Hosteling In Europe – 7 Tips for Staying in a Hostel

Hosteling In Europe - Tips for Staying in a Hostel

It’s exciting to step out of your comfort zone, get on a plane and start a new adventure. New countries, sights, sounds and people – you’ll make memories to last a lifetime. To make those moments stress-free, you should be aware of certain things while hosteling in Europe. Here are my tips for staying in a hostel that will hopefully make your trip just a little bit easier.   1. Lockers Most hostels these days have developed with the times and come with lockers in the room, or at least…

Grimaldi Lines Review – Barcelona to Italy (Civitavecchia)

Grimaldi Lines Review

Grimaldi Lines review for anyone looking to travel by ferry. As someone who doesn’t enjoy flying – I always look for alternative methods of travel. I found that I could travel from Barcelona to Italy (Civitavecchia) by ferry if I didn’t mind being at sea for 19 hours or more. While traveling by plane is quicker, it’s also more expensive and less fun. So here’s a quick summary of my experience on this particular ferry and my personal opinion on how it went.   What to Expect Firstly the name ferry…

Top 10 Things to do Before a Trip – International Travel Checklist

Top Things to do Before a Trip - International Travel Checklist

During my travels, I’ve realized that preparation is key. Some of lucky one’s can travel at a seconds notice but for us others, we need a game plan. With this in mind I’ve compiled a list of my top things to do before a trip. Hopefully some of these will be of some use and save you the hassles that I’ve been through. Now I won’t be covering things like finding a kennel for your pet or ensuring that you’ve switched off your oven, etc. I’m just going to assume…

Visiting Barcelona Alone Day 4: Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter

Barcelona's Gothic Quarter

Barcelona is great place to visit. And Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter is probably one of the areas you’ll be excited to go see. I had traveled to Barcelona without any research beforehand, so I’d never heard of the Gothic Quarter until I arrived and found my first hostel to be adjacent to it. Anyone that’s even remotely interested in architecture will enjoy this area. For everyone else, it’s still fascinating to walk through this beautiful neighborhood. Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter The Gothic Quarter used to be a Roman village but with is…

Visiting Barcelona Alone Day 3: Bus Tour

Visiting Barcelona Alone

Waking up from another hangover, I needed a strong cup of coffee and something bacon-based. I headed off scouring the area and came across a really cool and inexpensive cafe called Tant de Bo on Carrer Nou de la Rambla. I grabbed a coffee and bacon omelet and had a seat. An older gentleman next to me struck up a conversation and we had a good chat about Barcelona. He gave me a good few tips about spotting some great architecture in the area.   I had no plan for…

Visiting Barcelona Alone Day 2: Barceloneta Beach

Barceloneta Beach

Visiting Barcelona Alone? Barceloneta is for you! A trip to Barcelona isn’t complete until you’ve enjoyed a cocktail on their fantastic beach – Barceloneta. Although the main part of the beach can get a little crowded during peak time, I was easily able to find a more secluded area by walking a couple minutes away from the main bars and restaurants.   Barceloneta Beach Walking from my hostel, I was unable to find Barceloneta Beach on my first day out (even using a map), but after leaving a club the…

Visiting Barcelona Alone Day 1: Pub Crawls

Visiting Barcelona Alone

Planning on Visiting Barcelona Alone? Need some tips? After working an intense ski season as a runner in a bustling restaurant in Tignes, France, I was eager to get warmed up on a beach – any beach. Visiting Barcelona and it’s famous Barceloneta Beach sprang to mind and I got to booking. Being a person that hates flying but loves traveling, I do sometimes find it difficult to get around. If no other option is available, sure I’ll fly, but as I’m in Europe – trains are always an option!…