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When you imagine visiting Rome, you probably envisage sitting in a piazza sipping on an Aperol spritz or spending long summer days wandering the Colosseum and Roman Forum… However, sometimes Mother Nature is not on our side and the weather may put pay to those ideas. Rome in the rain is not ideal but there are still some great things to do in Rome when it rains.
You can still have a brilliant time visiting Rome in bad weather and I’m here to tell you how.
So today we are going to discuss things to do in Rome on a rainy day…
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Things to do in Rome in the rain
Visit The Vatican City – The Vatican Museums and The Basilica
No trip to Rome would be complete without visiting the Vatican. The two biggest attractions are the Vatican museums (where you’ll find Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel) and Saint Peter’s Basilica. Luckily, aside from the Vatican gardens, most of the attractions are indoor activities which means visiting them is one of the best things to do in Rome in the rain!
The Vatican museums are home to the world’s largest private art collection so if you are an art lover, it will be the perfect way to spend a rainy day so make sure you factor in at least a few hours. For many, the main attraction is the Sistene Chapel, a floor to ceiling spectacular painted room created by Michelangelo which brings tourists from all corners of the world to the Vatican Museums.
You can visit the Basilica and Vatican museums in one day but I recommend starting early to make the most of them both. The queues can also be absolutely insane and there is no way you will want to be queueing in the rain! So whatever you do, get a queue jump ticket! You can book them with or without a tour or audio guide – I would suggest getting the later.
Get your camera out and take an alternative photography tour of Rome
You may be thinking ‘why photograph Rome on a rainy day?!’ Well because every man and his dog has photos of Rome on a sunny day and quite frankly, photos with perfect blue skies can get a little boring… If you enjoy photography, then get out with your camera and think outside the box!
Use the puddles to get some quirky reflection photos like the one below.
Top Tip | I was chatting to a photographer recently who carries a bottle of water just to create puddles for the purpose! Clever!
Make use of people walking with colourful umbrellas to add depth to your photos and wait until the rain dissipates and the sun breaks through the clouds. Often this is when you will find the most interesting skies for photography which will make your photos ‘pop.’ Check out some of the best photography locations in Rome.
Explore an art gallery
If you are looking for more art then you’re in luck as there are many art galleries which make for a great rainy day activity in Rome.
The Borghese Gallery is one of the most popular collections of art in Rome and a great place to spend a few hours. Whilst the gallery is all indoors, there is also a pretty garden to explore should the weather improve!
Due to its popularity, I’d recommend getting a queue jump ticket which also offers the option for a guided tour.
Take a cooking class
If you’ve had enough of art galleries, then consider something completely different and instead, get out of the rain and into the kitchen to learn how to cook – Italian style.
There is no superior comfort food than some Italian carbs which makes taking an Italian cooking class, a brilliant idea to occupy yourself on a rainy day in Rome!
Opt to learn how to make homemade pasta or pizza or learn how to make a delicious Tiramasu or gelato – the choice is yours. Make sure you host an Italian dinner party on your return to show off your newly acquired Italian culinary skills!
Stuff yourself silly with Pizza and pasta
If you don’t fancy learning to cook the Italian way then you should still spend some time enjoying the local eateries. The Italians like to eat in a slow leisurely way savouring their food and eating multiple courses, making it a great way to kill some time whilst you are waiting for the rain in Rome to stop…
Take the hop on hop off bus
If you only have a short time in Rome, you may want to tick off the Rome icons regardless of the weather. If this is the case, at least avoid getting wet by walking everywhere and instead get a ticket for the hop-on-hop-off bus or hop-on-hop-off-boat. The seats downstairs will keep you dry and there’s likely to be fewer people using the service on a rainy day so you might even be able to dodge the crowds.
The other option is to get a multi-day Roma pass which will allow you access to all the big-city attractions as well as giving you free access to public transport. Well worth getting if you plan to see a lot in Rome in 4 days or less.
Italians are some of the best dressed people in Europe. They ooze simplicity and style and Italy is one of the best places to go on a designer shopping spree. (Or window shopping if your budget isn’t up to it..!)
So if designer names is your thing, don’t forget to bring your credit card…
If you’re looking for high street stores then head for Via del Corso. If it’s designer stores you’re after then head for Via Condotti.
Explore the Pantheon
The Pantheon is one of Romes best-preserved ancient Roman buildings formerly a temple built under the Emporer Hadrian between 113-115 AD. It was later converted to a church and remains one of the most popular places to visit in Rome. Since it’s an indoor activity, exploring the Pantheon is a great thing to do when it’s raining in Rome. Opt for a guided tour or use an audio guide (For under $6) to get the most from the experience.
Go Underground and visit the catacombs
The Catacombs are underground passageways where the dead were buried dating back to the 2nd-5th centuries. There are many kilometres of them which you can explore seeing inscriptions in the wall documenting the deceased. Taking a tour of the catacombs requires zero sunshine so is a perfect activity to do in Rome in the rain.
Visit ‘Welcome to Rome’ and interactive theatre journey through Rome’s History
The projection and interactive exhibits at this converted old cinema, will guide you through 2700 years of history in Rome, all whilst staying warm and dry! It will take approximately 30 minutes so it’s a great activity to do during a brief downpour in Rome!
Go Church Hopping
There are so many beautiful churches in Rome, why not see how many of them you can explore in a day? Even if you are not religious, you will be able to admire the impressive architecture and beauty of these intricate buildings. It always amazes me how they were constructed in such detail back when there was very little in the ways of tools! Painted ceilings in particular always get me!
Get out of Rome for the day
So it’s raining in Rome but what’s the weather like elsewhere in Italy? You may be pleasantly surprised to learn that the weather not that far away, is actually quite nice! You can even take a day trip all the way to Venice and back courtesy of a high-speed train.
Here are a few options from day trips from Rome:
Hopefully you have managed to find some ideas for things to do in Rome in the rain with these 17 ideas. Whether you decide to spend a day in the Vatican city, learn to cook Italian style or escape to find better weather on a day trip, you are bound to enjoy your trip. Because Rome is beautiful and fascinating, no matter what the weather is like!
Which of these activities and day trips would you choose? Or do you have any other suggestions?! In which case, tell us in the comments…
Fall is the perfect time to escape for a quick trip: the weather’s cooled, prices are coming down and the crowds have disappeared. These are some of our favorite fall trips for families.
School may be in session but getting away for a short trip in the fall is a great way to ease out of summer living. And whether it’s a day trip or a quick weekend, there’s something to make everyone in the family happy. Here are six trips to consider which will enrich everyone’s body, soul and mind.
Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA
This living museum will engage kids and adults in the history of America in the 18th century. The historic area, which is a reconstruction of the city as capital of Colonial Virginia, includes hundreds of recreated buildings and structures, as well as three main thoroughfares – all of which are peopled with talented docents and translators who interact with guests to tell a more convincing story.
See the tools and techniques of 18th century trades, discover pre-Revolutionary military sites and weapons, including the newly opened Anderson’s Blacksmith Shop Public Armoury, peruse the British grandeur of Governor’s Palace, and explore the African American Experience, which provides a truthful, historical interpretation of slavery – a painful yet fully American experience.
Planning on staying? There are six hotels within the Historic Area, including 26 Colonial Houses which can be booked overnight.
US Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL
Known as “Rocket City,” Huntsville is ground zero for the development of the NASA space shuttle rockets – so it’s no surprise the US Space & Rocket Center is the perfect place to investigate and learn about all aspects of the past and future of the American space program.
In addition to the a full-stack Space Shuttle with two solid rocket boosters and external tank, and an authentic, impressive Saturn V rocket with hands-on exploration, other exhibits include the Spacedown IMAX Theater, a Moon Shot simulator, a G-Force Accelerator and a Mars Climbing Wall.
If you’re looking for something even more interactive, you might want to book Family Space Camp, for kids between 7 and 18. Here you’ll launch simulated missions to the International Space Station, train to be an astronaut on a gravity chair and make and launch your own rocket.
Great Sand Dunes, CO
America’s national parks are diverse and majestic, offering families a peek into the awesome splendor of this considerable country. And though sites like the Grand Canyon and Yosemite are popular tourist sites, we are partial to the Great Sand Dunes at the base of Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
At 8200 feet elevation, these 30 miles of dunes can reach up to 750ft high. Hiking is the best way to appreciate this extraordinary, natural sandbox, and a two-hour walk also lets you explore the stunning Medano Creek, where you can splash around in a little water with your beach. Get your kicks sandsledding and sandboarding down the dunes, though cardboard and snow sleds don’t work on dry sand, so you’ll have to stop and rent a board near the park entrance.
Camping is allowed to help you experience the beauty of the park at night, and there are also cabins, a motel, a lodge and a ranch if you want something a little more comfortable.
Dinosaur Trail, MO
Find your very own prehistoric insect captured in amber at Montana’s Dinosaur Trail. This sprawling experience covers 14 locations around the entire state, which is home to some of the most important paleontological discoveries ever made.
The exhibits along the trail range from the first baby dinosaur bones at Two Medicine Dinosaur Center to the best preserved “mummy” of a dinosaur ever found at Great Plains Dinosaur Museum. Want to get your hands dirty? Paleontology field dig opportunities are available at three different facilities.
Be sure to pick up the Prehistoric Passport, a simple guide to the museums and communities along the way, where you’ll find history, facts and space to collect a stamp at each dino facility – which you can then trade in for prizes.
TreEscape Aerial Adventure Park, Vernon, NJ
Mountain Creek, best known for its namesake ski resort and water park, has a new park on the block. The TreEscape Aerial Adventure Park, located on the grounds of the Great Gorge Golf Course, is a heady combination of elevated ropes courses, connected wooden climbing platforms, obstacles and screaming ziplines – all in a green, eco-friendly environment.
A six-hour window will allow you to finish the entire course, though it’s not a prerequisite, and a shuttle will follow historical logging, mining and horseback riding rails to deposit you at the park. A separate park is available for kids aged 4 to 6 and allows the younger set a chance to try out about 20 different climbing elements. Older folk can also come back when the sun goes down for night climbing on Saturday evenings.
If you want to try out some of the resort’s other activities, overnight accommodations can be booked at The Appalachian resort at the base of Vernon Peak mountain or the Crystal Springs Resort – both which offer amenities like dining, pools and a spa.
If you are planning 3 days in Guangzhou, China, this Guangzhou itinerary written by guest writer, Krasen, will help you plan the perfect trip to China’s 3rd biggest city.
Guangzhou (otherwise known as Canton) is the geographical, historical and cultural core of the country’s southern part. Being such an important city, it is no wonder that there is a lot to see and a lot to do there. It is full of places of interest and opportunities to try.
If you want to explore it in full, you need maybe a whole month. But what if you have only 3 days in Guangzhou to stay? Here is my suggestion about how to best spend your time in this famous city and build a perfect 3 day Guangzhou itinerary.
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But before that – let’s introduce Guangzhou. What kind of city is it? What can you expect there?
If you look at the map of China, you can see three rivers, called East, North and West Rivers, joining together in a large and complex delta. This is Pearl River Delta, occupied by one of the largest city clusters in the world. Guangzhou is a part of this cluster, the biggest city within it. It is also known by the name Canton, but Guangzhou is its local Chinese name.
Guangzhou is established in the northern part of the delta, on land which is mainly flat, consisting of many islands and river canals. It has its central urban part, and long northern and southern suburbs area- so long, that the distance between the southern to the northern ends is more than 100 km.
So, you can build your 3 day Guangzhou itinerary as a part of a longer itinerary including Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Macau and the other cities of Pearl River Delta. If you want to explore the whole Delta, but your time is limited, plan 1 or 2 days in all of the other cities, but leave 3 days in Guangzhou as a minimum.
Two of these three days leave for the central area. On the first day focus on the old sites and the second day spend exploring the new and modern sites. Then, on the third day head to the southern suburbs, called Panyu and Nansha, which are more interesting than the north suburbs.
An overview of this 3 days in Guangzhou itinerary
Here is my proposed Guangzhou itinerary:
Day 1 Explore the two older parts of Guangzhou; Liwan and Yuexiu
Day 2 Focus on Pearl River, and the new modern parts of Guangzhou; Tianhe and Haizhu
Day 3 Make a trip to the south- to explore Panyu and Nansha areas.
Reasons you should visit Guangzhou
As I already mentioned, Guangzhou is the southern centre of China, so it should be a mandatory part of your China trip. Here are a few other reasons you should visit Guangzhou…
- Guangzhou has more than 2000 years of history and has developed a rich culture, so you can expect to see really a lot here.
- Guangzhou is one of the most modern and developed cities in the world, perfect for those who are looking for luxury and super modern style.
- The food in Guangzhou (called Cantonese cuisine) is known as one of the richest in variety in the whole of China.
- Guangzhou is one of the largest trade centres in the world, hosting the famous Canton Fair, so for the businessmen, it should be of great interest.
When is the best time of the year to visit Guangzhou?
Guangzhou is located in the southern part of the humid tropical zone. It is near the South China Sea, and the climate is really humid. From February to June is mainly rainy, and in February it is also cold so the weather is comparable with rainy weather in England!
Then from April to September is the hot and humid summer, the rains reaching their peak at the end of May and the first half of June, after which it starts to dry up.
So, the best time of the year to visit Guangzhou is from the second half of October until the beginning of December. The weather then is mainly sunny and dry, and not too hot but pleasantly warm.
After December 1st it starts getting cold. Still nice, but since there is no central heating in Guangzhou, your room could be cold and uncomfortable.
Also, avoid the main Chinese holidays, especially the National Holiday from October 1 to 7, because it may be really crowded. Seriously, don’t forget that the Chinese population is almost 1,4 billion people and you can feel it VERY strongly during these holidays!
How to get around Guangzhou
As a big city, Guangzhou has a very well developed transport network, so you can go almost anywhere very quickly.
One of the most convenient forms of transportation is the metro system. It is cheap (from 2-10 CNY, depending on the distance). I would recommend your stay close to a metro station. From there you can travel conveniently to every corner of Guangzhou, avoiding the heavy traffic and traffic jams around the city. It is good for quickly moving from one place to another. The only downside is that you can’t watch the city go by.
Public buses are another option. They are convenient too and allow you to observe local daily life in Guangzhou. However, they are slower than the metro.
If you want to move faster, and at the same time to watch the city from the window, you can take a taxi. Of course, it is much expensive than the metro and bus, but can be very comfortable. Prices start from 10 CNY – add 2-6 CNY for every kilometre.
Another new and convenient way for relatively short distances is the shared public bike. Great for if you want to get between metro stations and attractions. Now you can easily find a shared public bike on the street and move quickly to the desired place, fully immersed in the local life around you. You just need to have WeChat installed, the shared bike’s application and a bank account attached.
Where to base yourself for 3 days in Guangzhou
You need a good location to base yourself in Guangzhou, in order to use your time in the best way. Basically, the best places in big cities like Guangzhou are near the metro stations.
You’ll want to find somewhere with plenty of things to do in the evenings and ways to relax in Guangzhou whilst also being close to the metro station.
The first place I’d suggest is near the pedestrian street Shanxiajiu, which is very attractive, especially in the evening. It has its own ‘old Cantonese’ atmosphere and is full of restaurants, street food, shops, malls, as well as bars and clubs. The nearest metro station is Changshou Road.
Another good place is near Beijing Road, another more modern pedestrian street. The nearest metro station would be Beijing Road station.
Your 3 Day Guangzhou itinerary
So, let’s look at your Guangzhou itinerary in detail…
Day 1 of your Guangzhou itinerary
In the morning…
Your first day in Guangzhou is focused on Yuexiu and Liwan areas, which are the older part of the city. There are a few important landmarks and symbols of Guangzhou, which represent this city, so you can focus on them this day.
They are Yuexiu Park, Xiguan Antique City, Chen Clan Academy and Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, as well as some minor, but also very interesting sites like the Cantonese Opera and Art Museum and Nanyue King Mausoleum.
So, in the morning you should move to your starting point for the day- Yuexiu Park Metro Station. From here you will visit your first destination for the day- Yuexiu Park, with its symbols Five Rams Sculpture and Zhenhai Tower.
Yuexiu Park is located on a hill, with nice gardens and three lakes. It is full of beautiful traditional pavilions, amusement playgrounds, alleys and other places to relax.
But first, you should visit Zhenhai Tower- a very important symbolic building, dated from the early Ming Dynasty times. It is the first Lingnan architecture style tower in the area, and now it is turned into the Guangzhou Museum. The entrance fee will cost you 10 CNY.
Another important symbol is the Five Rams Statue. More than 2000 years ago, five immortals, riding five rams, came to this place (suffering poverty and misery at that time), gave rice to the local people and left. But their five rams stayed, turned into stone and remained as an eternal blessing of prosperity to the city. That’s why this turned into one of the most important landmarks of Guangzhou.
The whole walk in Yuexiu Park, including the Guangzhou Museum visit, can be roughly about 3 hours long. So, after that, it would be time for lunch. If you are looking for something cheap and fast- there are a lot of small fast food places on the streets around.
But if you are looking for something more special, you can go to a few restaurants nearby: Macau Restaurant (澳门街风味餐厅), or Subway Lao Xiguan Food centre (赛百味)- both of them can be easily found on Google Maps (just copy-paste their names in Chinese).
In the afternoon…
In the afternoon, when you finish your lunch, you can proceed to explore the nearby sites. There are two important museums, just right beside Yuexiu Park.
The first one is the Nanyue King Mausoleum. It presents the history of the ancient Nanyue Kingdom- a state which existed in the 2nd century BC, finally conquered by the Han Empire. The most interesting and symbolic artefact there is the Jade Burial Costume of the Nanyue King- a unique way of burial by thousands of jade plates. The entrance fee is 10 CNY as of June 2019. You will need about at least one hour to explore.
Then proceed to the second important site nearby – Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall. Now you move ‘by the time machine’ to the beginning of the 20th century. Guangzhou played a very important role in the Republic of China era, and Sun Yat-Sen’s life. So this memorial hall, being the largest one, dedicated to Dr Sun Yat-Sen, is now turned into a museum. The entrance fee is 10 CNY (as of June 2019.) Estimated time for visiting is about 1 hour.
Once you have finished exploring Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, you can enjoy a nice evening in Xiguan Antique City- a delicious dinner in the restaurants in the area, like Lingji Fulaige or Panji Restaurants, offering Cantonese food. Or, alternatively, you can try some street food nearby.
There are a few ways how to get to from Xiguan Antique City from Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall. If you choose to travel by taxi, you can expect it to cost 30-35 CNY.
You can also go there by metro, although you have to change from Line 2 to Line 5. There are some public buses that you can use too: No. 133, 85 and 204 (for only 2CNY). And finally, the best (in my opinion) option – by a shared bike.
In the evening…
After dinner, you can enjoy the old streets of Xiguan, and especially the nice park with its Liwan Lake. The evening atmosphere is really exciting there. You can enjoy some shopping in this area too – there are a lot of souvenirs, Chinese tea, as well as just clothes, shoes and other “normal” shops.
Day 2 on your Guangzhou Itinerary
In the morning…
There are still a few more places you need to explore in Guangzhou. The first important place, which is one of the most important Guangzhou landmarks is Chen Clan Academy. You can go there by metro and it is found by exit D of Chen Clan Academy (Chen Jia Ci) station.
Chen Clan Academy is a real masterpiece of Cantonese Lingnan architecture. It was originally built by a wealthy Chinese overseas family to serve as an educational centre, preparing students for government examinations in Qing Dynasty era. After the fall of Qing, its role has changed a few times. Now it is not just a museum of art and architecture but still serves as an educational centre for fine arts. The entrance fee is 10 CNY (as of June 2019.) Estimated time for visiting is 1 hour.
Then you can take the metro to Changshou Road or Huangshan (1 or 2 stations away only) and walk around 550-600 m to the Cantonese Opera and Art Museum. This museum is really worth to visit.
It is not just a museum, but it also contains a splendid Cantonese traditional garden, with old Lingnan architecture buildings and a beautiful pond. In the main hall of the museum, you can see a lot of Cantonese opera and art presentations. It is free to enter and the estimated time for visiting is 1 – 1.5 hrs.
The best place for lunch on your second day of this Guangzhou itinerary is Shamian – a small piece of Europe in the heart of Guangzhou. The best way to move from Cantonese Opera and Art Museum to Shamian is by taxi or shared bike since there are no direct buses or metro on this route. If you chose to walk it will take around 30 mins.
Crossing one of the bridges onto Shamian Island, you will find yourself in a totally different environment. Shamian is an island which has been given to the French and British traders in concession, from the end of the 18th century. As a result, a lot of beautiful buildings were raised there, all in the classical European style, with quiet garden-style alleys. You can literally feel like you are in Vienna or somewhere in Paris. So, Shamian has become another landmark of Guangzhou.
Your walk in Shamian would lead you to the Pearl Riverbank, where you can find some nice restaurants and cafes – a great location to find some lunch.
In the afternoon…
After lunch, it is time for one of the most exciting activities during your Guangzhou itinerary- a cruise on Pearl River.
Follow the river bank. After you leave Shamian, you find a large square, where you can see the beautiful old building of the Canton Customs on your left. Not far from there you will see the wharf where you can take the ferry to Canton Tower, for only 2CNY (a really cheap cruise!).
The cruise on the river is around 45 mins and you will enjoy stunning views of the Guangzhou cityscape. The highest skyscrapers will rise on your left, and straight in front of you will be Canton Tower, the newest symbol of Guangzhou.
Canton Tower is one of the tallest TV towers in the world, and in general- one of the tallest buildings, at 600m high. Its design is a real masterpiece, reminiscent of a maiden, gently twisting her waist.
You can enjoy seeing the Canton Tower from outside but there are a lot of attractions inside the tower too. Yes, it is more expensive with an entrance fee of 150 CNY and some attractions requiring an additional fee, such as the bubble tram and free-fall dropping. But the best thing to do in the Canton Tower is to visit the panoramic terrace. You can not only observe the whole Guangzhou from bird’s view but if it is late afternoon and the sky is clear, you can enjoy a breathtaking sunset.
When you go out of Canton Tower and walk around 300 m southward, you will see another tower, which is small and much older. It is called Chigang Pagoda, and the small garden around it is a really nice place to relax. If you walk around it, you can find a spot where you can take a photo of the two towers together – the old and the new one.
From Canton Tower, you can take the metro for a few stations and arrive at the central part of Tianhe- to Tianhe South station. Then you can take an evening walk and enter Tee Mall – one of the biggest malls in China. There are a lot of things that you can do inside – shopping, watching movies, and of course finding your dinner. There are a lot of restaurants, offering plenty of cuisines from China and abroad.
Day 3 of your Guangzhou itinerary
During your last day in Guangzhou, you can try moving further from the central parts of the city. There are two main suburbs areas. The northern consists of Baiyun, Huadu and the counties of Zengcheng and Conghua. It is too large, covered by fields, low mountains and a lot of villages, towns, industrial and residential areas. There are some attractions too, but they are too far and require too long time only to reach one of them.
There is also a smaller eastern suburb area, consisting of Huangpu and Luogang districts (which are now merged), but there is not too much to see there.
And finally, there is the southern suburb area, consisting of Panyu and Nansha. I would recommend visiting here on the 3rd day of your Guangzhou itinerary, especially Panyu.
In the morning…
In Panyu, there are a few beautiful old traditional and historical sites worth visiting. But since with just 3 days in Guangzhou, you will not have enough time to explore all of them, I would recommend two – Lingnan Impression Park and Baomo Garden. But be ready for long distance trips, much longer than in the previous two days.
First thing in the morning, take the metro to Higher Education Mega Center South (Daxuecheng Nan) station. From there you have a 15-20 minute walk, or alternatively, take a taxi or shared bicycle.
Lingnan Impression Park is a former village, gradually swallowed by the growing city. But unlike many other villages, this one has been well protected due to its beautiful old Cantonese architecture.
There are a lot of old traditional buildings inside. But of special interest are those with walls covered in oyster shells – it is something unique, which you won’t see everywhere in China.
There are also two ancestral temples, a mansion house, turned into a museum, which depicts the life of a wealthy family. There is also the Hong Kong-Macau goods area for shopping. The entrance fee is 60 CNY and estimated time to visit is around 2 hours.
When you finish exploring here, you can move to Baomo Garden. You have two choices- the more expensive choice is by taxi which will take around 50 mins to 1 hour (or more if there is traffic jam somewhere). But you can expect it to cost at least 130-150 CNY for the trip.
Another way, which is cheaper, but can take at least 1 hour 40 mins or more, is by metro and bus. First, you have to back to Higher Education Mega Center South station and take the metro to City Bridge (Shi Qiao) station (change one line). And from there take bus No.67 to Baomo Garden. It will be around 20-30 CNY.
Since the distance is long, I would recommend you stop at City Bridge station and take your lunch there. It is the central part of Panyu district, where you can find malls, shops and restaurants.
In the afternoon…
In the afternoon, explore Baomo Garden. It is a real paradise and the most beautiful garden of this kind that I have seen. Its story comes from the Qing Dynasty times, and now it presents plenty of Cantonese architecture; pavilions, temples, halls, ponds, artificial rock hills and bridges.
There is also a ship-like hall, where you can enjoy watching Cantonese opera, drinking local tea. The most spectacular feature of Baomo Garden is two long walls with an inscribed story on them, one in relief from, and one like a long picture – a splendid art masterpiece. The entrance fee is 45 CNY and estimated time to visit is at least 2 hours.
From Baomo Garden back to the centre is a long trip- about 2 hours, if you choose the cheaper way. You have to back to City Bridge station by bus No. 67, then by metro and one line change to reach Changshou Road station or any other station that your hotel is located. Expect to pay more than 150 CNY for a taxi but it will only take 50-60 minutes.
Alternative itinerary for Day 3 in Guangzhou
If you don’t want to spend too much time in old traditional sites, on your Day 3 you can go to another, very different place, replacing Lingnan Impression or Baomo Garden. This is Chimelong Resort- the largest amusement park area in China. Actually, it consists of 4 parks.
The first is Safari Park – a large place like a zoo, but in a much more natural environment for the animals. The second is Paradise Park- a vertiginous amusement park with plenty of entertainment to keep you amused. The third is a Water Park- again an amusement park, but with water sports and play. The fourth is Bird Park- something like Safari Park, but for birds watching.
Visiting any of the Chimelong parks is expensive, entrance fees are more than 150 CNY for each park. Visiting one park would take you at least half a day. The good thing is that there is a nearby metro station-Hanxi Changlong station, which makes the trip to and from Chimelong much more comfortable.
Your 3 days in Guangzhou has come to an end but if you have followed this Guangzhou itinerary, you will have experienced its geography, history, culture, local life and entertainment. And yes, whilst 3 days is a short amount of time to explore Guangzhou, it will have been an unforgettable few days and hopefully, inspire you to visit and explore Guangzhou further.
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Google Flights is a powerful tool for researching and booking airfare at the best rates. Here are a few tips for using it.
Booking airfare is a common cause of buyer’s remorse. You diligently research the best fares, track them with price alerts, and finally book — only to see the price drop unexpectedly just before takeoff.
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But even after this price guarantee ends, Google Flights still has several features and tools that can help you get the most for your money. Here’s how.
Use the Tips section to know when you’re getting a good deal
Google Flights uses more than 300 partners including airlines and other travel aggregators to display offers. It automatically sorts results by the best price, but the Tips section provides further insights. It contains notes that let you know whether you’re getting a good deal. Tips may note that prices are unlikely to drop before you book, that prices are less than usual, or prices are likely to increase. Google develops these tips after analyzing price trends of past flights and similar trips.
Use the Explore Destinations feature
Still trying to decide where you want to go? Let the Explore Destinations feature be your budget-friendly travel agent. It allows you to select your departure city, the proposed length of your trip, and the month in which you want to travel, then delivers destinations with the lowest airfares. For example, if you’re planning a one-week trip in November, but aren’t sure of your destination, you may opt for New York over Washington, DC, when you discover you’ll save $100 on the airfare alone.
Be flexible with your dates
If you have a fixed destination in mind, but can be flexible with your travel dates, Google Flights can deliver savings. Once you’ve input your destination and proposed itinerary dates, click on the Date Grid. This reveals how airfare prices fluctuate on the dates surrounding your proposed departure and return. Similarly, the Price Graph lets you explore how fares vary by month or week, which can help you identify the best times to travel that route.
Experiment with your route
Sometimes our travel plans take us to destinations that can be reached via multiple airports. If that’s the case with your trip, use the Airports feature. For example, if you’re headed to Tupelo, Mississippi, you might opt to fly into Birmingham, Alabama, or Nashville, Tennessee. Let your pocketbook pick.
Filter by bag fees
When looking at airplane fares, it’s easy to forget the other fees we may encounter. Baggage fees are chief among them. If you already know whether you’ll be checking a bag or bringing one onboard, Google Flights can show you flight prices that include any associated fees. Turning on this filter doesn’t remove any flights from results. Instead, it updates prices so you can get a true picture of your total trip cost.
Set Fare Alerts
Even though Google Flights offers several convenient features to search for the best price within its platform, you may not want to turn obsessive fare checking into a hobby. In that case, set up a Fare Alert. Just enter your travel details, including destination and dates, and click the Track Prices toggle. Google Flights will keep tabs on price fluctuations and send you an email notifying you of price changes.
The only drawback to Google Flights may be that it doesn’t index all flights. For example, Google Flights doesn’t publish prices from Southwest Airlines. If a route is available that meets your needs, it will display that a flight is available but will redirect you to the airline’s website for site for further details. However, overall, Google Flights is fast becoming a top airfare search and research tool.
Travelling with Epilepsy can be daunting. Hell, life in general with Epilepsy can feel daunting, especially if you are newly diagnosed. But as with many chronic health problems, if they are managed well, there is NO reason why you can’t live your life exactly the way you had planned it, pre-diagnosis. So if you want to travel with Epilepsy, then you should absolutely do it.
Of course, I’m not encouraging anyone to be reckless. If your Epilepsy is not yet well-controlled, you may need to press pause on your travel plans until you are on the right treatment regime, your symptoms are stable and you are used to managing them.
That said, as both a travel writer and a GP doctor, I’m passionate about showing everyone how they can travel more no matter what’s holding them back. Finances, annual leave, lack of travel companion or a chronic health problem… Therefore, this is part of a larger series of articles about travel health with other articles like Travelling with Diabetes, Travelling with Back Pain and many more to come.
In this article, I will be offering tips for travelling with Epilepsy based upon my medical experience. I will also be interviewing Steph, an epileptic who loves to travel. She offers up some great practical tips for travelling with Epilepsy based on her personal experience.
But first, for those who may not have Epilepsy but are planning to travel with someone who does, let’s delve into what Epilepsy is and how it can affect travel plans.
Please remember, whilst I am a doctor, I am not YOUR doctor. This article is for general advice only. For more tailored advice, see your own doctor or Epilepsy team.
What you can expect from this article…
What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a disorder of the brain which makes people likely to have seizures triggered by abnormal brain activity.
A person does not necessarily have Epilepsy just because they’ve had a seizure as seizures can be caused by many things. But a person with Epilepsy is considered to have more seizures again.
Sometimes Epilepsy is caused by damage to the brain, for example, a head injury or infection. But for many people, their Epilepsy is unexplained.
Seizures can vary considerably. Some people have vacant seizures where their eyes may glaze over and they may do repetitive movements like lip-smacking. Others may have full-blown tonic-clonic seizures where they lose consciousness and will jerk uncontrollably. Some people will have many seizures a day, others may be seizure-free for many years especially if they are on medication.
For many people, this is a lifelong condition. It affects 1 in 100 people s is more common than you may realise.
With sensible precautions and the correct management plan, many people live a very normal life. For many, this will be seizure-free on the right medication regime.
How can you help your travel companion who has Epilepsy?
If you are travelling with someone who has Epilepsy, there are a few things you can do to help. But if you are unsure about what you should be doing, it’s best to ask them directly.
They may want to split their medication across both of you hand luggage items to make sure they have a backup if their bag got stolen or lost.
It’s easy to forget your usual medication regime when you’re travelling in a different timezone. If your friend doesn’t mind, then gentle reminders may be useful for them.
As fatigue often triggers seizures, try to be understanding if your travel friend needs to take things a bit slower or wants an early night.
Try to make yourself familiar with first aid for seizures so you can help if your friend becomes unwell.
First Aid for Seizures
Seizures come in all shapes and sizes but if your travel companion has an episode where they lose consciousness, go rigid and start to shake (called a tonic-clonic seizure,) then here are some tips for how you can help them;
Firstly ease them onto the floor and remove any hazards such as things they may hit their head on, loosen anything tight around their neck and try to get them away from any bodies of water.
Turn them gently onto one side to help them breathe. Put something soft under their head to prevent them from sustaining a head injury.
Do not try to hold them down or restrict their movement.
Stay with them and time their seizure. If it continues over 5 minutes, call an ambulance. Make sure you are aware of the number to call in the country that you are visiting.
If they have another seizure soon after the first one or if they injure themselves during the seizure, these are other reasons you will need to call an ambulance.
If someone has regular seizures and is known to have Epilepsy, they do not need to go to the hospital every time. However, if it is their first seizure then they must seek medical help.
Practical Tips for Travelling with Epilepsy
Travel tips for flying with Epilepsy
- Fatigue often triggers seizures so try to factor in plenty of rest on flights. You may want to book daytime flights to avoid sleep deprivation or consider taking a comfy travel pillow and noise-blocking earplugs to help you sleep on flights.
- If you have regular seizures, you may want to consider telling an air steward about your Epilepsy.
- If you have a vagal nerve stimulator in situ, be aware these can set off metal detectors in airports so let someone at security know in advance.
Tips for Managing your Epilepsy medications abroad
- Make sure you tell someone that you Epileptic and what medications you are on if you need any medical treatment abroad, even if it doesn’t seem relevant. Some medications interact with Epilepsy meds making them less effective and lowering your seizure threshold.
- Take more medication than you need. Preferably at least twice your normal quantity of medications. Then split these between your hand luggage and hold luggage or between you and your travel buddies hand luggage so if the worst happens, and they’re stolen, you have a backup!
- Speak to your Epilepsy nurse or your primary care practice nurse before you go. They may be able to give you additional tips based on your own situation/medication regime.
- If any of your medications are in liquid form, there’s a good chance they will need to be kept cool which can be challenging in very hot destinations. Frio bags are a great way to keep your meds cool in transit. You just soak them in water and they stay cool all day!
- Learn the generic names of your medications. Most meds have 2 names. One is a generic name which is the one most doctors use. The other is a trade name often assigned by a drug company. When you are abroad, if you need more medication, it will be easier to find if you know the generic name. If you’re unsure what the generic name is, speak to your pharmacy.
- If there is a time difference abroad, you may need to very gradually change the times you take them, trying to space them out as similarly as you can to your usual regime. Set alarms to help you remember to take them.
Travelling with controlled drugs for Epilepsy
There are certain medications used in the management of Epilepsy which are controlled drugs. You may need to fill out some paperwork for a license if you are carrying more than 3 months supply of them in and out of the UK. You should also check what the rules are in countries which you are visiting. Unfortunately, there will be some countries where you will not be permitted to enter with controlled drugs as they may be considered illegal.
The following drugs are currently considered controlled drugs;
- Buccal midazolam
To comply with UK governmental rules; If you are carrying any controlled drugs, you will need a copy of your prescription and a letter from your G.P doctor proving you need to take these medications for Epilepsy. The letter should state your name, the countries you are visiting and dates of travel, the medications you have including the quantities and doses and it must be signed by the person who gives you the script.
How to avoid Seizures abroad when you are travelling with Epilepsy
- Know your triggers. For some people, it’ll be fatigue, others, flashing lights. If you understand your triggers, you can make efforts to avoid them like planning rest days to avoid fatigue etc.
- It’s easy to get dehydrated when you are in hot countries, out exploring all day. Make sure you keep hydrated and take plenty of breaks.
- Download the app Google Translate and the language of the country you are visiting. This app allows you to communicate even if you can’t speak the lingo so you can always tell someone you are Epileptic for example if you get sick or need to source more medication.
- Where possible, try to travel with someone, especially if you have frequent seizures. That way they can help you should you have a seizure whilst out and about.
- Considering wearing a bracelet that identifies you as epileptic and has your next of kins contact details on, should you get sick abroad. You can get some really pretty ones these days that look like regular bracelets.
- Remember that your seizure frequency might increase if you are at high altitude. If you are planning to visit places at high altitude, visit places at lower altitude first and slowly go higher over several days or weeks. You may want to discuss this with a travel doctor such as those at Nomads clinics.
Taking Anti-Malarial Drugs when you have Epilepsy
It’s important if you visit Malaria-pone countries, that you take medication to protect yourself. Especially as getting sick will lower your seizure threshold.
However, that said, there are various anti-malarial medications that you shouldn’t take when you have Epilepsy such as Chloroquine and Mefloquine. Atovaquone/proguanil is usually the best option and Doxycycline may be suitable for some people depending on which medications they are already taking.
Make sure you speak to a doctor before you travel and take other precautions to avoid mosquito bites such as wearing long sleeves and trousers in the evenings and applying frequent insect repellant.
For more advice about countries which you need to take antimalarials for, I recommend the Fit for Travel website which has handy malaria maps for each country! You can also read my article about why you should take Anti-malaria tablets for travel.
What if you don’t have a travel buddy?
If you don’t have a friend or family member to travel with, consider travelling on a group adventure tour. That way, you will always have people with you, should you have a seizure. You can tell your tour leader (and fellow travel companions if you wish) how to help you if you have a seizure.
I have lots of information on this website about group travel and my personal favourite company is G Adventures. You may find one of these articles useful…
Interview with Stephanie, an Epileptic who Travels
Tell us about you and your blog?
I am a health awareness and health & beauty blogger living with cerebral palsy and epilepsy. I’m a very independent person who likes to challenge myself with new experiences when I travel or being around a local city. I’m currently one of the co-writer of a lifestyle blog called The Girls’ Edit.
Where is your favourite place you’ve travelled so far?
I love going to Scotland because of the food culture, royal history, and landscapes. I know it’s not far but with my epilepsy, I feel safe within Europe than going overseas.
What’s top of your travel bucket list?
I’ve already planned my travel bucket list for the next decade. I would like to travel to all the Scandinavian countries because I would love to learn about the Scandinavian monarchies and learn about the life of Hans Christian Anderson. I absolutely love fairytales and I would like to see the little mermaid statue in Denmark.
Life with Epilepsy
When did you first get diagnosed with Epilepsy?
I first got diagnosed when I was 16 years old. I had been discharged from hospital after nerve-transfer surgery for my right hand and I was still heavily medicated on painkillers. The next day, I woke up and during my morning routine, I just dropped onto the bathroom floor and had my first tonic-clonic seizure. I had a concussion and felt confused after my seizure attack.
How does it affect you in day-to-day life?
Living with epilepsy is frustrating because I never know when my aura will appear. I am in semi-remission right now which means my medications are keeping me stable. I take Dilantin (Phenytoin) and Keppra (Levetiracetam) together daily.
Travelling with Epilepsy
Did you have any concerns about travelling with epilepsy before you went away?
Luckily, I wasn’t too concerned because I was in remission since 2003. From 2003-2017, I travelled with ease because I had no aura or seizures.
Have you struggled to get travel insurance since your diagnosis of epilepsy? Can you recommend any companies?
I never personally had trouble with travel insurance because so far I have stayed within the EU or the UK when travelling. The NHS is always there in the UK.
Were any of your family worried about you travelling with Epilepsy? Do you have any tips for someone approaching that conversation with concerned family members?
I am very close to my mother. She will always remind me that I need to take my medications at the right time and eat more healthy foods. She also reminds me to check where the nearest hospital is and where I could get help within a new city.
My advice would be to go to a family member that you have a good relationship with and who understands your epilepsy very well for them to help you explain.
Is there anything different you do to prepare for travelling with Epilepsy?
Yes. Before I travel, I need to make sure the country that I’m going to accepts my medications. Some countries don’t. If not, I need to go to my doctor’s office and get a note saying that I have epilepsy and I’m taking these medications. I need to show this to Immigration & Customs.
Do you ever find that jet lag causes you t have more seizures? How do you manage this?
Jet-lag was never my seizure trigger. I, too, cannot sleep on plane rides, but being jet-lag has always given me stress and mood swings, but thankfully, never a full-blown seizure.
Any tips for making sure you get enough sleep on the plane?
The only tip I can give someone is to avoid alcohol, coffee, and take a sleeping pill.
Have you had a seizure abroad? What happened?
Do you do anything differently when you travel because of your Epilepsy?
I will stay close to the downtown core because there are people who can help me if something goes wrong. I always carry my medication box everywhere, just in case.
Are there any epilepsy resources or websites that you recommend for travel or living with epilepsy in general?
Yes, the below websites are helpful;
Thanks, Stephanie for giving us an insight into what it’s like travelling with Epilepsy! You can follow Stephanie on Twitter here.
Your Epilepsy Travel Check List
Make sure you have the following things before you go travelling with Epilepsy
- A copy of your prescription
- If possible, 2x the amount of required medication, split into 2 bags
- Travel insurance.
- A travel pillow and earplugs to help you sleep on the plane
- An alarm set to remind you to take your medication, especially when you may be tired after a flight and more likely to forget.
- If you use and controlled medications, you will need a letter from your GP
- If you live in the UK and have more than 3 months supply of controlled medications you will need a license.
- Make sure you have checked the rules regarding your type of medication in the countries you are visiting
- Know the generic names of your medications.
- Keep contact details for your next of kin in your purse or on your person.
- Consider wearing a medical ID bracelet. This one is really pretty!
Hopefully having read this article, you will feel more confident about travelling with Epilepsy. Don’t let it stop you living your best life!
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An easy train ride from Seattle, Glacier National Park offers year-round adventures that are within reach.
In a remote region of North America, there’s a place where trekking across glaciers and through alpine meadows are a common pastime. A destination where wildlife outnumber people and bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and bears are common sights.
Nearly 9 hours from Seattle, Glacier National Park only seems possible by sacrificing long hours behind the wheel. Many Seattleites and visitors to the Pacific Northwest opt for exploring the Olympic Peninsula or North Cascades instead. However, West Glacier and Whitefish are both a straight shot from the city by train, making the trip both budget-friendly and easier on the environment.
Though taking the train to Glacier may simplify some things, it still requires a lot of planning, from purchasing train tickets to securing campsites. There are also a number of factors to consider to keep the trip affordable, particularly during the summer months.
The Amtrak Empire Builder from Seattle to Glacier operates year-round, with one-way prices available for as low as $50, depending on the date. If your budget allows for a Superliner Roomette – starting at about $200 – it’s worth it for the extra space and included meals.
The most common route is from Seattle’s King Street Station to West Glacier Station. However, if you’re traveling in the busy season, taking the train to Whitefish may help you save on accommodations. The train trip is about five hours longer than taking the same route by car, which is why many people opt for the overnight ride. Just keep in mind that you’ll have to plan alternative means of transportation to reach the park.
What to Pack
For backpackers, a lot of your trip should be planned around Apgar, as that’s where you’ll most likely stock up on food and supplies. In addition to packing bear spray, a food storage bag and the usual camping necessities, you’ll want to have an idea of how far you want to go in order to decide how much food and water you’ll need to have on hand.
There are food options at lodges throughout the park, but they often have long lines during peak season and are not as budget-friendly. Water purifiers and lightweight camping stoves are also worth considering for those planning longer trips. Even if you’re planning to “glamp” or stay in a budget hotel, it’s important to carry many of the same essentials for long hikes or bike rides through the wilderness.
Once You Arrive
During the busy season, traffic in Glacier National Park may be enough to make you thankful you took the train. One perk during peak season, however, is the number of shuttles and tours operating throughout the park and surrounding areas, including a free shuttle service that runs the full length of Going-to-the-Sun Road. Another popular pick, the Red Bus Tours operate from early June through late September with departure points at Apgar Visitor Center, Lake McDonald Lodge and several other locations. There are also shuttle services that cart hikers directly from the West Glacier Train Station to Lake McDonald Lodge and the Village Inn.
Biking is another inexpensive option for those who prefer to get a workout in. Rentals are available on the Gateway to Glacier Bike Path, less than a couple miles from the West Glacier entrance. The trail is paved and spans a little more than 10 miles from West Glacier to Hungry Horse, with lots of places to stop and eat along the way.
If you’re staying in Whitefish or the surrounding area, the Glacier Express Shuttle travels back and forth between Whitefish and Apgar. There’s also a 24-hour taxi service that runs year-round throughout Flathead County with pick-up locations at Glacier National Airport and the Amtrak stations in both Whitefish and West Glacier.
Where to Stay
When booking campsites, the most important consideration to make is how you’ll get there. If they aren’t accessible by foot, make sure there’s a shuttle or taxi service that makes stops in an area that’s within walking distance of where you plan to stay. Backcountry permits can be obtained at any of the ranger stations and are $7 or less per night. If you plan on going north of Goat Haunt Ranger Station, you’ll also need to make sure you have your passport handy.
If you prefer not to camp, the Belton Chalet is a convenient option, as it’s located directly across from West Glacier Station. Glacier Guides Lodge, Apgar Village Lodge and Glacier Raft Company’s accommodations are all on the less expensive end, as well as some of the yurts at Glacier Under Canvas. For those visiting in the off-season, be sure to check which lodging is still available.
When to Visit
Glacier National Park experiences some of its most stunning scenery (and lowest prices) during the shoulder seasons. Autumn is ideal for colorful foliage photos and floating on the river, while late Spring is a good fit for avid bikers and those who don’t mind a little snow. Cross-country skiers and snowshoeing enthusiasts should also take advantage of the low prices in January and February.
It’s still possible to visit Glacier from July through September, but you have to be more strategic in order to save. Make sure to book all transportation far in advance and research which campsites allow reservations. Also note that most tours, shuttle services and park lodges don’t operate outside of peak season.
The Amalfi coast was always super high on my Italy bucket list. Already smitten with Italy from previous trips, I had lusted after the picture-perfect views of terracotta houses stacked on high cliffs rising from the azure oceans overlooking perfect beaches. So when the opportunity arose to spend 3 days on the Amalfi Coast, I set to putting together the perfect 3 day Amalfi coast itinerary to make the most of my precious short time there.
The result was the most perfect 3 days driving along the Amalfi Coast with stunning views in every direction, spending my time exploring the beaches, towns and islands along this beautiful coastline.
So if you only have a long weekend on the Amalfi coast or you are visiting as part of a longer Italian road trip, this 3 day Amalfi coast itinerary will help you get the most out of your time and show you the bets of The Amalfi coast in 3 days…
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What you can expect from this article…
An Overview of this 3 day Amalfi Coast Itinerary
To see all the best bits of The Amalfi Coast in 3 days, you’re going to be busy! If you want to see it at a slower pace then you may want to stretch this itinerary out over 4 to 5 days, especially if you want a beach day or two.
But if you’re short of time, this is how I suggest you structure your 3 days Amalfi Coast itinerary…
Day 1 Explore Amalfi Town, Amalfi beach and Ravello
Day 2 Day trip to the island of Capri
Day 3 Spend your last day exploring Positano
Things to know before you visit The Amalfi Coast
Firstly, where is the Amalfi Coast?
The Amalfi coast is on the South-west coast of Italy a 3.5 hours drive south of Rome. Naples is the closest big city and has the closest airport. It takes just over an hour to drive to The Amalfi coast from Naples.
When is the best time to visit the Amalfi Coast?
The Amalfi Coast gets busy, like seriously busy! So I would suggest avoiding visiting in the height of summer. Instead, choose the shoulder seasons in Spring and Autumn. The weather will still be warm but it’ll be cheaper, less crowded and the heat will be tolerable.
I would suggest the best months to visit are April-May and September-October.
How to get to The Amalfi Coast
Getting to The Amalfi Coast is not particularly easy. The narrow twisty roads mean that public transport is infrequent and taxis expensive.
You have a few different options for how to get to the Amalfi Coast…
- Hire a Car. This gives you the ultimate flexibility but parking your car can be difficult and expensive in most towns along the Amalfi Coast
- Take a bus or train to Sorrento and then get a local SITA bus to Positano or Amalfi. (Sit on the right side for the best views.)
- Take a bus or train to Salerno then catch a ferry to Positano or Amalfi (great views of the coastline guaranteed.)
- Take a multi-day guided tour of the Amalfi Coast. Often the pick up will be in Naples or Rome so you won’t have to worry about your own transport at all. See the section below about group tours…
How to get around the Amalfi Coast in 3 days
If you have a hire car then you will have plenty of flexibility to visit where you please when you please. It’s also great for stopping in laybys whenever you see a beautiful view you want to photograph. I’ve hired many cars in Italy and have had VERY mixed experiences. By far, my best experience has been with Europcar.
However, car parking can be expensive, sometimes as much as €5/hour. There are car parks in all the main towns along the coast and I didn’t have any problem finding spaces in late May. However, if you are visiting in July/August, you may struggle to get parked at all.
You may also need to stay on the outskirts of town in order to find a hotel with parking.
For those who decide to use public transport, the main methods are by SITA bus or ferries. Try to avoid travelling at peak times as the queues can be incredibly long. At one point, I experienced a full-out war to get a seat on the bus, everyone crushing each other. Not a pleasant experience! I didn’t take any ferries except to Capri Island but I imagine it may be a more orderly experience than the SITA buses where everyone queues in the streets.
The other option is to take organised day trips so you don’t have to worry about parking a car or joining long queues for public transport.
Where to stay for this Amalfi Coast itinerary
I decided to stay near Sorrento since the ferries are more frequent to Capri from Sorrento than any other town. This might suit anyone with longer than 3 days on the Amalfi Coast as it’s quieter and more relaxed. It’s also perfectly positioned to visit Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius if you so wish.
However, the drive to the main towns of the Amalfi coast – Positano, Ravello and Amalfi – always took much longer than I expected. In retrospect, I would recommend anyone spending just 3 days on the Amalfi Coast, to stay somewhere more central even though it might be harder to get to initially! If I did the trip again, I would base myself in Positano. If I had 4 days or more, I would split my time staying in both Positano and Sorrento.
Accommodation near Sorrento
I stayed at Hotel Torre Barbara and I can’t recommend it enough. With a car park for your hire car, bright and airy rooms, friendly staff and a beautiful verandah overlooking the ocean. It also had a brilliant restaurant on site where I had some of the best food I had throughout my whole trip to Italy. I only wished I had more time to actually enjoy my time there and perhaps read a book on that verandah or take a dip in the pool!
Accommodation in Positano
All the following hotels have car parking facilities which is a rare find in Positano!
Budget |Villa Palumbo B&B Whilst there’s no such thing as true budget accommodation in Positano (all that beauty comes with a hefty price tag) Villa Palumbo B&B is still pretty affordable. It was the most affordable hotel I could find which is still central and has a car park for your hire car.
Mid-budget | Hotel Villa Gabrisa A small step up in price gives you this lovely light and airy rooms and a verandah with a pretty view.
Luxury | Casa Nina Located only 900 yards from the main beach, this boutique hotel with its gorgeous rooms and pretty garden balcony, is in the perfect location.
Your 3 Day Amalfi Coast Itinerary
Day 1 in the Amalfi Coast: Ravello & Amalfi
On Day 1, you will visit the far west section of the Amalfi Coast with stops at Ravello, Amalfi and Atrani Beach.
Start with Ravello as it can get very busy here so it’s better to visit in the early mornings. The main highlight in this pretty coastal town is Villa Rufolo and you have no doubt seen photos of this already whilst planning your Amalfi coast trip.
The ideally positioned Villa and its impeccable gardens are one of the most popular places to visit in the Amalfi Coast. The view overlooking the coast is also one of the prettiest viewpoints in this beautiful region of Italy so plan to spend at least an hour or two here soaking up the views.
After visiting Villa Rufolo, I suggest you spend some time exploring the quaint narrow streets and their many pottery shops before enjoying lunch with an incredible view at Il Glicine.
After lunch, head along the coast to Atrani Beach. You can park in the car park which serves both Amalfi and Atrani Beach since they are right next to each other.
Atrani Beach is a pretty pebbled cove which bright blue sunbeds and parasols tucked into the cliffs. There are a few shops and restaurants surrounding it but be aware many of these close in the afternoon for siestas. Have your own siesta and chill out on the beach for a couple of hours soaking up some Italian sunshine.
From Atrani Beach, head through the little tunnel and follow the road down to Amalfi Beach and Pier. This is a busy beach and a great place for people watching and seems to be full of locals catching some rays of sunshine. and playing games of beach volleyball whilst the boats ferry tourists in and out of Amalfi.
Then as the sun is going down, it’s time to explore Amalfi town, the main feature being Piazza del Duomo with its striking cathedral. I’d recommend getting dinner in Amalfi before heading back to your hotel.
Top Tip | Try Pasticceria Andrea Pansa for the best hot chocolate.
Day 2 in the Amalfi Coast: Capri
You can’t visit the Amalfi Coast without at least spending one day in Capri, the infamous island popular with the rich and famous. Capri is expensive so I wouldn’t recommend staying there if you are travelling on a budget!
Luckily it’s easy to take a day trip to Capri which you can organise from Sorrento or Positano. The ferries are more frequent from Sorrento so I’d suggest you prebook from Positano. I would also recommend booking the earliest boat out and the 2nd to last boat back. I have heard many stories of people being stood on the wrong jetty and missing the ferry that it would be a risk to choose the last ferry back.
Top Tip | Even if the later ferries are sold out, some companies will let you get back on any ferry going back to the mainland with a ticket even if you’ve missed your time slot. Check with your boat operator first!
Take a boat tour
When you first arrive in Capri, hop straight on a small boat tour of the island. You’ll get up close to the Faraglioni rock formations and get to visit several grottos including the Blue Grotto. You’ll have the opportunity to pay extra for a little rowing boat to take you inside the cave (you have to enter lying down as the entrance is so tiny) and inside you’ll witness the most incredible bright blue clear water.
You have 3 options for boat tours. The cheapest option (around €18) gives you a quick overview but won’t allow you to swim. There are some more pricey smaller boat trips where you can get inside the other smaller grottos and lagoons and have a swim. Or if you can afford it, you can even hire a private boat and dictate your own route and swimming spots.
Visit Capri Town
After your boat trip, explore the colourful marina, perhaps stopping to enjoy an Aperol Spritz. The take the cable car up to the main town of Capri. The little town has a buzzing atmosphere and you could spend plenty of time here enjoying the views and the designer shops.
After a little window shopping, head for lunch at Ristorante Il Geranio. This is not the cheapest of restaurants BUT it has wonderful food, delicious wine, excellent service and most importantly, an absolutely stunning view of the Faraglioni. If you are going to splash the cash anywhere during your 3 days on the Amalfi coast, let this be the place!
Spend your last hour or two exploring the beautiful Gardens of Augustus which look out onto Faraglioni and Via Krupp – the zigzagging path which leads to Marina Piccola. This pathway was closed when I was there but it was beautiful looking down onto it.
After your fill of stunning viewpoints, it’s time to hop on the cable car and head back to the main marina where you should enjoy some gelato whilst you await your ferry back to the mainland.
Day 3 in the Amalfi Coast: Positano
Spend a fairly relaxed last day exploring the pretty town of Positano.
Check out the iconic beach (you must have seen many photos of this beach splashed all over Instagram,) before exploring the pretty town centre and it’s many galleries, restaurants and gift shops. Now is the perfect time to pick up your Italian souvenirs.
Follow the coastal road to find some pretty viewpoints looking back onto the town where you can see the pastel-hued houses stacked on steep cliffs overlooking the pebbled beach with the bright blue parasols.
For lunch, head to Hotel Poseidon. Here you’ll find yet another Instagram-worthy photo location and the restaurant within this hotel also has a swimming pool where you could choose to spend a few hours. In the peak season, you will need to book a table in advance, especially if you want one with the best view.
After lunch, you have two options. You could head to Fornillo beach which is the beach where all the locals hang out. It’s a 10-15 minute walk along the coast to reach it from the main beach. It’s gt a much more relaxed feel to it and you can also hire kayaks here to take out for a few hours if you don’t fancy sunbathing.
Your other option would be to head out of town to Fiordo di Furore, a pretty little fjord with a beach which gets very busy in the summertime. It’s one of the most photographed locations in this region and I was disappointed that I ran out of time to visit during my own 3 days on the Amalfi Coast!
Finally, your 3 day Amalfi Coast Itinerary is over so head back to Positano and enjoy seeing the pretty beach and town lit up at night.
What to do if you have more than 3 days on the Amalfi Coast
If you are lucky enough to have more than 3 days on the Amalfi Coast then there are several things you can do with your extra time. Here are a few options.
- Visit Praiano a less crowded but very pretty town located between Amalfi and Positano
- Spend more time exploring the beautiful city of Sorrento
- Take a private boat trip along the coastline of the Amalfi Coast. Spead the cost between you and your friends and take the boat out for a full day!
- Enjoy a beach day. Choose from the many beautiful beaches including Fiordo di Furore
- Visit the remains of the ancient city Pompeii and get a glimpse into the history of this region.
- Climb Mt Vesuvius, the active volcano which buried Pompeii in AD 79
- Hike the Path of the Gods – a challenging hike with beautiful coastal views starting in Agerola and ends in Positano.
Tours in the Amalfi Coast
If you would prefer to take an organised trip in the Amalfi Coast rather than follow a DIY Amalfi Cast itinerary like this one, then here are a few options.
- 3 Day trip from Rome with ‘Get Your Guide.’ Includes visits to Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Positano and Ravello. I haven’t taken any multi-day trips with ‘Get Your Guide’ but I have taken day tours which have been well organised and good value for money.
- 8 day trip from Naples with G Adventures. Includes visits to Naples, Pompeii, Furore, Ravello, Positano and the Path of the Gods. This trip includes lots of hiking and cooking classes, Perfect for the outdoorsy foodie types. They also have a 7-day trip which focusses more on Sorrento, Capri, Naples and Positano and also includes the Path of the Gods hike. I’ve travelled with G Adventures many times and highly recommend them.
- See The Amalfi Coast from a boat on a 7-day sailing trip with Intrepid Travel. They also offer a land-based trip hike, kayak and sail trip visiting all the places mentioned on this 3-day Amalfi coast itinerary. I have travelled with Intrepid on both their land-based and sailing trips and have always been impressed.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this Amalfi Coast itinerary and feel more confident about planning your own 3 day trip to The Amalfi Coast. If you have any questions, feel free to pop them in the comments box below and I’ll do my best to answer them.
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Whether you’re looking for a mountaintop meadow, a tall forest or a red-rock wonderland, there’s a national park campground to match your geographical preference.
These top US national park campgrounds offer unrivaled scenery, easy access to outdoor fun and prime wildlife watching.
Best campground for stargazers
Chisos Basin Campground – Big Bend National Park, Texas
Flanked by the rugged Chisos Mountains at an elevation of 5400ft, this remote campground doubles as the finest performance hall in the park system. Nearby, an enormous gap in the mountains, known as The Window, frames the West Texas desert far below, and the show at sunset is memorably gorgeous. After the sun drops, Mother Nature pulls back the curtain overhead at this International Dark Sky Park, revealing a dazzling display of more than 2,500 stars on the clearest nights.
Best campground for amateur geologists
Devils Garden Campground – Arches National Park, Utah
The enormous red rocks overlooking this popular campground may have been named for the Devil, but wind, rain and the steady march of time did all the hard work in its creation, eroding the fiery sandstone into a fantastical assortment of towering arches and hulking fins. Botanical flourishes include yucca plants, prickly pear cacti and juniper and piñon pines. The only campground in the park, Devils Garden is 19 miles from the entrance to Arches and 23 miles from Moab.
Best campground for wildlife spotters
Cataloochee Campground – Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina
Elk and wild turkey roam the surrounding meadows and forests with photogenic abandon at this camping spot in the secluded Cataloochee Valley – once a thriving southern Appalachian farm community. Overhunting and loss of habitat caused the decline and disappearance of elk here in the 19th century, but the majestic beasts were successfully reintroduced in the early 2000s. Campsites are scattered between hemlocks and white pines beside Cataloochee Creek.
Best campground for hikers
Bright Angel Campground – Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
You’ll earn bragging rights after an out-and-back hike to this campground at the bottom of the Big Ditch. Sitting a half-mile north of the Colorado River and shaded by cottonwood trees, this lovely creekside spot is reached by a nearly 10-mile hike from the South Rim or a 14-mile hike from the North Rim. Hard on the knees? Yes. But the vast canyon views on your descent are simply gobsmacking. A Tecate beer at the Phantom Ranch canteen just down the trail is a fine post-hike reward.
Reservations: Fax or mail a backcountry permit request form to the Grand Canyon Backcountry Information Center. See park website for detailed instructions.
Fee: Backcountry permit per campsite $10, camping fee per person per night $8
Best campground for families
Big Meadows Campground – Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Big Meadows is big fun. Tucked between the Appalachian Trail and lofty Skyline Drive, this woodsy campground is smack dab in the middle of the park – and the action. Kids can tackle the three waterfall trails or walk to the Byrd Visitor Center for Junior Ranger Programs and exhibits about the history of the park. Other distractions include raptor talks in the amphitheater, ranger-led walks through a wetland meadow and wagon rides. Stop by Big Meadows Lodge for trivia nights, craft workshops and live music. The campground is 100 miles southwest of Washington, DC.
Best campground for forest bathers
Jedediah Smith Campground – Redwood National & State Parks, California
Seamlessly intertwined with three California state parks, Redwoods National Park holds 45% of California’s old-growth redwoods, which are some of the world’s tallest trees. In the northernmost reaches of the 200-sq-mile park, you can pitch your tent inside a thick stand of these ancient showstoppers, all soaring skyward from their lush surroundings. It’s the perfect place for forest bathing, the Japanese-inspired art of relaxing in the company of trees. Several campsites border the Smith River, the longest major free-flowing river in the state. Trails to more redwoods can be accessed from the campground.
Best campground for beach-goers
Assateague Island National Seashore Campground – Maryland
This campground is within a national seashore, not a national park, but who’s quibbling with boring federal distinctions when you can camp beside sand dunes a few steps from the surf on a rugged barrier island, with wild horses galloping past as the sun goes down? Add wind-swept sea oats, egrets and herons, crabbing and kayaking, and mythic stories of Atlantic Coast seafarers, and you’ve hit tent-life perfection (but bring bug spray). The campground is 145 miles east of Washington, DC on the Delmarva Peninsula.
Best all-around campground
Norris Campground – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
We’re not saying this is the best campground in the entire national park system, but it does hit all the bases for a satisfying outdoor stay. Spread across a scenic and open lodgepole-pine forest on a sunny hill overlooking meadows and the Gibbon River, this is one of the park’s nicest campgrounds. Watch for roaming bison, attend a campfire program or follow a one-mile trail to the geothermal action at Norris Basin. Centrally located just north of Norris Junction, the campground is a convenient base for exploring the entire park.
Reservations: first-come, first-served
Fee: $20 per night
Visit individual park websites for detailed reservation information; many of these campgrounds also offer first-come, first-served camping. Prices do not include park admission fees.
If you are looking to stretch your travel budget, you may be wondering, which are the cheapest countries in Europe to travel to?!
The good news is that there are many affordable countries within Europe and you do not have to travel to typical budget destinations like SE Asia to enjoy a budget holiday!
Whilst many of the cheapest countries in Europe are based in the East, you may be surprised by how affordable some countries like Portugal and Southern Spain can be.
If you are travelling Europe on a budget, it is best to stick to off-the-beaten-track destinations and avoid staying in the city centres as usually rural Europe is considerably cheaper. Also, consider travelling off-peak and avoid the school summer holidays (usually from Late July to early September.)
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The Cheapest Countries In Europe to travel to this year
By Emily Lush from Wander-lush.org
Why visit Albania?
Dramatic mountains, white-sand beaches and charming fortified towns – Albania has it all. Top it off with old-fashioned hospitality, incredible local cuisine and relatively thin summer crowds, and you have one of Europe’s best budget travel destinations.
Start with a few days in Tirana, Albania’s quirky capital city, where old nuclear bunkers are used as art galleries, and the castle has been transformed into a dining precinct.
Head north to the Accursed Mountains for the Valbone to Theth trek, a single-day hike through one of the most impressive landscapes in the Balkans. Medieval towns including Berat and Gjirokaster (both UNESCO-listed), Kruje, Shkoder and Korce all elucidate different chapters of Albanian history through fascinating house museums, heritage architecture and lively bazaars.
If it’s the right season, spend some time lazing about on the Albanian Riviera, especially on the beaches around Saranda.
How much does a trip to Albania Cost?
- Cost of a hostel: From €6
- Cost of a hotel: From €20
- Cost of meal out: €3 (local cafe) to €11 (restaurant)
- Cost of a beer/wine: €1.50
- Cost of internal transport e.g. buses/taxi/trains: €1-4 for short journeys; up to €8 for longer trips
- Overall approx. cost per day: €20-€35
Top tip | Family-run guesthouses usually include breakfast in the nightly rate and can help organise group tours and onward transportation, often for a lower price.
By Roshni of TheWanderlustWithin.com
Why visit Macedonia?
Macedonia is the hidden gem of the Balkans. With its lively culture, delicious food, picturesque villages and rich history, it’s a destination that will please any traveller that loves to explore off the beaten track destinations.
The capital Skopje, is known for its countless statues but just 15km from the city lies Matka canyon, a hotspot for hikers, and those who love watersports. The area is tropical like that it felt more like Vietnam or Mexico than anywhere in Europe!
However, my favourite spot in Macedonia lies on the border of Albania. Lake Ohrid, is one of the oldest and deepest lakes in Europe and is a great place to sail, kayak, paraglide or scuba dive. For those who love culture, they have to try and visit many of the 365 churches found in Ohrid.
How much does a trip to Macedonia cost?
- Cost of a hostel: 10 EUR per night
- Cost of a hotel: 30 EUR per night
- Cost of meal out: 4 EUR
- Cost of a beer/: 1.35 EUR
- Cost of internal transport: Buses between cities are plentiful, the 3-hour journey from Skopje to Ohrid costs 8 EUR one way and 11 EUR return.
• Overall approx cost per day: 25-45 EUR
Top tip | Try paragliding in Ohrid for 49 EUR, its the cheapest I’ve seen in Europe!
By Chris Backe of WorthyGo.com
Why visit Georgia?
Georgia’s days as an unknown Eastern European country are over — while tensions with Russia continue to simmer, the country offers plenty to see, a fair bit to do, and quite a bit to eat. It’s a fine base whether you’re a digital nomad (citizens of over 90 countries may stay visa-free for up to a year) or just going for a few days.
The capital, Tbilisi, is the most obvious place to start, but tourists should consider checking out the revitalized areas of seaside Batumi as well. If road trips are your thing, the city of Gori 1 hour away dedicates a museum to Stalin and holds the UNESCO World Heritage site of Uplistsikhe, a well-preserved ancient city.
I’d personally skip Borjomi, though — a museum of local lore was just OK, and what was hyped as the spring of sparkling water was anything but tasty.
How much does a trip to Georgia Cost?
- Cost of a hostel: 7 EUR for a bed and up
- Cost of a hotel: 25 EUR and up.
- Cost of meal out: around 9 EUR for two people (without alcohol)
- Cost of a beer/wine: between 1.25 and 2 EUR at typical bars or restaurants.
- Cost of internal transport eg buses/taxi/trains: 0.16 EUR
- Overall approx cost per day: doable with 20 EUR a day, comfortable with 35 EUR a day.
Top tip | Machakhela is a local chain of restaurants that offers up a classy feel with large portions and reasonable prices. Ready for more? See Tbilisi’s best street art over here.
By Karolina of KasrolinaPatryk.com
Why visit Romania?
Romania is probably one of the cheapest places to travel around Europe. For less than $50 a day, you will be able to explore the medieval castles and fortresses that dot the lush countryside of Transylvania.
Made popular by the work of Bram Stoker, Romania is usually filled with tourists who are captivated by the mystery of the legendary Count Dracula, putting the Bran Castle, rumoured to be the home of Vlad Tepes, the cruel historical figure that the famous count was based on, on top of the list of places to visit.
However, if you are looking for the place which he frequented and conducted most of his gruesome tortures, then pay a visit to the ruins of the Poeinari Fortress.
You may also want to follow the famous Wallachian noble to his grave to the Snagov Monastery which is surrounded by a magnificent lake.
How much does a trip to Romania cost?
- Cost of Hostel: USD7.50 per night
- Cost of Hotel: USD17 per night for a 3-Star Hotel
- Cost of Meal Out: USD4 for a daily menu, USD11 for a full lunch or dinner menu
- Cost of Beer / Wine: USD1.50 to USD2 per serving (beer); USD3 to USD5 per serving (wine)
- Cost of internal transport (eg. Buses/taxi/trains): USD5 to USD10 for short train trips that are under 100 km. For longer trips, expect to pay USD75 to USD90 depending on the class of your berth. Buses are generally under USD14 and taxis cost 50 cents per km.
- Overall Approximate Cost Per Day: USD35
Top Tip |Traditional food in Romania is delicious! There are many street food stalls where you can get pretzels, sandwiches, shawarmas, meatballs, and other traditional comfort foods for just under a dollar.
By Maggie of TheWorldWasHereFirst.com
Why visit Armenia?
Though Eastern Europe, in general, is known for being affordable to travel in, the small nation of Armenia might just take the cake for the most budget-friendly European destination.
Nestled in the Caucasus bordering Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkey, Armenia is known for its vibrant capital of Yerevan, its beautiful monasteries and Christian history, and its impeccable natural scenery. If you’re considering a trip to Armenia, these are the prices that you can expect:
While most people visit Armenia as part of a completely organised tour, you can save so much money if you travel independently and make sure you support local businesses and buy locally produced products.
Also, many of the top attractions to visit in Armenia (including the beautiful monasteries and the incredible mountains) are perfectly free to access, meaning your daily travel expenses won’t be too high. All in all, if you’re looking for an underrated European destination that will be easy on your budget, then Armenia is an excellent choice!
How much does a trip to Armenia cost?
- Cost of a hostel: €5-10 per night
- Cost of a hotel: €15-20 for a family-run guesthouse, €20-30 for a budget hotel
- Cost of meal out: €5-10 per person
- Cost of a beer/wine: €1-3 for a glass of local wine or beer at a restaurant
- Cost of internal transport eg buses/taxi/trains: €1-5 per journey via minibus or train
- Overall approx cost per day: you can easily spend less than €30 per day
By Mary of AMaryRoad.com
Why Visit Lithuania
Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania is one of the most overlooked destinations in Europe. What many family travellers don’t know is that Vilnius is great for kids at the same time it is very cost-friendly. It is also one of the most affordable places I’ve been in Europe – experiencing the real European vibe without spending too much.
Visit Uzupis, the art capital of Vilnius where you can explore and have fun and adore the arts in every corner of the town. From the giant swing on the river, broken pianos on the riverside, Jesus the backpacker statue, and many more.
Check out the Greenlakes and rent a canoe for as cheap as €6 for two people or a pedal boat for €12.
Also, if you have kids, take them to the Trakai Castle where you can do more water activities during summer or walk on the frozen lake during winter.
You can join free walking tours in Vilnius, Kaunas, and Klaipeda which is located in the Baltic Sea. Check this what to do in Vilnius article for more ideas.
How much does a trip to Lithuania cost?
- Cost of a hostel: between €5-€15/ bunk bed
- Cost of a hotel: €20-€35/ double bedroom
- Cost of a meal out: €4 is the average for a decent casual restaurant, €2 in a street food stall / fast food
- Cost of a beer/wine: €2 for a 330 ml, €5 for a litre of cider or beer.
- Cost of internal transport eg buses/taxi/trains: €0.66 per ride (around the city), €1.5 from the city centre to suburbs. €3 for a taxi around the city (15 min ride), €4 for a train to the next city (3-hour ride)
- Overall approx cost per day: €15-€20/day if on budget, €30-€50 per day for comfortable travelling
Top Tip | Use public transportation, trains or buses when going around the city, going to another city, and even crossing the borders.
I also recommend taking a free walking tour (tip-based.)
I stayed at Jimmy Jumps House which was one of the most known hostels in Vilnius, perfect place to meet other travellers if you are solo, while I couch surfed my way in Kaunas.
Campbell & Alya/Stingy Nomads
Why visit Portugal?
Portugal is an amazing country with many interesting places to visit and exciting things to do, anybody regardless of age and interests will find places and activities they enjoy.
Another reason to visit Portugal is the people locals are very friendly, helpful and hospitable even if you don’t speak Portuguese you’ll be able to communicate here as quite a lot of people speak English.
Portugal is a real paradise for outdoor lovers from surfing and diving in the Algarve and the Azores islands to hiking and cycling along some of the famous routes like the Portuguese Camino de Santiago or the Rota Vicentina.
Of course not to forget about sightseeing Lisbon, Porto or Coimbra are not to miss when visiting Portugal. The Azores Islands and Madeira are perfect places for a beach holiday.
How much does a trip to Portugal Cost?
- Cost of a hostel: Depending on the location (city centre or not), the area and the season a bed in a hostel costs between 12 Euro and 20 Euro. It’s possible to find a bed in Lisbon for 10 Euro.
- Cost of a hotel: Same with a hotel it depends on the location and on the season, a budget double room from 30 Euro.
- Eating out: Popular lunch option Menu do Dia (a set meal with bread and drinks) costs 10 Euro. A sandwich or a pie and a cup of coffee or a cool drink in a bar will cost 3-4 Euro.
- Cost of a beer/wine: A glass of wine or a beer in a bar costs between 1-1,5 Euro.
- Cost of transport: Trains are the cheapest and the fastest option to travel between the cities, a train ride from Lisbon to Porto costs 25 Euro. For a bus ride from Lisbon to Alentejo or Algarve, you’ll pay between 15 Euro and 25 Euro depending on the distance.
- Average cost per day: 35-45 Euro per person per day.
By Kate of OurEscapeClause.com
Why Visit Turkey?
As a global region that has been the nexus of culture between Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East for thousands of years, Turkey (including its European portion, which we’ll be sticking to here) belongs on the bucket list of any budget traveler hoping to experience fascinating history, engaging culture, and delicious food–all at low prices.
Above all else, when visiting the European portion of Turkey, you absolutely must come to Istanbul.
Absolutely packed with fun things to do–including historical monuments brought to the city by both the Byzantines and the Ottomans–it is impossible to be bored in Istanbul.
Be sure to visit the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, and Galata Tower while visiting Istanbul–and that just scratches the surface!
How much does a trip to Turkey Cost?
- Cost of Hostel: 10-20 Euros
- Cost of Hotel: 15 Euros & up — 40-50 will get you a nice budget hotel in a great location.
- Cost of Meal Out: 5-15 Euros
- Cost of Beer/Wine: 3-5 Euros
- Cost of Internal Transport: Within Istanbul, less than 1 Euro for a metro ride or 5+ Euros for a taxi, depending on the distance.
- Overall approximate cost: Around 40 Euros/day for budget travellers will be comfortable.
Top Tip | If you’re only going to be in Istanbul for a short time, consider staying in the Little Hagia Sophia area–it’s quiet neighbourhood, not great for nightlife, but if you want to see the major historic sights quickly, you can stay here for lower prices than staying right in the historic area whilst also being within walking distance of places like the Hagia Sophia.
By Sarah of ASocialNomad.com
Why Visit Bulgaria?
Bulgaria combines the cosmopolitan cities of Sofia and Plovdiv with the mountain town of Bansko – the cheapest ski resort in Europe and Sunny Beach, the cheapest ski resort in Europe. In Bulgaria, you’ll get great fresh food, cost-effective public transport and well-maintained roads if you want to self-drive. There are beach resorts, mountain villages and incredible National Parks.
Plovdiv is one of the best cities to visit in Bulgaria – combining a Mediterranean outdoor lifestyle with an incredible and diverse history and architecture. For a more rural aspect, the ski town of Bansko outside of ski season is beautiful for hiking, outdoor adventures and free music festivals in summer months.
How much does a trip to Bulgaria cost?
- Cost of a hostel: 7 euros a night
- Cost of a hotel: 10 euros a night
- Cost of a meal out: 6 euros
- Cost of a beer/wine: 2 euros for a beer, 4 euros for a half litre of house wine
- Cost of internal transport eg buses/taxi/trains: 3 euros for a 5-hour train journey
- Overall approx cost per day: 20 euros a day
Top Tip |Go out of main season – visit Bansko in summer and stay at the 5 stars Kempinski Arena for amazing rates – as low as 35 euros a night with onsite pools and spa.
Suggested by Pashmina from TheGoneGoat.com
Why visit Slovakia?
The picturesque and quaint Bratislava in Slovakia is one of the most unassuming and underrated cities in Central Europe. For less than $50 a day, you can experience how a 25-year-old country managed to carve its own identity compared to the popular neighbouring destinations like Vienna and Budapest.
One day in Slovakia on a day trip is enough for you to glean over the sights and learn more about their history without spending a fortune.
Visit the alien-like UFO space-ship dotting the skyline of Bratislava for $9. The UFO Tower is a great piece of work by the 70s’ of the Communist times with a circular observation deck and a retro cafe serving cocktails.
Other great things to do include visiting the Slovak pub and trying their traditional slovak dish – the Bryndzové Halušky, that resembles a gnocchi-pasta dish. Couple this with a Slovak lager or a Kofola drink, a cheaper alternative to Coca-cola served during the communist times and you get a traditional meal for $10.
How much does a trip to Slovakia cost?
- Cost of a hostel: 20 Euros
- Cost of a hotel: 40 Euros
- Cost of a meal out: 8 Euros
- Cost of a beer/wine: 0.90 Euros
- Cost of internal transport eg buses/taxi/trains: 7 Euros
- Overall approx cost per day: 36 Euros
Top Tip| Try the Zeppelin Cafe and Souvenirs shop as this is the ultimate place to get at least 8 things for under $10.
Suggested by Vicki of VickiViaja.com
Spain is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever been to. Right after visiting for the first time I even moved there. Also, the food and the locals are amazing.
There are so many wonderful places throughout the country to visit. I’d recommend visiting some of the beaches as some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe are located in Spain. Another thing that should definitely be on everyone’s bucket list is spending at least one day in Barcelona. In general, visiting the South of the country is way cheaper than visiting the Northern part.
How much does a trip to Spain cost?
Cost of a hostel: This varies depending on the location. You can stay in hostels starting from € 8 a night in some regions of the country.
Cost of a Hotel: Hotel rooms start from € 30 (for 2 people) per night.
Cost of Meal out: In the South, you only pay for your drink while you get the tapas for free. But even in more expensive cities such as Barcelona, you can get a big menu including 2 dishes, dessert and drink already for € 10 or less.
Cost of beer/ Wine: It makes a huge difference whether you drink in a tourist or local area. On average you pay around € 1,5 for a beer and slightly more for a glass of wine.
Cost of transport: In Barcelona, you pay around € 1 per trip if you have a ticket for 10 trips, in many other places even less.
Overall approx cost per day: Depending on where you stay in the country and what kind of traveller you are you can visit Spain for as little as about € 45 per day.
Top Tip | If you are eating out, always check the daily offer (Menú del Día) as it often is much cheaper than ordering single dishes
Recommended by Maria & Rui from TwoFindAWay.com
Why visit Montenegro?
Montenegro is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, and we’re sure you’ll agree once you see the photos of Montenegro we took while there. There’s a unique charm in this Balkan country that we’re yet to find anywhere else in the world.
Even though it’s small in size, there’s something for everyone: from the blue waters of the Adriatic sea lined with Europe’s southernmost fjords, to rugged mountains and pristine lakes, and lively cities rapidly changing.
The country is stunning and filled with a wide variety of things to do and places to explore. The crown jewel is the Bay of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its natural and cultural value.
The Old Town of the harbour city of Kotor seems straight out of a fairytale, as its charm has been preserved over the years. The natural beauty around is also hard to believe, and there’s plenty more to see in the country.
Explore other towns along the coast, but try to dedicate some time to the natural parks, namely Lovcen and Durmitor.
How much does a trip to Montenegro Cost?
- Cost of a hostel: 5€ – 20€
- Cost of a hotel: 30€ – 100€
- Cost of a meal out: 5€ – 20€
- Cost of a beer/wine: 2€ – 5€
- Cost of internal transport eg buses/taxi/trains: 1€ – 20€
- Overall approx cost per day: 30€ – 50€ There’s plenty on offer for every budget, but you can see some of the country’s most beautiful sights for a very small price if you’re willing to go for the more affordable options!
Top Tip | We really enjoyed 360Monte’s Great Montenegro Tour and felt it was a great price for the value we received in return.
Recommended by Iris from MindOfAHitchhiker.com
Why Visit Belarus?
Once inaccessible except to those who are resolute, Belarus is letting go of its tough-luck visa policies and opening its doors a little more. This Eastern European country isn’t just cheap; it’s great value for money. What buys you a very meagre standard of living in other countries gets you quite a pleasant stay in Belarus. The people aren’t really used to non-Russian tourists, so it’s a great opportunity to pick up some Russian or Belarusian phrases.
For activities, you can hang around the capital city Minsk and go up the singular National Library. For enjoying pristine nature, head out into the wild at the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park in the west of the country, or the Braslaw Lakes in the north. You can find delicious and filling meals everywhere in Belarus with a glass of refreshing birch sap juice or a local beer on the side.
How much will a trip to Belarus cost?
- Cost of a Hostel: €6-10 per person per night
- Cost of a Hotel: €30
- Cost of a meal out: €5
- Cost of a beer or wine: €1.50
- Cost of transport (bus/taxi/trains): starts from €1 for a bus ride to a different town. A 50-kilometre taxi ride with the Yandex taxi app costs €15 including tip.
- Approximate cost per day: €40 per person and you’re living the high-life!
Top tip | check the visa policy for your passport beforehand whether it’s better to arrive at Minsk-2 Airport for a visa on arrival, or if you need to arrange a visa beforehand.
Suggested by Christine Rogador of CroatiaTravelGuides.com
Why visit Croatia?
Croatia is a popular budget destination in Southeastern Europe. Famous for its medieval towns, turquoise sailing waters, and exceptional food, this Mediterranean country is what perfect holidays are made of.
The country also boasts some of the best beaches and nature parks in Europe. On top of this, it’s still cheap compared to the more popular holiday places like Italy, Portugal, and Spain.
Croatia has some of the most impressive architecture and a visit to Pula will take you back to the Roman empire period. The famous old town of Dubrovnik brings King Landing to life with its impressive medieval architecture.
If you like nature, the picture-perfect national parks of Plitvice and Krka will also impress you. You can also check out the coast of Dalmatia for the best islands and beaches in the country. Also, check out Zagreb for its amazing and fascinating museums.
How much does a trip to Croatia cost?
- Cost of a hostel: For main cities like Zagreb and Zadar, it can be between €10-20. But a popular tourist destination like Dubrovnik and Split, it can be between €20-40
- Cost of a hotel: You can find hotels from €50 for Zagreb and Zadar but in Dubrovnik and Split most hotels start from €100.
- Cost of a meal out: €3-€10 depending on the location.
- Cost of a beer/wine: A bottle of beer from bars is between €2-3 but from the store, it costs half that.
- Cost of internal transport eg buses/taxi/trains: €4 /day or €10 for a 3-day tram pass. A single ticket is also available for 50 cents for 30 minutes or €1.3 for 90 minutes. Taxi rides can set you back between €4-10 for short-distance trips. Bus between towns and cities can cost between €10-30.
- Overall approx cost per day: €30-40 For Zagreb and Zadar. For Dubrovnik and Split, it can be between €40-50.
Top Tip | Take a water tumbler with you and fill it up with tap water. It is safe to drink and bottled water, especially in touristic places like Dubrovnik, can cost up to €3 and this will add up at the end of the day. If you like baked goods, there are lots of local bakeries in Croatia that serve really awesome pastries and coffee for less than 50 cents each.
Suggested by Lesia from the DutchWannabe.com
Why visit Estonia?
Estonia and Tallinn, in particular, is the perfect destination for budget travellers who love charming medieval cities with fantastic views. Tallinn’s Old Town is not only filled with lots of history but also plenty of gastronomical spots that will help perk you up after a long walk around its beautiful cobblestone streets.
There are many things to do in Tallinn. Climb to the top of the hill to enjoy city-wide views from the Patkuli platform (free). Visit into the III Draakon on the Raekoja square for an authentic meal in a medieval candle-lit pub (5-10 euros per meal.) Take a walking tour of the city center to discover hidden alleyways and learn about Tallinn’s history (15 euros.) You can also take a walking tour of the city centre to discover hidden alleyways and learn about Tallinn’s history (15 euros.)
How much will a trip to Estonia cost?
- Cost of a hostel: bunk beds from 12 euros / private rooms from 30
- Cost of a hotel: decent hotel around 50-60 euros per night depending on dates
- Cost of meal out: 5-15 euros for lunch
- Cost of a beer/wine: I don’t drink wine or beer so I can’t say for sure but in a good restaurant you can get wine from 6.5 euros, 3 euros for draught beer
Cost of internal transport: 2 euros for a bus ticket or 1 euro if you’re buying a QR code ticket.
Approximate cost per day: 50 euros or less
Top tip | Come during the Christmas Market for a dreamy winter destination or wait for the Medieval Days festival in the first week of July to complete your experience
Suggested by Erika from ErikasTravels.com
Why Visit Malta?
Malta is a small Mediterranean country that consists of three distinct islands. The country’s location between Italy and North Africa has resulted in a fusion of linguistic, cultural and architectural elements that make the island chain unique.
Malta is an unassuming country that is slowly becoming a traveller’s favourite. Malta is inexpensive, architecturally interesting and easy to get around. The country boasts beautiful beaches, stunning cities, quaint fishing villages and some of the world’s oldest archaeological sites.
For a country of its size, Malta has a lot to offer. Highlights of visiting Malta include strolling through the pretty cities of Valletta and Mdina, admiring the colourful fishing village of Marsaxlokk, relaxing at the Blue Lagoon of Comino and soaking in the natural splendour of Gozo.
How much does a trip to Malta cost?
- Cost of a hostel: From €18
- Cost of a hotel: From €25
- Cost of meal out: €10-15
- Cost of a beer/wine: €3
- Cost of internal transport eg buses/taxi/trains: €2 for a single fare ticket €21 for a three-day pass
- Overall approx cost per day: €40
Top tip for visiting Malta | The sprawling city of St Julian’s sits across the bay from Valletta and is accessible by ferry for €1.50. The accommodation options in St Julian’s are significantly cheaper than those found in Valletta. The Boho Hostel, in particular, has clean rooms and a lovely communal area.
Suggested by Megan and Aram from Meganstarr.com
Why visit Ukraine?
I think one of the best places to travel to in Europe on a budget is Ukraine. Ukraine is a country that is on the brink of becoming one of the world’s top tourism destinations in the next couple of years and it is amazing cities like Kyiv and Lviv that help push it toward this.
Ukraine has something for everyone- from UNESCO religious sites to the Carpathian mountains, it’s a fantastic destination for all types of travellers.
If you head to the capital, you will find many free and affordable things to do in Kyiv. There are historic monasteries like Kyiv Pechersk Lavra and St. Andrew’s and then there are some of the coolest cafes you will ever step foot into, especially in Podil.
Head to Lviv for some European charm or east to Kharkiv for a mixture of Soviet architecture and a lot of green spaces. Odesa is coastal and has a completely different vibe to the rest of the country and Dnipro, formerly Dnipropetrovsk, is quite possibly one of the most fascinating places in the entire country since it was a closed Soviet city for so many years and unable to be visited.
There are many places to visit in Ukraine and they are all exceptional value for travellers.
How much does a trip to Ukraine Cost?
- Cost of a hostel: $4-5
- Cost of a hotel: $30
- Cost of meal out: $3-5
- Cost of a beer/wine: $1-2
- Cost of internal transport eg buses/taxi/trains: $0.20
- Overall approx cost per day: can be under $15 or as high as you want. That is the great thing about Ukraine – it’s great for any budget!
The Czech Republic
Suggested by Parampara from AwaraDiaries.com
Why visit the Czech Republic?
When it comes to cheap European destinations to travel to, the Czech Republic is somewhere on the top of the list. The Czech Republic is undoubtedly one of the most underrated destinations in the heart of Europe with a wide range of culture, activities, and experiences to lure tourists.
While many believe that tourism in this Bohemian country is all about its capital city, Prague, the truth is that Czech towns offer contrasting flavours and landscapes to enjoy. The country is well connected by an efficient transport network, making commute by roads and train easy, quick and cost-effective.
The capital city of Prague has much to explore starting with a walk across the Charles Bridge, the gorgeous Prague Castle, also known as the Disney Castle, Kafka Museum, Old Town Square, etc.
For thermal springs and the local liquor, Becherovka, one must visit the spa town of Karlovy Vary.
Česky Krumlov is a medieval town to the south of Prague and is one of the most sought-after destinations in the country after the capital. Česky Krumlov can easily be explored on a day trip from the capital and is must-visit for its old-world charm.
No matter what time of the year, you must consider hiking in the Bohemian region. These hikes to Bohemian Switzerland and the nearby scenic regions are a must.
Must-try foods in Czech would include Confit of Duck with bread dumplings, Roasted Pork, Trout Fish, Potato Dumplings, Czech Potato Soup, Tredlniks, and Czech Beer (Pilsner, Budweiser)
How much will a trip to the Czech Republic cost?
- Cost of a hostel: €10 onwards
- Cost of a hotel: €25 onwards
- Cost of meal out: €6 onwards
- Cost of a beer/wine: €1 beer/ €3 wine
- Cost of internal transport e.g. buses/taxi/trains: €5.90 (daily public transport pass)
- Overall approx. cost per day: €30/ day
Top Tip | If you plan on visiting multiple cities, consider buying a Czech Train Pass (České Dráhy Pass).
Try the free walking tours starting at the Charles Bridge to get the perfect overview of the city.
I hope you’ve been inspired by some of the cheapest countries to travel to this year. Which one has made it onto your bucket list?!
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We’ve got some surprising answers to the travel question we get asked most often.
Cost-conscious travelers have always been obsessed with paying less for plane tickets, but as airlines consolidate, raise prices and fees, and slash amenities, gaming the system in search of a good deal has become a standard step in the booking process. As it turns out, there’s not an easy answer to the industry’s million-dollar question, but we’ve combed through the latest data to bring you the information, tips, and tricks that’ll help you find those hidden-gem fares.
What’s the best day of the week to shop?
First, the not-so-great news: if you’re strictly interested in the best day to hit the “buy” button, there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Though standard wisdom indicates that midweek purchases tend to be cheaper – FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney doubled down on this advice, telling Barron’s that to find a sale fare, “the best time is Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m.,” thanks to airlines’ price-matching adjustments – the reality may not be so straightforward. The 2019 Air Travel Outlook Report from Expedia and the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC), which tracked Average Ticket Prices (ATPs) and examined billions of data points to identify travel patterns, determined that it’s cheapest to buy economy flights (both international and domestic) on Sunday and most expensive on Thursdays and Fridays, but a competing report claims that the specific date of purchase may not actually have that much impact. The most recent CheapAir.com Annual Airfare Study looked at 917 million airfares in over 8000 markets and found negligible cost differentials from day to day, with average lowest fares within $1 of each other.
How far in advance should you book?
Now for the better news: you might not be able to predict price drops by day of the week, but if you pay attention to the calendar, you should be able to find bargains. Though last-minute deals aren’t unicorn-level rare, you’ll likely get the best prices at least three weeks in advance. Instead of zooming in on a specific day to shop, CheapAir.com recommends booking within a window of 21 to 115 days ahead, depending on the season, with a domestic-flight sweet spot of 76 days before departure. The Expedia/ARC report also pushes for a long lead time, recommending that bargain-minded economy travelers book three weeks in advance for the lowest ATPs, and Skyscanner suggests a 21-day cut-off as well. “There are obviously a lot of factors at play, but Skyscanner has found that savings can typically be found three to seven weeks out from the dates of travel,” says Randi Imas, the company’s head of communications for the Americas.
What are the best times to travel?
And finally, the best news: When you buy doesn’t matter as much as when you fly, so you’ll be ahead of the game if you can keep your dates loose. Of course, there’s not a complete consensus on this front either, but the Expedia/ARC report found that the best day for an economy-class traveler to start a trip is Friday (for overseas travel, check Thursday departures as well), while CheapAir.com’s study declared Tuesday and Wednesday the least expensive days to fly, with average tickets costing $85 less than on Sunday. To complicate matters further, seasonality affects pricing as well – the CheapAir.com data indicates that US travelers paid the highest economy fares in winter and the lowest in fall, so if you have flexible PTO, plan accordingly.
So how DO you find the best fare?
To cover your bases, sign up for newsletters like Scott’s Cheap Flights for flash sales and mistake fares, follow your favorite airlines on social media for real-time deal alerts, and try flight predictors like Skyscanner, Hopper, or Google Flights, which closely monitor airline activity and let you know when to buy. “When considering fluctuation in ticket prices, economic states, and the increase in airline flash sales, it is hard to guarantee that there is a specific day or time that will offer the cheapest flight, so we recommend travelers set up price alerts to track a route’s fare to see how it can fluctuate and independently determine the best time to book based on their own criteria, whether that’s based on budget, dates of travel, or adjustments to departure or arrival city/airport,” says Skyscanner’s Imas.
Suffering from buyer’s remorse? Don’t worry, airlines operating in the US are required by law to refund your money if you cancel within 24 hours of booking, at least seven days in advance of departure. If you missed that window, try Yapta, a site that tracks your purchased flights and notifies you if prices drop enough to trigger the individual airlines’ refund policies.
Scored a great deal lately? Tell us how you did it in the comments below, and we’ll highlight our favorite strategies in an upcoming roundup.