I love the idea of spontaneously looking on somewhere like Skyscanner and booking a flight to anywhere, randomly selecting an Air BnB on arrival in a mysterious location and exploring my chosen city in however many days. In reality however, I am much more inclined to scrupulously plan as much as possible before even thinking about booking somewhere. I factor in a seemingly ridiculous amount of things, from where can I go that does interesting food, what is there to do there and of course, how much will it all cost me?
In all honesty, I am not a hostel type of traveller. Lucky enough to spend pretty much all of my childhood crisscrossing the world with my parents, staying in 5 star luxury, I have definitely become accustomed to a certain ‘way of life’ when travelling from country to country. Until recently, I would never really have considered staying in a hostel room with 12 other people all travelling with backpacks, sharing a bathroom. In fairness, I probably still would not consider this, but I am a lot more open now to smaller bed and breakfast type accommodations and self catered apartments as an independent traveller, than I would have been when I was say, 18 years old.
At the start of summer 2018, I was planning several trips with various people over the whole season then boom, at the end of May I lost my job and all travel plans got indefinitely postponed. Summer was slowly ticking by, second by second, me unable to jet off anywhere other than my local park to enjoy some sunshine. (Not complaining as the summer weather has been amazing in London this year!) But as I sit writing this post, I have just booked a mini tour of Europe for late September as the wanderlust finally completely consumed me. That and the fact my super generous parents gave me some cash so I could plan an anniversary get away with my Mr, which we had been wanting to arrange since really early in the year.
Having traveled semi extensively around the Middle East and north Africa in the last 7 years, I guess it’s fair to say I have pretty much avoided the ‘traveller’ experience around Europe as a young gap-yearer. Excluding 4 days in Paris in 2015, it has been an astounding 12 years since I visited anywhere in Europe properly. So now, I was super keen to get back into my neighbouring lands and see what they have to offer an all grown up Ellie.
Completely researched out, we finally decided to fly out to Prague and get the train to Budapest before flying back home. The train however, required a change in Vienna, so we thought why not make a day of it and spend the whole afternoon exploring Vienna on our way to Hungary. So that is exactly what we are doing, and we will be attempting to cram all of this in to just 5 days! No doubt it will make for some interesting blog posts…