Been awhile since I shared an update of my travels on the blog so I thought I’d share with you a little bit about what I have planned for the coming week.
I am writing this post ( Just arrived in Prague as I publish this post ) from a beautiful farmhouse in the small town of San Lawrenz in Gozo.
Gozo farmhouses can range from simple and rustic to high end luxury villas with a pool. In the low season ( island enjoys year round great weather ) couples can hire farmhouses for as little as £60 a night.
I’ve been exploring Gozo as part of the Blogisland project I set up for the Malta Tourism Authority with Keith and Melvin from iAmbassador.
Gozo is Malta’s little sister. It has a very tranquil and laid-back vibe. People come here for the peace and tranquility, superb Gozitan cuisine plus there are countless unspoilt beaches and rewarding long walks along the island’s rugged coastline. This is probably the best time to visit the island. Weather has been fantastic with the exception of the odd downpour, hotels are cheaper being the shoulder season and there are far less tourists compared to July and August.
Besides exploring the treasures of this island one of the other enjoyable aspects of the project has been getting acquainted with some old and new faces within the travel blogging world. I shared the farmhouse with 3 other bloggers over the last 5 days. Fun group of people. We shared some cool experiences discovering this beautiful island together. In the end after spending a week with them, I almost feel like part of a small family! So thank you Ishay Govender Ypma Foodandthefabulous.com Emmanuel Gelb from Voyageavecnous.fr and Rosetta Carnevale from Girovagate.com ( in picture) for the memories!
Later today I leave for Vienna and then hopping straight on a bus to Prague. I thought about taking the train but booking yesterday I saw fares were around €65. Using the fantastic GoEuro.co.uk, I managed to grab the last seat on the 19.10pm Student Agency Bus service. Journeytime is 4 hours 40 minutes and cost, just €25. Bus leaves from the airport so it is perfect. For the return trip to Vienna on the 9th, I’ve booked the train. If you book via the Czech trains portal, the trip costs just €19. Deal!
I am heading to Prague to ‘czech out’ some more luxury hostels. So if you are heading to Prague soon, I’ll have some more recommendations to share with you. If you have been following the Luxury Hostels of Europe project, I am excited to share that I am in the process of expanding the project and finding out more similar hostels across Europe and the rest of the world. Hope to have an updated version of the guidebook launching in Spring next year.
Here’s the heads up of which hostels I will be staying at.
I’ll be staying the first 2 nights at the fantastic Mosaic House Hostel. Located just a 10 minute walk from Charles Bridge this is an eco-friendly hostel/hotel, very design conscious with a trendy bar and restaurant onsite.
After my stay at Mosaic House, I’ll be also staying at the very chilled out and equally designer conscious, Miss Sophie’s hostel.
I’ll also be popping into the more party friendly but very cool ‘brother’ hostel, Sir Toby’s.
For more pictures from these luxury hostels and my Prague trip, follow me on Instagram ( www.instagram/BudgetTraveller ) and the hashtag #luxuryhostels ( Travel tips welcomed!)
I then head to Vienna on the 9th to attend the Wiener Weisn Festival as part of my MustLoveFestivals project.
Very excited to be heading back to both Prague and Vienna- will be my first time back there since my Interrail trip 2 years back.
The festival is Vienna’s answer to Oktoberfest so if you want all the thrills and spills of the ultimate beerfest but without the crowds…this is a nice option. I’ll have a more detailed report coming up soon on the blog. Meantime, please follow the hashtag #MustLoveFestivals for all the action ( plus follow for pictures from Birgufest in Malta where the very talented Abi King will be reporting )
Have a great week, wherever you are in the world!