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?

 

 

 

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10 Reasons Why You Should Travel To The Philippines.

Visiting the Philippines is something that I will never forget for many reasons. In April 2017, I had an amazing opportunity to travel to the Philippines, with Kevin to meet a majority of his family for 3 whole weeks. Of course, there was plenty of exploring, adventurous outings and a lot of relaxation; as it was still a holiday. Unfortunately, looking back at the photographs, it appeared that I did not take many, nor are the ones that I took are any good of quality. I don’t want to go into too much detail about what I did when I was there. If you want that then comment below and I will save it for another post.

In this post, I will be giving you a simple breakdown of my favourite reasons as to why you should visit the Philippines. In my opinion, I think that being given the opportunity to travel somewhere and experiencing another culture is the most amazing thing and you should really take something from it. IF YOU CAN… DO IT!

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Baluarte (Vigan) – Mini Zoo and museum

One of my top reasons, as to why I recommend visiting the Philippines, is that everyone is so friendly. There was not at any point a moment where I felt like I wasn’t being treated fairly or that anyone was rude to me. Everyone who I had came into contact with were genuienly really nice. I had a rather pleasant stay and thought it was lovely how there was no language barrier. It’s not that I expected people to be rude, but I recognized straight away how nice everyone was, despite me feeling nervous/worried in another country and I think that is something that I will always remember. I had never been this far away from home before, so it really meant a lot to me and I appreciated it a lot. Plus, it is a cheap place to visit, not including the flight, but in general for the activities and food etc,. It’s very good value for money!

Beaches & Tourist Attractions

There are many many beautiful beaches and tourist attractions in the Philippines. I am sure you have seen those photographs of the most beautiful, calm and clear beaches… well imagine loads of those. That’s exactly what it is like!

During my time, I mainly stayed in Manila. Although, that was a city so we did have to travel to all the beautiful beaches. As you can see from the image below, their beaches are clear, stunning and just look completely peaceful. I really enjoyed visiting the beaches there as they just look so stunning and clean which is a completely different atmosphere compared to the UK. I 100% recommend these places, if you’re looking for places to visit during your stay.

Beaches

  • Vigan
  • Boracay
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Vigan – city, and province of locus Sur, Philippines.

Below are a list of tourist attractions and places that I was fortunate enough to visit:

Tourist attractions

  • Woodland Adventures – climbing mountains
  • Pottery making
  • Baluarte – mini zoo, museum, large sign (perfect for photos)
  • ShowTime – ABS-CBN – a talent television show – I had the wonderful experience of watching the filming and also taking part on stage at the beginning for their introduction.
  • Pet Cafe’s
  • There is a lot of places for your visit, as well as beautiful sights along the way.

Shopping Malls & Markets

I’ve never seen so many markets and shopping malls during a holiday before and I never even knew this was possible, not to mention how big they are. During my stay in the Philippines, I only really visited the malls in Manila… I say only, but I still remember visiting many of them. They have a lot of SM’s which I think actually stands for Super Market, but please don’t quote me on that. Also, I visited a smaller mall called Robinson’s which I remember a lot because I bought some new flip flops (smart shoes) and a Mickey Mouse t-shirt. In the malls, you can find a range of shops, such as boutiques, supermarkets, fashion outlets, restaurants, coffee shops, movie theatres, internet cafe’s, and basically everything that you could possibly need all in one place. I could have literally spent a whole day in a mall, there’s just loads to do.

I won’t forget to mention all of the street foods and markets which you can find everywhere, even on the street LOL. I remember, when we were there, we were stuck in traffic for a couple of hours and as we were sooooooooo hot and hungry, we managed to get out of the car to get water and food at one of the street markets and still make it back into the car in time. Honestly, you’ll be so surprised. I just found it absolutely mesmerising. I think it is mainly due to the fact of how different it is in comparison to the UK.

Weather & Climate

I know what you’re thinking and yes this is so obvious! But, the WEATHER is definitely up there in my top 10 reasons why you should travel to the Philippines. It is so nice to go somewhere that is really hot, even when there is no sun! Of course, it was very humid and yes as soon as I stepped outside of the apartment, I was boiling and sweating but it was a great experience. I would recommend putting on sun cream/lotion regardless as it is a really good way to not burn, but also to keep your skin moisturised. I had many occasions where I had dry skin which wasn’t always from burning, but because my skin got a bit dried out.

Experience

One of the things that I really loved about going to the Philippines is the whole experience of it all. It is very eye-opening and does make you feel either really appreciated or give you an awareness of what is going on in the world. I found it so fascinating being able to experience what it is like living in the Philippines as well as learning a lot about their culture. It is actually amazing how different it is to the UK which is why I will never forget my visit. I am going to be completely honest, it was a little overwhelming.

I want to start documenting all of my travels and all of the great things that I am fortunate enough to experience. I really want to travel to a few places this year, so please give me some recommendations.

Where are your favourite places to visit?

What Type Of Traveller Are You?

What type of traveller are you? Hmm… This is going to be interesting! Recently, I have been reading a lot of travel quizzes that fellow travel bloggers have taken to determine what type/kind of traveller they are. I have been meaning to write a post similar to this, instead of actually explaining what type of traveller I think I am based on my previous holidays and travel preferences. However, I thought it would be a good idea to find out the results through the ultimate travel quiz which can be found here. If you undergo this quiz, please let me know of your results in the comment section of this post as I am intrigued as to what type of traveller you are.

This quiz is made up of the following 8 multiple choice questions:

1. Going on holidays is more often: 

  • By Plane: the further away the better to really disconnect. After all, you only have a week of holiday.
  • By Car: you stay in the UK. It’s easier and cheaper.
  • By Train or Boat: the travel is part of the holiday experience and you like to take your time. Being on holiday is a state of mind. 

I very much enjoy using public transport to get to my holiday destinations and I do believe that the whole travel aspect is apart of the holiday experience. I like to use transport abroad as they are always different to the UK. For example, if I never went on a TUK TUK in Amsterdam, I would never have had that transport experience. It is a lot of fun and I recommend it to everyone.

2. While choosing a holiday with a travel agent, you are more likely to opt for: 

  • A complete package: you choose a travel agent that looks after everything as you don’t have the time to do it all. 
  • A credible and reliable agency: you check out their results, reputation and customer feedback.
  • A themed offer: you look for a group that can guarantee you an innovative and unknown experience.

I think the answer to this question varies depending on the type of holiday you are going on. If it was a short city break, I would most likely have a look around online, read some reviews and book a place that suited me. However, if I am going on a proper holiday abroad for more than a week, I would 100% go for a complete package. It is a lot easier to just pay for everything that you would like to do and get an all-inclusive holiday as sometimes it works out a lot cheaper and is very convenient.

3. What’s the last thing you do before leaving home to go on holiday: 

  • Nothing! You are always in a mad last-minute rush. 
  • You leave a thank you note for the neighbour who’ll be coming over to water your plants.
  • Verify that all the electrical appliances are turned off and that nothing is left on standby mode.

I am going to be completely honest! I am normally rushing about and stressing that I do not have everything packed, sorted and ready to go. Generally, everything is under control and I am fully prepared. I always think that I have forgotten something, so I tend to freak out thinking the worse is about to happen.

4. Your ‘ideal’ holiday would be in what type of accommodation: 

  • A club resort: the children are kept well occupied, so you only need to think about yourself.
  • A charming bed and breakfast: you enjoy meeting and spending time with other people as it’s more fun.
  • The open-air (camping, trekking etc.): you like to change your habits and get back to simple living.

Of course, I would choose the open air. If you have been following me on social media and keeping up with my blog, you will automatically know that I am a very adventurous person who loves to go outside and explore the world capturing beautiful moments, including all its nature.

5. What is your preferred choice for eating during your holiday?

  • Quality restaurants mentioned in the reputed travel guide. That way there are no unpleasant surprises.
  • Small and often unremarkable looking, local eateries. You like to discover the local authentic cuisine. 
  • Cooking for yourself with local produce.  Even while on holiday you enjoy cooking.

Small and often is always my eating habit when I am on holiday. I never get a big appetite to be able to eat a full meal/dinner. I would normally go to places that serve foods I am used to eating. Due to being a vegetarian, I have to be careful that I am not given any meals that contain traces of meat in them. I am very fussy when it comes to foods which is why I like to keep it plain and simple.

6. You decide to go for a day trip. How do you organise it? 

  • You stay close to the hotel. Being on vacation is for relaxing, not racing around. 
  • You explore a nearby village in the company of your newly made friends.
  • You contact an official guide to show you the local wildlife.

This was a bit of a tricky question for me to answer purely because I wouldn’t do any of these. However, I did go for the top one meaning that I would plan to go somewhere, but always keep in mind how far I am travelling by knowing the distance back to the hotel. I would never go to a nearby village with random people met on holiday, neither would I get a tour guide to show me places. I love creating my own adventures and finding places myself. I use Google Maps wherever I go because it is perfect for these types of things.

7. While on holiday, you prefer: 

  • Excitement and thrills: jet ski, water skiing, 4-wheel drives through the sand dunes. Making the most of every minute. 
  • Cultural and culinary discoveries: a guarantee of authenticity for you.
  • Calm and solitude: taking care of yourself and recharging your batteries.

I mean, come on, this is easy. Without a doubt, you would make the most out of being on holiday by cramming in every activity on your to-do list. I don’t like to rest during the days as I want to explore the town I am in by feeling like I have done everything as planned. I always get pumped and have a lot of energy which is why I like to be busy capturing moments and treasuring them.

8. Before returning home after your holiday, what’s the last thing you do?

  • You stock up on souvenirs at the airport as you preferred to relax until the last minute.
  • You visit local shops. You make the most to take a last look at the local handicrafts.
  • You take a couple last photos. Your best memories are already firmly fixed in your mind.

I DO ALL OF THESE!!!! Well, I had to go with the most obvious one as I do it everywhere I go, even if I am going to a small city. I always find souvenir shops right at the last minute. I am too busy on holiday to be thinking about souvenirs or gifts for people, so I normally find them when I am at the airport. I do think this is a good idea though because you have a lot of time to waste and it’s a perfect way to spend the last of your travel money.

Here are my results from the ‘What type of traveller are you?’ quiz: 

You are a carefree traveller 

In your daily life, you have probably adopted some ecological behaviours: sorting rubbish, low energy light bulbs… you are aware that even simple actions can help to save the planet. But when the lightness of the holiday season overtakes you, good habits can be forgotten or paid less attention to. This small oversight can surely be overcome as many of ecotourism’s good habits are easy to follow. Our advice: Choose a responsible travel agent. If you can’t organise your own environmentally respectful vacation, then opt for a professional that will propose a vacation according to your needs, as well as the planets. If you take the plane to a distant place, think about compensating your carbon emissions. A number of agencies enable you to ‘pay’ for the greenhouse gases emitted by your air travel, with the amount donated to an environmental group. If you love adventure and excitement, drop the 4-wheel drive and get a hot air balloon, glider or hang glider instead. Even for short journeys, pay attention to greenhouse gases by choosing clean travel methods. Small actions can make a big difference. In any case, don’t forget that ecotourism is not an obligation and each of us can adapt it to our own way of life.

I would 100% say that this is a fairly accurate travel quiz. I agree with the results and will consider these factors the next time I plan to go on holiday. If you would like to find out ‘what type of traveller you are?’… just click here. I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I did taking the quiz and writing it for you. Have a great day!