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
Cologne, a German city with 2000 years old history, leaves an impeccable impression on the mind of a curious traveller. The ruins of Roman Era, a beautiful river view, the third tallest cathedral in the world, museums, riverside restaurants and the centuries-old colourful buildings decked on the harbour of River Rhine; they all make this city a cultural hub of Western Europe. There are many interesting and best things to do in Cologne. I have enlisted a few of them which I explored during my day trip to Cologne from Frankfurt.
During my backpacking trip to Europe, I got a chance to opt for a one day trip to Cologne for Frankfurt. Definitely, just one day trip is not enough to experience this city of carnivals and varied cultures. However, you can make the best of your one day trip to Cologne provided that you start early.
“Hey dude, you are walking in a cycle lane,” I heard a young boy saying this to a couple enjoying a romantic walk along the canal. “Sorry man, can’t help it. Everywhere there are just cycles, where do I walk, hah!” the man answered looking a bit annoyed and funny at the same time. This is the realistic views of tourists on “Cycling in Amsterdam“. Read more
This huge Beer Hall teeming with tourists hides some interesting facts not only in its historic legends but also in its architecture. Hofbrauhaus is certainly a clichéd touristy place for the locals. During the Oktober fest, it is brimming with the crazy beer lovers. However, for a curious traveler in you, it also offers some interesting History tales of its 400 years old past! For a backpacker like me, it was an ideal place to explore. Read more
Copenhagen is too difficult to explore in just one visit. In this case, this brilliantly planned city offers some of the best things to do and places to explore. You can cycle to and around many nearby locations or can take the Copenhagen Card to have unlimited access to the public transport. Though there are a number of free things to do on a shoe-string budget, there a few places and things worth spending some money.
There is an end number of things to do in Copenhagen. You can keep a check on the official “Visit Copenhagen” site to keep a track of the number of events and street concerts before you head for an exploration.
Apart from that, these are some of the fun, interesting and unique things to do in my opinion. Read more
As you walk past Ring Strasse, a famous street in the favourite musical city of Mozart, an avenue of ornate baroque buildings wouldn’t fail to enchant you. In addition to it, the alluring aroma of hot Viennese coffee would also accompany you on your walk. Vienna is a not so expensive city if you spend and take your travel decisions mindfully. I had not opted for the Vienna Pass as I knew that I would never be able to visit all the mind-blowing museums and attractions of this city just in 3 days. Thus, I had selected only a few museums which were at a discounted price with Vienna City Card. The Card lets you travel for free in all the public transport and offers a good discount on most things to do in Vienna. Read more
Basking in the early morning sunlight and staring at the verdant vistas covered under the translucent blanket of mist, one could never imagine that the very hill hides some mysterious powers in it.
Mt. Untersberg’s Mysteries came as an unexpected revelation to me. It didn’t only surprise me but also led me to a literary exploration of Folklores based on it. The folktales had also found their trails even till America.Read more
While I have explored for 83 days Europe Trip in around 56,000 INR, my maximum expenditure was on food. I couldn’t resist when they advertised veg Ravioli and sushi. :-p Learning from my mistakes and expenditures on food, I have come up with this detailed Europe food guide for vegetarians and budget travelers. The guide also contains some suggestions for the nonvegetarians. Read more
The Netherlands is a country with flat roads and grasslands all around. The country’s excellent tracks for cyclists make it more convenient for even tourists to cycle anywhere in the country. I covered almost the whole of Holland just on a bicycle. While it sounds thrilling, you must consider a few points before opting for it. I cycled to the colourful Tulip fields from Amsterdam and I must say it was an experience of a lifetime. Read more
I have travelled the Asian Countries on a shoe-string budget without much hassle. Of course, the Indian Rupee isn’t that weak in the continent.
It was really a headache when I had to realise my much-awaited dream of solo Backpacking to Europe on a budget. From hostels, transportation to food everything that I had found was cheap as per European standards. However, when it was converted into INR, it was a burden on my pocket for sure.
So, the sole reason that Europe is expensive for Indian travellers is mainly the ever degrading position of the Indian Rupee. Read more