Our recent trip to Budapest was a bit of a test for me and Andy. We were working and traveling, with actual contracts and deadlines, for the first time, and we wanted to make sure things ran as smoothly as possible. Even though the apartment we rented had WiFi, we decided it might be good to test out Tep Wireless to see how their mobile WiFi works in case we ever need it as a back-up while we’re traveling.
In July Andy and I spent a week in Budapest. It was a wonderful city, and I wish we could’ve stayed longer. It was a nice escape to break up the long stretch of time we had at home, and it was a trip to really test out working on the road. We did a lot while we were there, but working meant we skipped a few things we might have spent money on otherwise. Here’s how much we spent traveling in Budapest for a week.
Andy and I recently spent a week in Budapest. It’s been a few months since we returned from Southeast Asia, and we don’t have any big travel plans until the fall, so I was itching to go somewhere. It was also a trial run of working and traveling at the same time. Though we’ve done this before, this was the first time Andy had a contract while we traveled.
One of the selling points for the apartment we rented in Budapest was its proximity to St. Stephen’s Basilica. It’s a gorgeous building, and it’s tied with the Parliament building for the tallest in the city at 96 meters high. Every day when we turned out of the apartment building, it was the first thing we saw. Luckily it’s also possible to get to the top of the middle tower for some fantastic view of the city.
I love castles. They’re some of my favorite sights in Europe, mostly because buildings like that just don’t exist in the US. Castles are such a huge reminder of the age and history of European culture. Plus castles just look cool. Budapest’s Castle Hill was really pretty, but I was excited that there was a second castle in Budapest, on the Pest side of the city.
While Andy and I were in Rome last year, the pizza making and food tour we took was one of our favorite activities. It was such an interesting way to learn about the city and the culture. So when we started planning our recent trip to Budapest and I came across a food tour there, we jumped on it. I knew very little about Budapest or Hungarian cuisine, so we signed up for their culinary walk for our second day in the city to get an introduction to our week.
“Look, there’s a funicular!”
I can always count on Andy to get excited about funiculars, and Budapest was no exception. So on our first full day in the city, we left our apartment late in the morning to go find the funicular that goes to the top of Castle Hill. We were staying on the Pest side of the city, and Castle Hill is across the Danube River on the Buda side, so we found the Chain Bridge, the oldest bridge to connect the two sides, and started wandering around in the heat.
When Andy and I were planning our recent trip to Budapest, I found a train route that would save us about 100 euros each. Unfortunately it involved two switches at night on the return journey. The schedule looked roughly like this: Budapest to Munich 3:10pm to 10:25pm, Munich to Karlsruhe 11:50pm to 3:30am, and Karlsruhe to Freiburg 4:45am to 5:55am. I knew I wouldn’t like it but, at the time, the drastic difference in the ticket price convinced me to buy it. It’ll be an adventure, I thought. (In hindsight, what the hell what I thinking? I didn’t even like the night train from Paris to Nice, and we were in a sleeper car on that one.)
Recently on Twitter, someone called me shallow for “boasting” about having been to all seven continents before my 30th birthday. That it wasn’t about how many, but what you get out of a place. I definitely know and agree that travel is about the experiences, so I was upset that someone was accusing me of being shallow because my Twitter profile states that I’ve been to all seven continents. She was judging me based on that, and assuming that all I cared about were the numbers.
Earlier this year, I spent my second long period of time traveling through parts of Southeast Asia. I didn’t track my spending the first time as well as I did this time, especially when it came to food and miscellaneous spending, so it was interesting to compare the two trips from a travel spending perspective. Both times I spent nearly two months in the region, but the first time around I solo for about half the time. This time Andy was with me, so all expenses listed are for two people.