I’m sitting in the Nashville International Airport and getting ready to board my first leg of the flight, heading to Budapest, Hungary. I’m excited to have booked this trip last minute and hope to be able to share many photos along the way via Instagram (@nashvegasaudrey).
I didn’t “plan” this trip. Budapest, Prague and Vienna have been on my short bucket list for a while, and an acquaintance of mine offered me lodging (then last minute – less than 24 hours before departure- yanked the offer after the ticket was purchased – how rude) if I wanted to book a flight… and I took him up on it when I saw the flight cost was way more inexpensive than I had thought it would be.
Yesterday, I made quick arrangements for my very own cute little studio apartment in Budapest (on the Pest side), that was VERY affordable. Most of the time while traveling in Europe I use booking.com to book hotels, hostels and even apartments/rooms. I’ve also had luck walking around a city and just finding something on my own! It has a kitchen, wifi (all important these days) and is centrally located to transportation as well as tourist attractions just a short ride away.
I’m debating whether to stay in Budapest for the majority of the trip OR look into the possibility of visiting Vienna, Prague and possibly Krakow too (on my way back to Budapest for my return flight). One of my favorite sites is Seat61.com, because he gives you some great options for connections and allows you to figure out some of the cheapest rail travel possible. This comes in very handy on the fly.
For those of you who don’t know me and happen to read this… Travel is a major passion of mine. I love to explore the world and I often do it on my own. Friends and family members have occasionally told me I was “brave” or insinuated that it was risky to travel solo, but I assure you that it’s safe and it’s very enjoyable! I meet so many more people than I would if I was traveling with a friend because when you’re on your own, you have a tendency to be a little bit more open to opportunities and are easily approachable in conversation. You’re not on anyone’s schedule but your own, so it’s very freeing and relaxing.
I’m looking forward to exploring Budapest. On the short list so far are Buda Castle, the Chain Bridge, the thermal baths (multiple ones!) and walking along the Danube River. There’s also Gellert Hill Cave which looks really interesting- a church in a cave!
I’ll be sure to post more while traveling, but wanted to share that this trip will also be done on a major shoestring budget (remember that I wasn’t initially planning on spending ANYTHING on lodging when it was planned), so I’ll be sure to keep track of what was spent and share how inexpensively travel to Budapest (and possibly elsewhere) can be.
Stay tuned! -Audrey