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How to make friends when solo travelling!

Solo travelling can be exciting and scary at the same time. The aspect of going to a new place and escaping your current environment will fill you with positive vibes but the aspect of meeting new people can be daunting especially if you don’t know where to start.  You know that if you don’t engage with other travellers you’ll miss out on countless fun activities and adventures. Luckily for you, after researching and using some of our natural expertise, we have comprised a list telling you how to make friends when solo travelling

 

#1 Stay in a Hostel

This one seems like a no brainer and definitely an important tip for making friends when solo travelling!

Hostels are designed to maximise your chances of meeting new people!

Getting a bed in a hostel dorm room will allow you to meet a number of other travellers, some of which might also be solo travelling.

You’ll easily be able to start a conversation as you will all be living in the same area as you. You’ll find that in a matter of a few hours all of you will feel like you’ve been friends forever!

We’ve got some of the best hostel dorms across Europe’s major cities such as London, Barcelona, Madrid, Edinburgh, Prague & Lisbon!

#2 Check out Hostel Bars!

Many hostels come with their own bars that serve great drinks and play great music!

 

#3 Attend Hostel & City Events

Hostels are also known for hosting a variety of events such as music nights, cooking classes and pub crawls!

 

You’ll meet so many people from the hostel at these events create the perfect social atmosphere.

 

External companies also host their own events which bring a variety of people across the city together.

 

We recommend taking part in both hostel events and external events to maximise your chance of meeting people across the city!

 

#4 Take advantage of long journeys

When you’re backpacking, you will 100% take a coach at one point during the trip.

This is the perfect place to get a conversation going and help pass the time. You’ll all be venturing to the same destination so there will be lots to talk about.

 

You can discuss what you’re planning on doing and exchange ideas. You may even decide on something you can all do together!

 

#5 Learn the ‘Lingo’

 

Even though you might just get away with using English when you’re travelling it is far better to learn some basic local sentences to make it that bit easier.

 

It will allow you to connect with people who don’t know much English.

 

#6 Get an app that lets you meet other travellers.

 

Technology really is an amazing thing. Nowadays, with a simple few quick messages, you can organise plans with your friends and when you’re travelling it’s exactly the same concept.

 

There are loads of apps out there that let you meet up with other travellers! We’ll show you our favourite 2!

A) Tourlina

Tourlina is a Women only travel app that lets women meet up with other female travellers.

If you’re looking for a reliable app you can rest assured as Tourlina’s team checks every single new user and only those that are verified can chat to other people.

How does it work?

First, you enter your trip and the dates you are travelling. You will then find and be able to match with different travel companions with mutual interests, destination and travel time. You select a travel companion simply by easily swiping left or right. From there you can chat and plan your trip together once you and your travel companions are matching

B) Backpackr.org

Backpackr is a great way to meet nearby travellers. There are many aspects to the app. You can browse through numerous travellers profiles find likeminded people to meet up. You can instantly message and organise activities together.

There is also a ‘nearby’ section which allows you to see everything going on in your area. You can find some great events that you didn’t know was happening. This leads us on to our next point.

 

#7 Be Flexible

No, we aren’t talking about the stretching type of flexible.

 

We are saying to not have everything planned to a strict regime. The best part about travelling solo is being able to do whatever you want, whenever you want.

 

When you meet other travellers you’ll want to make sure you’re flexible to ensure that any plans you guys make you can commit to!

 

There you have it. Our best tips on how to make friends when solo travelling! Have we missed any? Let us know via Instagram!

Last Minute Deal – 40% OFF!

 

WHAT’S THE OFFER

 

Sometimes plans can change and you might find yourself needing a bed urgently for the night. Whether your flight has been delayed at the last minute or you’ve grabbed yourself some cheap airline ticket this offer can help you get your travel plans sorted quickly! The Last Minute Deal applies to our last available rooms, that are still available for your stay dates. It applies across all Safestay hostels from London to Lisbon, Barcelona to Brussels. Search today and book before it’s too late!

 

WHAT YOU GET

 

GET 40% OFF

When you book to stay up to 3 days in advance.
No limit on how long you can stay. This discount is applied for the whole stay. Stay 1 night, 2 nights, 3 nights you choose. Just book to check-in up to 3 days in advance!

 

 

WHEN CAN YOU STAY?

 

You can benefit from this last minute deal when you book & stay up to 3 days in advance.

For example, if you book on the 30th of May, you will get 40% OFF if you stay from the 30th May, 31st of May or 1st June

 

HOW TO GET THIS OFFER?

 

  1. NO CODE IS NEEDED – It is automatically applied!
  2. Simply head over to our BOOK PAGE and search for a bed up to 3 days in advance
  3. Book by the 30th November

You will see the discount applied to our Non-Refundable rate ⬇️

 

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  • Standard terms & conditions apply
  • Bookings available for any day of the week
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  • Subject to availability at time of booking and cannot be used in conjunction with other offers
  • Safestay reserves the right to withdraw this offer
  • Offer does not apply to bookings made via the Groups reservations team

Groups get €50/£50 back

Got your group ready for the big trip? Then your drinks are on us!

Imagine yourself on the way to the hostel, knowing there are ice cold beers and hot pizza waiting for you when you arrive, as soon as you drop your bags…sounds good right?

When you make a group booking for 8 or more people using the code below, we’re going to make sure that’s exactly what happens!

Beers and pizza aren’t the only things on the menu.

Heading to Edinburgh? Then you have to check out Bar 50. Our student bar hosts everything from live DJs to Comedy and it’s the best place to hang out off the Royal Mile.

Or maybe you prefer rooftop lounging on a sunny terrace in Spain? Whether it’s Madrid or Barcelona there’s Sangria and tapas on offer to get the trip off to the right start.

How it works

  1. Head over to our Book Page

  2. Copy code: 50F&BCREDIT

  3. Select your hostel and dates

  4. Enter code and hit apply

  5. Book for 8 or more people

  6. Once your booking is confirmed, the General Manager will reach out to prearrange your visit to the bar and prepare your food for your arrival

USE CODE: 50F&BCREDIT

You will see this below when you enter the promo code

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  • All persons staying as a group must be booked at the same time, and in the same booking transaction
  • All bookings are non-refundable, unless cancelled by management
  • We reserve the right to withdraw the offer 
  • New group bookings only
  • Cannot be used by groups which have people under the age of 18
  • Food & Beverage credit must be used in a single transaction, credit cannot be carried forward
  • Redemption of the credit must be prearranged with the hostel general manager, 24 hours before check-in
  • If staying at Safestay Barcelona Sea or Gothic your credit will be redeemable at Safestay Barcelona Passeig de Gracia

 

72 Hour Flash Sale

 

WHERE TO GO

 

Vienna is a beautiful city filled with some of Europe’s best architecture.

However, Vienna can be an expensive city which is why we are 72 Hour Flash Sale!

 

WHAT YOU GET

 

33% off your next booking at Safestay Vienna

NO CODE NEEDED, DISCOUNT AUTOMATICALLY APPLIED

only 30% off on Expedia!

 

WHEN CAN YOU STAY

 

This offer is valid for bookings Sunday & Monday stays with dates available in June, July, August & September!! Perfect for your summer trip to Vienna!

Book by 23:59, 31st May.

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HOW TO BOOK

  1. Simply head over to our book now page!
  2. Select Safestay Vienna
  3. Choose your dates in May, June, or July
  4. Press search
  5. YOU DON’T NEED A CODE, IT’S AUTOMATICALLY APPLIED TO THE NON-REFUNDABLE RATE!
  6. SELECT THE NUMBER OF ROOMS & CHECK OUT

 

This is what you will see ⬇️

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Terms & Conditions

  • Standard terms & conditions apply
  • Offer expires on the 31st May 2019
  • Bookings available for Sunday & Monday stays
  • Applies to new bookings only, existing booking cannot be amended 
  • Excludes Group Bookings 
  • All bookings made are non-refundable – no cancellations or amendments will be made
  • Limited availability, Safestay reserves the right to withdraw this offer

The Ultimate Travel Tips for Backpackers!

The worst part of any backpacking adventure is the packing. Do you feel like you don’t know where to even start and not sure whether you are taking too much or too little or even the right things? Lucky for you, we have compiled a list of the Ultimate Travel Tips for Backpackers!

 

Let’s start off with the most important tip

#1 Download Offline Maps as soon as you get WiFi

 

You don’t want to get lost when you’re in another country so make sure you have all the necessary resources. We’ve got a few tips:

 

– As soon as you get any source of Wi-Fi head over to Google Maps so that it can download the maps.

This will then be stored on your phone even when you don’t have internet.

 

– Download What3Words.

This is a revolutionary app that helps make talking about your location simple!

What3Words divides the whole word into separate 3mx3m squares and assigns each of these squares a 3-word code.

So if you ever get lost or separated from your friends you can exactly pinpoint where you are (or where your friends are) using the 3-word code.

 

– Another tip is to recognise landmarks when you’re walking. The simplest thing to do is to keep an eye out for things.

Anything that stands out that is near where you are staying will make it easier to recognise where you are.

Also, locals are more likely to recognise popular landmarks and give you directions to them rather than places they’ve never heard of.

#2 Don’t pack your whole wardrobe

Whilst it might be nice to have a wide range of your favourite clothes with you so you can have a choice of what to wear, it’s not smart to bring loads of clothes when you backpack. That’s why it has made our list of the Ultimate Travel Tips for Backpackers.

 

You will get very annoyed if you have to drag all of these clothes with you everywhere you go so here are a few tips on how to choose only the essentials

 

It’s also important to pack for the weather so make sure you look at the weather forecast before you travel.

 

You want to make sure you pack clothes that are:

  • Light (try to avoid thick raincoats and go for those thin ones that fold up into the size of a CD)
  • Simple and plain so that they can match with several outfits
  • Suitable for multiple occasions (dinner, parties etc)

Check out this video on how to pack like a pro!

Speaking of clothes this leads us on to our next point!

 

#3 Don’t buy the biggest backpack available

Even though it might seem wise to buy a big bag, this will only lead to you packing more than you need and eventually you’ll have more with you on your backpacking adventure than you do at home.

 

So buy an average size, one that isn’t too small and not too big. A bag around 40-50 litres should be perfect.

 

For more information on the best backpacks click here.

 

#4 Set a Budget!

It’s important to make sure you stick to a budget firstly as it’s good practice for life and secondly so that you don’t end up broke.
However, you don’t need to be stuck onto it as you might encounter spontaneous events whilst your midway through your holiday that you would like to go to.

 

So try to have a budget range that way you can be flexible but also strict at the same time.

 

We also recommend getting a Monzo Card. This is the perfect card for any travellers. You can simply have all your money on this card and use it to pay for stuff without facing the consequences and any International fee charges. You simply pay what the exchange rate is at the time of purchase.

 

#5. Ask Locals for ideas on what to do!

That’s right, no one will know the city better than its own locals.

Yes, whilst you can find lots of cool things to do on the internet, locals will be able to give you an insight into all the hidden gems that don’t exist on the internet.

 

By hidden gems, we mean places that not many people know about.

 

People are usually friendly and will always be happy to help (providing that you ask in a nice way!)

If you’re planning on staying at a hostel be sure to check us out. We have 12 locations all over Europe!

Our team members at our hostels are consist of locals to the area! They will definitely have the best ideas on what to do!

 

#6. Bring some things to keep you entertained

When you’re a backpacker you should expect to be travelling for long hours every day which can get quite boring.

 

So to keep yourself entertained and to help make the journey go quick look to bring some small items with you.

 

A classic is a deck of cards! There are 100’s of games you can play with cards and is always a good way to break the ice if your travelling alone! You can also bring a book or a crossword puzzle book.

 

#7. Take care of your health 

 

Even though you might say you never get sick, when you’re on a backpacking adventure you are likely to get sick if you don’t look after yourself.

 

So make sure to pack all the essential medicines with you so that you have easy access to them whenever you need. Take everything such as painkillers, soothers, plasters & electrolyte tablets.

 

Also, you don’t have to take medicine to stay healthy. Make sure you get a good amount of fruit in your diet when travelling. The natural vitamins will help keep your immune system in check.

 

#8. Research, research & research

Research is key before you make any travel plans. You want to make sure that you’re travelling to a place that you will enjoy and also feel comfortable in.

Make a list of all the things YOU want to do while you’re travelling. Whatever your interest is be sure to match that while you travel.

If you’re stuck on ideas have a look into the common things that other travellers do in that city to spark some interest.

Read up on travel blogs as they often give very good advice! In fact, we’ve got some great travel blogs on our [E]xplorer Blog. Be sure to check it out.

Also whilst it’s good to know about the popular tourist destinations it is also important to research the culture.

Different places have different rules, some that you might not think even exists. You don’t want to unintentionally offend someone so be sure to research this aspect as well.

 

#9. Carry Plastic Bags

You are bound to either have a wet swimming costume or dirty clothes while you travel and it would be wise not to mix these with your fresh and dry clothes.

So carrying bags to separate these is a perfect idea.

You can also use plastic bags to keep your clothes categorised making it even easier to find certain items.

 

#10. See what you can share

This only really applies to people backpacking in groups.

 

You don’t want to each be bringing the same item on your trip. Get in pairs and speak about things you can share. Things such as shampoo and shower gel can be easy things to share which will also save you space in your bag.

 

There are obviously some things that you can’t share but with enough planning, you can save a lot of space!

 

Even if you run out of the things you have shared you can always purchase many branded items in local supermarkets, sometimes even for cheaper than back home!

 

There you have it, our list of the Ultimate Travel Tips for Backpackers is complete! Hopefully, this has given you a good insight into what you can do to make your backpack trip a lot easier.

 

Have we missed any? Have you got another tip? Be sure to let us know via Instagram!

 

 

How to Backpack in Vienna on a Budget?

However, for many travellers, Vienna can be expensive and this can make it hard for you to stick to your travel budget.

 

That is why we have created this guide, to show you how to backpack in Vienna on a Budget.

 

We’ll be discussing a range of things you can do to cut costs. From cheap places to eat and things to do to tips on where you can save some cash!

 

Ready? Let’s go!

Just before we start!

 

If you plan to visit Vienna’s historic attraction, then we highly recommend investing in a Vienna Card here online (CLICK). This will allow you unlimited public transport, and even a special discount to 210 museums, shops, restaurants, and sights.

There are 3 different cards you can get:

  • For €17.00 you get a 24 hour Vienna Card.
  • For €25.00 you get a 48 hour Vienna Card.
  • For €29.00 you get a 72 hour Vienna Card.

 

Right, let’s start!

 

What to eat?

1. Street Food

As you wander down the streets of Vienna you’ll come across a few stalls selling a variety of cheap and delicious food!

Keep an eye out for classic dishes such as Doner Kebabs and Sausages. These taste amazing and are relatively cheap. Doner Kebabs can cost between €2.50-€3.00 in non-tourist areas and around €4.00 in tourist areas.

So be sure to head to the cheaper areas then when you work your way into the main bit, you’ll have more money for other things other than food!

Photo by: @francescoacquafredda

 

2. Supermarkets

Supermarkets in Vienna have sections that sell different cuts of meat. You can get some great sandwiches from here for around €1.50 – €2.50

 

3. Restaurants

Our best advice when backpacking in Vienna on a budget is to not go to a restaurant for dinner. Rather go during lunch time as that is when you can get a variety of set menus and deals for cheap! For example, a lot of places offer 2-3 course meals for lunch for under €100.

 

Things to do

1. Visit the Karlskirche

Location: Kreuzherrengasse 1, 1040 Wien, Austria

Karlskirche is a gorgeous baroque-era church that dates back to the 16th century and one of the best things to do in Vienna on a budget! Locals gather to spend their summer evenings basking in the building’s glow, drinking and socialising.

The area is full of incredible restaurants and bars too, as it perfectly blends together inspiring local history and modern comforts. Our resident office Austrian Viktoria swears by Karlskirche. Can’t go wrong with local recommendations! They also have a variety of church concerts on a regular basis.

Photo by: @alexx_vienna

2.Wander around the Naschmarkt

Location: 1060 Vienna, Austria

Naschmarkt is Vienna’s biggest market for food and more! It’s filled full of delicious food and handcrafted gifts that you can buy as a souvenir for your friends and family at home! There are a variety of cheap restaurants in the area which will give you an insight into the local cuisine.

 

3.Attend an opera at State Opera (Stadtoper)

Now we know what you’re thinking, ‘aren’t operas expensive!’ Well yes, yes they are but State Opera want everyone to experience an opera performance. You can get tickets for as low as €3! This will give you entrance to the opera in the standing area.

But that’s no issue, you would still get to see an amazing performance in the heart of State Opera. For more information on this check out this blog on how to see an opera in Vienna for €3.

 

4. Take part in a FREE walking tour.

You can learn and explore Vienna for free! Now if that’s not great we don’t know what is. Tours usually start at 10 am or 2 pm and you’ll get to visit many great places such as Hofburg, St. Stephens Cathedral, the Jewish Quarter and many more.

There are two companies that offer free walking tours in Vienna. These are Good Tours and PrimeTours.

 

5. The Danube Island

Although built to protect the city from flooding it is now a very popular spot for many locals and tourists to visit. Everyone usually gathers to play sports, chill out on the beach or attend festivals. There is a lot going on there and one thing is for sure – you won’t have the break the bank to visit!

For more ideas on what to do be sure to check out our other blog on the  6 best things to do in Vienna.

 

When to head out to Vienna?

You want to make sure you head out to Vienna at the right time! Usually, the right time when there is an event as they are packed full of entertainment and most of them are either free to attend or only involve a small fee.

 

1. Vienna Film Festival

Location: In front of the city hall

Date: 24 Oct – 6 Nove

Austria’s most important international film event, as well as one of the oldest and best-known festivals. It is one of the largest, attracting over 75,000 people. The great thing is that it is completely free to go and will keep you entertained for your time there.

 

2. Christmas Markets

Date: mid-November until Christmas Eve

Vienna goes all out for Christmas and there’s no the reason why 2019 Christmas markets won’t be any different. It is free to attend the markets and if you wanted to buy things from the stalls they aren’t expensive. That is why it has made our list of how to backpack in Vienna on a Budget.

 

3. EUROPRIDE

Location: city centre Pride Village, City Hall Square, Vienna, Austria
Dates: 1 – 16th March 2019

What?

Vienna has been selected to host the EuroPride 2019. 1 million people are expected to attend the festival which is held in the city centre of City Hall Square.

There will be many events during the 16-day festival:

EUROPRIDE VILLAGE will be held right at the city hall of Vienna where On the Pride Stage, local and international acts will perform magnificent shows for you!

And you can’t forget the magnificent Rainbow parade will be held on the 15th of June 2019! It will pass through the Wiener Ringstrasse. The parade will start at 12 AM in front of Rathausplatz.

Both of these events are completely free!

If you’re looking for more Pride festivals check out our blog on the 15 gay pride festivals you have https://www.safestay.com/the-explorer/15-gay-pride-festivals-you-have-to-go-to-in-2019/

 

4.) New Year’s Concert

Normally, for New Year’s, you would expect to pay a substantial amount if you wanted to celebrate it anywhere. Well, in Vienna you can attend a New Year’s Concert, with the Philharmonic Orchestra. It is one of Vienna most prestigious events and starts from €35.00! That is really cheap for a New Year’s party.

 

There you have it, our guide on how to backpack in Vienna on a Budget! If you think we’ve missed any let us know.

Be sure to share this blog on social media if you’ve enjoyed it. If you want more travel inspiration check out our [E]xplorer Blog!

Group leaders go FREE!

Planning a trip for any group has never been easier. We work closely with group leaders from start to finish to help you save time and ensure you have the best trip. This month we’re going to let the Group leaders go FREE! Organise a large group trip to any of our locations and grab yourself a free Private room!

 

Contact the Groups Booking team to take advantage of this amazing offer!

 

Terms & Conditions

  • Can be applied Sun–Thu to a single, double or twin room only.
  • Minimum 25 people required for a group booking to redeem this offer
  • Discount cannot be applied to previously confirmed bookings.
  • Cannot be used in conjunction with any other FOC policy.
  • Subject to availability.
  • Standard group terms and conditions apply.
  • Safestay reserves the right to withdraw this offer

Stay 3+ nights & get 20% OFF!

As the famous Hans Christian Andersen said,  “To Travel is to Live” and at Safestay we want to give you the best opportunity to travel whilst keeping your costs low!

We have many stylish hostels across Europe including London, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Madrid, Prague, Lisbon, and York. We also have a hotel in Vienna and Brussels.

 

So let’s start your European journey right now with us!

 

Stay with us throughout 2019 at Safestay for 3 or more nights and get a massive 20% OFF your booking!

 

So what are you waiting for? The clock is counting down to your arrival.

 

HOSTELS

LONDON KENSINGTON HOLLAND PARK…………….FROM £10*

LONDON ELEPHANT & CASTLE………………………….FROM £9*

EDINBURGH………………………….FROM £8*

YORK………………………….FROM £8*

MADRID………………………….FROM €9*

BARCELONA PASSEIG DE GRÁCIA………………………….FROM €11*

BARCELONA GOTHIC………………………….FROM €8*

BARCELONA SEA………………………….FROM €8*

LISBON………………………….FROM €8*

PRAGUE………………………….FROM €5.50*

HOTELS

BRUSSELS………………………….FROM €56*

VIENNA………………………….FROM €48*

 

*The ‘from price’ per night when 3 or more nights are selected

 

How to Book

  1. NO CODE IS NEEDED
  2. Head over to our Book Now Page
  3. Select your dates & make sure you choose 3 or more nights to reveal the discount
  4. Discount will be automatically applied to our Non-Refundable rate
  5. Book by 30th June

Terms & Conditions

  • Book by 30th June
  • Standard terms & conditions apply
  • Bookings available for any day of the week
  • Applies to new bookings only, existing booking cannot be amended 
  • All bookings made are non-refundable – no cancellations or amendments will be made
  • Safestay reserves the right to withdraw this offer
  • Offer does not apply to bookings made via the Groups reservations team

12% OFF your next booking!

 

The best price is here on our website. GUARANTEED. Or we will refund you the difference and 10% back.

Why should your accommodation cost so much?

It shouldn’t, which is why we are giving you 12% off your next stay. And if there’s a cheaper rate, we’ll tell you about it!

Whether you’re looking for an authentic British travel experience in London, to hit the sunny terraces in Barcelona, try tasty tapas food markets in Madrid or lounge on the beaches around Lisbon, we have 12 destinations to choose from. 

We’ve have created hostels where we ourselves want to stay. There’s always something to do, from tours and events to live music and cooking classes, or just nights in with a pizza. You can head to the bar, grab a drink and meet likeminded people who love to travel. 

 

Stay at any of our locations and create new memories, maybe even make new friends or bring along old ones!

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Brussels🇧🇪– Vienna🇦🇹– Lisbon🇵🇹 – Prague🇨🇿

 

You will not find a lower rate anywhere including hotel booking sites.

 

How to Book

    1. COPY CODE: SAFESTAY
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    4. Enter the code and click apply
    5. The discount will be visible on our NON-REFUNDABLE rate
  1. YOU CAN USE THIS CODE MORE THAN ONCE!

 

Prices

 

 

Terms & Conditions

  • Standard terms & conditions apply
  • Bookings available for any day of the week
  • Applies to new bookings only, existing booking cannot be amended 
  • All bookings made are non-refundable – no cancellations or amendments will be made
  • Safestay reserves the right to withdraw this offer
  • Excludes booking made vis the Groups reservations team  

15 Gay Pride Festivals you have to go to in 2019!

Many people gather together and celebrate with a march and host several parties! With so many events happening in Europe it’ll be helpful to have a roundup of the best ones you should attend! That is why we have created a list of the 15 Gay Pride Festivals you have to go to in 2019!

 

1. EuroPride 2019 Vienna

Location: city centre Pride Village, City Hall Square, Vienna, Austria

Dates: 1 – 16th March 2019

 

What?

Vienna has been selected to host the EuroPride 2019. Over a million people are expected to attend the festival which is held in the city centre of City Hall Square.

 

There will be many events during the 16-day festival

 

EUROPRIDE VILLAGE will be held right in front of the city hall of Vienna where On the Pride Stage, local and international acts will perform magnificent shows for you! Entrance to the village is completely free! Opening hours of the village are open can be found here. https://europride2019.at/pridevillage/

 

The magnificent Rainbow parade will be held on the 15th of June 2019! It will pass through the Wiener Ringstrasse. The parade will start at 12 AM in front of Rathausplatz (the square in front of the Viennese city hall).

 

Feel like participating in the festival?

Apply here to get your chance! https://europride2019.at/de/regenbogenparade/teilnahme/

 

Be sure to dress up and wpork on your entertaining skills! There is a prize for the best parade contribution.

 

2. The Belgian Pride | Brussels 2019

 

Location: Mont des Arts – Kunstberg, Brussels, Belgium

Dates: 18/05/2019

 

What?

Brussels pride is a little different from other pide festivals. Apart from hosting the usual partes, parades and acts, Brussels pride focuses on the more political side to pride with debates and conferences being held about everything from gay rights to global culture. At 12 o’clock on the 19th May Mont des Arts opens its doors to the public! With surprising acts, music and culinary specialities you are bound to have a great time at this pride.

 

Want to donate?

Follow this link if you would like to donate to Belgian Pride

https://www.pride.be/getinvolved/donationsandsupport/

 

Take part and volunteer!

You can help make this pride a success by helping out! Use this link to volunteer. https://www.pride.be/getinvolved/helpinghands/

 

Tickets

Tickets have not yet been released but keep your eyes peeled here for updates

https://www.pride.be/event/belgianpride2019/

 

Check out the after movie of Belgian Pride 2018 in Brussels

3. Stockholm Pride 2019

 

Location: Stockholm

Dates: July 29th – August 3rd 2019

 

Stockholm Pride is Scandinavia’s  largest pride festival!

The offical parad is set for the 3rd of August and will start at 1pm. It will take you through central Stockholm where a joyful and colorful manifestation of love for human rights begins.

 

The parade train consists of 45,000 participants distributed on around 200 vehicles. The parade is performed under the demonstration right and everyone who wants to participate or watch. The parade will end at Pride Park on Östermalms IP.

 

Want to join the parade?

Well, good news! You don’t need to register rather simply find a space somewhere along the parade and join in!

 

However, if you are a group that would like to join you will have to register. Simply fill in the application form

https://www.stockholmpride.org/prideparade/

 

Tickets:

Should you wish to attend the festival you can buy your ticket here!

https://secure.tickster.com/en/n4a84nxzevwcayn/products

 

4. Prague Gay Pride 2019

 

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

 

Date: 5th – 11th Aug 2019

 

What?

Prague’s first gay pride event was in 2011 and was a huge success as it gathered over a million people! It has gotten bigger and bigger since then and is looking to hold more parties and more acts this year.

 

The parade will start at 2pm and will take approximately 3 hours to complete. It will leave from Wenceslas Square via Příkopy and Revoluční Streets across the river to Letná Park. At Letná park you will find 3 DJ stages, beer, cocktails and great food!

 

Check out the highlights of Prague Gay Pride 2017

 

 

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5. Copenhagen Pride 2019

 

Location:

 

Date: 13th-18th August 2019

 

What?

During Copenhagen Pride Week the square at Radhuspladsen and Stroget is transformed into Pride Square, offering a grand stage show and various shops offering food and goods. Access to the square is free.

 

This program will also include free concerts, debates, workshops, seminars, parties and activities all aiming to celebrate love and diversity and to make a platform to take Pride to the next level. The full detailed program will be released soon. Keep your eyes peeled here.

http://copenhagenpride.dk/#!/en/page/copenhagen-pride-week-2018

 

Want to volunteer?

You can help with a variety of things at Copenhagen Pride 2019. You could be helping out with Bar or be part of the info team to help guests have the best experience! You can find more roles and apply here.

 

http://copenhagenpride.dk/#!/en/page/about-volunteering

 

Want to donate.

Follow this link to donate

 

Check out the after movie of Copenhagen Pride 2018

 

6. Helsinki Pride 2019

 

Location: Helsinki, Finland

Date: 24th – 30th June 2019

 

What?

 

This year’s Pride at Helsinki will be a special one! There is a new site that is currently under construction! The theme of Helsinki Pride is freedom and responsibility and it will start from Senate Square and continues to a Park Party and the closing party in the evening.

 

Want to volunteer?

There are many ways you can help this Pride festival. From making a donation to helping out during the day you can find other ways here

 

 

7. Paris Gay Pride 2019

 

Location: Paris

Dates: Saturday, 29 June 2019

 

What?

Paris Gay Pride (or the “Marche des Fiertés” in French) has one of the world’s most vibrant LGBTIQ scenes. Over half a million people are expected to venture onto Parisian streets to take part in France’s biggest gay Pride event.

 

It will commence at 2 pm on the 29th of June.

 

A few weeks before the main Paris Gay Pride Parade, there are a series of parties and other LGBTQ events take place across Paris, many in the city’s gay district – Le Marais. It will start at Place de la Concorde, in front of the National Assembly, and will wind its way through Châtelet, Le Marais, Pont Sully, and Bastille, before concluding with a massive party at Place de la République.

 

After the parade, the party doesnt stop rather it just begins! DJ’s and concerts keep everyone partying from 5 pm until 10 pm. If you still want to continue partying several of the city’s top gay clubs will be throwing different parties to celebrate the day.

 

8. Madrid Orgullo MADO 2019

 

Location: Madrid

Dates: 28th of June to 7th July 2019

 

What?

One of Europe’s largest pride events turns Madrid into one colossal celebration with outdoor concerts, cabarets and a rollicking parade. The official parade will commence on the Saturday 6th of July 2019 at 5 pm. This is a must attend! It takes place in the centre of Madrid, starting at Atocha Station and ending in the Plaza de Colón. However, be sure to arrive a few days earlier as there are many parties for Pride that kick off in the Chueca neighbourhood prior to the actual festival. You’ll be able to meet many people from all over the world as around 2 MILLION people are expected to attend.

Where to stay?

We have a great hostel in the centre of Madrid! Book your stay with us now

9. Pride Barcelona 2019

 

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Dates: 29th June 2019

 

What?

On the 29th of June, thousands of people will come together to celebrate Pride 2019! From 5 pm they will have concentration floats & a pre-party! This is great to meet fellow people!

 

The parade will be held at the Jardine de les Tres Xemeneies. The parade will start at 6:00 pm and last for 2 hours.

 

To see the full program list so you can find out what is happening on each of the days click here

 

Want to volunteer?

Simply fill out this form if you would like to help out in some way with the festival!

 

 

Competitions

At 7 pm on the 29th of June at the Av. Maria Cristina (Main stage) there will be a High Heel Race! The winner will receive a massive €250. You can sign up on the day, 15 minutes before the start of the race

 

There will also be a Pride Drag Exhibition where you can dress up and perform! This will be held on the Main stage of María Cristina at 7:15 pm on the 29th of June.

 

Check out the after movie of Pride Barcelona 2018

 

 

10. York Pride 2019

 

Location: York, United Kingdom

Date: 8th June 2019

 

What?

 

The York Pride Parade leaves from York Minster (Duncombe Place) at approx 11:45 am and arrives at the Knavesmire (Tadcaster Road End) at approx 1:00 pm. The event is completely free but donations are welcome to help support the cause!

 

There is also an after party which will be held at Mansion Nightclub on Micklegate from 8:30 pm.

 

Want to get involed

There are many ways to get involved:

 

You could set up a stall! It’s a great way to meet and engage with 1000’s of people.

Click here if you’d like to set one up

You can also have your part in the parade and it’s completely free to be involved. Large groups would need to contact the Pride’s Parade Officer which you can do here

11. Pride Edinburgh 2019

 

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Date: 22nd June 2019

 

What:

 

The theme of this year’s Pride Edinburgh 2019 is titled ‘This is me’. The Festival has LIVE Music, Health and Community Fair and lots more.

The day beings with Annual Pride Scotia March which has seen more than 10,000 take part in previous years.

Pride Edinburgh is Scotland’s biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) festival. There are also events in both Teviot House and Potterrow. There is a full programme of entertainment such as ceilidh dancing.

The parade starts from 12 pm and takes places south along Horse Wynd. You’ll then venture into Queens Drive and pass many of Edinburgh’s areas such as the Holyrood galt, Holyrood Road, Cowgate and Candlemaker Row. At around 1 pm the march arrives at Teviot House where the day events mentioned earlier commence.

 

Want to get involved!

Volunteer here

 

 

Check out this amazing video of the Pride Edinburgh experience!

12. Pride in London 2019

 

Location: London

Dates: Saturday 6th of July 2019

 

What?

The 2019 Pride in London Parade will take place on Saturday 6th of July. Be part of the parade! Individuals can take part in the parade. There are many activities that you can do ranging from carrying the giant rainbow flag to joining the individual’s group. More details are expected in March 2019! Keep your eyes peeled here.

 

 

There is also a Pride’s got talent event at the London Pride! It is designed to ensure the existing pool of talent in the LGBT+ community were given a fair chance to take part in Pride in London and were exposed to industry recognised judges to aid them in their artistic career.

 

Check out the video of Pride’s got talent 2018!

 

Check out the aftermovie of Pride London 2018

 

Want to take part in Pride?

You can take part in the parade as a group. Applications are now open! Click here to apply!

 

Applications are now open if you want to get a stall! Click here to apply

 

Where to stay?

We have two great stylish hostels in the centre of London! Book your stay with us now!

 

 

13. Pride Amsterdam 2019

 

Location: Amsterdam

Date: July 27th – August 4th, 2019

 

What:

From 2pm on the 27th July 2019, thousands of participants will arrive in the Vondelpark. On this day you can enjoy sports and games throughout the day, get informed at the Rainbow Market and enjoy performances.

The Pride Walk will occur on the same day but more information will be available closer to the date. Keep your eyes peeled here

 

On the 3rd of August 2019 at 12:30 the canal parade will commence! You can see last years event and how much fun it was below:

On Sunday, August 4th the official closing of Pride Amsterdam will take place at the Dam square. Enjoy all of our artists, performances, dancers and a whole lot more! See you there!

 

Want to organize an event?

From April 1st you’ll be able to register your event! Keep your eyes peeled here https://pride.amsterdam/?lang=en

 

Check out the Pride Amsterdam 2018 highlights!

 

14. Reykjavik Pride 2019

 

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland

Date: 8th-17th August 2019

 

What?

2019’s Reykjavík Pride marks its twentieth anniversary. It will actually run for 10 days instead of 6 and on the first day, there will be an amazing opening ceremony! What started with fifteen hundred onlookers, has evolved into a colourful celebration that attracts over 100 thousand guests from all over the world. You wouldn’t want to miss that! The official Pride Parade, outdoor festival and Pride Party on will be held on the 17th of August.

 

Groups can participate in these events so if you wish to apply to be part of the parade click here.

 

 

 

15. Roma Pride 2019

 

Location: Rome, Italy

Date: 8th of June 2019

 

What?

The official parade will be held at 3:00 pm at the Republic square. Then it will wind along the centre of Rome and will end at Piazza Della Madonna di Loreto. For a more detailed list of the areas, it will go past click here

 

There is also a creative contest held which is open to everyone who wants to develop a graphic or audiovisual project linked to the promotion of the Roma Pride 2019 event! If you wish to register to click here!

 

Roma Pride always looking for volunteers! If you wish to volunteer to apply here

 

You can donate to this event to show your support! Roma Pride has activated a free donation service through PayPal.

 

 

There you have it 15 Gay Pride Festivals you have to go to in 2019! Which ones are you going to? Can you go to all of them? Be sure to tag us in your pics using the #SafestayHostel so we can see your experience and to get featured on our Instagram page.

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