Picking between the better experiences!

Picking between the better experiences!

I have to admit that writing on the go is a tiring job! Rather dream one too, when you’re travelling like an Awara. A new city and a new culture, a new language, new experiences and a fresh start all over again!

I am on my way to LJUBLJANA (try pronouncing it!) It’s the capital of Slovenia between Austria and Croatia. This happens to be my 8th town in the fifth country on this trip! So far it’s been a crazy trip and I love every bit of it. Do I miss home? Let’s say I miss the real Indian food. Being the girl who studied in a boarding school for six great years, homesickness is the last thing to hit me. At least I think so.

This is my first post after having promised regular posts (which of course I miserably failed at) and I have so much to say, so many stories to tell from each journey and each destination.

I honestly don’t know from where to start writing about my sojourns & experiences!

May be, I should start with a recap?

So in the last 25days (that’s the amount of time I’ve been travelling for) I have visited:

  1. Czech Republic
  • Prague
  • Karlovy Vary
  • Litomysl
  • Telc
  • Cesky Krumlov
  1. Slovakia
  • Bratislava
  1. Hungary
  • Budapest
  1. Austria
  • Vienna
  • Salzburg

So which was my favorite destination?

On an honest note, I was hoping it would be Prague since it was the next on my bucket list after my solo trip to Istanbul, Turkey. But when I went to Cesky Krumlov, I loved it too and so about Bratislava, Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg.

I AM NOT BEING MODEST.

But then every city had a different story to tell, a completely different experience to offer. I can’t pick favorites, at least not yet.

Prague had it’s old school charm blended with the crazy vibrant youth life, the drinking scenes were epic (quite literally! *wink wink*)

Bratislava redefined the word- CHILLED LIFE!

Budapest was big and fancy and well awesome!

Vienna had the ‘Oh so imperial’ feels & Salzburg was the least bit of Alps I could see, ‘cuz I am too poor to go to Switzerland on this cool trip!

And now I am headed with my folks to Ljubljana, even the pronunciation of which is an effort. But then, would anybody ever specially take a trip to the country they barely knew and is so so small?

SO NOW, I AM ALL SET TO SHARE MY TRIP TALES WITH YOU!

AND ALL SET TO EXPERIENCE (and hopefully be surprised) by Ljubljana!

If you have any questions, bucket lists or experiences that you’d like me to write about, I WILL IF YOU DROP A COMMENT 😉

Dank-a-shul!

Until Next Time

Picture Credits: Parampara Patil Hashmi

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6 Comments

  • Wow, so much you have already done and there is lots left. I will come back to listen more interesting stories. I love doing long trips myself.

  • Just have one query…You guys are back from a 50 day trip…and as per the schengen visa rules, you have to show booking for every damn night..I am just back from Germany for 2 weeks..and it was a pain to show all bookings in advance…how did you guys manage for 50 days?! Any tips?!

    P.S. I am planning to take a month long trip next year…April maybe!

  • Usually, people book through Booking.com where you don’t have to pay anything upfront, take those bookings & show them in their itinerary for visa. You can do the same. That way, you don’t have to pay for bookings (you can cancel them later for free) & make the itinerary. 🙂

    All the best for your next trip! Let us know if you need any help in planning it.

  • Hey Parichay, thanks a lot for the quick reply and the advice…I did the same for my Germany trip…I thought there might be some other easy way out…LOL! But I guess, when you travel for longer periods and more places, should I show the hotel booking for each place or can I just make longer bookings for some places and apply for a visa…and when the visa is granted, I can plan my trip as I want…For eg. for a trip of 30-35 days..and say 8-9 places…instead of showing bookings for all the 8 places, can I show longer bookings for just 3-4 places and apply for a visa? Is it advisable to do that? Also, just wanted to ask, did you show the intercity / inter-country travel bookings also? like the flight / train bookings inside the schengen area? Thanks again!

  • You can show longer bookings for lesser places & that should do the trick. We did not show intercity travel bookings because there were a lot of connections in our trip. We made a document stating our approximate date & time of departure from city A & arrival in city B with either X train or Y bus.

    That comprehensive document did help a lot considering we traveled between 20 cities. This is just to showcase how well prepared/researched are you with your options. 🙂

    If you are sure about your plans, I’d recommend to book all transportation from India itself because their rates keep fluctuating. They’re at their peak if you book it like 2-3 days in advance.

  • Yes..That ways, lesser paperwork to do before the visa is granted…and yes you guys had a long trip! So it is next to impossible to show the intercity / inter-country bookings and then cancel them in case visa is refused for some flimsy reason…The comprehensive document you are talking about is just a detailed day wise travel itinerary I guess…I will definitely book everything transport related before I go for which plans are fixed…the train prices go higher as dates come nearer…Maybe some short trips can be worked out once I reach there….Thanks again for the advice…So either Norway / Sweden for 15-17 days next October or a longer 30 day trip in April / May whichever works out well..have to already start monitoring airfares if I wanna go in April / May / June

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