Sweet Escape: Switzerland

Whenever I travel for more than a week, I like including a ‘downtime’ to avoid burnout. Switzerland was my vacation from vacation during my 3-week trip to Europe.

From Salzburg, I briefly changed trains in Munich to get to Zurich. Now that I think about it, I wish I pushed through with my original plan of staying in Munich even for 3 days. Oh well, guess I’ll just have to save that for another Euro trip. 😉

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I arrived in Zurich on a gloomy afternoon, but after emerging from the train station and having a glimpse of the Old Town, I immediately regretted my decision to just stay for a night.

I stayed at a hostel in the heart of Old Town. And while I almost died carrying my luggage up several flight of winding stairs, I couldn’t complain about the medieval surroundings.

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Oh, Zurich! I’m going to come back for you one day.

I was craving for Asian food, and found there’s a Thai restaurant not too far from the hostel. I knew Switzerland was expensive, but I wasn’t prepared to shell out CHF15 for a plate of Pad Thai. 😐 My only consolation was the serving size can feed two people, so I saved half of it for next day’s breakfast.

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The Cheap Guide to Travel

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It can be hard to stick to a budget while travelling, but once you know the basic tips to keeping your money under wraps, you’ll be wondering what to spend your spare cash on.

Don’t Go to Popular Places

You may have already guessed this, but the more popular a destination is, the more expensive it is to travel around there. If money can be made out of more people, why wouldn’t the prices be hiked up?

It’s like going to a theme park in peak season. There are cities all over the world that haven’t been discovered as much as their more popular cousins, so try these out before heading off to do exactly the same stuff in just a different, more expensive place. Take a look online for countries that you haven’t heard of or haven’t considered taking a trip to. These can often be the hidden gems that you never knew you were looking for. Continue reading “The Cheap Guide to Travel”

Roads Less Traveled

No matter which country you visit, the best way to see the sites is by going on the road.

While flying from one destination to another is quicker and probably more convenient, you miss a lot when you’re high above the mountaintops whereas if you drive, you can see more of the country. Hire a car and explore the roads less traveled.

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Manali Leh Highway, India

The Manali Leh highway is one of two ways to reach the Leh-Ladakh region, but it’s much more than just a road on a map. The Manali-Leh highway is also considered to be the most difficult motorable terrain in India, offering all the thrills of an adventure road trip if you plan carefully enough. The snow-capped mountains, distant valleys, and the cool mountain breeze set the scene for your amazing 478 km road trip. This is a popular highway, so you’re likely to make friends with cyclists, motorists, and maybe even a few hitchhikers on your pitstops. Continue reading “Roads Less Traveled”

Adventurous Tips For Trips With A Twist

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Anybody who loves to travel has felt that itch.

You’ve been home for about a week or less since your last vacation, exploration, adventure or whatever you want to call it, and you’re already craving the next big adventure. Still, with only a limited amount of money and so few ideas as to places you could visit that you haven’t seen before, you might be running a little dry on ideas for adventurous trips, whether it’s a solo excursion or one to do with family and friends. Continue reading “Adventurous Tips For Trips With A Twist”

Half-Day in Hallstatt

After spending the morning in Salzburg’s Old Town, I spent the rest of the day in Hallstatt.

I can’t remember when I first learned about Hallstatt, but ever since I saw pictures of it, I knew I had to include it in my bucket list. It’s actually the main reason why I had to stop by Salzburg during my Eurotrip.

There’s no direct way of reaching Hallstatt. You’d have to take a train and/or bus, and ferry. If you have more time or on a tight budget, you can do that. But since I’m too lazy to commute, I just joined Panorama’s Hallstatt Tour for €55.

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We made a quick stop overlooking Wolfgangsee. So beautiful! It’s a popular vacation spot in the summer time as it hosts various world-class water sports events.

Our bus departed the Mirabellplatz bus terminal around 1:00pm.

We passed by many picturesque villages in Salzkammergut (Lake Area) like the one pictured above. One of which is St. Gilgen, which is the birthplace of Mozart’s mother.

Our guide also pointed out the Red Bull headquarters in Fuschl am See.

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Hallstatt is dubbed as the ‘Pearl of the Salzkammergut’ Region. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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Tourists arriving by ferry

I was so giddy when our bus pulled up at Hallstatt’s parking lot. I can’t take the smile off my face! Continue reading “Half-Day in Hallstatt”