Archive for the “Europe” Category

The Cost of Traveling Sweden

Sweden isn’t the cheapest country in the world to visit. Its high prices keep many people from visiting, which is a shame because this is one of the world’s most beautiful and interesting countries. That’s a bold statement but I’ve been to Sweden twice before and I’m constantly amazed at the beautiful landscape and cities. Moreover, the people (besides making the rest of the world look ugly) are incredibly friendly to visitors. I’ve come to realize that while the country […]

Interesting Facts About Sweden

As you know from my last post, I’m starting my last big round the world trip and I am beginning in Scandinavia, figuring I might as well get the most expensive countries out of the way with first. I’m currently in Stockholm, one of my favorite cities in the world, despite the fact it abuses my wallet. (I’ll be going to Norway next and that country is even more expensive. Luckily, I have family there I can mooch off of…I […]

How to Spend 5 Days in Paris

Paris: the city that takes too many lifetimes to see. I’ve spent weeks and weeks in Paris and I’ve barely scratched the surface. Just when you think you’ve seen everything, you find new attractions, new cafés, or new markets to explore. It’s impossible to try to see it all or even begin to think you can. Many travelers come for about three days and try see the highlights of this beautiful city. You need more time than that. I think […]

How Much Does Greece Really Cost?

Last week, I wrote an article called “Five Destinations to Visit for Under $30 USD.” One of the places I listed was Greece, which brought a lot of pleasantly surprised comments from readers. Most people never think of Greece as a cheap destination, lumping it in with the other Eurozone countries as overpriced. However, I’ve been to Greece twice and think it is a highly underrated budget destination, especially for Europe. One commenter didn’t agree. He wrote: “Greece is definitely […]

Three Days in Amsterdam

One of my favorite cities in the world is Amsterdam, and it has nothing to do with the colorful red lights that are so characteristic of the city. What I love about Amsterdam is that it reminds me of home with its brick buildings, open skyline, history (the Pilgrims came from Leiden before they landed on Plymouth rock!), and similar attitude towards life. Over the years, I’ve visited Amsterdam on many different times and I’ve spent countless hours walking the […]

My Own Private Budapest

Budapest. The beautiful city on the Danube. It’s a city I’ve never heard anything bad said about. “If you love Prague, you’ll love Budapest,” people would tell me. And they were right – I did like Budapest, though not nearly as much as I like Prague but that’s another story. This story is about Hungarian folk dancing. Before I went to Budapest, I called a friend of mine. “Do you still have a friend in the Tourism Budapest office? Do […]

Visiting Pompeii

When I was growing up, I wanted to be an archeologist. I loved history and the thought of uncovering temples and tombs in jungles excited me. I used to read books on Greek and Roman history and have discussions with my history teacher, even as young as 13. In short, I was huge a geek from the get go. Being such a huge history geek, visiting Pompeii, the city destroyed by Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D, as always been high […]

My Favorite Hostels in Europe

During 4 years of European travel, I’ve stayed at more hostels than I can think of. Ones I won’t ever remember, ones I wish I wouldn’t remember, and ones I wish I could stay at forever. I love hosteling. I would never want to stay at a hotel as I find hostels great value and great places to meet people. Here are my favorite places to rest my head when I go to Europe: Kabul (Barcelona, Spain) Kabul is tied […]

The Cost of Traveling Western Europe

Europe covers a huge area of the world where prices can fluctuate widely. For 20 euros, you can get a private room in Greece. For 20 euros in Paris, you may get 16 person dorm room. You can eat for a few Euros in Spain or Greece but a sit down meal in Italy will cost around 15 Euros. So thinking about how to budget for your European trip can be quite difficult. But let me share my experience and […]

Rediscovering Italy

I first came to Italy in 2006. It was one of the first stops on my just began round the world adventure. Italy was everything I thought it would be and more. If there was a country that lived up to the hype, it was Italy. Backpacking around Italy, I spent most of my time in the north. Whenever I Kept trying to get further south, I always found an excuse to stay somewhere longer and I never made it […]