London is the greatest city in the world (well if you ask me, which is why I (and a couple of million other people) chose to live here. But London is also one of the most expensive cities in the world. And for many that is enough to scare them off. Money aside, London has so much to offer, it would be a shame to miss out on that … and not everything comes with a hefty price tag. So here are some handy tips on how to make the most of visiting London on a budget.
Almost five million people use the London tube network every day. If you’ve ever waited for a Central Line train on a Monday morning during rush hour, you’d be convinced every single one of those five million shared the very same platform with you that morning.
As long as us commuters stay amongst ourselves, it all works well. We move at a rushed pace, we know exactly where we want to go, where to stand on the platform to ensure the quickest exit when getting off. And we don’t need to consult a tube map, let alone ask someone for direction. But throw in some random tourists and this whole subterranean eco system falls apart.
If you are one of those nasty tourists, let me introduce some simple rules on how to survive your tube ride:
After London New York City is my second favourite city in the world (can you tell I’m a city girl at heart? Who would have guessed I grew up in the countryside)
First time we went to New York was for our honeymoon. A long trip with the intention to see it all and tick it off the bucket list once and for all. Little did I know this was just the start of an ongoing romance.
We’ve since been back twice and I can’t wait for the next time (Christmas shopping in New York would probably be next on my bucket list)
There is a lot to see and do in New York, so today I share my personal Top 5 things to do in New York City with you
Jet setting around Europe, a different country every week, nice hotels, exploring new cities, living the dream … it all sounds so glamorous. But is it really?
Growing up, the idea of travelling all over the place for work sounded like a perfect life. And if I give a brief rundown of my past and upcoming travels to someone, it still sounds too good to be true. Three / four trips a month, sometimes a different country each week. Visiting countries that I have never been to before (and never even thought of visiting).
Ever so often you find yourself in the right place at the right time. Such as last January. We had a 2 day trip to the vicinity of Hamburg and decided to take the opportunity visiting the newly opened Elbphilharmonie, which after years of delay finally opened three weeks prior.
So we booked ourselves into a hotel near the harbour, at the top end of the Reeperbahn. Within walking distance so to say.
The original plan was to walk along the harbour to the Elbphilharmonie, have a look around, see if we could get tickets for the viewing gallery and go for dinner afterwards. But what are plans, if not to change?
I love London… and I have called London my home for almost a decade now.
But lately I have not seen much of it… other than the office and the route to the station. So last weekend we decided to tackle this and become tourists in our own city again, just for the day.
Ever since I can remember I have been in love with London. It has always been part of my life and a place I felt at home… long before I actually moved here for good.
I have to admit it… not all my travel is work related. I do also travel for leisure… and absolutely love weekends away.
For a good two years I had regular trips to Austria (for work) and absolutely fell in love with Vienna. Before that I had only ever been to Vienna (and Austria for this matter) once, which was a good 15 years ago, maybe even longer.
But since my regular Austria trips have seized recently, every excuse will do to come back, as I fell heavily for Vienna.
So, when it came to choosing a location for a catch up with my friend, we very quickly opted for girly weekend in Vienna.
After all, what’s not to love about Vienna if you are a pair of coffee loving shopping addicts?
So this is it, the first step of hopefully a very long journey.
For the past year or so I have been toying with the idea of starting a blog. But somehow life always gets in the way and I never found the time to start.
Or to be more precise, I found the time to think about what I want my blog to look like, what I want to write about, even which photos I want to take / include and to start a long, very very long list of which blog posts to write … I just did not find (or make) the time to actually do it.
Somehow I had it in my mind that I could not start my blog with just a single post. I would need to prepare a number of blog posts and photos in advance before I even start setting up. Not sure this really makes much sense to anyone (although it did to me), so why not start slow and get this going.
So finally. MY VERY FIRST BLOG POST.