Every airline has their pluses and minuses. Above is my personal infographic of my experiences with specific European airlines during #Travels2Europe. Some of these airlines I flew for the first time and some not. Hopefully, this flight infographic will help someone else decide which airline is better for them. Airlines are broken down and categorized into best price, most comfortable and best tasting food.
My last destination in #Travels2Europe is Budapest. The Hungarian capital Budapest was really two cities separated by the Danube River. The two cities Buda and Pest, merged together in 1873 making it the largest city in the European Union.
One of the things I love about Budapest is the classic architecture. The city is fill with arches, symmetry and domes dating back to the 1800’s. If you are visiting for the first time like myself I would suggest eating at the local favorite Spíler. Spíler is Located in the Gozsdu district which is one of Budapest biggest attractions.
This was my first time being in Germany so I decided to clean up with a traditional Turkish shave and head out on the town to discover the city. Along the way I took a snapshot at the Berlin Wall, and drank some traditional German beers with friends.
Being in Berlin during the World Cup was an exciting time. Every four years German soccer enthusiasts all come together to support of their favorite team at the Hyundai Fan Park public aka ‘Fan Mile‘. The Fan Mile, has huge LED screens measuring up to almost 200 hundred feet in height so fans always get the best possible view of the game. I feel bless to have been a part of such a popular world event!
Istanbul is now one of my favorite places to visit because of its rich history and mixed influence of cultures. Turkey is located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, which makes it a country of rich and diverse foods. To be honest, Istanbul has some of the best street food I’ve ever tasted. Foods like simit, kabaps, watermelon, chestnuts and fresh roasted corn on the cob were some of my favorite.
Visitors can get around very easily by tram and metro connection, but I recommend walking by foot to take photos of the beautiful scenery. Prices on pretty much everything are inexpensive and if you shop at certain markets you can barter on prices getting an even better deal on your purchases.
Trying Turkish tea
Touring the Blue Mosque
Eating local Kabob
Visit Taksim Square
Visit the Grand Bazar
Addtional photo on my flickr page
Traveling to Albania was a big eye opener for me. This was the first time flying to the eastern part of Europe, which is significantly different than Western Europe. Be that as it may, I still enjoyed myself. I mostly traveled through Tirana (the countries capital) but I did travel out of the city for a brief moment.
In all, I feel like I did quite a bit during my stay. Some of the things include meeting the U.S. Ambassador, trying out Albanian food, played basketball with the locals and even driving to through the countryside into the neighboring country Kosovo. The countryside is very beautiful with high mountain ranges and fresh air. If you happen to stop in Tirana, I highly recommend you travel out of the city.
Below is a brief interview with Dorothy Lin, one of the creators of Bonjournal. Bonjournal is a new app and website which give bloggers and travel enthusiast like myself a simple and easy way to record their journey. This New York City based duo is bound to make some waves with their new app so get to know them in today’s Q&A.
What is your name?
My name is Dorothy Lin, and my co-founder/husband is Jonathan Ng.
What is Bonjournal?
Bonjournal is an iOS app and website that helps you create and share beautiful travel journals. The idea was conceived after my husband and I took a yearlong trip around the world, when we struggled to find the right tool to coherently document our journey. While a lot of apps record moments or snapshots, we value the full story of your travels. For example, this is my journal from Japan:
It’s easy to capture your memories with both our app and website. Our app works even without internet connection, so you can journal wherever you go. You can then share you travel journals with loved ones, or export them as PDFs to enjoy them forever. There’s also a social aspect to Bonjournal, so you can follow your friends along their journeys, as well as explore the experiences of other travel enthusiasts.
What makes Bonjournal so special?
Bonjournal is a very simple, and minimalist tool that does one thing really well: it records your travels. There are no fancy features. The interface is elegant, timeless, and void of visual clutter. We thoughtfully crafted Bonjournal to focus on what matters the most — your memories, and your stories.
Where is your favorite place to travel and why?
This is a toughie, but Nepal is my favorite place because hiking the Annapurna Circuit was the most life-changing trip I’ve experienced to date. Being there was like stepping back in time, since many of the villages are completely untouched by modern advances. The locals are wonderfully welcoming, and the landscapes are just amazing. Some of my favorite travel photos were taken in Nepal.
What is your must-have travel accessory?
I often rely on my iPhone as my camera, so I never travel without my external phone battery. Since it’s been a life saver on several occasions, I now carry my battery with me at all times.
I know a word or two of most popular world languages but everyone needs a little help now and then. Introducing the Word Lens app! World Lens translates printed words from one language to another with your smartphone’s video camera, in real time. No network connection needed! This app is available for android, Apple and Google Glass.
I found this app to very helpful during #Travels2Europe. I’ve used while ordering food, following map directions and reading foreign signs. Word Lens is free for now so take advantage of it and test it out. Above video is a demonstration of how it works.
Rome has been good to me so far with warm sunny weather and blue skies. I checked out a lot of the tourist hot spots like the Vatican, the Colosseum, the spanish steps and more but I was also able to relax by the pool and eat delicious traditional Italian food. One favorite things eat in Rome is Gelato. Gelato shops seem to be everywhere and aways seem to be open so it’s fun treat for late night sweets.
The CitizenM London luxury hotel motto is luxury at an affordable price and they are exactly that! With perks like free international calling, free WIFI, high tech rooms and modern design, this place is perfect for the international modern traveler who does want to spend an arm and a leg. CitizenM focuses on art and inspiration displaying images of popular creatives from the past and present all over the walls.
Rooms boast touch screen tablets which control room mood lighting, air conditioning, TV, radio and blinds and more. This is the first time personally I’ve seen a hotel that gives you complete room control within a swipe of a screen. Another added bonus of staying at CitizenM is the assortment of multicultural plug outlet to accommodate foreign visitors and self check in and check out kiosks. You can tell the creators spend a lot of time thinking about the personal experience of their users. Check out my Instagram page for action shots of the room.
CitizenM London is located in the Bankside district, which is close to the London Bridge, trendy restaurants and the Tate Modern Museum. If you like unique hotel stays I would definitely recommend staying at one of their many locations around the world. For more photos of this great hotel visit my Flickr page.
For the next couple of weeks I’ll be traveling through Europe. I will blogging about hotels, food, events and people I encounter. Let me know If you have any suggestions on things to do during visit along the way please leave me a comment.
My first destination is going to be London, England. It’s been a long time since I’ve lived there so I’m excited to see what things have changed and what hasn’t. Follow the hashtag #Travels2Europe on instagram and twitter to join the conversation. Wheels up!