Europe Budget Trip

Europe is a dream destination for many people but it also among the most costliest ones. But there are ways through which one can optimize the cost & still able to enjoy most of the things. I traveled as a backpacker & thus I believe in spending less & enjoying more. I managed to complete my trip around Rs 1.2 Lacs which includes everything from Visa, accommodation & site seeing.


Accommodation is a prime most important factor to keep the price low. I prefer staying in hostels because of various reasons. These hostels are fun places to stay; as people from different places come & stay here. So,the crowded the place is the more than chances of getting insight about different countries. There is enormous opportunities to meet new people while staying at hostels. I booked hostels from Lately, I have found one more website named Jetradar. The concept of the site is to compare hotels from different websites. I found it very cool. I would surely try this next time.

On average keep a budget of 20-25 Euros per day for staying at hostels. This budget may vary with the cities, places & seasons. However, broadly one should be able to stay in or around this budget only.


After traveling to many countries & places. I realized the best way to keep the price towards food on a lower side is by eating on streets or cooking by oneself. Hostels or home accommodation allows a person to cook. I had bought groceries from the supermarkets & cooked my own food. It was easy to find supermarkets in all the cities I traveled. The rates are also reasonable, so it won’t bite your pocket. It is difficult to put a limit on food items as the appetite of the person varies.

Site Seeings:

There are numerous sites in Europe which are worth visiting. The best way to keep the price on the check is by buying city cards. These city cards offer a great solution for a traveler. It includes commutation in public transports & also allows free entry to some of the attractions. I benefited a lot with these cards. It saves fortunes if one takes public transport. I bought cards from Iamsterdam & Usually, city cards price varies with duration & things involved in it.

There is always some cost attached to traveling. But, there are few ways through which one can reduce the expenses & still able to benefit the most of it. I traveled on a shoe string budget & was able to cover most of the things which are expected. I won’t say I covered everything & experienced everything. But, I enjoyed whatever I was able to.

Traveling solo can be a dangerous affair. However, in my experience, I felt European city were safe. I traveled in the night & walked on empty streets but never felt unsafe except for few minor instances. Overall it was a safe affair. I enjoyed my time over there & hope to keep visiting in the years to come.

I hope this will help you to plan better & in a more efficient way.

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Is Barcelona Safe To Travel

Barcelona is a perfect blend of nature & artistic touch. The city has known for its amazing architectures. But, if a person traveling solo here is it really worth it? I have traveled solo to this majestic place & in this post, I will cover; Is Barcelona Safe to travel solo?

Every place has its pros & cons & Barcelona is no different. There will always be some disturbing element. However, Barcelona can be surely be seen as a safe city to travel alone. During my trip, I saw lots of solo travelers wandering late night & having fun. There is nothing alarming in the city. The place is jam-packed with the travelers. However, still few things need to be kept in the mind.


Pick Pocketing:

The most common practice at every touristic place is pick pocketing. This is very prevalent on a crowded street, as people often are at ease. Make sure one is always having an attention towards his/her belongings. Better to be safe than sorry.



Never leave your luggage unguarded. As anyone can pick the same & run away in the crowd. It is recommended to keep the luggage close to oneself or have an attention to the same. Thefts & snatching are rare in Barcelona. Still, it is better to be on a safer side.

Avoid shady places:

There are many shady places in the city & one should only explore these places if these are perfectly safe.  Enquire about the place before visiting the place.


It was disheartening to see the people begging & it was mainly by the guys of South Asian Ethnicity. A guy came to me asked for some money randomly. I was shocked with his approach. I told him to find some other guy. This case is extremely rare in Barcelona. But, La Ramblas street is bit different. One can find such people with ease. These are not threat but it bothers sometime.

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Europe Travel

Europe is on the list of every traveler. Reason for such vast popularity is the landscapes, culture & beauty in the place. The beauty of Europe is unmatched. Traveling to Europe for the first time is always exciting. because of unknown adventure & some lifetime of memories. This is enough reason for a person to make a travel plan to Europe. I was no different I wanted to travel to Europe while I am young. Most of the people wait until mid-age to visit because of the costly nature of the place. Accumulating funds takes time. But, for me, it was a different case I travel mostly on budget & avoiding luxury to travel freely was never a hindrance for me.

Europe is a nice blend of everything from artistic touch to modern outlook; from villages to modern cities. It has a flavor of everything. One requires at least 6 months to explore the place fully due to its vastness. While traveling, the most basic question arises is; which all cities to cover. There are many cities & choosing few of them is always tough, as no one wants to miss an opportunity to visit best cities. But, I will suggest to jot down few & travel only those.

I brainstormed few weeks before deciding on the cities I wanted to cover. It was always a tough choice to decide on few cities. As basic human psychology is to cover maximum possible places at one time only. This not only robs us of the feel of the city but also wastes quality time. It is always better to stay in a place for few days & explore the city like a locale. This not only helps us to enjoy the place but also help us to know about the place in a more better way.

Amsterdam Experience:

Europe is a bit different from South East Asia. It is hard to find warmness like South East Asia, the smile on people face. The greeting is there but that warmness is missing. People are to themselves only. During my stay in Amsterdam, I hardly saw a person who smiled at fellow traveler. People are helpful for sure but they won’t go an extra mile to help you out. It was very cold feeling out there.  Amsterdam nightlife is awesome the place gets started by 11 pm or after that. Music can be turn off feature over there. Along with the fact that one needs to pay to use the washroom in pub or bar. Insane practice. This was pretty new to me that they charge you for using it.  Cities cycling culture is tremendous nearly everyone uses a cycle to commute. This not only helps to keep you fit but also promotes pollution free environment, which has become essential in age like this. So, Amsterdam was a lovely affair for me. This was my first ever city in Europe & I have a fond memory of it.


Paris has a different vibe compared to Amsterdam. Romance is in the air of Paris. Every place one visit; there are few love stories to be spoken. Paris has rich culture behind it; the history has many stories to share. The architect is fantastic & the main attraction Eiffel Tower is surely the best part of the city. I feel Paris can be experienced best with the soul mate. It has that kind of aura to deliver. Of all the attraction I went, I felt the view of Eiffel tower during the evening time is the best view available. The clear blue sky in the background & dim light of Eiffel taking full effect is amazing to see. When I went to Eiffel tower there were few guys playing theme music of Titanic. No matter how efficiently I will try to explain the scene. It is just impossible to describe those moments. I stayed in Paris for a day only. Still, I was able to enjoy the vibe of the place.


Barcelona was the last city during my trip. The reason why I always chose beach place for the last; as it helps me to relive the moment of my trip. The moment when you are sitting on the beach watching the beautiful sunset; every good instance of the trip comes into the mind one by one. Barcelona is a treat for an eye. The architecture, the buildings, the lanes etc are unique. The place is aesthetically beautiful & one can notice the same after putting first step in Barcelona. Barcelona has a young crowd. It is warmer than the rest of Europe. Thus, attracts a huge number of crowd. So, if you are in the early twenties this can be a fun ride for sure. The place doesn’t get started till 12 am & it stays open till 6 or 7 am.  The party culture is amazing. However, Barcelona is not all about parties. It also has many attractions like Sagrada Familia, Park Guell etc. The place has breathtaking scenery & chill out environment. Barcelona will surely be in my top 3 destinations to visit TILL NOW  😛.

This was based on my experience, after my visit to Europe. I suggested my friend visit Barcelona for sure & he too liked the place. I would suggest you guys as well to travel to these places & experience the aura of the place.

“Travel often to places you love; to relive the moments you admire”

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Barcelona On Budget

Barcelona is one of the best cities in the world & also one of the prime cities of Spain. The rich culture & aura of the city is unmatched. Being a budget traveler. I try to keep my accounts in check & Barcelona was no different. I spend wisely & was able to complete my Europe trip in around 1.2 Lacs all inclusive. It seems to be very less. In this post, I will share my tips & tricks for keeping the budget in check.  This post is about Barcelona On Budget.

Budget is usually bifurcated into following heads. Accommodation, Food, Site Seeing & Transfers. If all these are managed then it is very easy to keep the price in check. As I feel there are so many destinations to cover & spending lavishly in each one of them will robe me from other destinations experiences. Thus, I spend the required & keep the price as low as possible.


Flights are an important factor to keep the price low. The earlier, one book the tickets the cheaper it will be. Somewhere I read that, last minute tickets are cheaper. But, I have not encountered this situation till now. I booked the tickets 4 months prior the date of journey. The websites I refer are Skyscanner, Jetradar & google flights. These provide the best rate possible to book a flight.


Accommodation is pretty important factor in touristic cities. As the prices of normal hotels are on higher side due to high demand. I mostly stay in Hostels, the reason being it helps me to keep the price very low & also helps me to interact with other backpackers. I stayed in the most premium part of the Barcelona i.e La Ramblas street & gave approx 80 Euros for 4 days of stay. An important aspect is the facility provided by the hostel. Most of the hostels provide a kitchen & a safety box to keep belongings. However, common washrooms & public utility area can be disheartening but everything comes up with pros & cons. I chose to keep the price low in return for some extra luxury. I book most of hostel stay through (It allows free cancellation & has a very basic interface). The average rate of hostel starts from  20 Euros. But, this varies depending upon the time of the booking. At some places, it is as low as 10 Euros.But, expect to pay somewhere between 20 to 30 Euros per night.


Food is great compared to some of the other European places. After spending few days in Amsterdam & Paris, I was dying to have some good food & Barcelona literary helped me to satisfy my taste buds. Being a VEGETARIAN, it is difficult to get quality food. However, A “Wok The Walk” outlet provided with some Asiatic taste. An average price was approx 3 to 4 Euros for a plate of noodles. Another way is to cook the food, there are plenty of supermarkets available all around the city which are open 24*7. Also, the supermarket doesn’t sell alcohol after 11 pm. But, you can find some of the Asian guys selling cans of beer all night. For Indians, if in La Ramblas street expect to find some local Indian delights like Samosa & Gulab Jamun. A food at the restaurants will cost around 25 to 30 Euros.


There are few options available for commutation either by a bus, metro or renting a bicycle. I bought city card of 5 days, which allowed me to explore various modes of transport for free. The cost of 5 days city card is 60 Euros. The benefits vary with cards. There are various service providers who offer different types of cards for easy commutation & other benefits. It is the best investment as it helps you to skip the line & manage days in a more efficient way. I traveled mostly by metros & buses. It is easy to get card from Get your guide, & tiqets.  For the people, who are looking for daily commutation cards. There is a stack of 10 tickets which cost approx. 9 Euros if you are traveling in one zone. The zone concept is very confusing. The best would be to buy city cards. Also, city cards don’t work during the night so have to pay extra for night travel. There are buses in the night so no issue in commutation during night.

Site Seeing:

Like all tourist places, Barcelona is full of attractions. But, attractions come with some price. There are entry charges for nearly all the touristic attractions. So, be prepared to pay for that. It would be better to short list few activities & try on those activities to keep the price low. On average the prices to entry start from 7 Euros. There are different site seeing options available some of them are Picasso Museum, Barcelona History museum, aquarium etc. So, if visiting Barcelona buckle up for some of the mind blowing experiences.

I am sure by following above mentioned techniques one will be able to keep the price low. I did the same & completed my trip at a very decent sum.

The average amount expenditure considering all the activities shall come around 45-50 Euros per day. So, plan budget accordingly.

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Bungee Jumping From The Highest Point In Spain

Bugee jumping is one of the many adventure sports. It is dangerous, thrilling, exciting & also scary. Jumping from a certain height freely is challenging to some people & I am one of them. Traveling to Spain on holidays, I wanted to try Sky diving & Bungee jumping. However, the time allowed only one of these activities & I chose Bungee Jumping in Barcelona. I booked my activity through Adrenaline Hunter, they are the aggregators of adventurous activities around the world. It is always thrilling to try something new & exciting & jumping from a height of 70 Mt was the experience I was looking for.

I took a bus from Barcelona Nord to Lloret De Mer, it was very nervous feeling while boarding the bus, the imagination is unleashed & different types of thoughts arise & dip in mind.  My food intake was limited to cornflex & milk. I am afraid of heights & jumping from even 5 Mt never came into my mind & in this case it was 70 Mt. While batteling mind battles I reached the destination. I saw a huge truss standing tall in the middle of the ground,a safety pouch near the massive tower & A FEAR TO CONQUER.

Bungee Jumping Spain



The Experience

The instructors were very help. They tried to understand my situation & tried to help me whenever they could.

I stepped into the elevator & slowly it took me to the e top. The height was a scary one for me at least for me it was. Everything seemed so small. I could see the whole view from the top. But, the only thing I was not able to do was to stare down. I tried once but it just blew my mind. I told myself not to look down again.  I tried to remain calm, kept on telling my self that things will be fine DON’T WORRY.

Me: “Isn’t it scary to jump from 70 Mts?”

Instructor: “That is why you just jump & don’t think much about the height”

It’s a showtime

Instructor said: “Keep your both feets on the edge, straighten your hands & fall. Once you in mid air expand your hands like a wing”.

My mind started churping again: “This is first time what if I didn’t complete it. Heart is pounding at a brisk rate. Will I make a jump or won’t I. It’s difficult”.

I stepped to the edge, raised my hand at chest level. I started to align my self forward. The fellow instructor pushed me a little & here I am falling freely. Everything seemed to be so fast. It all happened in the nano seconds. Just few seconds back I thought I will never make a jump & here I was swinging mid air rather falling at decent rate.

The guy pulled the rope upward & dropped it again. He did it 3 times & oh my god what an experience it was. The thudding heart & the feeling to die by falling all came into my mind in those few seconds. Everything was just so quick, falling freely & all you can think was head banging on to the ground.

The Effects:

The moment I stepped down I was donning a broad smile for my achievement. A jump from 70 Mts will be among my great achievements list this year. It was not an adventure; It was a jump to conquer fear. I know people will say it is only 70 Mts bro. But, it means alot to a person who is afraid of heights.

It was a throw up like nervous ness while stepping into that elevator. It was very easy to give up on that point of time. However, with little courage the fortune changed. I did the same & when I was on the ground I was a relived person having a sense of accomplishment.

Thanks to Adrenaline Hunter that I could make that jump. After this very scary yet fulfilling experience I would try to do it again by some day.

My video was not captured due to some technical difficulty. However, below is the actual jump done by some random guy.

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“The moments which make you skip your heartbeats, are the moments you truly lived”


Barcelona City Card

Europe is one of the costliest places in the world. Keeping expenses down is not an easy task to perform. I am traveling to three countries & already a bit confused about how to keep cost low. I was searching for tips & hacks & found an article on city cards. Most of the major cities in Europe offers city cards. These have various benefits like free transport & free entry to museums. I have bought Barcelona City Card for Barcelona trip through

The benefits of city card are immense. From getting free local transport to free entries to certain attraction. It is best for a budget traveler. The cost involved in the same is also minimum. For 5 days, city card one needs to pay somewhere around 60 euros. Further, there are also options for 2, 3 & 4 days. So depending upon the requirement you can buy a city card.

I chose Barcelona city card through as they were offering best services. The number of museums covered in their card is good enough for 4 to 5 days. Also, free transport service is an added bonus while traveling outside. They are in business from 1997 thus shows how trusted they are in this market.

Benefits of having a Barcelona city card is as follows:

Free admissions to 25 unique sites

Discounts for over further 85 museums, cultural institutions, leisure activities, shops, pubs and restaurants.

Free use of public transport, i.e. metro and urban buses, trams, trains and Montjuïc Funicular and FGC in zone 1 (total urban area).

Free train ride and free use of bus 46 from the airport into the city center and back.

Booklet with a city map, metro plan and brief descriptions of the institutions where you get discounts.

The Barcelona Card is available for 3, 4 or 5 consecutive days (72, 96 and 120 hours from the first use). For 2 days (48 hours) you can book the Barcelona Card Express.

Further, the booking process is very simple one is just need to apply online & receive the mail of the confirmation. Also, the cancellation procedure is also there so in case there is some last minute changes in the plan, one can cancel the card with no extra charge. The validity of card is for full year. Thus, it can be returned at any point of time during that whole year.

There are two modes to get the card one is by picking it up from their offices & other is through shipping. However, there is shipping charges involved. So, until & unless you are no short period or any emergency it is better to pick up the card from the authorized centers. not only offers city cards but also offers small tours for those who are interested in guided tours. There are many offerings like walking tour, barcelona pastry tours, guided tour to picasso etc. This website is extremly valuable for the people traveling to Barcelona for the first time.

I booked my city card through this website only. The complete information about the place helped me to plan my tour in a better way.

Here is the link to the website