A Day Trip to London

Hey my loves,

It seems a little weird to write a blog post about travel while the whole world is dealing with something so unclear, but I truly just wanted to share my day trip to London, because I had so much fun there. I wanted to write this blog post so much earlier, but I just haven’t found the right time for it.

In the middle of January my bestie and I went for a day trip to London. We had the BEST time, so I thought I would share some of my impressions with you. We had around 12 hours to see as much as we possibly could and we squeezed in a lot.

We were so lucky with the weather it was supposed to be raining, which early in the morning it did, but instead we had a gorgeous blue sky and sunshine. The day started with a really early flight from Cologne to Stansted, but honestly it was so worth it having the night view of flying and it was weirdly calming to not see how high we actually were. We decided to take the Stansted Express to Liverpool Street since we found a good breakfast spot close by.

Right when we got to the London we went to The Breakfast Club and had an epic breakfast and coffee, which was needed. I went for an avocado rye toast, which was extremely good. We also had booked a viewing for Sky Garden around elven-ish, so we had a little time and just wandered around.

We had a pretty good idea of what we wanted to see, so we just took the tube everywhere or walked as much as possible. In preparation for our day trip I planned rough routes which led us alongside some great sightseeing points, but we just used it for a rough outline.

We walked a lot this day but also experienced the London tube, because some distances, especially from Marble Arch to Notting Hill, would have been too long of a walk. For Lunch we actually stopped at a Pret right at the Marble Arch, so we could sit a little and soak up the lovely sun. We also had a little wander around Covent Garden and looked at the entry to Chinatown.

I really want to go back to London and do some more sightseeing since we actually haven’t seen everything we wanted. Maybe this time we stay a little longer than 12 hours. But honestly, it is a real quick flight and definitely worth a trip. When everything settles with the current situation and life gets back to normal a trip to London is high up on my list of things I want to do.

For more pictures you can always check out my Instagram, I posted pics throughout the first three months of 2020 of my London trip.

XoXo, Jasmin.

Going on a Trip as a College Student

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I am going to talk about how I afforded a three day weekend away in Berlin with a friend for under 200 euros.

Now the main key is definitely timing. As a college student you are much more free with your time and not necessarily bound to any of the major travel seasons (at least for us students here in Germany). So, it is definitely always cheaper to travel off season. Another important factor is to set yourself a price limit, we had a price limit of 150 Euros per Person and we stayed in it (excluded is food).

Now we scavenged the internet for any possible offer. We ultimately landed on a page that only offers short trips (kurzurlaub.de). And we found a four star hotel for 70 euros for 2 nights and breakfast for one person, which is an amazing deal. Now, here are my tips to find something similar:

  • Don’t just look at one page for offers, we ultimately looked at four different sites and even Facebook. You could also check out Google, tripadvisor and so on, and of course AirBnB is always an option.
  • Don’t be set on a travel date, in the long run it is much better to be flexible with your dates. The one thing that was important to us was that we would be gone for a weekend and not under the week. But most of the times some of the offers are even better for under the week so if you have the possibility to go under the week I would highly recommend doing so.
  • We traveled with the DB (train), which was at the time the cheapest offer for our time frame once we found a hotel. We could have flown, but even with the cheapest flights we would have had to pay for luggage and that would have been a lot more than what we ultimately paid for our train tickets (we spent about 75 euros for the round trip)

Our total for hotel and train tickets was about a 150 euros for each person and we spend about 50 euros each for food and other things on the trip itself. Our total was almost exactly 200 bucks, which for 3 days in a big city is amazing. Don’t you think?

What are your tips and tricks? Feel free to share them in the comments. I would love to know. Also, next week you get my holiday entry about Berlin, so stay tuned!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.