One of the things I want to do a lot of in my twenties is travelling. This summer I embarked on city break to Budapest with my friends. We used the excuse of a birthday to visit the beautiful city. In all I truly had a great time and intend to visit again.
Fun Fact: Buda and Pest were two different cities combined in 1873 to become the city we know today as Budapest.
Costings and Logistics
Travelling is fun, and I ask everyone to try at least once, but it doesn’t always come cheap. Here is the good news Budapest is one of those cities that you can visit without breaking your bank. For this particular trip, it cost £172 per person for flight and accommodation for three days and two nights. You can and probably have spent that amount on something at home. This was excluding spending and activity cost. Another way I save on holiday cost is to book all my main activities in advance, that always works out better financially than trying to haggle a price down in a language I barely understand. Also booking it at home on a trusted site guarantees you safety for both your money and the activity. Trip advisor and Airbnb are two great sites to show you what is worth doing in the city you are visiting.
With the logistics out of the way. I can now tell you what we got up to.
I really wish I had more to say on this part. It is one of the reasons that I want to go back, yes for food. I like food. I didn’t try any ‘traditional dishes’. there were however lots of choices, the ice cream and yoghurt absolutely amazing. Words cannot do it justice.
I always do some form of tour whenever I visit a new country. I was pleasantly surprised to find that free walking tours was offered to tourists. While you will not be able to enter the buildings or attraction itself you were still able to tour the city and find out about the history of the landmarks. This is also a way to enjoy your travel on a budget. Travelling doesn’t have to break the bank. A late night tour which I ended up getting lost but was the highlight of the whole trip for me was the Night tour on eMonsterRoller.
Budapest is famous for its thermal baths and we visited the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, the largest medicinal bath. All the baths are mineral-rich waters, naturally hot springs known to cure bone, skin and muscular ailments in the body. The city also holds the largest Synagogue in Europe. See pictures below.
Through Airbnb I also booked a walking photoshoot tour. For me it was the perfect way to see all the interesting places I had marked and have pictures to accompany them.
Things to Avoid
One negative thing is the fact that restaurant in Budapest place service charges on your cost and some are compulsory, this information is not shared until payment is being requested. This took us by surprise because the amount was quite high. Be sure to ask first.
Street taxis, avoid, avoid, avoid. public transport is great if you need to travel a bit further out. Other than that most places were within walking distances but the street taxi are full of scammers. Download Bolt for taxis while there, works like Uber.
Aside from these two Budapest is worth the visit both for its history, culture and architecture. On top of that low cost city to visit. The people are also very friendly and accomodating and quick to help out. I will definitely recommend. I would love to give more information but that would mean a very long post. If you do visit let me know. Comment below other cities you think I should visit.
“Travel not to escape from your reality but to add to it, growing in all aspects of your life”.ThisJaneAintPlain