Amsterdam VS. Budapest: Which Is Better?

Hmm, this is going to be difficult.

I have not done a post like this before, purely because I find them challenging. For someone who loves to travel and loves to take adventures, this is very difficult.

Let’s start with Amsterdam…

If you remember from May 2018, I went to Amsterdam for my sister’s hen party for 4 days. Here is the full post if you would like to give it a read.

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Amsterdam Tulip Museum

Amsterdam is definitely up there with one of my favourite places to visit in Europe, especially because when I was growing up there was such a big emphasis on it. I really enjoyed how much it felt like home. For me, I usually get home-sick pretty quickly, but considering I was there for a few days, it really did feel like home.

Amsterdam is, of course, a very beautiful place to visit. There are many many canals and lots of sights for its tourists. This is the one reason why I always wanted to go to Amsterdam. I had seen amazing photographs on social media, mainly Instagram, of travel bloggers posting these incredible shots of enormous buildings, pretty flowers and scenery; along with the canals in the background – and that’s what I have always wanted to see.

My favourite part about Amsterdam is definitely the friendliness of the people that live there, as well as the tourists. If I ever had any questions, problems or anything at all, everyone that I asked was happy to help and this meant a lot to me. I felt very safe being in Amsterdam, and it was an incredible experience that I will always remember.

And now it’s time for Budapest…

If you remember from August 2018, I went to Budapest with my friends for 4 days. Here is the full post if you would like to give it a read.

 

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Budapest Castle with my friends 

Budapest was absolutely incredible! It has been one of my favourite holidays so far. I kid you not, I will never forget the experience I had, especially spending it with some of my best friends.

I went to Budapest in early August, so as you can imagine it was sooooooo hot – I mean I loved it! Budapest in the day time is very pedestrian-friendly and is filled with lots of tourists, just like us. There are so many beautiful sights wherever you looked even whilst travelling on the trams.

Budapest’s nightlife is something quite interesting – it is absolutely breathtaking, especially when the city is all lit up and then you know it has begun. In my opinion, Budapest nightlife is better than Amsterdam or at least based on the experience’s I had. They are both very beautiful destinations and well-known places which are quite similar, yet completely different at the same time.

Personally, I think that for these two types of places, it definitely depends on who you go there with for you to be able to decide which one you prefer. I overall just had a better time in Budapest and I have always said that I will go back there in a couple years. On the other hand, I wouldn’t say that I would never go back to Amsterdam because of course, I would – I LOVE TO TRAVEL. But, what I mean is that I wouldn’t go out of choice. I would only go if I was invited or wanted to go with friends and/or family. I have so many other places on my bucket list that I would choose first.

I hope this post helps you in making your decisions, but definitely find out what activities you would like to do as this will determine which destination is best for you.

I have got lots of adventures planned for 2019, starting with Germany, Paris, Italy, Barcelona and Ibiza so I will be posting about those.

 

Where are you travelling for your next holiday?

 

 

 

10 Things You Must Do When Visiting Amsterdam.

WOW! What an incredible weekend it’s been travelling to Amsterdam for my sisters’ hen do. It’s been a pretty crazy and hilarious weekend which made the trip enjoyable and memorable. Many of you on Twitter wanted me to do a post about Travelling to Amsterdam and the things I did whilst I was there. I am so excited to be writing a travel post for you as I really enjoy writing about my adventures. In this blog post, I will be informing you of what I got up to on my 48 hours city break to Amsterdam. I apologise greatly for the lack of images of the actual activities itself, it’s just that most places did not let tourists take photographs.

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One of many beautiful canals

I travelled to Amsterdam with EasyJet on Friday 18th May 2018 and arrived back to the U.K on Sunday 20th May 2018. It was a very lively weekend; jam-packed with activities, to ensure I was making the most out of my time spent in Amsterdam. I stayed at Hotel Teun which was a lovely little hotel located roughly 15 minutes away from Dam Square and the Red Light District. It was just under 1km away from the Town Centre (Dam Square) which is definitely the ideal distance anyone should be when staying in Amsterdam. Even though it’s not a long distance, it feels a lot longer of a walk than what Google Maps says which is why I ended up getting a lot of Taxi’s and Tuk Tuk rides home.

33086898_211976812914981_723636491124736000_nAmsterdam is a very beautiful city to visit which is surrounded by canals and a lot of beautiful historical buildings. It is definitely one of the friendliest places I have ever been to on holiday which feels like I am back at home in England. The weather is pretty much the same as the U.K which is strange because when I was there England had much better weather. I was a little annoyed, but I didn’t ruin my experience at all. The environment and the atmosphere of the town and streets are very much similar to London. I love visiting places that make me feel safe because it always makes the journey and visits a lot more pleasant. Amsterdam is known for being a ‘bike town’ because it is literally filled with bikes. It baffled me when I first arrived because the bikes get right of way on the road, even with cars. Everyone has to stop for bikes. There are bikes everywhere and are stored in bike parks similar to car parks LOL. I have never seen so many bikes in my life, as you can probably tell I found this pretty fascinating.

Amsterdam Ice Bar

The Amsterdam Ice Bar is one of the most unique bars in Amsterdam; with everything being entirely made out of Ice. It is definitely something to experience when visiting Amsterdam. When you arrive, you are given 3 coins (1 silver and 2 bronze) which are used to purchase your drinks whilst you are in the Ice Bar. You are able to get any cocktail and 2x beers or shots. I was only able to stay in the Ice Bar for approximately 20 minutes out of the 30 minutes time slot. Although it is very cold, you are provided with a jacket and gloves which is a massive help if you are wearing a dress for a night out. I thoroughly had a great time at the Ice Bar and I would definitely visit one of these again. It is 100% worth the price I paid. Unfortunately, I did not take any great photos to share with you as I only had my phone with me at the time which made it difficult to take photos in the cold.

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Ice Bar Tickets: https://www.xtracold.com/en/icebar-tickets/ – £19.50

Red Light District

The Red Light District is definitely a very popular tourist attraction which gathers many people to see what’s really going on there. It consists of many bars and pubs, brothels, sex museums and sex shops. The rumours you hear are very likely to be true. Besides being about this, it is quite a friendly place to be and the experience you get there is like no other. It is something that you have to definitely go to, conveniently as it is mainly located right in the centre of the nightlife in Amsterdam. Many people think that Amsterdam is just for this reason as well as smoking, however, there are many other experiences and things to do in Amsterdam besides this. I wanted to have the full experience and fit as much as I could in, so I decided to just have a look at what it is all about.

Red Light Secrets Museum

The Red Light Secrets Museum is located in the centre of the Red Light District which makes it almost impossible to miss. It is correspondent to the ideology of the Red Light District. It is an opportunity for people from the public to experience life behind the window as if you are a part of the women in the Red Light District windows. There are many interaction opportunities and videos to enhance your experience for you to understand what is it like for a prostitute in Amsterdam. You are able to visit many showrooms of what they might work in, listen to their confessions, sit in the window and experience what’s goes on in the inside, as well as listen to secrets of the famous Red Light District.

Red Light Secrets Museum Tickets: http://www.redlightsecrets.com/#5 – £10.50

Anne Frank House

The Anne Frank House is a writer’s house and biographical museum dedicated to the Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. Anne Frank is a young girl who had to go into hiding, for 2 years in a secret annex at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam, during the World War 2 to escape from the Nazis. The Anne Frank House is now a famous tourist attraction which has an interactive museum built around it for educational purposes and for people of the public to experience what it might have been like. In 1944, Anne Frank and her family were found in the secret annex due to a raiding which resulted in the family being sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. After her death, Anne Frank becomes famous worldwide because of the diary she wrote during World War 2 and in hiding which is used as supportive evidence of the historical event.

I think that the Anne Frank House is a very educational tourist attraction that is well structured to inform people of the public of the historical event that happened in World War 2, as well as the importance of Anne Frank and how she changed the world and its perspectives. I found the interactive museum very informative and easy to navigate as well as consuming all the information. They included the right information, as well as the most important. In respect to Anne Frank, photographs were prohibited as you were going into the secret annex where the Frank family were hiding. I think that if anyone has the opportunity to visit Amsterdam, The Anne Frank House is definitely something that should be explored because it played a huge part of the history of the world and everyone should be aware of what went on. It is definitely worth the price paid which is without a doubt reasonable. I absolutely love exploring and visiting museums because I find it interesting and intriguing. If you are like me, you will find it fascinating.

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The Anne Frank House Tickets: http://www.annefrank.org/en/Museum/Practical-information/Online-ticket-sales/ – £10

Exploring The Streets Of Amsterdam

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Dam Square in Amsterdam is built around the Amstel river which is a spacious piece of land directly in Amsterdam Central. There is always some sort of entertainment going on, such as dancing, photography, yoga, street performers or random entertainment. It is a great location which brings in all sorts of tourists whilst they are in the town doing their shopping or exploring. The shops are located around Dam Square which makes it an ideal location for tourists and performers. There are food stalls, restaurants and shops to fulfil your shopping experience in Amsterdam. There are many tourist attractions in the Dam Square centre, for example, Madame Tussauds a famous waxworks museum and The New Church which is used for important art exhibitions. Amsterdam is full of your typical high street shops such as H&M, Primark, Bershka and many more.

Things that I want to do in Amsterdam next time:

I look forward to travelling to Amsterdam in the future as there are many more places I would love to visit and explore. I hope you liked reading this little post about what I got up to in Amsterdam… well for the 48 hours I was there for. If you have been to any of these places or suggest any places for me to visit please leave a comment below.

 

How To Get In The Holiday Spirit? || The Travel Tag

Hello everyone! I hope you are doing well. You’re probably surprised I have another blog post LOL. I made a promise that I will keep publishing again like I used to and I am going to make that happen. I have planned out so many interesting and fun blogs that I am looking forward to sharing with you in the next upcoming months. For those of you who don’t know, I have two mini holiday breaks coming up which is why I wanted to do this little holiday travel tag to help get me in the holiday spirit. I am going to Belfast on Thursday 26th July to Sunday 29th July and I am going to Budapest on Friday 3rd August to Monday 6th August. I am so happy to be going away. If you would like any specific travel posts regarding these places please comment below as I would love to do helpful travel posts. Now without further ado… let’s move straight on.

Which countries of the world have you already visited?

Unfortunately, I haven’t been to a lot of places as I didn’t begin going on holiday until I was 16 years old. The places I have been to in chronological order are Disney Land (Paris), Marsa Alam (Egypt), Manila (Philippines), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Belfast (Nothern Ireland) and a range of places in the United Kindom.

Which destination is the number one of your bucket list? 

This is very easy for me to answer as I have always dreamed of going to Australia… more specifically Melbourne and/or Sydney.

What is your most ideal holiday?

My most ideal holiday would definitely be something very spontaneous. I would love to go travelling unexpectedly… perhaps with a camper van and just see where the roads take me. I would love to do this will my boyfriend Kevin. It would be the best thing ever. It would be lovely. As long as we have a great time, I don’t even mind where we go. It would just be nice to explore, have fun and take a wild adventure.

Which place did you think was so special that you would love to go back there sometime?

Definitely, Disney Land Paris as it was mine and Kevin’s first day together in a relationship. I would absolutely love to go back there on one of our anniversary’s because it would mean a lot to me. I have always been one of those traditional people who treasure special moments like that. It would be nice to see Paris too as we never explored the city. We just stayed at Disney Land for our college trip. In February 2019 it will be mine and Kevin’s 5th year anniversary… hint hint hint LOL. I would love to go for our 5th year together.

Show us your nicest holiday photo:

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Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns (Manila, Philippines)

Did you have to travel for work sometime? If yes, where?

Sadly… no! My job does not require me to travel around the world. Although, it would be amazing to travel and work at the same time. You would be able to learn so much, not just from working, but culturally.

With who are you mostly going on holiday? 

My boyfriend Kevin. Most of my holidays have been with Kevin. It was just Amsterdam that Kevin didn’t come to as it was my sister’s hen party weekend.

Would you rather go to an amusement park or zoo?

Personally, this is rather tricky for me. I don’t do either of them a lot and I have never thought about this question before. I think I would probably choose an amusement park as long as Kevin could come with me because we would have a lot of fun whilst spending a lot of money LOL.

Would you rather go on a sun or ski holiday?

A very easy question for me to answer… SKI!!!!! Of course, I would choose that. I have never been on a ski holiday. I would always choose something that I have not done or only done a little. I love trying new things and experimenting. I have been to a range of sunny holiday places, so I would definitely try a ski holiday if I had the chance too.

What holidays do you have planned this year?

I am soooooooo happy to share this with you. I have been so excited about going on holiday which is why I wanted to do a post like this to help get all the excitement out, as well as give you more information about myself. I only have two short city breaks this year for my holidays, although I do prefer going to places for a few days as I tend to miss home in 4 days anyway. Tomorrow, I will be travelling to Belfast in Northern Ireland for 3 days to visit my family over there and to do a little bit of sight-seeing with of course Kevin. My second short city break is happening on 3rd August until the 6th August and I am going to Budapest with Kevin and 3 other friends. I am looking forward to this a lot because we have planned out the whole holiday ensuring we make the most of the time in Budapest. WE WILL HAVE A LOT OF FUN!

I am going to nominate 5 people who I think should do this blog post:

  1.  Emma 
  2. Isla
  3. Sophie
  4. Anne
  5. Life Travel Soul

Thank you so much for popping back onto my blog. It means so much to me. I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post. Now… I challenge YOU to do this tag if you are going on holiday anytime soon. It is definitely the perfect way to get you in the holiday spirit. If you would like me to do any blog posts specific to Belfast or Budapest please let me know. I would love to give you any advise and share my experiences with you. I hope you have a great end to the week and an amazing weekend!

From,

Bryoni X