Last Stop, Madrid

Plaza Mayor, Madrid

Click Here to see all my Photos from Madrid. Photos were taken with a Panasonic Lumix TZ-70.

 

After a wonderful 3 nights in Barcelona, it was time to go to Madrid as the last city on my trip. I decided to take the Renfe train which was fast and comfortable. I will say, I feel very lucky that everywhere I went, the weather was really nice except for the last day in Barcelona. As soon as I made it to Madrid it rained all day and night. Being that I was only there for 2 nights, it completely killed my first night experience. What made it even worse is that the Hostel I picked (Generator Hostel) was a complete corporate styled Hostel. The best way I could describe it was feeling cold. It’s the reason I opt out of staying in Hotels and the only difference was that you shared a room. So my first night, I slept and did nothing in my Hostel.

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Fourth Stop, Porto

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After 4 wonderful nights in Lisbon, it was time to move on to Porto which is in the North of Portugal. I decided to take CP (Comboios de Portugal) train line from Lisbon to Porto. The train ride was about 3 hours which was comfortable and went by quickly. During my extended trips, I mostly stay in Hostels but mid-trip I like to book an AirBNB so I can have some privacy and to wash my clothes without paying for it. I got to Porto slightly early so my AirBNB wasn’t ready for a couple of hours so I walked around for a bit taking pictures. Thankfully, the place I was staying at was only a block away from the river.

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Know Thy Traveler – Jennifer R.

Jennifer R. is a French woman I was lucky enough to meet while I was traveling in Lisbon. We happened to be part of the same walking tour and spent a couple of days together which allowed for us to get to know each other very well. I found her life perspectives to be interesting and overall she’s a great woman. I’m proud to introduce such a special person to my readers.

 

Follow Her: @mademoiselle.travels on Instagram

 

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Third Stop, Lisbon!

Click Here to see all my Photos from Lisbon. Photos were taken with a Panasonic Lumix TZ-70.

 

So 2 nights in Berlin, 2 nights in Budapest…I finally get some extended time in a city with 4 nights in Lisbon. Because of my last minute changes for my trip, my first night was spent in a Hotel on the other side of the bridge in Almada because I thought I would sit on the beach next to the Hotel. Of course, I landed and was so tired that I didn’t leave my room and never made it to the beach. The next morning I headed into the city of Lisbon and stayed at Lisboa Central Hostel. First let me say, I absolutely loved staying here, great staff and a nice welcoming environment. I highly recommend if you’re visiting the city.

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Know Thy Traveler – Radhika Changoiwala

I came across Radhika’s blog by chance after finding her article about Berlin and her take on the city. I always feel like the city isn’t talked about enough as a city to visit in Western Europe so it was nice to see her perspective on the city and why she likes it (Click here for her article). I’m happy to introduce her to my readers.

 

Follow Her: Caught The Wind Blog and her Instagram

 

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Second Stop, Budapest!

Click Here to see all my Photos from Budapest. Photos were taken with a Panasonic Lumix TZ-70.

 

After a short 2 night stay in Berlin, I unfortunately had to setup a short 2 night stay in Budapest. This means I had to try and make the most of it. I had booked a 2 night stay with the Wombats City Hostel because I’ve stayed in the ones in London and Munich and enjoyed my stay. Also it’s in a great location and easy to walk to all the tourist sites.

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Did You Know? Layover Programs

Turkish Airlines

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Tourism is a huge industry throughout the world and countries across the world want people to come into their country to experience their culture and of course, spend their money. With this being said, there are airlines that are being used to entice travelers to choose their country as a possible country to visit by offering great layover programs. A layover program is essentially giving you the ability to pick an ultimate destination but mid travel you will have a layover in a different country for 24 hours or longer. This idea is to give you the opportunity to tour the country and then fly to your destination.

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