Exploring Eastern Europe, first stop Budapest

Back in September, we’d gone to Milan to explore more of Italy. I heard great things about Budapest and wanted to get a taste of Eastern Europe so I found a great deal and booked a flight to Budapest while we were over there.

We flew via Wizz Air, it’s another European low-cost carrier. As long as you’re not checking bags, it’s an easy and incredibly cheap flight.

I booked an apartment via AirBnB in a centrally located apartment in an old building in the heart of Budapest near the Oktagon metro stop. It was a classic and quaint unit located on the fourth floor of a building that was around 300 years old. We dropped off of our bags and instantly fell in love with the historic area. Outside our doors it was interesting to see old storefronts replaced with American favorites like Starbucks, KFC, and Hooters, but such is life. Continue reading “Exploring Eastern Europe, first stop Budapest”

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All About Milan: Tips & Tricks

Since this is my second visit to Milan, I’m qualified to be an expert on the city right? Well not quite, but I’ve had the chance to experience a lot that the fashion capital of Italy has to offer.

Where do I stay?
First of all, in my opinion, you should stay somewhere close to the Milano Centrale station. Not only is it easily accessible from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) but it’s a quick walk, metro, or tram ride across the city.

I’m a SPG girl so I’m all about staying in Starwood properties whenever possible, there are plenty in Milan to choose from. We’ve stayed in the Four Points by Sheraton three times now. The first two times last April and the first part of our trip this September we stayed in newly remodeled spacious rooms on an SPG designated floor. The last stay was booked under my Aunt, who does not have SPG status and we stayed on a lower floor that was straight out of the 60/70s. Continue reading “All About Milan: Tips & Tricks”

End of Summer Holiday

Before you ask, yes, I’m traveling again. My Aunt and I booked a trip to Milan back in January as part of Emriates annual companion deal. We booked a Wednesday-Wednesday trip around Labor Day weekend.

Since I’d been to Milan before, I wanted to use the trip as a springboard to go someplace new. Initially, the plan was to go to Croatia. After searching for flights, there didn’t seem to be many affordable or nonstop options from Milan to any of the major cities there. 

A few weeks after booking the flight, my Aunt who had never been to Venice told me she wanted to also incorporate that and a trip to Cinque Terre. So the planning began and I needed to find some place close that we could go to in addition to those two places in Italy.

Sometime during this period, I came across a few blogs on Budapest. After checking for flights and finding several for as low as $40RT from Milan, I was sold.

So in addition to booking two days trips to Cinque Terre and Venice, in Italy, I was now on the hunt for things to do in Budapest. Based on flight schedules and pricing, it looked as though 3 days would be just enough time to explore this city filled with quite the unique history.

More on this specifics of our trip up next…