The Best Christmas markets in Europe

The best Christmas markets bring tourists and locals together to celebrate the festive season. If the cold gets too much, a sip of Bailey’s hot chocolate or hot mulled wine will fight off the cold whilst you browse through the stalls on offer. 

Europe is home to the world’s best Christmas markets. They are a great place to immerse yourself in the country’s culture whilst enjoying local food, drinks and festive activities on offer.

Our guide to the best Christmas markets in Europe will show you the best things to do in each market. There is also handy information on opening times and what to do when you’re there.


#1 London – Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Location: Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London, W2
Dates: 4pm 21 Nov 2019 then 10am – 10pm every day until 5 Jan 2020



During the festive season, the famous Hyde Park is transformed into a winter paradise. On the 21st November, the doors open to show the ever so popular Winter Wonderland.

There are over 100 rides and attractions, thrilling shows, London’s biggest Christmas market and also Santa Land. It also has the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink perfect for everyone to enjoy.

With restaurants, cafes and themed bars you’ll be spoilt for choice but never far from a full stomach. At nights, Hyde Park is transformed by thousands of sparkling lights, so enjoy a mulled wine or Bavarian beer and join in the festive atmosphere.

Skate on the UK’s largest outdoor Ice Rink
Take a journey into the Magical Ice Kingdom
Experience even taller spectacular views from the Giant Observation Wheel
Drink festive cocktails at Bar Ice
Bring out your inner artist at the Ice Sculpting Workshops
& much more!


Check out the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland video!


Getting here:
The easiest way to get to Winter Wonderland is to use public transport. Many tubes stations are closely located to Hyde Park including Victoria, Bond Street, Knightsbridge, Green Park, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner.

Free to enter
Attractions cost

Looking for somewhere to stay?
We’ve got 2 great hostels in the centre of London. One in Elephant & Castle and one in Kensington Holland Park. Prices from £9 per night in November and includes our -35% OFF which you can get for free here!


#2 Old Town Square Christmas Market, Prague, Czech Republic

Location: Old Town Square, Prague
Dates: December 1, 2019 – January 6, 2020



Where else would you go than the largest Christmas market in Prague! This Christmas market is located right in the centre of Old Town Square in front of the Astronomical Clock. As you’d expect, this also tends to be the most crowded market.

This market is where you’ll be able to see the Prague Christmas Tree. The huge tree is the centrepiece of the market and stands in front of the Church of Tyn so you can get some great photos. The tree is beautifully decorated with lights and ornaments. Be sure to visit at night as this is when it looks beautiful! The first tree lighting takes place on the 1st of December at 16:30 and is animated to music.

There are many stalls with delicious local food to sample. Be sure to try Pražská Šunka which is a large ham roasted on a spit, langoš which is a Hungarian flatbread topped with garlic, cheese and ketchup; and a variety of sweets and cakes, such as trdelník which is a famous hot sugar-coated pastry.

Check out this Old Town Square Christmas Market video to see what it’s like!



Looking for somewhere to stay?
We’ve got a great hostel in Prague! Prices from €6 per night in November and includes our -35% OFF which you can get for free here!

#3 Plaza Mayor Christmas Market

Location: Plaza Mayor, Madrid
Dates: From November to December (Dates to be confirmed)



With the advent of Christmas, Madrid’s Plaza Mayor becomes a huge market where citizens and tourists can find all types of festive traditions such as stalls selling Christmas musical instruments & toys.

The Plaza Mayor Market is back to celebrate the festive season with all those who come and visit its 104 stands. The Traditional Christmas Fair of Plaza Mayor Association brings together all the vendors from this venue to offer their traditional products like Christmas decorations and joke items.

Check out Plaza Mayor Christmas Market video!



Looking for somewhere to stay?
We’ve got a great hostel in the centre of Madrid! Prices from €14 per night in November and includes our -35% OFF which you can get for free here!

#4 Edinburgh’s Christmas

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Dates: 16th November – 4th January 2020


Edinburgh’s Christmas Market will return to East Princes St Gardens for another year of festive fun and will offer a range of activities perfect for everyone! It will also feature the classic Santa Land & the famous Johnnie Walker Bothy Bar

Santa Land

Santa Land is a great pop area that features many great festive attractions. Get lost in a Christmas Tree Maze, reach the stars with Candy Cane Bungees, or slide down the big Helter Skelter. There is also a rollercoaster that will get your adrenaline running.

Johnnie Walker Bothy Bar

The Johnnie Walker Bothy Bar will open its doors to the world of whisky this winter. Situated across a two-floor bar on the Mound, it will serve a variety of whisky cocktails and hot toddies to surprise and delight, showcasing the unique flavours of the traditional Scottish whisky

Check out Edinburgh’s Christmas Market 2018


Looking for somewhere to stay?
We’ve got a great hostel in the centre of Edinburgh! Prices from £9.00 per night in November and includes our -35% OFF which you can get for free here!

#5 York Christmas Festival

Location: York, United Kingdom
Dates: 14 November – 22 December 2019



York adds a special medieval charm to its Christmas Festival. It was voted the UK’s Most Festive City in 2017 and it’s easy to see why. You get scents of spiced mulled wine and delicious food fill the air making it a fun place to be.

Make sure you are in the city centre for the first night of the York Christmas Festival so see the official lights come on for the first time. It will without a doubt get you in the festive spirit!

You won’t be disappointed with the selection of food and drink available at this Christmas festival.

THOR’s Tipi is a wonderful place to be to grab a great drink. Set up in a large Viking type tent you can grab a drink and cosy up around a log fire to get you in the Viking spirit. It is FREE to enter and NO bookings are required

For some delicious grub, you can check our the Shambles Food Court inside the historically famous Shambles Market. It offers delicious street food every day of the week and makes for the perfect spot for a lunchtime treat. It also hosts evening events.

Check out the York Christmas Festival


Looking for somewhere to stay?
We’ve got a great hostel in the centre of York! Prices from £6.50 per night in November and includes our -35% OFF which you can get for free here!

#6 Fira de Santa Llúcia, Barcelona

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Dates: TBC


If you’re looking for something different this winter then Barcelona is the city for you! You’ll be able to feel the festive spirit without having to face the cold. The whole city is decorated including the streets and the towering fir trees at in Plaça de Sant Jaume and Portal de l’Angel.

In terms of markets, the one you should visit is the main fair which began over 225 years ago – Fira de Santa Llúcia. It is camped right underneath the Gothic Cathedral and you can find many stalls there selling handmade goods and seasonal items.

If you do want to feel a little cold during the festive season in Barcelona you can visit the Ice Bar. It is open throughout December and has a sub-zero chamber full of amazing frozen sculptures. Even the glasses are made of ice! The bar is right by the beach.

Getting here:
By Metro you can take the Juame I (line 4) and the Liceu (line 3)
By Bus you can take lines 14, 45, 59, 120, V15,V17 and touristic buses.

Tickets: FREE

Looking for somewhere to stay? We’ve got 3 great hostels in Barcelona! Prices from €6 per night in November and includes our -35% OFF which you can get for free here!

#7 Rathausplatz Christkindlmarkt, Vienna

Location: Rathausplatz, Vienna
Dates: Nov 15 to Dec 26, 2019


The most famous Christmas market in Vienna is the Rathausplatz Christkindlmarkt. Right in the centre of the market, you’ll find the enormous Rathaus Christmas tree.

In terms of festive foods, you’ll find traditional roast chestnut stalls, a host of stands selling everything from cream-filled pastries and a dozen varieties of pretzels, giant doughnuts and Victorian-style lollipops. These will certainly get you in the festive spirit.

Whilst the Christkindlmarkt is open all day, the best time to visit is at night as this is when the lights and smells combine to give the true Christmas market experience.

Check out this cool video on Rathausplatz Christkindlmarkt


Getting here:
The market is easily reached by public transport. The trams 1, 71 and D stop right outside (the stop called Rathausplatz / Burgtheater).


Looking for somewhere to stay?
We’ve got a great hotel in the centre of Vienna! Prices from €48 per night in November and includes our -35% OFF which you can get for free here!!

#8 Winter Wonders Festival, Brussels

Location: Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium
Dates: From 29 November 2019 till 5 January 2020


Like many cities, Brussels hosts a variety of Christmas markets. For example, you have the one:

at the Grand-Place, the Marché aux Poissons, around la Bourse de Bruxelles, the Place Sainte-Catherine & the Place de la Monnaie

The main one that we suggest you should visit is the one at the Grand-Place! It’s the heart of the Winter Wonders Festival where the gigantic Christmas tree is set up. The best part of the market is their sound and light show that takes place every half hour. During the show, the buildings all lit up to give you a spectacular show. There is also a gigantic Ferris wheel where you can get the best views of the city.

You can find all types of local treats in the market stalls. Out of all them, we recommend trying the waffles! This is what the city is known for so you have to try one. There are two versions – Brussels waffle and Liège waffle. You can also add any toppings you want.

Check out last year’s Christmas Market in Brussels video!


Getting here:
By train
The Central train station is less than a 5min walk from the main market at Grand Place. However, if you’re arriving at the Brussels Midi train station, it’s about 2km to the city centre.

Looking for somewhere to stay?
We’ve got a great hotel in the centre of Brussels! Prices from €61 per night in November and includes our -35% OFF which you can get for free here!

#9 Wonderland Parque Eduardo VII, Lisbon

Location: Parque Eduardo VII, Lisbon
Dates: 1 December to 1 January



Several Christmas markets take place across Lisbon but the main and biggest market is the Wonderland Parque Eduardo VII. This is one of the biggest markets in the city. Here you will find stalls selling unique handcrafted goods, an ice-skating rink and a Ferris Wheel! The main tree is located at Praça do Comércio and it’s worth a visit during December as this is where there is a light show and a movie is projected onto the buildings.

Also if you head north of Lisbon (an hour’s drive) you’ll find a small town called Obidos. Every year the town transforms itself into a Christmas village! There is everything there, an ice skating rink, an ice slide, Santa’s house and a fairground.

Looking for somewhere to stay?
We’ve got a great hostel in the centre of Lisbon! Prices from €7 per night in November and includes our -35% OFF which you can get for free here!

#10 Advent Feast at the Basilica in Budapest

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Dates: From 23rd November 2019 to 6th January 2020.


The festive spirit is set right in front of Budapest’s grandest cathedral. The open-air market will have everything you can imagine. From delightful stalls selling amazing festive items to delicious Hungaris festive food. The most popular tret is ‘flódni,’ which is a Hungaricum chimney cake.

Be sure to go to the 3D light show which will give you a new dimension of the façade of St. Stephen’s Basilica.

Check out this video on Christmas in Budapest


Do you think another Christmas Market should make this list? Let us know!

How To Travel With Only a Backpack

Many travellers have learnt how to pack efficinetly so that they can travel with only carry on luggage. This blog will show you how you can travel with only a backpack.

Let’s first consider the benefits of only travelling with a backpack

  • Save time at airports – Get ready to avoid check-in queues and problems with ‘overweight’ luggage’ and head straight through security.
  • Save money – Sometimes airlines charge you check-in luggage so by not taking any you’re actually saving money!
  • Reduce stress – You don’t have to worry about your suitcase when you don’t have one! And also you don’t want to be lugging it around a busy city as well.
  • More freedom – You have one less thing to worry about when choosing what activities you go as you don’t have to consider where you will keep your suitcase and can also be more spontaneous for activities.

Now we’ll consider how you can travel with only a backpack. The following list will be tips on how you can save space and pack smart.

#1 Wear your bulky items

This is probably the best tip in our list. Bulky items can take up a lot of space in your bags so the best thing to do would be to wear them. Things like thick jackets and trousers are the best examples of what we mean.

#2 Pack your backpack it right


The way you fold your clothes is important to save space. You can either roll them up as this helps to minimise space and avoids creases in your clothes. Or, you could either group them together as daily packs.

Be sure to check out Travel Dave’s tips on how to pack clothes in a backpack 


#3 Consider the weather

We understand that when you choose your clothes you have to consider the weather, and normally when its cold ou expect to be carrying thicker items but that doesn’t always have to be the case if you want to travel with only a backpack.

You can still layer multiple thin layers to stay warm rather than pack a thick coat. Also, you can get jackets that fold and fit into a small pocket-sized bag.


Just to let you know, check out our ultimate travel tips for backpackers blog for more great advice!

#4 Pack items that you can wear multiple occasions

It’s not about being a fashion icon but rather seeing whether you can wear multiple items for different occasions.

The best clothes are the ones that can be mixed and matched with other colours. Opt for plain T-shirts and thing shirts as these can pass off for formal events and casual events.



#5 Choose accommodation with a washing machine

Opt for accommodation where you can wash your clothes as that way you can pack less knowing that you will be able to wash them.

Here at Safestay, our hostels and hotels have washing facilities as well as ironing facilities for you! Next time you are planning a trip to anywhere in Europe be sure to check us out!

#6 Use Packing Organisers

This is a great tip to make sure you separate your items and also make all your items square in shape. This will allow for easier arrangements in your bag rather than packing obscure items together.

We recommend your items as the following;
Clothing, Underwear & Socks, Laundry, Medical kit with ziplock bags & Chargers / Tech.

#7 Toiletries

As you’ll be taking your bag on the flight you will be restricted to travel-sized luggage. But that’s okay as firstly it’s easier to fit them into a small backpack and it’s a lot easier to buy them locally saving space in your luggage and is also one less thing for you to worry about

#8 Search for compact items

If you need to take a specific item that is normally quite bulky you can bet that there is a smaller and more compact version on the market. For example, instead of taking a big towel, you can opt for the thin microfibre towels! We’ve got exactly those towels at Safestay which you can buy and use for your whole travels!

The WORST mistakes to make when planning a holiday!

Are you in the throes of planning your holiday? Struggling to decide whether you’ve planned for everything so that it can all run smoothly? Don’t worry we are all the same! We all want to make sure we’ve got the best flight prices, the best accommodation prices and the correct budget. BUT. There are some things we tend to forget to consider when planning a holiday! Not sure what they are? Luckily for you, we have written a blog on the worst mistakes to make when planning a holiday!

#1 Packing too late

We all know someone who leaves everything to the last minute but this shouldn’t apply to this case.

Some might think that ‘oh if I pack last minute I will only take what I need’

Well… The truth is, it’s actually one of the worst mistakes to make when planning a holiday and the opposite actually happens!

When you’re in a panic you’ll naturally want to take everything you can and convince yourself by saying ‘just in case’

Be wise and pack at least a week before to ensure you don’t overpack! Check out our blog on backpacking tips for some nifty tricks when it comes to travelling!

#2 Not booking your accommodation direct!

When you book via an online travel agency you are paying more than it would cost to book directly with the accommodation’s website!

You can also get a lot of benefits when you book direct. If you want something for a special occasion or any extras to your booking, you can arrange this easier when you book direct!

Speaking of which, we’ve got great accommodation across Europe. Check them out!

#3 Checking your passport too late!

A classic! If this hasn’t happened to you, you surely know someone it’s happened to!

Because passports last so long we tend to forget about when they expire. So before you even start planning for a holiday, check your passport to make sure it will still be valid!

#4 Not doing enough research!

This goes without saying if you don’t do your research on your holiday you will find it difficult!

Wherever you want to travel to it is important to know what to expect and have some local knowledge for when you arrive.

We live in the 21st century. The internet is filled with billions upon billions of links on google that will give you tonnes of information.

You can read travel blogs to get an account for personal experience or read some trip advisor reviews to see what there is to do in the location. There are also Youtube videos that will be able to show you visually what you can do!

Be sure to research any rules or important information you need to know before you go. You don’t want to end up on the wrong side of the law by mistake!

#5 Planning too many activities!

Whilst there can be too little planning there can also be too much planning!

We know what it’s like, you’re only on holiday for a few days and want to do as many things as possible.

Whilst that might seem exciting at first it can be very very draining and end up as a mistake on your holiday plans.

Also, unplanned events like delayed flights or cancelled tours can dramatically affect your next plans if you’ve planned something for every hour of every day.

Remember it is far better to do a few things with a relaxed mind rather than a lot of things in a rush.

#6 Spending all your time in transit

Whilst it might be a good idea to visit a lot of places at once again this can be exhausting.

You’ll find yourself on the move and in transit for most of your trip rather than relaxing and taking in the city that you are in!

You might be saying oh it’s only a couple hours here and there. Well, add all those couple hours and you actually end up with a full day of travelling! That’s a whole day of holiday wasted.

#7 Setting expectations too high

It’s natural to expect the best but is probably one of the biggest mistakes to make when planning a holiday.

We are all human and all think that our holiday is going to be amazing. But the biggest mistake is to set your expectations too high!

This will only lead to disappointment when something doesn’t go your way. Notice we said when and not if.

Something will always not go your way and that will probably ruin your holiday if you set high expectations.

#8 Not reading reviews!

You can’t get any better information than from other travellers! Read reviews on everything even the activities you want to do in the destination!

The reason we say this is that you can gain a better understanding of the experience before going and prepare for anything that you might not have known!

#9 Booking flights last minute!

Doing this is a risky game and sometimes it might not pay off.

Sometimes while it might actually be cheaper, the prices usually increase as the departure date draws near.

We recommend booking at least 3 weeks before you want to travel to get the best deals!




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Debunking the Most Common Hostel Myths

However, you’d be surprised that there are many misconceptions about hostels which often result in people having a negative view towards them.

So we’ve done research and gathered the most common hostel myths so that we can de’bunk’ them! (PUN INTENDED)

Myth #1: Hostels are basic


If there’s one thing for sure, hostels are full of entertainment! Hostels aim to give you that travel experience from the moment you enter their doors.

We’ve got great facilities and travel experts working at our hostels so they’ll have the best advice to give on what to do in the area. After all, what’s not to love about Europe! We work with tour guides to help give you the ultimate experience of the city. They’ll take you to all the best places around.

In our hostels, we’ve also got great bars and events going on! From welcome meetings & cooking classes to beer pong & pub crawls there is something for everyone!

And we’re not in the dark ages, we’ve got TV, computers and kitchens for whatever you need.

Myth #2: Hostels are in non-central locations


The hostels you see in films aren’t really hostels. In reality, hostels are probably only ever spotted in central locations with easy access to all the major attractions. You could literally walk out the doorstep and be able to get to any touristic place in minutes.

We are only located in the major cities in Europe with our hostels carefully chosen to give all our guests the best stay! No one wants to have to travel 30 minutes to get to the main areas.

Myth #3: Hostels are for only young people


Since when did travelling have an age limit? Anyone of any age can travel and anyone of any age can stay in a hostel.

You might think that a hostel is full of people causing havoc but in reality, it’s a place where you are able to meet like-minded travellers and exchange stories.

The best part is that most of the times these meetings lead to long-lasting friendships even after the adventure is over!

Myth #4: Hostels only have bunk beds


If you’re not keen on bunk beds not to worry. Many hostels have both dorm rooms and private rooms for you to choose from. Whilst travelling is about meeting new people and being social it is understandable that at times you need privacy.

Here at Safestay, we have both private rooms, small dorms and large dorms. A wide selection to suit your needs!


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


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!

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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!



The Most Instagrammable Spots in Brussels

If you’ve never visited Brussels then you must add it to your bucket list. It’s clear to see why it is called the Capital of Europe.

With the modern-day being focused on social media it’s important to keep your Instagram up to date with awesome pictures and there is no better place to do that than in Brussels.

There are so many wonderful Instagrammable spots in Brussels where you can get great pictures and that is why we have decided to show you the Most Instagrammable Spots in Brussels.


Just before we start

Here’s a travel tip:
Be sure to get a Brussels Card for your visit to Brussels, it will give you:

  1. Free entrance to 39 museums and attractions around Brussels!
  2. Free use of the public transport system
  3. Discounts at many other attractions, shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs

We’ve also got posts on the Best Instagram Spots in Prague, Lisbon & Edinburgh. Be sure to check them out!

Right let’s begin

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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



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.


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!


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



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


Take part and volunteer!

You can help make this pride a success by helping out! Use this link to volunteer.



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


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



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


4. Prague Gay Pride 2019


Location: Prague, Czech Republic


Date: 5th – 11th Aug 2019



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



Looking for somewhere to stay?

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5. Copenhagen Pride 2019




Date: 13th-18th August 2019



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.!/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.!/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




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



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



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?

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9. Pride Barcelona 2019


Location: Barcelona, Spain

Dates: 29th June 2019



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!




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




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




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



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



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


Check out the Pride Amsterdam 2018 highlights!


14. Reykjavik Pride 2019


Location: Reykjavik, Iceland

Date: 8th-17th August 2019



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



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.



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