All posts tagged: budget travel europe

Spain: Stuffing Our Faces in San Sebastián

“This Spanish city holds the second highest Michelin stars per capita in the world with fifteen stars awarded across eight restaurants for their exceptional and outstanding cuisine,” Cleave paraphrased as we researched which direction we should next cycle to.  My ears immediately pricked up.  Say what now?  How soon can we get there? Advertisements

France: B is for Bordeaux

After our unconventional night we rode off into the sleepy morning for the final push into the bustling sophistication of Bordeaux.  Despite our sleeping arrangements we were in good spirits and looking forward to smashing out the last 25km so we could find breakfast.  Flying over the bridge and onto the River Garonne promenade we were greeted by the stuff of foodie dreams.  Bordeaux’s Marche des Quai,  a fresh food market on every Sunday, selling everything from freshly shucked oysters to stacked piles of warm baguettes to char-grilled prawns.

France: The Time We Wild Camped At McDonalds

It’s amazing when travelling without plans, how your luck can turn in an instant.  Sometimes it’s an unbelievable cup runneth over with golden moments and lucky breaks.  Other times… well.  This was definitely a cup not even remotely runneth over moment.  We started in the lap of luxury and ended 12 hours later squatting in a car park.  Yup.  But let’s start this from the beginning…

Bike Touring: Six Months on the Road

Six months on the road!  Six months of travelling on two bikes, eleven countries (thirteen but we’re not counting our two hours in Bosnia or Vatican City), over 5,000 kilometers and 417 hours, 48 minutes and 47 seconds, give or take, with our butts in the saddle.  For two people who didn’t ride bikes, who didn’t even own bikes, we are absolutely loving this way of travelling.  

Bike Touring in Croatia: Cycling from Zagreb to Dubrovnik

Cycling in Croatia is hugging the white line with no shoulder, sweat dripping down your nose, climbing hills and getting cramps in your fingers from grabbing the breaks.  It also has an incredible landscape, rocky and mountainous, with tiny bays, fishing villages, and gorgeous beaches one after the other filled with restaurants serving freshly grilled seafood.

Dubrovnik Old Town: Exploring King’s Landing

At 5.30am in the morning Cleave shook me awake begrudgingly and with much complaining.  After seeing three cruise ships docked in the harbour oozing out thousands of people onto the dock and being smushed by the crowds in Old Town we put on an alarm hoping to beat the masses.  Of course now that it was the crack of dawn it was hard to remember the enthusiasm we originally had.  At 6am we stood bleary-eyed at Pile Gate, the main entrance to the old city.  Usually packed by ice-cream fuelled crowds by day it was eerily devoid of any signs of life.

Budget Travel Vienna: $100 a Day

The Austrian capital Vienna has incredible imperial, artistic and intellectual roots from residents such as Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. Once the centre of the powerful Habsburg monarchy, historical palaces, monuments and opulent buildings line the streets in a seemingly never-ending display of grandeur. Such a grand city can easily burn a hole straight through your wallet and your trip budget. Due to our trip timing we spent only one whole day in Vienna which barely scratches the surface of this great city. However we did manage to keep within our budget of $100AUD (€70) for two people, including accommodation. Read on to see how we did it!