Budget-Friendly Hotels and Hostels in Europe


Accommodation is one of the most expensive parts of traveling. Often times, it can make or break a trip. Especially if you are strapped for cash.

This summer I spent four weeks in Europe at budget-friendly hotels and hostels. No, they were not 5-star but, they served their purpose and allowed me to save money for more experiences. Check them out when planning your next Euro-trip.







If you end up staying at one or more of these venues, let me know in the comments below.

Happy exploring.




My Solo Travel Euro-Trip


Hi friends,

It’s been a long time. Too long. Between work, travel, and moving I have found it hard to keep up with my blog which is crazy because my blog is about my life and travel.

While I spend the next week creating new content, I wanted to share with you photos from this summer’s trip to London, Amsterdam, Edam, Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Kunta Hora, and Vienna. It was a trip of a lifetime and 3 weeks went by way too fast.

Let me know if you have experienced any of these amazing sites. If so, share your photos in the comments. I love connecting through travel.

Scroll to the end to see some of the places I visited. I hope you enjoy.

Happy exploring!



England sites:

  • Stonehenge
  • Bath
  • Borton – on – the – Water
  • Bampton
  • Windsor Castle
  • Jack the Ripper tour
  • Charles Dickens Museum
  • British Tate (Van Gogh exhibit)
  • British Museum
  • Blenheim Palace
  • Tower of London
  • Tower Bridge
  • London Eye
  • Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
  • Horse Guards
  • Museum Tavern

Czech Republic

  • Amsterdam
    • Red Light District
    • Cafe ‘t Mandje
    • Big Shots Bar
    • The Bulldog
  • Edam
    • Windmills
    • Bike tour
    • Cheese and Clog Factory Tour
  • Kunta Hora
    • Sedlec Ossuary


  • Berlin
    • Walking Tour
    • German Historical Museum
    • Brandenburg Gate
    • East Side Gallery
    • Checkpoint Charlie
    • Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
    • Berlin Wall Memorial
    • Topography of Terror
    • Grafitti tour
    • Matrix (club)
  • Dresden
    • Tour of city


  • Schonbrunn Palace
  • The Hofburg
  • St. Stephen’s Cathedral
  • Prater
  • Imperial Treasury
  • Maria – Theresian – Platz
  • Mozart Monument
  • Swarovski Museum and store
  • Alt-Wiener Schnapsmuseum

My 3 Week Packing List for Europe


On Saturday, I begin my 3-week long journey in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, and Vienna. To say I am excited is an understatement. However, I did find myself struggling with what to pack since my first 2.5 weeks abroad is a vacation and the remaining time is for a work event.

This schedule means, not only do I have to pack for various temperatures but, also a few outfits for business casual meetings. All this while only using a 29″ suitcase – no more than 40lbs.

Here’s the plan.

  • Stick to mostly solid colors that can be interchangeable.
    • 2 long sleeve blouses
      • It is cooler in London than some of the other locations I am traveling so, I want to be prepared for that and those milder nights on the town.
      • Blouses are also great to match with dark denim jeans and heels for work
    • 2 pairs of denim jeans
      • 1 light pair for a more casual outfit.
      • 1 dark to pair with a blouse or dress top for nights out and/or work
    • 2 pairs of shorts
      • Denim or casual materials for site seeing and hot days
    • 3 – 4 summer shirts
      • Mix tank tops and short sleeve shirts
    • 2 Kimonos
      • I am a kimono queen and love pairing them with tank tops for added sun protection or to dress up an evening outfit.
    • 2-3 summer dresses
      • A mix of maxi and casual
      • Can be dressed up with the right pair of shoes and a cardigan
      • Perfect for casual sightseeing and evening dinners
    • 1 light jacket
      • Should be rainproof
    • 1-2 cardigans
      • For chilly evenings or to dress up an outfit
    • 2 bras
      • One white, one black
    • 4 pairs of socks
    • 1 swimsuit
    • 2 pairs of athletic pants
      • For the dual purpose of working out and sleeping
    • 1 comfy sleeping shirts
  • Stick to 1 pair of sneakers, 1 pair of comfortable walking flats, 1 pair of heels and 1 pair of flip flops (for hostel showers).
  • Accessories: backpack (duals as a purse), small wristlet that fits in a backpack but, can also be used alone, light jewelry (nothing too flashy) such as 1-2 necklaces, watch, 1-2 bracelets, rings, 1-2 sets of earrings
  • Utilize compression packing cubes to save space within my suitcase
  • Travel Towel
  • Universal Adapter
  • Pack travel laundry packets to do quick washes in sinks, if needed

What do you think about this packing list? Do you have your own go-to items that you want to share? Leave a comment and let me know!

Happy exploring.