Christmas is fast approaching and winter markets are one of the highlights of the season! Lucky for us that we have hostels in all the best christmas market destinations; Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Glasgow, York and London! (The London eye looks amazing covered in lights and snow 😍), so dust off your mittens and come join us for a hot drink and a pretzel amidst the stalls!
As more and more governments announce their support for the hospitality sector, we will continue to pass these savings on to you. A list of the current participating countries is below and we will continue to update this as announcements are made.
Germany VAT was 20% now 5%
United Kingdom VAT was 20% now 5%
Austria VAT was 20% now 5%
Czech Republic VAT was 20% now 15%
WHERE CAN I STAY?
London – Edinburgh – York – Glasgow – Prague – Vienna – Berlin
HOW DO I REDEEM THIS DISCOUNT?
To claim the VAT DISCOUNT, you don’t need to do anything!
We automatically apply it for you! Simply lookout for this next to the rate!
ALSO! YOU CAN SAVE AN EXTRA 25% WITH OUR MEMBERS RATE?
Simply sign up to our Members Rate and enjoy an extra 25% OFF any booking!
Whilst it’s difficult to travel right now, take advantage of our vouchers at a discounted price. Use them for a future booking, when you’re ready to travel
WHAT GIFT CARDS CAN I BUY?
We have the following vouchers available for you to purchase!
WHERE CAN I STAY?
Available to book at any of our locations!
London – Edinburgh – York – Glasgow – Madrid – Barcelona – Lisbon – Prague – Brussels – Vienna – Athens – Pisa – Berlin – Warsaw – Bratislava
HOW TO BUY & REDEEM
1. Purchase any amount of vouchers. You only pay the discounted rate of the Gift Card!
2. Make a booking on our website & enter your voucher number into the “Note” section on the checkout page.
3. Do enter your card details to secure the booking, if the Gift Cards(s) fully cover the cost, no payment will be taken.
4. The reception team will redeem your voucher to pay for the booking, if further payment is required they will contact you to arrange this.
BUY A GIFT CARD!
TERMS & CONDITIONS
- When making your booking, book the “Standard Rate” which is our flexible rate (where you would normally pay at check-in) – you will need to enter your card details to secure the booking but the Gift Card will be applied instead of charging your card for the outstanding amount
- Enter your Gift Card Number in the “Note” section
- Standard booking terms & conditions apply when making your booking
- Gift Card credit can only be used towards one booking/transaction, credit cannot be carried over
- Multiple vouchers can be used for any single booking/transaction made
- Gift Cards (vouchers) are non-refundable
- Cannot be used with the member’s promo code or any other promo codes or offers
- Applies to new bookings only, existing booking cannot be amended
- Cannot be used for bookings made via the Group Bookings Team
- Online bookings only
- Does not apply for bookings on new years eve
- Subject to availability at time of booking
- For Gift Cards purchased in GBP and redeemed in EUR, we apply a 1:1 exchange rate and vice versa
- Safestay reserves the right to withdraw this offer
Stuck at home? Fear not, because there’s so much we can still do from the comfort of our home. Now is the opportunity to have some alone time and do the things that you can’t do with others constantly around.
Take this time to fully relax, tick off a few things that you need to get done and entertain yourself.
It’s important to remember that things will get better, so why not use this time to pick up a hobby/skill to have along with you on your future travels.
So what is there to do while stuck indoors? We’ve come up with a list of 7 different inspirational things you could do to make your time at home interesting and to keep you healthy mentally.
#1 GET OUT THE OLD TRAVEL PHOTOS AND SHARE THE GREAT MEMORIES
When was the last time you got out your old travel photos and had a good giggle looking back at the memories you made? Time to blow the dust away! Get them out wherever they are, on your phone, in an album, in a box at the bottom of your cupboard. Let’s remind ourselves of the experiences we’ve had and the stories we’ve created along the way.
#2 START YOUR OWN TRAVEL BLOG USING THE EXPERIENCES YOU’VE ALREADY HAD
During your adventures, there must’ve been a time where you thought – “I should start my own travel blog”. 💻 Take this time as a precious moment to reflect on those amazing adventures. You can get up and running very quickly with a microblog using Twitter or Instagram or if you’re feeling adventurous try your hand at a wordpress template.
And when you’re ready, reach out to us & we’ll feature 5 of the best blog posts on our own [E]xplorer blog!
#3 PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR MENTAL HEALTH BY TAKING UP YOGA OR SIMPLY ADOPTING MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
All of this no travel stuff is stressing us out. Is there that one happy place you love to travel to but can’t right now? Yeah, we feel the same.
For us, it’s our yearly team meetings in Barcelona. The team always take a walk on the beach which is right outside our Safestay Barcelona Sea hostel.
Breathe in, breathe out. Repeat and relax. Meditation is about bringing the mind home. So sit back, take a deep breath, close your eyes and try visualising that happy place.
#4 CATCH UP WITH THE TRAVEL FRIENDS YOU MADE DURING THAT AMAZING BAGPACKING TRIP BUT LOST CONTACT WITH ALONG THE WAY
Do you remember that one backpacking trip you took and had such an amazing time exploring, with people you’d only just met! It was so great that you added them on Facebook thinking it would be awesome to do it again, but life took over and you ended up losing touch.
Now is the time to catch up with those travel friends you made along the way. Facebook is so great because it allows us to keep contact without the need to talk every day. Why don’t you start today by messaging 3 travel friends on Facebook you lost contact with. Check-in and see how they’re doing today or give them a DM and get the conversation going!
#5 GET INSPIRED THROUGH A TRAVEL DOCUMENTARY OR WATCH DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S SERIES EXPLORING STUNNING PLACES ON EARTH
Feeling uninspired and unmotivated? 10 minutes of any David Attenborough travel documentary will have you feeling inspired to visit the whole world! Or follow Gordan Ramsey’s culinary journey to see the most remote places on Earth. Panoramic shots and feats of human bravery, you won’t be able to help yourself – you’ll have to start planning for the next adventure.
#6 LEARN THAT NEW LANGUAGE YOU’VE BEEN PUTTING OFF AND DIDN’T HAVE TIME FOR
We’ve all wished we could speak another language and have always promised that one day you will but in the end never got round to it. Learn a new language with Duolingo for free and prepare yourself for the next adventure. Even learning basic words will take you a long way. Here’s a tip: Make your language lessons fun by humming songs in a foreign language!
How many languages can you speak?
#7 USE YOUR TIME AT HOME TO READ, LEARN AND IMPROVE YOURSELF WHILST THE WORLD IS IN HIBERNATION
As much as we would like to sit around all day and binge on Netflix. Why not read a travel book that will inspire you to go out there after the storm is over. While these are great and informative, it’s the stories that make you want to travel and relive the pictures they paint in your mind.
Whilst the points above may not change the state of play around at the moment, it may change our perspective on how we value this experience. To stay up to date and for more information, visit www.safestay.com/covid-19-update.
You probably know that hostels are a type of affordable accommodation shared among travellers, helping your budget go further. But, what you don’t know is the unique, energetic and social atmosphere amongst these travellers which will change your trip forever.
Never stayed in a hostel? Let us debunk those crazy myths and take you on a journey through the Safestay hostel experience. This blog will cover everything about hostel life and hostelling. So sit tight, buckle up and get ready to learn everything about hostelling there is to know.
What is a hostel?
In a nutshell, a hostel is an affordable accommodation which revolves around the shared guest experience. Hostels tend to lead to more interactions and cost a lot less than a hotel. A cheap night with a memorable experience with like-minded travellers. How could you say no to that?
To give you a better idea, here’s a list of the most common phrases used to describe a hostel from our guests…
Why should you stay in a hostel?
Here are three reasons…
#Because it saves you money! Let’s face it, travel is expensive, flights, food and activities. Add it all up! We all don’t like to spend so much, especially for an ordinary room at a boring hotel. A dorm at Safestay is only a little over £10 for a night, so why not? You could save little money for accommodation and splash your money on night outs and souvenirs.
#Hostels are in the best locations. Safestay hostels are concentrated in tourist-friendly areas. This means that you’ll have access to the best bars, restaurants and attractions around the city. Also, the best thing is that our hostels are in walking distance from places to dine and explore!
#Hostels feel like a community. People were strangers and close friends who you travel with throughout the city. The receptionist will know the best bus routes, budget-friendly tours and free events in the city. Gain travel tips, info for tourist sites, meals and hidden quirky locations.
Get to know the staff, the locals, your friends and the area, you feel like you’re part of something special.
What facilities to expect in a hostel?
At Safestay, the tangible benefits are special. The communal areas, bars and spacious shared rooms allow travellers to meet and create a special bond that may last a lifetime. Today, having the right connections can also be key to setting your future goals at a young age. Here’s a list of the Safestay facilities for you to network whilst relaxed in travel mode.
1. Food and Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You can not start your day of travelling and exploring before fuelling up which is why we offer a selection of different treats for you to enjoy.
Take a seat and relax at our bars such as Bar 60 located in Safestay London Elephant & Castle. We’ve got delicious food that you can enjoy in our comfy and cosy bar. We serve an eclectic mix of spirits, beers and cocktails along with New York Bagels and Ooozy Cheese Toasties to Castle Burgers and Pizzas.
3. Rooftop Terraces
Our Terrace has the right mix of hipster cool mixed with a dash of relaxation. Just like our drinks! It’s the perfect place for after-work drinks, pre-night out cocktails, having a lazy afternoon or just catching up on some sun.
4. Common Areas
Chill out in our common areas where you can meet like-minded travellers to share your travel stories with. Some of our hostels even have board games or table football, so now you can invite your friends to a game or two.
5. Computer Areas
Take a seat in our computer area to catch up with your work emails or even chat with family and friends who are half-way across the world and share your travel experience with Safestay.
Join us at Safestay Elephant and Castle for our Rock Nights where you can meet new people while enjoying great music and drinks! Trust us, this is a perfect hideout for music lovers.
To kick start your hostel experience with Safestay, get the best rate when you sign up for our membership to continue your savings journey. Get your membership discount code here
One of the best things about staying in a hostel is that you’ll never know who you’ll run into. Bursting with an electric mix of backpacking buddy travellers from across the globe, get ready to meet the 6 different types of people you’ll meet in a hostel…
#1 Party Animal
They have only one thing on their minds and that’s PARTYING. If you’re traveling solo or want a night out to socialise, they’re the best people to hit up! This person knows every hostel event and the best party spots. Why? Because they’ve been there and done that already! Here’s a tip: a buzzing bar is the party animals’ most natural habitat.
#2 The Solo Traveller
The solo traveler is super friendly and enthusiastic. They’re always looking for a chat and to swap their best travel stories. The best thing about this traveller is their flexibility and openness, so they’ll always be up for doing a last-minute tour with you. No matter where you are in the world, there will always be one around in a hostel prepared to embark on a journey of authentic travel experiences.
#3 The Blogger
These people are always taking pictures posing next to things. Whether it be a gimbal or a selfie stick, they’ll make sure to capture every moment of their travel experience. They’re ALWAYS on their phone or laptop, typing away on their hostel bed. You’ll think they’re normal people just like you, only until you search them up and find out they have over 10k insta followers!
#4 The Friend for Life
The smallest connection can spark a friendship of a lifetime. You might bond over a travel story, the same taste in music and books. In every hostel, you always have that person that you’ll stick together through thick and thin! Maybe it’s the excitement of travel within the air or the fact that you’re sleeping metres away from each other. But these are the moments you will treasure forever.
#5 The Gap Traveller
They’ve just started out and they look like they might just explode with excitement. They’ve become jaded travellers whose minds are blown away from all the awesome stuff in the city! Gap year travellers can be quite reinvigorating, so feed off their energy!
#6 The Guitarist
Usually found in the common rooms strumming away at his strings on his sticker adorned guitar. Remember this traveler, has held his guitar on his lap throughout the long bus drive, carried and dragged across the airport and all the way to the hostel, just to please the rest of the group and provide melodious tunes. You can request a song, only if its Wonderwall by Oasis.
Some of the best techno festivals in the world are held in Europe every year! But with so many, it’s hard to choose which one to go to!
Luckily for you, we have created an article on the 25 Best Techno Festivals in Europe to help you decide where you should go! We will give you all the important information such as the lineups, festival dates and tickets prices as well as where to buy them!
1. South West Four
Location: Clapham Common, London
Dates: 29-30th August 2020
The best way to spend your bank holiday in August is to spend it at South West Four. DJing legend Carl Cox has referred to as ‘the crowning glory’.
The two-day festival will be held in Clapham Common and will be filled with the best EDM, house, techno, drum and bass and grime music.
Rumour has it that 2020 will have the biggest lineup South West Four has ever put forward. Previous festivals have hosted world-class DJs such as Marshmellow, Sasha, Fatboy Slim, Paul Van Dyk and Skrillex as headline acts. 2019 is the year for South West Four.
How to get there?
Getting to South West Four is very straightforward
For those that take the Underground, simply take the Northern Line to Clapham common. Clapham Common closes at 9 pm in the night and the nearest underground station will be Clapham South (8 minutes walk) or Clapham Junction (25-minute walk)
Nearby bus stops served by buses: 35, 37, 88, 137, 155, 255, 345, 355, 417.
Night buses: N35, N37, N155, N137, N345.
For the official line up, click here!
Check out the South West Four 2016 Aftermovie to see what to expect!
Tickets are not currently available.
Where to stay?
Stay with us! We’ve got 2 hostels in London perfectly located a tube ride from the event! Book Now
Also, Members get up to 25% OFF when they book with us & you can become one for FREE! Find out how!
2. Awakenings Festival
Location: Gashouder Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dates: 27-28th June 2020
Awakenings has been putting on festivals since the year 2000! They have become so popular that any techno fan that hasn’t heard of this festival is not a true techno fan. With over 80,000 visitors in a weekend you best pencil in Awakenings Festival in your calendar.
There are over 100 DJ’s playing at this festival which includes DJ guru’s Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, Nina Kraviz, Loco Dice and more. The popular Sven Väth, Chris Liebing and Berghain residents Ben Klock and Marcel Dettman will be putting on great performances with great features such as pyrotechnics and fireworks. This is not one to miss!
For a full list of artists click here.
Check out Awakenings 2018 to see what to expect!
Ticket prices vary depending on what day you want to go:
Buy your tickets here!
3. Love International
Location: Tisno, Croatia
Dates: 15-21st July 2020
Love International 2020 is set in Tisno, Croatia. It is continuing the legacy created by ‘The Garden Festival’, and is now creating its own unique magic in Croatia. This festival goes for a whole week giving you a nice little break away from home to enjoy both the music and the country!
It will be a full packed week with amazing boat parties, open-air Barbarella’s shows and Sunrise Sessions. Whether you will like to dance in the sea or relax under the sun one thing is for sure, Love International 2020 will be the best festival yet.
2020 lineup is looking bright with the likes of Axel Boman, Optimo, DJ Tennis & more
Check out the aftermovie of Love International 2017 so you can see how much fun this festival is!
Tickets start from €45.00 and are selling fast! Hurry and buy yours now!
4. Sónar Barcelona
Dates: 18-20th June 2020
Sónar is “positioned at the cutting edge of the electronic music landscape” as they gather famous artists with emerging ones to perform in one of Barcelona’s most popular festivals.
There is also cool events, such as Sónar+D, designed for various creative communities, providing development sessions and opportunities to exchange ideas and tools perfect for anyone who is seeking some inspiration in the industry!
Sónar Barcelona events are divided into two main locations:
– Sónar by Day, located in Fira Montjuïc, offers concerts and DJ’s and is when and where Sónar+D is held.
– Sónar by Night, located at the Fira Gran Via de L’Hospitalet, hosts live performances and DJ sets from the best names in international music.
Details on how to get from sonar by day to sonar by night can be found here.
Sónar Barcelona will include the likes of Aj Tracey, Headie One, Dixon, Chico Blanco & James Murphy & more
Check out this video of Sónar Barcelona to see what to expect!
Where to stay?
We’ve got not only 1 but 3 hostels in Barcelona to stay at! Book Now!
Sign up to our FREE MEMBERSHIP get up to 25% OFF your stay! Learn More!
Tickets start from €125 for 2 nights. Find more prices here
5. Hideout Festival 2020
Location: Zrće Beach, Novalja, Croatia
Dates: 21-25th June 2020
A 5 night festival… with 150 artists… all on a beach! Now that’s what we call a festival! Enjoy a little break away from home as your dancy away to 5 nights of great techno music!
Throughout the 5 days get ready to go to pool parties, beach parties, boat parties and headline evening performances across five beachfront stages. With amazing artists such as Bicep, Rudimental, Jamie Jones & more you will not be able to stop partying.
Fisher, Hannah Wants, Chase and Status, Andy C & More…
Check out the official teaser video
Tickets start from €139.00 for all 5 days. Buy them here.
6. Medusa Festival 2020
Location: Playa de Cullera, Cullera, Spain
Dates: 5-10th August 2020
Medusa Festival is a huge techno music festival held on the sands of the Playa de Cullera in Cullera, Spain. Mainstream and underground DJ’s gather together to give you one epic festival! Adding to this, Medusa Festival incorporate a theme to every festival they host and this year it’s not different. 2020’s festival theme is titled ‘The Secret of Wonderland’! So get ready to soak up some Spanish sun as you dance away to great techno music. Don’t forget to take some pictures while you’re there so the memory lasts!
Carl Cox, Headhunterz, Marco Carola, Martin Garrix, Nina Kraviz, Paul van Dyk, Angerfist, Afro Bros, Anuel & more
Check out the Official Aftermovie of medusa festival 2018
Tickets are from €67.00. Get yours here!
Location: De Schorre Recreation Ground, Boom, 2850, Belgium
Dates: 17-26th July 2020
Tomorrowland is the world’s biggest dance music festival. It portrays a fairy tale world situated in beautiful natural surroundings. Tomorrowland go all out with their festival!. With their keen attention to detail, they incorporate unique decor, fascinating acts, peripheral animations, cocktail bars, beaches and firework displays to help create this unforgettable experience!
“Tomorrowland has transformed a local playground into a global happening; a dream world where all visitors recognize themselves; a multi-level fairy tale; a soft-edged fantasy world full of radiant colours and shapes; a trip for your imagination; a summer’s weekend of love” – Tomorrowland
The full Tomorrowland line up has just been released!
Check out the Tomorrowland 2019 trailer:
Tickets are not currently available.
Where to stay?
Start your Belgium journey in Brussels! We have a hostel there! Book Now!
8. Riverside Festival Glasgow
Location: Ministerium & LX Factory, Lisbon, Portugal
Dates: 23-24th May
The 8th annual Riverside Festival will take place in Glasgow in 2020 on the Bank Holiday weekend of Saturday May 23rd and Sunday 24th. Scotland’s premier electronic music festival returns to the grounds of the Riverside Museum on the banks of the Clyde, bringing together a combination of some of the biggest and most cutting edge electronic artists and DJs to this unique and iconic location
The line up includes Amelie Lens, Ben Klock, Bonzai Bonner, Call Super and many more.
Check out Lisboa Electronica 2018’s best moments
Where to stay?
Stay with us in Lisbon! Book Now https://www.safestay.com/book-now
MEMBERS get up to 25% OFF your stay! Learn More!
9. We Are FSTVL 2020!
Location: Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Upminster
Dates: 23-24th May 2020
The 5-time award winning festival is back!
We Are FSTVL, who won Best Dance Event at 2016’s UK Festival Awards, will feature over 300 acts between the 23rd til’ 24th May 2020 bringing the best artists in dance music, underground and grime.
We Are FSTVL also bring the best stage designs to give you the best festival experience. 2020 is no different. We Are FSTVL 2020 will be held on a 142-acre former WW1 airfield in Upminster, Greater London to help them with their “Neon Jetset Overload” theme!
We Are FSTVL features the likes of Anna Tur, The Black Madonna, Alisha, Eli Brown & more
Check out We Are FSTVL 2016 Aftermovie
Tickets are selling fast! Get your tickets here
Where to stay?
We have two hostels in London! Book your stay now!
10. A Summer Story
Location: Ciudad del Rock, Arganda del Rey, Madrid, 28500, Spain
Dates: 19-20th June 2020
A Summer Story was created to unite everyone who loves electronic music. It is held just on the outskirts of Madrid at Ciudad del Rock in Arganda del Rey. Having only launched 4 years ago, A Summer Story has always delivered the best talent to its stages and it doesn’t look like anything is going to change.
With their huge sound systems, no matter where you are at this festival you will be able to head the vibrant sounds of the world’s best DJs and producers. But make sure you still make it to the front to get the best festival experience!
Armen Van Buuren, Timmy Trumpet, Brennan Heart, Charlotte De Witte, Joseph Capriati & more
Check out this video to see what to expect!
Tickets start from €35.00. Book yours here:
Where to stay?
Stay with us in Madrid! Book Now!
11. DGTL Barcelona 2020
Location: Parc del Fòrum, Rambla Prim 2-4, Barcelona, 08019, Spain
Dates: 21-22nd August 2020
They say DGTL is the best for much-needed inspiration! Focusing on music, art and production DGTL will get you pumped for the festival events and leave you wanting more at the end of it!
Whilst finding the biggest headlines to perform, DGTL focus largely on discovering finding local and international emerging talents. Who’s ready to discover some new artists to add to your music playlist?
The official lineup will be released closer to the event date.
Check out the aftermovie of DGTL Barcelona 2018 to see what to expect!
Tickets have not been released yet.
Where to stay?
Looking for accommodation? You’re in luck! We have 3 hostels in Barcelona to choose from! Book Now!
Become a FREE MEMBER & GET UP TO 25% OFF! Find out how!
12. Time Warp
Location: Mannheimer Maimarkt in Mannheim
Date: 4th April 2020
Not many festivals can say they have been around for 25 years but Time Warp is one of them. And they have been giving you the best techno music for all those years!
Time Warp’s lineup always contains top class DJs, producers and electronic artists. Artists that have featured in previous festivals include Richie Hawtin, Sven Vath, Ricardo Villalobos and Laurent Garnier. Video, laser and light displays which will make for an unforgettable atmosphere! Make sure you get an Insta pic to keep the memory.
Lineups have not been released yet
Here is the aftermovie of Time Warp 2018
Tickets start from €65.00 buy them here https://www.time-warp.de/germany/index_eng.html
13. Weekend festival Finland 2020
Location: Suvilahti, Sörnäisten rantatie 22, Helsinki, 00540, Finland
Dates: 7 – 8th August 2020
Weekend Festival is an EDM, techno festival held in Helsinki, Finland. Started in 2012 it now hosts over 40,000 visitors who all love techno music! You’ll certainly be in the right atmosphere to enjoy the great music!
The biggest house artist *cough* Swedish House Mafia *cough* will be playing at this festival so you can truly expect it to be amazing! Previous artists featured were Armin van Buuren, Lil Uzi Vert, Afrojack and more.
The 2020 lineup will be announced closer to the festival.
Look how good the Weekend Festival 2018 was!
Ticket prices will be announced closer to the festival.
14. FLY Open Air 2020
Location: Hopetoun House, Queensferry, South Queensferry EH30 9RW
Dates: 16 – 17th May 2020
FLY set up a range of large electronic music festivals across Edinburgh. FlyOpen is one of them and is held not once but twice a year! Mixmag says that FlyOpen is “A global contender on the festival circuit.” They are usually all held in unique locations of Edinburgh which helps bring the true nature of Edinburgh to the festival. This year’s festival will be held at the huge 17th century stately home – Hopetoun House! It will get you feeling like you’ve travelled back in time. I wonder if you’re allowed in!
Big Miz, Liam Doc, Nastia, Bellaire, Demuja, Folamour, Silvie Loto, Palms Trax, Job Jobse, O’Flynn
Check out a video of Fly Open Air 2017 here!
Tickets start from £71.75! Get yours here.
Where to stay?
We’ve got a hostel in Edinburgh! Book Now!
15. Junction 2 festival 2020
Location: Boston Manor Park, Brentford, TW8 9JX, London
Dates: 5 – 6th June 2020
Make sure you cancelled whatever plans you have on the 5-6th of June because Junction 2 is back! After a successful 3 years, Junction 2 will be, for the first time, a 2 day festival in the summer.
The green fields, rambling rivers and hidden enclaves make for the best theme and backdrop to any Instagram pics you take while you’re there! Ready to enjoy some great music? Read below to find the lineups!
Lineup includes Adam Beyer, Blawan, Marcel Dettmann, Ben UFO, Dax J, Dr Rubinstein and more
Check out the aftermovie of Junction 2 festival 2018 to see what to expect!
Tickets from £35.00! They are selling fast! Get yours now
Where to stay?
We have 2 hostels in London to choose from! Book Now!
Become a FREE MEMBER & GET UP TO 25% OFF! Find out how!
16. Kappa FuturFestival 2020
Location: Parco Dora (area Valdocco), Turin, 10144, Italy
Date: 4 – 6th July 2020
The New York Times has called it an unmissable event of that year. A giant in the techno music scene, Kappa FuturFestival is back for Summer 2019! This year’s festival is actually held in a cool industrial park in Parco Dora, Turin, Italy which makes a perfect backdrop for some great Instagram pics! While showcasing major DJ’s, Kappa FuturFestival utilises homegrown Italian talent as well. So get ready to party non stop from midday to midnight across the 2 days!
The line up will be released soon! Previous editions have featured Solomun, Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens, Joseph Capriati, Eric Prydz, Luciano, Marco Carola and many more so expect a huge one for 2020!
Check out the aftermovie of Kappa FuturFestival 2018!
Tickets start from £53.08. Ready to buy? Click here!
17. Mayday 2020
Location: Westfalenhallen, Strobelallee 45, Dortmund, 44159, Germany
Dates: 30th April 2020
We can definitely say that MAYDAY knows a thing or two about how to throw a festival! Having been around for the last 30 years they have been giving their visitors only the best techno music. The festival usually starts with techno and then transitions to playing bombastic hardstyle, house & electro.
The lineups feature Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens, Angerfist, Claptone, Dax J and more
Check out the MAYDAY 2018 Aftermovie
Tickets start from only €59.00! Get yours here
18. Caprices Festival 2020
Location: Route des Mélèzes 13-15, Crans-Montana, 3963, Switzerland
Dates: 16 – 19th April 2020
This 4-day event is the best place to go to if you’re looking for a different kind of techno festival because Caprices festival is actually held in a Swiss Alpine mountaintop of Crans-Montana! How cool is that! (Pun Intended*)
The concert runs throughout the day. The daytime stage, which is called MDRNTY, gives you the best views of the Alps while you listen to the best techno music. What more could you want?
The most esteemed DJs on the planet, including Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Väth, Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Jamie Jones have played on this stage! MDRNTY has also won the Best International Festival Award in 2018 by DJ Awards Ibiza!
The nighttime stage, which is called MOON, takes place in a huge tent and provides spectacular visuals using technology. The likes of Tale Of Us, Dixon, Talaboman, Kerry Chandler, Ben Klock & Marcel Dettmann have all played on this stage!
The Modernity Stage
Audio Fly, Chaim, Lunar Disco, Tia
The Club Stage
Archie Hamilton, Given, Traumer
The Modernity Stage
Mr ID, Behrouz, Yokoo + more artists to be announced
The Club Stage
Priku, Giorgio Maulini + more artists to be announced
Cocoon, Adriatique, Sven Vath + more artists to be announced
Take a look at Caprice’s festival 2019 to get you excited!
Tickets start from 78.00 CHF (£61.75 or €69.23). Buy your tickets here
19. Creamfields presents Steel Yard London 2020
Location: Finsbury Park, Endymion Road, London, N4, United Kingdom
Dates: To be announced
Steel Yard is back in London for 2020! Steel Yard has become one of dance music’s most famous venues and looks to continue that trademark this year!
Eric Prydz will be headlining on the Saturday as he brings his HOLO live show to London! On Sunday Carl Cox will take over and showcase his Space Ibiza show. Carl Cox was recently voted the world’s number one DJ so there is no doubt that this festival is going to be amazing!
Lineup to be announced closer to the date.
Check out the video below to see what to expect
Where to stay?
We have 2 hostels in London to choose from! Book Now!
20. AVA Festival 2020
Location: S13 Warehouse, Boucher Road, Belfast, BT12 6HH, Northern Ireland
Dates: 28 – 31th May 2020
AVA festival is an electronic music festival hosted in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The best house & techno artists are gathered and host a series of conferences and talks. Industry leaders and experts also attend AVA festival and are keen to share their expertise and discuss the future of the scene. This is a great festival for any upcoming DJ or for anyone looking to make a name for themselves in the industry!
2018’s edition featured the likes of Bicep, Rødhåd, Helena Hauff and Hunee all famous DJs so we can’t wait to see what 2019 has to offer!
Headliners include Laurent Garnier, Orbital, Denis Sulta, Mella Dee and more.
Have you seen what it was like last year?
Tickets start from £79.50. Buy your tickets here
21. Berlin Atonal
Location: Kraftwerk, Berlin
Dates: 19 – 23st August 2020
This techno marathon is held inside the cavernous walls of the old power plant Kraftwerk, with afterparties running in the depths of Tresor below.
It showcases a diverse techno lineup from Wednesday through to Sunday, but combines it with workshops and exhibitions exploring the link between music, visual arts and technology… in case you get tired of the stomping.
Lineup to be announced closer to date.
Check out the Berlin Atonal Festival during 2016!
First pre-sale tickets going on sale in the first week of April. Book yours here:
Where to stay?
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22.Platform 18 Street Festival
Location: West Street, Glasgow
Dates: 4 – 5th July 2020
Glasgow’s favourite street rave returns with two days of first-rate house and techno. Platform 18 2019 really was something special. The street party will now be back July 2020, bigger, better with extra focus on making it more affordable for the ravers!
Check out last years street party in Glasgow
The line up features Richie Hawtin, ANNA, FJAAK, Frazi.er, GERRY KEARNS, TOM-E and many more.
Ticket prices available when closer to date.
Where to stay?
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23. Sónar Athens
Location:Gazi Music Hall, Athens
Dates:11 – 12th October 2020
Sonar Athens is the Greek edition of the influential electronic music festival. Based in Barcelona, the music and digital arts festival now hosts satellite events around the world.
In the words of the promoter: “Sónar Athens represents the unique vibe of the modern Greek capital. A crossroads between East and West, and a melting pot of influences, steeped in history, the city is the perfect backdrop for a line up combining electronica powerhouses and experimental acts from around the world.”
Alan Fitzpatrick, Jon Hopkins [DJ set], Patrick Topping + more yet to be announced!
Ticket prices available when closer to date.
Where to stay?
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24. Revive Festival
Location: Mała Warszawa, Warsaw
Dates: 17 – 19th June 2020
Revive Festival is an experimental techno music festival in Warsaw, Poland.
Utilising the stark scenery of Warsaw’s industrial history as a backdrop for immersive techno, Revive Festival champions the underground nature of avant-garde electronica, juxtaposing imagery of the past with ideas of the near future.
Returning in a self-professed refreshed format, expect a myriad of experimental, bound-pushing soundscapes from artisans of electronic music against the blank canvas of a bygone industrial era.
Lineup includes Drumcell & Luis Flores, Bjarki, Reza Future and Sharon’s Fate and many more.
Tickets start from PLN 210. Book now!
Where to stay?
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25. Bee Free festival
Location: Eddison Park, Bratislava
Dates: 26th – 27th July
The biggest dance festival in Slovakia will celebrate its 21st edition this year. It will take place at the open-air club Pláž pod Ufom in Bratislava with a house stage, and in the premises of Incheba, where the drum and bass, techno and main stage will be placed.
The line up includes Matay, Tom Vuchut, Toky, Stame, D.O.D.I and many more
Ticket prices available when closer to date.
Where to stay?
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Whilst many smartphones have great cameras allowing you to take photos of your travels, the use of phones is now much broader. Your phones application store is home to many of the best holiday apps out there that can help in all of your adventures.
These apps can impact your whole travel experience. We’ve created a list of all the best holiday apps that you need on your phones. They range from ones that help you at the airport, during a flight and also when you explore your destination!
Holiday Planning Apps
Hopper is great! It allows travellers to find the cheapest flights possible. This is great if your dates are flexible and are looking to save some cash. Once you put in your home city and destination, Hooper shows you a calendar of the coming year with dates colour-coded to reflect historical price averages.
Service will help you save money for your travels – automatically! For example, if your flight is delayed the app will recognise this, inform you about the delay and also file for compensation! Think of it as your own personal travel butler that takes care of everything. Also, it will update you in case there are any price changes that can save you money. An example? Say the price of your accommodation had reduced, it would go about rebooking it for you at the cheaper rate. Now that’s handy!
The FlightAware app allows you to track flights online to check on delays, cancellations and gate changes. This app is especially helpful if you have a tight connection or when picking friends and family up at the airport. You can track their flight and see updated landing times or delays.
Perfect for organizing that epic road trip you’ve always dreamed of! Roadtrippers will be able to plan out the best driving route and also shows you the best activities along the way. You can find some really cool off-the-beaten-path roadside attractions as well as cool restaurants and can’t-miss landmarks you can bookmark.
Imagine all the stress of packing gone. Well introducing PackPoint, the app shows you what to bring based on the length of your trip, the weather in your destination and the activities you’re planning along the way. It even allows you to account for washing your clothes and wearing them multiple times. We’ve also created a blog on How to travel with only a backpack!
Holiday Apps for the Airport
Loungebuddy is a great app that helps you find & pay for airport lounges around the world. Also, if you find a lower price for the lounge, the app will refund you the difference.
Searching an airport for food isn’t fun. With Grab, you can easily see restaurants at the airport. You can simply search for the item and order it from the app and walk right up to grab it and go. No waiting in a queue, no trying to weave in and out of people to get your food. It’s all done.
In Flight Holiday Apps
Want to cure your jetlag? Timeshifter is perfect actually starts helping you to avoid jet lag long before your flight takes off. It also suggestions on what to do during the flight and post-flight. The app uses a heavy dose of science to provide personalized recommendations for each traveller whilst considering your age, gender and normal sleep patterns — as well as specifics about your trip and travel plans. Timeshifter maps out when you should avoid or seek light, take a nap or stay awake. It even tells you if you should consider supplementing with melatonin or caffeine.
OK, so Netflix isn’t really a travel app, but it can be a lifesaver during a long flight on an aircraft without seatback inflight entertainment, or at the airport during an unexpected flight delay or boring layover. If you have a Netflix account, the app allows you to download your favourite shows onto your device to watch offline. Just make sure to download your shows while connected to Wi-Fi before flying and check them again pre-flight to make sure they haven’t expired (you can usually renew any expired downloads but you must be connected to Wi-Fi or data to do so).
#10 Sky Guru
SkyGuru is an app actually designed by pilots to help people who are not comfortable with flying. It provides weather and turbulence forecasts for the route you’re flying. And whilst there is nothing really you can do it does eliminate the element of shock and allows you to be mentally prepared.
Holiday Apps to help you get around
This app will help you sound like a local and help you adapt to a new culture. You can learn essential phrases, instantly translate your voice or connect to a live translator, get a crash course on the local culture and so much more. Perfect to avoid accidentally offending someone. Speaking about mistakes, have you seen our blog on the WORST mistakes to make when planning a holiday?
In some countries, if you get this wrong it not only can look bad but can sometimes get you in trouble. The app will detect the country you are in automatically, and help you split the bill with your companions, rounds up calculation results, excludes sales tax, and provides complete tipping guidance based on the local culture and traditions.
Travelling in a group can be fun but can also be quite hard to organise, especially when it comes to finances. At the end of the trip, you’re spending a few days working out who owes who. Tricount calculates shared costs and splits bills so you don’t have to think twice about who owes what. Enter your trip and currency and invite your travel mates to join your trip. Each time someone pays for something, you enter the amount in Tricount and the app splits everything evenly.
#14 Google Translate
The Google Translate app is amazing. You can translate anything into 103 languages by typing and access nearly 60 languages offline. You can also use the camera translation function where you simply take a picture of a sign in a different language and the app will translate it!
Holiday Apps to meet people
Meetup is an app designed for interacting with locals and other travellers who you share mutual interests with. Whether you’re travelling or at home, take what you love and do more of it with Meetup. The app shows you groups that are formed around particular interests in the city you are in and you can join these groups to get updates on particular events you may want to participate in.
TheFork is one of the most useful apps for making restaurant reservations in Europe. Browse different restaurants by category and make reservations. It is available in over 4,000 cities within 11 countries. The added benefit is that with this app you can get great discounts. In some instances, you can get 50% off!
Holiday Safety Apps
This is a great app to keep you safe in another country. The app maps your location and easily allows you to text and call emergency services without remembering the number.
Sitata monitors the world for safety threats, disease outbreaks, violent protests and anything else that might be dangerous for your trip. It ranks locations based on safety ratings and highlights regions with increased levels of risk. If something dangerous occurs while you’re travelling, the app will send an alert to your phone to keep you updated.
NordVPN a Virtual Private Network (VPN) when travelling abroad is necessary if you want to stay safe when using the internet, especially if you’re using an overseas public Wi-Fi spot. A VPN takes your internet traffic and reroutes it through an independent server so whatever you do online stays hidden from anyone trying to access your browsing data via your I.P. address.
That is why we are growing to give you more affordable accommodation across Europe. That is why we now have over 20 hostels & hotels across Europe with 5 of them in Central Europe! So we think it’s time to show you how to explore Central Europe.
When to visit?
The strange thing about visiting Central Europe is that there are many different advantages to visiting anytime throughout the year! However, no surprise but it is usually very busy during the Summer months as this is when everyone tends to travel.
So to beat the crowds we recommend visiting Central Europe during the spring and fall shoulder seasons, particularly late May and September. During both of these months, temperatures are warm and rainfall is relatively low.
Surprisingly, another pleasant time to visit is in November and December. Central Europe is truly magical at this time of year, especially as snow begins to lightly dust the ground and rooftops. And of course, the Christmas Markets are also out in full force, showcasing the European holiday spirit at its finest.
Why visit Central Europe?
#1 Food glorious food
Central Europe is rich with amazing cuisine which will make any foodie drool—and also home to some of the best beers, wines and liquors in the world. Generally, these smaller countries don’t produce enough to export so they keep the best for themselves. Another reason why you have to visit!
#2 Great value for money
Accommodation and transport are significantly less than those in Western Europe. A private walking tour, for example, might cost $100 or less; a nice meal for two with wine might cost $40.
#3 A variety of cultures
Within a small area, you can experience so many unique and different cultures. Everything is reachable by train so grab an interrail pass and live the travel life.
#4 Strong traditions and authentic experiences
While catching up with modern times, cities like Prague and Warsaw still are steeped in tradition, and their people still celebrate local customs and festivals throughout the year. Narrow alleyways are fun and easy to navigate, with hidden gems in every corner.
#5 Landscapes and vistas abound
The region provides so many different settings, from breathtaking nature with a range of national parks, mountains & lakes to countryside villages and cosmopolitan cities.
How to travel between Central Europe?
Interrail! What better way is there to travel than by train as you get to explore the beauty of the whole city and its countrysides as you travel from one country into another. You can get an interrail global pass starting from €150. We recommend getting the 15-day pass which is €307. This would be the perfect amount of days to explore the 5 cities.
There are also youth discounts for anyone 27 or under where you can get 23% off.
So, we’ll help you make the plan.
We’ve done our research and mapped out the best way to visit the major cities of Central Europe, Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Bratislava & Warsaw, all by train! And the best part! We have hotels/hostels in all of these cities! That’s 2 things, travel & accommodation, you don’t have to worry about now!
For this trip, we are going to be starting this journey in Berlin!
Safestay Berlin → Safestay Prague
The best way to get to Prague would be to take the Eurocity from BERLIN SUEDKREUZ (Germany) train station directly to PRAGUE HLAVNI NADRAZI (Czech Republic) station. The journey usually takes 4 and a half hours. You can purchase tickets here
Safestay Prague → Safestay Vienna
The best way to get to Vienna would be to take the Rail Jet from PRAGUE HLAVNI NADRAZI (Czech Republic) train station directly to WIEN HBF (Austria) station. The journey usually takes 4 hours. You can purchase tickets here
Safestay Vienna → Safestay Bratislava
The best way to get to Bratislava would be to take the Regional Train from WIEN HBF (Austria) train station directly to BRATISLAVA-PETRZALKA (Slovakia) station. The journey usually takes 1 hour. You can purchase tickets here
Safestay Bratislava → Safestay Warsaw
The best way to get to Warsaw would be to take the EURO CITY from BRATISLAVA HLAVNA STANICA (Slovakia) train station directly to WARSZAWA CENTRALNA (Poland) station. The journey is the longest and takes approximately 8 hours. You can purchase tickets here
Safestay Warsaw → Safestay Berlin
The best way to get back to Berlin would be to take the FAST AND COMFORTABLE INTERREGIONAL TRAINS from WARSZAWA CENTRALNA (Poland) train station directly to BERLIN OSTBAHNHOF (Germany) station. The journey is the longest and takes approximately 5 and a half hours. You can purchase tickets here
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!
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
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!
#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!
#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 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
#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!
FOOD & DRINK
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
#6 Fira de Santa Llúcia, Barcelona
Location: Barcelona, Spain
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.
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.
#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
The market is easily reached by public transport. The trams 1, 71 and D stop right outside (the stop called Rathausplatz / Burgtheater).
#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!
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.
#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.
#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!
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.
#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.
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!
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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