This post is part of my series of city guides, designed to give you a bit of an introduction into the city in question: activities, accommodation, transport, restaurants, food and nightlife. It’ll also basically act as a contents page for everything I’ve ever written about the place. With this is mind, I have updated my initial ‘a guide to Prague on a shoestring’ article to fit with the series. During August 2013, I was staying in Berlin, a mere five hour train ride from Prague. On discovering Berlin’s fantastic train links, my travel buddy and I decided we had to take advantage of them and so, one weekend, off we went for a whirlwind trip to the Czech Republic. Although we were only there for two days, and while you could surely spend longer in Prague, I think our stay was pretty perfect for travellers on a budget/tight schedule.
Before going to Venice I had been warned about the prices. Gondola rides cost € 80.00 for a boat, seating up to six people (so sharing is better cost-wise) and coffees in San Marco square can reach unimaginable prices. But it turns out that you can be a budget holidaymaker in Venice after all.
Over the past few years, I have been very lucky with my travels but money is always a worry. I have generally tended to go away for less time than I could afford to so that its not as much of a concern but that does mean I get less time away. Travelling on a budget is more than doable. Where there is a will there is a way. You just need a plan and to stick to it.
In order to save some pennies, my friends and I decided to use the coach for our trip from London to Paris. This was a mistake. Had we actually booked it far in advance, when we first decided, it may have been worth it. Instead we kept leaving it so in the end we didn’t save enough money. It was still cheaper than the Eurostar but it took such a long time, so we spent a lot of our short time in Paris exhausted.