Backpacking 101

I was scared out of my mind for my ten night, five flight, four hostel trip in Western Europe (click here for my posts about each city we visited). Not knowing what to expect from city hopping and hostel hopping was terrifying. Being college students, we could only afford the budget airline, Ryanair, that allows a single personal item. Living out of a backpack for ten days was quite an experience. Living in hostels was also an experience. I learned a lot during this trip about traveling on a budget and want to share my tips with you!

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"Dancing in the Streets in Barcelona"

We arrived at our last stop of fall break, Barcelona, around 4 PM and checked into our hostel, Itaca Hostel, where we had an eight-person room. It was a very nice hostel with outlets and small lamps for each bed.  After settling in and charging our phones, we headed out for dinner. We went to a small restaurant near our hostel (per recommendation of the hostel reception) and ate a delicious dinner while watching the Madrid v. Barcelona “fútbol” game.  The couple sitting next to us at the restaurant were UNH graduates... what a small world!  We walked around the city after dinner and went in a few shops around the restaurant. Then, we went to bed very early. 

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I Louvre Paris

Our third stop for fall break was Paris, France. We arrived at Paris Orly Airport at 11 AM and anxiously ordered an Uber to our hostel, Generator Paris. The hostel was the nicest hostel I have ever been to. We had a private six-person room with our own bathroom. Each bed had its own outlet and USB port. The beds were extremely comfortable and everything was very clean. It was a great break from sharing a room with many other strangers. We grabbed lunch from the hostel restaurant and headed out to see the Eiffel Tower. On our way, we ran into the Arc de Triumph, which was surrounded by construction… a little disappointing. However, The Eiffel Tower was not a disappointment.  It was incredible. We got crepes and ate them under the Tower. Then, we got dinner at a rather expensive restaurant, so we all got soup (the cheapest thing on the menu). After dinner, we waited for the Eiffel Tower to light up and, once it did, we were all exhausted so we went back to the hostel for a good night’s sleep. 

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