I’m so behind! I blame Budapest and so should you – will update this weekend with the deets. Forgive the weird format, I’m gonna continue to play around with this to test what works before things get real in Aus, America, Asia etc early next year. I’m also going to cut these posts down and up the volume. 😀
How not to travel Prague
GO PRAGUE? Ya – the city was better than i expected for exploring and party life even in late October. Prague definitely felt like a place i could have stayed longer- mainly because the hostel was so good and it’s so damn cheap for Europe. Sir Toby’s Hostel came in at around 5 euros a day(!) and is one of my fave hostels so far. Plus if you were sensible (big if) you could live on a c.£3 p/d food budget thanks to the super affordable supermarkets.
Best bits: Hostel life, tearing up the clubs, beer tasting, absinthe bars + wandering around the cathedral.
More pictures: http://www.instagram.com/how_not_to_travel
Where stay(?): I wholeheartedly recommend Sir Toby’s hostel (9/10 hostelworld) which was absolutely crazy value in terms of staff, community vibes and quality beds. There were plenty of pretty decent clubs and pretty sights within easy walking distance and transport into the city center from right outside the hostel.
Where work(?): Finding a quiet spot with Wi-Fi shouldn’t be too hard but if you need to make calls / get on skype like me then it’s a bit more of a struggle. I worked mainly in my hostel room which was pretty good as dorms are typically empty from midday to evening + the wi-fi was strong @ Sir Tobys’.
Good for work(?): Meh. In theory ya but i struggled to find a decent spot outside the Hostel with a nice environment & some peace and quiet.
On a positive note though – I’ve found teaching on the road to be no problem at all as long as I planned ahead and scoped out somewhere secluded. So yeah – remote English tutoring has definitely got a big thumbs up as a solid way of roaming and earning. Worth noting though that to maintain my travel lifestyle in its current form I have also had to rely on other income streams (digital consultancy etc) to cover costs.
Please feel free to reach out if you want info on where I got my qualification, how long it took and then where I got a job.
What do(?): The beer tour, Petrin tower, clubbing, the pissing man statue(?), exploring the cathedral + those great views looking down over the city. (From the road up to the cathedral + up to Petrin tower)
Cock up count: (3) Laptop screen cracked, realisation that my phone camera is totally unsuitable for what I’m trying to do, STILL waiting on payment from a client which is always coming ‘tomorrow’ (Sign a contract + send an invoice with a final payment date, gah)
Learn from me
- Buy food from the supermarkets (Stuff like dried meat, nuts, canned food, lentils etc are great backpack fodder + emergency foods).
- Buy a laptop case.
- If you’re planning on documenting your travels / being a tourist, it helps to have a camera that isn’t completely outdated. (Iphone 6).
- ALWAYS confirm payment deadlines + a project completion date when freelancing.
There were many funny club moments but my favourite is still coming back from a night out to this girl in the common room saying “Bet i can stick a condom up my nose and pull it out my throat..”
“.. I’m not sure that’s sa…. Do it.”
Some pics: #1 Prague by night, #2 Losing an arm-wrestle to a skeleton in an absinthe bar, #3 Petrin tower by night.
For more photos please check out my IG: @How_not_to_travel