Prague is a very beautiful and unfortunately also very touristy city. To help you avoid some of the worst tourist traps, I compiled this list of things to do and not to do in Prague. Some of the very famous sights will definitely appear on the not to do list, which doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to cut it out of your itinerary, just take my negative experiences with those spots as a warning. In general, there is a high risk of getting pickpockets in this city, so be careful with your belongings at any time. And last but not least a little disclaimer: We are all different and what is a negative or uncomfortable experience for one of us doesn’t necessarily mean it will be the same for everyone else 😉
Things to do
1. Strolling through the big park in the western part of the city: This was one of my favorite spots in the whole city. There was plenty to discover in that park and on top of it, you have an amazing view over the city (for free). There are also little cafés for refreshments and some snacks.
Adventure walking: This is what I call walking around a city without a definite aim and an idea how to get there. Prague was a perfect city for random discoveries by walking. I haven’t found any shady areas, so it is super safe to just explore
To celebrate being midway through our allotted time for our Master thesis, a friend of mine and I decided to take a day off. We further decided to use this three-day weekend to go to Prague and explore the city. Best. Decision. Ever. Prague is such a cute and laid back city and definitely always worth a trip. So let me share a little of my weekend.
instead of just talking about all the great places to go, I decided to talk about something different this week: About how to save while planning and booking a trip. So here come the tricks that I found work for me. Let me know what yours are and stay tuned for the next post about how to save money at your vacation destination.
Save on the transportation:
Skiplagged, Skyscanner, and Kayak are the websites I like to use to compare airfares. Skiplagged is actually my favorite because you can see the fares for a couple more days than your chosen date, so you can see which dates would be cheaper. Once you’ve identified the cheapest airline, double check the price of the ticket without going through one of these sites. Sometimes that is even cheaper
Book on your tickets on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, most likely it will be cheaper than on the weekend.
Before booking your tickets, delete your browser history. Apparently, there are algorithms that increase prices when they notice you are looking for certain tickets
Collecting miles and using them on flights and upgrades really pays off. I am still taking my first steps in that business. However, the Points Guy is a true expert in that matter. Check out his website for tips on how to effectively make use of airline miles.
Consider booking round trips even if you won’t need them. I know, I know, it hurts me too. But one-way tickets are just ridiculously expensive.
Enough about flights, consider other modes of transportation. In Europe, it can be super-affordable to take the train. Check out the inter-rail options, a ticket valid for several weeks that can take you all over Europe. Other train tickets are the cheapest if you buy them exactly three months in advance.
In other countries (the US comes to my mind here), road trips might actually be a fun and cheap alternative. Think about it. The one-way rule applies to a lot of rental cars, too, by the way.
let’s talk about feelings today: especially the nasty ones that come along with homesickness and experiencing culture shock. These are the things everyone who moves to a foreign country has to deal with sooner or later and to different extents of course. However, I feel like everyone gets overwhelmed by these feelings at some point. I myself had a rather mild case of culture shock and barely experienced any homesickness. It did kick me in the butt, though, as soon as everything wasn’t all smiles and sunshine (especially when I had the flu over Christmas and had to stay in my bed for a week). In order to make it easier for other exchange students or expats to deal with these nasty feelings, I collected my tips and tricks of how to handle culture shock and homesickness.
Be aware of the phenomenon culture shock: Do your research and learn about the different stages. That alone can make it easier to deal with, because you know that another phase will come up soon and change everything again.
Accept it: Don’t deny it, think about what phase you’re actually in, and remember that you’re not the only one experiencing this phenomenon. Read More »
today I have a different kind of post for you. Instead of giving you top 5 or 10 of anything, I just wanted to share a fun experience with you. Over the easter weekend I had friends in town, so we went out exploring together. I always enjoy these visits, because usually my friends have a few ideas about where to go and then I get to check out some new spots in Berlin.
That’s exactly how it was this time. After I showed my girls my favorite spots in Berlin, and then they told me about the Chocolatiers Fassbender&Rausch they’ve read about on the internet. So we went to see their shop and restaurant at the Gendarmenmarkt.
as some of you know, I was lucky enough to call the Sunset District in San Francisco my home for a year. And while that time happened to be one of the best in my life, I know that the Sunset District wouldn’t be the number one choice of a lot of people for living in. But living out there has its perks: Life has a completely different pace out there, everything slows down, it is an amazing spot to come down from the buzzing excitement the city gives you. Besides, there is, of course, the actual sunset, views over the beach and the golden gate bridge, and a bunch of places to go to and see:
My list here is quite short, but that doesn’t mean that there are not plenty of places to go out to for a drink, I just tried to limit myself 😉
The Riptide is an awesome small bar with casual atmosphere right next to the beach. My absolute favorite!
The Little shamrock is my first choice when I am longing for an Irish pub. It’s small, it’s cute, it has an awesome atmosphere. The best drinks: Irish coffee and White Russian.
Yancy’s saloon is another super casual sports bar. It offers free popcorn, you can play darts, and ask for dice. And they make great cocktails. If you’re brave, ask for a Bay City Bomber or an AMF 😉 An apple martini is always a safe choice.
I am constantly looking for the next book to read, especially before my next trip. I hope some of you feel the same, because I have collected my favorite travel-related books of all time for you. I hope, you’ll enjoy them as much as I did. Let me know, which books are your favorites 🙂
Bill Bryson, Notes from a small Island (Reif für die Insel): This is the first travel-related book I have ever read, which is probably why it is so dear to me. I got it from my great uncle after telling him about planning my first ever solo trip, which I wanted to spend in the UK. After reading this book, I wanted to reread it immediately and plan out the exact same itinerary that Bill Bryson followed as he traveled around the UK. This trip never happened, but it definitely stoked my excitement for travel. It would recommend it to anyone, who is interested in the UK and intrigued by Bill Bryson’s exquisite style of writing. Read More »
it been a while and I am very sorry about that. I started working in a new research institute in order to write my Master thesis and I have been a little overwhelmed by the crazy hours. But now I am back and ready to ease back into it. I am really excited to tell you about my recent trip to Portugal, but I decided to finish my little Scandinavia series first.
And therefore I’ll proudly present to you my five sightseeing tips for Oslo:
this is the second part of my little Scandinavia feature, where I am telling you all about the trip to Denmark and Norway that I took. The tips and photos from Copenhagen are already up. Next up is my post about Aarhus. Since my stay here was a more personal one where I visited a good friend of mine that I hadn’t seen in quite a while, I won’t be sharing as much of what I did, but I will give you tips on what you could do 🙂
Aarhus is the second biggest city in Denmark and really popular amongst students and artists. Here are my favorite things:
Hi everyone, as this year is certainly coming to an end, I want to look back for a minute or two and remember all the fun things that I did and discovered this year. Hope you’re joining me on the ride!
4 new and foreign cities, 3 new capitals and 3 new countries. (And so much more.)
I can’t even tell you, which of the trips I found most exciting. They were all awesome and I got to discover new things everywhere. However, my trip through Denmark to Oslo in Norway was special, since I got to meet up with so many of my international friends along the way. Since I have so much to tell you about this trip, I am still working on individual blog posts about each of the cities that I saw. I will, of course, link them here as soon as they’re up. The post about Copenhagen is already up. You can find it here.