When I landed in Europe, I realized how difficult it is to travel my way when I couldn’t take a random deviation as my buses were booked. There was no chance I could explore something off the beat. Opting for day trips from Amsterdam on cycle to the nearby villages seemed to be the best way to explore this cycle-friendly country. And that is when I opted for Mike’s Bikes in Amsterdam that didn’t only have some alternative cycle tours but had a good option for renting bikes for even more than a week. Read more
Belgium is a European country that hides many beautiful gems for a traveler’s soul. During my 8 days of a short exploratory trip to Belgium, I took some of the best day trips from Brussels. These towns can really make you fall in love with this country. Though Brussels has some grand architecture and the most celebrated flower carpet to offer, the towns like Ghent, Brugge, and Antwerpen show you the different hues of the country. Read more
“The music, it feels to many, has an Indian touch,” said our guide while we heard a troop practicing their Flamenco steps inside their caves. Of course, they will have a bit preserved from their roots in India, thought I. The hippies in Granada are the decedents of Indian nomads who made Granada in Spain their home. And their dwellings in Caves of Sacromonte are famous for two major cultural components, Flamenco and the white-washed caves. Read more
A city where each building tells a story of its terrific past, a city that rose to its glory despite falling prey to the World Wars, a city that bustles along the leisurely flowing Spree… Berlin can’t fit in just one description. There is a massive influx of tourists in this historic city for its museums, ruins, Concentration camps, street art, parks and the Parliament building. You can even declare it as an open museum for a history buff. However, Berlin offers much more than just history lessons. I spent 48 hours in this city to explore the best things to do in Berlin beyond its historic sites. Undoubtedly, even some historic sites were equal fun and informative.
There are a variety of opinions when it comes to Couchsurfing. I have had the best and even the worst of the Couchsurfing experiences in Europe. If I conclude my journey I can definitely say, Couchsurfing really helped me live a life of local. Had I not been Couchsurfing, my Indian soul would have definitely got bored of the ‘space’ given by the Europeans. I am much thankful to this platform for all the amazing experiences that I have had.
The old town Munich can easily be explored on foot from Munich Central Station and this free Self-guided Munich Walking Tour includes all the fun & free things to do in Munich. Some of the suggested places may be payable and still 1.5 to 2 Euros are totally worth it. Read more
Is Couchsurfing legal? Will I be able to find a host? How long before my arrival should I request a stay? Is it safe for solo girls? …. And the questions continued to barge into my mind. Planning an 83 Days of solo backpacking journey in Europe was more like solving a puzzle while considering a number of possibilities and impossibilities. I have answered your most common questions in this blog and have also added some personal examples for your better understanding. Read more
“Chirping of birds, sparkling waves of the river, clean and cosy rooms, staff from all around the world and most importantly free breakfast & cheap meals.. This is how I enjoyed my stay in Frankfurt Youth Hostel. Youth hostels have always been a boon for a budget backpacker and DJH Youth Hostel in Frankfurt truly proved to be one for me.”
Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark. However, despite being the second largest city, it is quite easy to cover it on foot just in 2 days. Basically, Aarhus is a perfect weekend gateway from Copenhagen or Amsterdam. I visited Aarhus while moving from Amsterdam to Copenhagen and it turned out to be a pleasant surprise during my Europe Backpacking Trip. Read more
Aarhus, a tiny sleeping beauty at the coast of is a perfect weekend gateway from Copenhagen. However, my visit to this less frequented city made me realise that it can be a base to visit many remarkable towns in Denmark including the hometown of H.C Anderson, Odense, and Skagen. Aarhus has been like a discovery during my months-long solo backpacking trip to Europe. Hereby, I have tried compiling some of the best things to do in Aarhus. Read more