona is among the cheap European destinations to fly to, but according to the trends this year, the flight tickets to Barcelona are evidently more expensive. You can use Transavia, EasyJet, Vueling or just use Skyscanner to compare the prices. Bear in mind that normal flight tickets would be 130-150 EUR from central Europe.
Moving from the Airport to the city is relatively easy. You have to take a bus – tickets you can take next to the bus or on the bus and then transfer to the metro which will take you straight to the heart of Barcelona.

Here are my top 7 reasons why you have to visit Barcelona.

1. Charming big city

Barcelona is a big city, but it gives you the vibe of a very charming and lively city with tiny streets and cute squares, with different neighborhoods soaking in very cozy, holiday atmosphere.

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A must visit place is Rambla, where you will find never-ending buzz of walking, dining, shopping, laughing and talking visitors.

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El Raval is another neighborhood where you will feel this chill vibe, filled in lade-back coffees, a lot of artists and hip design shops. There are many things to visit and see, as you can see from the link I gave you.

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Gothic quarter is my favorite neighborhood. You can spend hours here just walking around, taking pictures and chilling in the coffees. It seems like a labyrinth with tiny, narrow streets and many street artists.

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In Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol where you can find street musicians, who gives incredible atmosphere and art exhibitions every week.

2. Best restaurants in Barcelona

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Sangria all day, long lunches and late dinners…in Barcelona, the foodie people will glow and find their heaven.

Barcelona is famous for their seafood. Here are some amazing places where you will fall into seafood coma:

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La Cova Fumada has great authentic eating experience. They have absolutely great food!

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Dos Palillos I suggest you take the seats in the food preparation area. We had the 45 € lunch menu, water 50 cl (3 €), Sencha (3,90 €), café (2,40 €). All the courses in Dos Palillos are interesting, however, they are more of an “out of the box” taste and going closer to the Asian cuisine.

If you want to eat GREAT seafood in a nonpretentious environment please do go to “El Rey de la Gamba” at the end of La Barceloneta. The food is amazing, the prices are good and the speed of the service is great.

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For the typical Spanish tapas for lunch or dinner, head to the Borne neighborhood.

Do you want a break from the seafood and tapas? If you want to jump to a place with great meat, please visit La Malandrina you would never guess how amazing this restaurant is from the outside look. This is NOT a touristic place with very good (low) prices and really focused on serving amazing meat. I suggest that you spent one lunch here.

If you like to try some other taste: Niño Viejo (Mexican restaurant). I recommend you the: the guacamole, cheese fondue, and tuna tostadas.

Bar Cañete – great service, food and wine. Keep in mind the prices are a bit higher, however, it is totally worth it. I received many many recommendations for this place.

Markets:

La boqueria market yes, yes and yes! you need to visit, just be careful with the pickpockets. It is very crowded, but please visit and try different stands. The food is freshly cooked in front of you and it is a celebration for the eye.

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You can visit also the less crowded but also amazing: Santa Caterina Market in the Barri Gothic area. They have an great collection of seafood vendors, meat purveyors, various candy and vegetable. It is easier to move around and talk to people.


3. City beach holiday

In Barcelona, you have city experience and then go to the beach within 15 min walking. The beachside looks like a vacation town and city part is like a European capital. It is absolutely awesome how you can decide one day to lay on the beach and the other explores sigh-seeings, without the need of a car and the hassle of a big European capital.

Try: Barceloneta beach. It is very crowded, very touristic, however the most entertaining one, with sand artists, drums, and music all over the beach.

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Nova Icaria beach: it is close to the Icaria shopping center, so there will be something to do after beach time for sure. This beach is good for water-sports and it is less crowded.

4. Barcelona Nightlife

Everyone knows that in Barcelona, there is an amazing nightlife. You can go out all night, chilling in a beach bar, going to clubs, or just having sangria and dancing.

Razmataz club. In case you want to go big, this is the place. There are 5 rooms of different genre music and it is pretty impressive place.

Very chill and fun place is: Placa Reial – a hidden gem in the middle of the city, where you can see live music shows and enjoy few drinks.

In case you would appreciate some jazz music, which Barcelona is great with, you can find jazz showtimes here.

Flamenco shows you can book via this link, the tickets are 15 Eur and it is great for starting the night with.

5. Barcelona weather

I started appreciating the weather on my holidays, since I had few beach vacations, planned to be sunny, but then arrived and spent many days in rain and stormy weather. However, Barcelona is one of the cities having great weather all year long. Here is some information for their annual temperature, based on www.holiday-weather.com:

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6. Barcelona attractions

The Olympic port is an amazing pictures place for dinner or walk.

Sagrada familia even that is not yet finished, the details are amazing and you can sit there and enjoy the lights. This is a must see attraction, the most iconic sight of Barcelona. You can check tickets here.

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Park Guel. Same goes for Park Guel, it is a must see attraction if you want to get taste of Barcelona. There is amazing view, and if you go before sunset you will have great photos and videos.

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Bunker del Carmel. Another pictorous place, which will give a lot to the soul and your insta feed 😉

Barcelona is compact enough that you can do a bike tour and get a great impression of the land. However if you choose hop on hop off Barcelona, do it on the first day, then you get an overview of what you would like to go back and see. It has a fixed price and you can use it as many times as you would like for the whole day. Check tickets here.

For a walking tour, I highly recommend Runner Bean tours. Humour, energy, charisma, educational all in one. The tour guides are guides with years of experience under their belt. It’s free (i.e. tip based) like all of the others, but the quality difference of every other free city tour I have visited is huge.

In case you want to do something a little bit more challenging and less tourist – Tibidabo it`s a long climb but so worth it. It is beautiful and you have an amazing view.

Monserrat. You will spend some time climbing, but it will really give you an overview of the beautiful nature of the region, outside of Barcelona.

I would also suggest you see the lights show at Barcelona Magic Fountain of Montjuï. It is beautiful, but check the times/days as it is not on a daily basis.

7. Shopping in Barcelona

Barcelona has awesome shops in the city center which are not too pricey. I got a suitcase for 30 EUR, which normally would be 60 Eur, Ray Ban sunglasses on huge discount, and a lot of makeup and clothes. Every time I go to Barcelona, I prepare an extra budget for shopping and extra space in my new suitcase 😉

Avinguda Diagonal if you are up to fancy shopping and big designer names.

Les Glòries is a shopping center with more than 200 known shops, cinema and bars.

The Centre Comercial Maremàgnumis is a mall, and in case you need a shopping place on sunday, it is the only mall open on Sundays.

El Bulevard Rosa-is a place with more than 100 boutique shops for clothing and it is located in the center of Barri Gotic area.

El Corte Inglés-situated at plaza de Catalunia, with its 9 floors will give you the most famous chains in Europe.

Attention: I received many suggestions to watch for the pick pockets. Nothing bad happened to me, however all my collegues are stressing to be very careful in crowded places and to minimize yourself as a target for thieves. Bring a fake wallet to carry in your bag and instead keep your money somewhere else. Wear your backpack or bag in front of your body, especially on the metro, beach areas, plazas, monuments, terraces. Don’t trust those trying to reach for your attention in touristic areas, it might be just a distraction.

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9 of the best places to eat and have drinks in Sofia

As you all know I appreciate good food and in Bulgaria I can guarantee you will enjoy delicious vegetarian or meat dishes. Our kitchen includes a lot of meat, variety of vegetables and herbs and various desserts. We have many different salads and appetizers, that go well with rakija (the traditional Bulgarian drink). In Sofia you will find classy or traditional type of restaurants, and you will be impressed of their prices, quality and fabulous look. The restaurants in Bulgaria differ a lot in the outlook than the Dutch ones. Visit them and you will directly see it.

1. Shastlivetsa

This place has absolutely great atmosphere and perfect location. You will find it in the city center, at the main boulevard – Vitosha. They have a lot of choices and the prices are reasonable. Shastlivetsa will offer you variety of great meat dishes, representative for the Eastern European kitchen. If you are searching for a place with good location, nice atmosphere, warm employees and delicious food, Shtastlivetsa will definitely give you all that.

Prices per dish: 7-10 E

2. Laguna

The restaurant offers one of the best cakes in Sofia. I brought my colleagues from the Netherlands to try the cakes there, and they loved it. You can have great lunch or dinner as well. The cosine is European/Eastern European and you will not be disappointed with the quality of whatever you choose to order. There is a beautiful garden, where you can enjoy the sun, even in the winter days.

Price of one cake: around 1,50 – 2 EUR (3,60 BGN)

3. Esterhasi bar

This place is great for cocktails, drinks, pre-drinks and delicious cakes. In case you want to have lunch or dinner here, bear in mind the quantity of food is not huge, but the quality is really good. My advice is to take some snack and to focus on the impressive cocktails. The locations is very convenient, and you will have a beautiful view of Sofia University.

You have a lunch menu with traditional Bulgarian dishes (again – the quantity is not big!) and a menu with excellent international food.

Price of lunch menu: around 3-4 EUR per dish

The international food: 5-10 EUR

4. Sense

The bar will offer you an amazing view of the heart of Sofia. You can try there cocktails and some snacks. The atmosphere is great and it requires more classy dress code. The cocktails are fabulous, and my friends say the food is well prepared as well.

Fun fact: Just couple of months ago Gerard Butler visited the place.

Cocktail prices: around 3-4 EUR

Picture taken with my friend, who gave me extra tips for these places @sofiaradulova

5. Grande

This is very cozy and cute places for having coffee and cake. Bulgaria is a country that values good quality cakes and in Grande you can try variety of that.

6. Chrystal steak House

I put this place for the steak lovers. Crystal stake house offers great variety of meat, and you can choose your own cut. The location is city center again, and the stuff are really helpful. You will find great wine there as well. I can recommend you to try the Bulgarian rib eye steak, which is dried for 40 days. They will show you the steak and you can tell the waiter how much do you want from the steak exactly. The time between offering the steak to having it done in your plate, is relatively short. You can also try the mushrooms in olive oil and for a dessert please try the green pear cake with mascarpone, blue cheese (however that is not a traditional Bulgarian dessert!)

The prices per dish vary between 7-10 EUR.

The dessert vary between 3-5 EUR.

7. Happy Bar & Grill (Lozenec)

Happy restaurants are everywhere in Sofia, but the one I recommend you is in Lozenec. Of course if you choose another Happy, you will not make a mistake, although, there is difference in the food preparation. In Happy (Lozenec), you will find great view, service and very well prepared food and I can recommend you to try the Sushi salad. The prices are good, they vary between 7-15 EUR, including a drink.

9. The view

I already mention the view in my previous article and together with Tavan. They both are great if you want to see Sofia from better angle. The view is closer to the city center and had an open balcony where you can sit and have great coffee and food with amazing view. Mountain Vitosha looks incredibly close, so does the city center of Sofia.

10. Tavan

Tavan offers great view as well, closer to the mountain, however the balcony is not always open, which means in a cold but sunny day you will need to sit inside. The prices are a bit higher for Bulgaria, however it is still not expensive compare to Central Europe. Tavan has more classy style and requires a bit more classy dress code.

if you would like to check more places in Sofia, besides TripAdvisor, you can use – rezzo.bg. I hope you like these places, like I do 🙂 If you have any comments, please share and also if you have any other places that you tried and liked in Sofia, leave it in the comments or txt me directly.

Thank you for visiting

Till the next time

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Extensive guide for visiting Budapest – 29 things to do in Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is one of the greatest cities I visited so far. I am still here, blogging from Budapest and I am so excited I had the chance to see the most of the city`s hotspots.

If you ever doubt visiting Budapest, leave all your doubts and go check the first flights for there right now! This city has breathtaking views and enough sightseeings and bars to keep you busy for a week. Very few people would spend a week just in one city and that is why I will share my tips, which will definitely make you feel like you saw everything in Budapest.

Flights to Budapest:
I got my flight from Eindhoven to Budapest for only 17 EUR via WizzAir, however, I booked it almost 2 months in advance. I usually book flights 4-5 weeks in advance but this time it worked even better for my budget. Check Skyscanner and WizzAir separately.

From the airport in Budapest you can reach the city center via bus and metro – the combo ticket is 540 Hungarian Forint (HUF) around 1,80 EUR.

Museums and monuments:

1. Visit the parliament building
The parliament building is the third biggest in the world after the parliament in Brazil and Bucharest. It is located on Danube River and it is absolutely spectacular building. You definitely need to see it.

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2. Danube Promenade
The Daube Promenade provides short walk between the bridges Elizabeth and Chain and you will have an amazing view towards Buda, Gellért Hill, Liberty statue on the top of the hill and many small restaurants. If you want an even better view, have a walk there during the night and you will capture the beautiful lights on the bridges.

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3. Hungarian National Museum
The museum itself is an astonishing building, that you have to see even if you are not planning to visit the museum. The Hungarian National Museum is a home of thousands of exponents and you will be able to see the development of the country within thousands of years. It is definitely worth to visit. 1500 HUF ticket.

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4. Saint Stephens Basilica
That is one of the most famous and important religious building in Hungary. The basilica has equal hight as the parliament (on purpose) and has an amazing outlook mastered by 3 different architects. That is why the basilica has 3 different styles. In order to tour inside, you have to pay a fee of 200 HUF. In the basilica, you will find the holy right hand of Stephen, First king of Hungary and for the people who love heights, you can take the elevator for another fee and go to the balcony where you will have pictures view from the heart of the city.

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5. Castle district
There are many spots you can visit in the castle district. The castle itself is very beautiful but the outlook has been changed from the Russians when they came to liberate the county and much simplified. To get there first you can hoop on to the second oldest funicular in the world – opened in 1870. The funicular works based on the principle weight and contra weight, which means when one carriage is going up, the other is going down. The whole ride is exactly 30 seconds, but totally worth it, because it provides a spectacular view of Danube. The ticket costs 6 EUR. If you do not want to pay it, you can simply take the stairs 😉

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6. Dohany Street Synagogue
This is the largest synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world. It is worth to see, however, I think the ticket is overpriced. Just prioritize your sightseeings and see whether you can spend 3000 HUF (9,80 EUR) for you to see the Synagogue.

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7. Opera house
Neo-Renaissance amazing building. It is worth to see it while walking on Andreas Ave.

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8. House of horror
It is very informative and well organized. If you are interested in history – this museum is absolutely jaw-dropping.

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9. Fisherman`s Bastion
That is not an ancient building, on the contrary – it is built in 20th century with the purpose of providing a panoramic view of Danube. The 7 towers represent the 7 Magyar tribes that helped Magyar people to settle in the city. It is a great viewpoint and a place for taking pictures.

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Sightseeings and experiences:

10. Margaret Island
Margaret island is great for a romantic walking on a sunny day. It has a beautiful park and awesome view of Buda and Pest. It is not a must, but it is definitely nice to have a short walk there.

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11. Ride the old metro (the yellow line)
I was walking on Andrassy avenue towards the Szechenyi Thermal Bath and I got tired after I have been walking around 10 km that day, so I decided to hop on the metro. I found out that line was the old metro and on the way back I got off at the oldest metro station on the continent. It is tiny and has a special spirit. Please give it a try.


12. Vörösmarty square, the oldest metro station in Europe

This square is the end of the fashion street and a meetup point for the greatest free city tours I have ever been. You can find more information here. So on that square, you will find the oldest metro station in the continent, and next to the lion fountain is the meeting point of the free tour guide. I highly recommend it to you. You will see so much of the city for 4 hrs walk and learn a lot about the history and the architecture of the capital.

13. Fashion street Vaci
There you will find all the clothing shops, the brands such as Zara, Pull and bear, H&M are there as well, however, this street is in general pricey and I was advised to avoid it.

14. Chain Bridge at night
Chain Bridge is the first bridge on the Danube, which was entirely destroyed during the war and re-built later on. It is fascinated during night due to its location and the thousands of lights which covers it.

15. Citadel
Although I had to climb like 30 minutes, and it will break the sweat off you, I definitely recommend you this absolutely amazing viewpoint. It is totally worth the sweat and after you concur the hill, you will see the Statue of Liberty and enjoy the spectacular view of One of the highest points in the city.

16. Szechenyi Thermal Bath
The baths are a great add-on for your holiday. They are the biggest and most famous baths in Budapest. They are mixed and has indoors and outdoors swimming pools. The outside pools are very warm and it feels great on a cold winter day to swim in the warm thermal water

Tip: bring flip-flops and a towel, otherwise you have to pay extra.

Best way to use the baths: 1, shower. 2. Relax in a warm pool. 3. Cold pool. 4. Sauna. 5. Cold shower. 6. Steam bath. 7. Cold shower. Pools with different temperature. 8. Outside pools. 9. Shower.

17. Gellért baths
They are less crowded, more expensive, but with a better view towards the Danube and the city. They are split between sexes, and therefore there you can go without swimming suit. I would recommend it because the other baths are really crowded.

18. Shoes on the Danube
It represents those who were killed during WWII by a fascist party. It is a great place to make pictures next to the Danube and it is close to the parliament. I would just recommend you to read a little bit before visiting so you do not miss it or just give it too little attention.

19. Boat trip
I love to take boats wherever I go, so this is what I did in Budapest as well. I choose to take the company “Koshuta” that has 3 options. You can take the boat trip with two drinks (around 20 EUR), you can take the boat with all you can eat lunch, traditional Hungarian food (nearly 30 EUR), or just the boat trip, which I chose – 12 EUR, 3500 HUF. I do not trust the food on such a touristic place, and I would not recommend you to take the food option. The trip is 1,5 hours and it starts twice a day – at 14:00 and 19:00 o’clock.

20. Andreas’s ave
Warning! There you will find the most, expensive, amazing, designer shops. In the same time, the Avenue will give you a great overview of the architecture of Budapest. The Opera house and the House of Terror are also located there. At the end of the road is the park, the zoo and the Szechenyi Thermal Bath.

Food and drinks:

21. 360 bar
This bar will give you an absolutely fabulous view of Budapest! It is located on the rooftop and you will have the chance to sit in an actual warm igloo on a cold winter nigh

22. Szimpla Kert
The famous ruin bars are part of the unique Hungarian culture and give a special touch to the nightlife in Budapest. You definitely have to visit one of the most famous ruin bars – Szimpa Kert which is a strange mixture of chemistry laboratory, jungle, bath and many other things. It is very artistic and you will have the chance to taste great beer and meanwhile to write whatever you want on the tables and walls.

23. Cake tasting in the oldest coffee shop

You will find the cake shop on Buda side, right axross the Fisherman Bastion.

24. Artizan
This place is absolutely amazing for breakfast while planning the program of the day. Sit on the second floor for where you will have a better view and setting. Try the rolls with dry tomatoes and the cake in the pic. Their coffee is really good as well. The location is perfect to visit the parliament building afterwards.

25. Vakvariju restaurant
If you like to taste traditional Hungarian food, goulash soup – this place is great. The live piano music creates a great atmosphere.

Tip: try the duck with cabbage pasta. It is one of the best ducks I have ever tasted.

26. Vinyl & Wood – get lost in wonderland
This place is great for a coffee, tea, and a panini sandwich. It is urban and has a unique atmosphere. If you are nearby, definitely stop by to have a cup of coffee and get cozy.

27. Spoon – boat restaurant.
In case you would like to spoil yourself or to go on a romantic date, that place offers an amazing view in the evening since it is right next to Chain bridge on the Danube. It is pricey so check the menus up front, however, it is very cozy.

28. János Hill
I did not manage to get there due to the weather, however, that is one thing that I really wanted to see and I definitely recommend to you. János Hill will show you the nature of the city, it is not one of the crowded touristic places and it will give you the best view towards Budapest and Danube. That is the highest point in the city, and you can go there by bus 291, taking it from “Nyugati Pu” to the last stop and from there taking the Chairlift or Cogwheel railway. Then you will be able to go to Elizabeth look-out tower and on a clear day to enjoy the stunning view and take many photos.

29. Freeway to explore the city – trams 2, 19 and 41
That is a cheap way to explore the city, sitting in a warm place. Hop on tram 2 and you will see the Danube from Pest side. Tram 19 and 41 go along the west side of Danube.

Budget:
Public transport: combo ticket bus and metro 540 HUF (1,75 EUR)
Single ticket for metro – 350 HUF
Visiting the National Museum 1500 HUF ticket + 500 HUF for taking pictures (6.50 EUR)
Dinner at VakVarju: 4500 dinner, 2 dishes and a glass of wine (around 15 EUR)
Drinks: tea and vegan cake 2250 HUF (7,30 EUR)
Lunch at Parisi 6: 1800 HUF for Gullahs soup and a tea (around 5.80 EUR)
Entrance to the Szechenyi Thermal Bath: 5200 HUF ticket + 1000 HUF towel
You can book the free guide tour here.

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11 proven tips for booking the cheapest flight

What is next? One month after New Year, we are back to work and I think it is time to start planing our next holiday, or the holiday agenda for the whole year. We already know how to book our accommodation on budget, so let`s find out how to book the cheapest flights!

If you want to take the most of your holidays and enjoy it on budget, you have to start planning in advance and that is why I would like to share with you, how I manage to book the cheapest flights for my holiday.

1. Fake location
The location does make difference when it comes to flights. Especially if you are booking domestic flights. If you manage to trick the website to think you are actually in the States, when booking a flight from NY to LA, may b you will get a cheaper flight. More information you can find here.

2. Best day to fly
Check what are the cheapest prices in the whole month. Just click flexible dates and check the cheapest option of the month.

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3. Google it
Just google form were to where you are travelling, and Google may surprise you with a new route, because a plane is not always the best option.

4. Sky scanner
My ultimate favorite search engine for cheap flights! Why? Because you can choose the dates and leave the destination to “everywhere”. This way it will show you the cheapest flights for these days.

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5. Compare low cost companies
The low cost companies such as Wizz Air, Ryanair, even Transavia should be checked separately. The first two are not included in Sky Scanner so you definitely need to check them.

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6. Follow them on social media
Why? Because they can have many promotions, if you share a post or like something and then receive a reward. And yes, that can really work!

7. Check the extra fees
Most of the low cost companies has extra fees that appears only at the 2nd or 3rd page. Try to book the flight before actually paying for it so you can see all the fees and the total amount.

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8. Think about different combinations
Check the airport you are landing at(what`s the distance to the city. It might happen that you have to pay higher amount for the bus from the airport to the city you are visiting, than the actual flight.

9. Search in incognito
One of my favorite tips! Search in incognito can really make a difference. I am now booking a holiday for my birthday in March and have 1 screen open using normal Chrome, and one screen in Incognito. You guys… there is a huge difference I am telling you. You can go incognito by holding Ctrl + Shift + N

10. Sign up for the newsletters of the low coast companies
This way when Wizz Air has a discount, then you can be among the first one to know.

11. Book around a month before your trip
Skyscanner says the best time is 3 weeks in advance. In my experience I always choose between 4 and 3 weeks in advance for a cheap flight.

Extra tip for a cheap flight: I read a lot about people checking kayak.com. I do not use it but I see a lot of positive reviews, so give it a try.

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12 tips from Booking.com employee to book your holiday as a pro

We all know that sometimes organizing a holiday can be a lot of pain and can cost fights and arguments within the family or friendship. I am constantly using the website and also saw many cases in which the process went wrong. As a pro in the Booking process, I made a list with tips which will help you book your dream property easily using Booking.com.

1. Refer a friend
With Booking.com you are able to earn money when referring a friend to book. You will receive a unique link which you need to share with your friend, and after their stay, you will get your reward. All you need to do is to save your credit card on your account, and the reward will be sent directly on the card.

There are some rules in order to receive the reward. For example, you can not refer yourself. Read more about it here: Refer a friend

2. Genius Booker discount

As a Genius Booker or in other words – loyal guest, you will receive 10% discount in the price of selected rooms in thousands of properties worldwide. My tip here is to use 1 account only while booking with Booking.com, because they count the number of bookings, and after the 5th one, you will become a Genius Booker automatically.

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3. Use the filters
When you are searching for property on a specific location, dates, number of people etc. use the filters to sort the list with properties according to what else you would like to have in your booking. In case you want breakfast, parking, spa, apartment and many other things, just tick it and the website will show you only the properties that has it. It will save you so much time and make your life much easier. Since we are always trying to make the trip on a budget, you can hit “the lowest price first”.

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4. Book according a specific landmark
Type a landmark you would like to be staying around and the website will show you the properties near by. If you like to be around Dam square (the main square in Amsterdam) you will see all the properties near by.

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5. Using the map
If you click on the location of the property you will be able to see where it is located on the map. That option is very helpful in order to plan your stay and see where exactly the property is in the city and what you can visit around it.

6. Booking.com Customer Service number
Sometimes is hard to find the customer service numbers on different websites for a specific language, especially when you are in hurry and in difficult situation. Please understand that Customer Service is not able to override the conditions of the reservations and they are simply a mediator between you and the property. There are strict procedures for every single case you can think of, and when you call they know how to help the best way possible. Click the customer service help on the bottom of the page and then choose why you need to reach them. That will lead you to the list with languages of customer service.

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7. Check the pictures of the room (not only the accommodation)
Many people check only the main pictures of the accommodation, but what is very important for you is to see how the room you are booking looks like. Simply click on the name of the room.

8. Check the fine print
Very important! In the fine print you will find the conditions that apply on property level – meaning for all the different rooms. There you can find security deposit information, payment required via bank transfer, and many other stuff.

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9. Check the included/excluded taxes
Besides the amount that you see displayed in the table with different room types and policies, please check whether all taxes are included. MANY properties leave their taxes excluded for more attractive appearance, or country regulations or other things… so do not be surprised.

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10. Difference between cancellation and deposit policy of the booking
The cancellation policy is quite different than the deposit policy. That is mostly important when you book a free cancellation reservation, but on the other hand a pre-payment is required. Do not worry, you will get your money back if you decide to cancel within the cancellation policy.

11. Make sure you arrive withing the check-in time
Do not assume that if you send a request to the property for arrival outside the check-in time, that is enough and they are aware. You need their conformation. They are allowed to cancel the booking, if you do not show up by the end of the check-in time.

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12. Reviews
Of course, that is the biggest advantage of using Booking.com – you get to see what hundreds and thousands of people think about those properties and decide based trustworthy and transparent reviews.

Let me know if that helps you!
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3 tips for the light and art lovers – Amsterdam light festival

The holidays are gone, and we still have the Christmas lights everywhere in the city (some of us have Christmas decoration hanged in our apartments still). I will share with you my experience with the light festival this year and will introduce it to the people who has not visited Amsterdam during the festival.

What is the light festival?

“The Illuminade” as they call it is a great symphony of light and art. If you are a lover of both, then this is “a must” place to see. I would not say that you have to definitely travel to see it, but if you are planning already to visit Amsterdam – definitely check it.

You will be able to see nearly 40 large-scale light installations situated on many places around one of the canals of Amsterdam. The winter days are very short, which means that you will be able to enjoy the festival from around 4 pm. You can take a tour (there is a free tour 90 min), take a boat, a bike or just walk.

Official website: Amsterdam Light Festival

Follow the red wire (on the right side of the pictures) spread though the whole canal and you will be able to see the art spots.

From a map of Amsterdam made of lights, “1 000 floating memories”, a t”time watch” on the canals to changing colors mold, you will immerse yourself in great art and existential topics.

When can you visit the light festival?
Every evening 30 Nov. 2017 – 21 January. 2018.

Last year I went on a boat with my team from Booking.com, and this year I decided to walk through the ring and see it first hand on the canals.

Tip 1. If you are choosing a boat over a walk tour, then choose an open boat. I know what you think, it is Amsterdam, it is winter, it is super cold. No, it is not that cold (as long as you choose not that windy day). Just put a warm hat, you will phave blankets on the boat, get some wine and just enjoy. The open boat tickets are around 24 EUR and the closed are around 18 EUR. But let me tell you, many of the art exponents on the festival are right above the boat roof, so you will not get the full experience of a closed boat.

Tip 2. If you decided t take a tour, definitely buy a book from the I Amsterdam Visitor Centre (just outside the Central Station, it is 5 Eur but it will give you brought explanation for the art you will see and what is behind it. What is art without a story after all. I managed to walk exactly half of the festival, however I was sopping for pictures every 2 min and for a warm drink, so it took me nearly 2,5 hrs to see only half.It should take you 90 min – 120 min. The route is not published online, but you can find it in the same book.

Tip 3. Perfect timing to go see it is a month before Christmas and after New Year. Before Christmas – because it gives you spirit but still not that crowded with tourists. And after New Year, it is a great walk after all the holidays and fireworks show.

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