Episode 0: Prologue [Europe 2017 series]

My first trip of 2017 was a 2week ‘citybreak’ in Europe.

I’ve been wanting to go to some European cities for a while but didn’t want to just book city breaks every other weekend. I wanted to be away for 2 weeks, try to save as much money as possible and do as much as I could in one go.

The plan started to come together in January for the trip in April, but realistically I started to plan it in November. I’ve had a lot of help from bloggers/websites such as https://www.nomadicmatt.com/https://www.seat61.com/, and https://www.rome2rio.com. They’re absolutely fantastic resources when you’re planning everything yourself. (so if any of you ever reads this blog, thank you!!!).

I currently live in London, so after looking into what I wanted to do in each place, I decided my route would be: Brussels, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Salzburg and Zurich.

I travelled by train mainly but I took a flight from Brussels to Berlin (for some reason it was cheaper than taking the train) and then from Zurich back to London. In the different cities I walked everywhere, except in Berlin and Vienna where I used the train once.

Since I wanted to do different things in each city, I decided to stay for different amounts of time in each.

Brussels: 1 Day/1night

Berlin: 2and a half days / 2 nights

Prague: 2 days / 2 nights

Vienna: 2 and a half days / 3 nights

Salzburg: 1 and a half day / 1 night

Zurich: 2 days / 2 nights

I promised myself that regardless of how much I was trying to save I would try a tradicional meal and drink in every single one of these places. I can tell you now that it was very entertaining. I might have had beer for breakfast at a certain point. *facepalm*

That was more or less 11 days during the Easter period, give or take. It was the first time I went travelling alone for such a long period of time and it was the best thing ever.

I met incredible people along the way and I learnt a lot about myself and how to deal with different situations. I’m actually very unsure if I’ll ever be able to travel for a long period of time with someone else, since this trip really showed me how incredible it is to be able to plan everything alone and make all the decisions myself. It really made me push my fears aside and talk to everyone, ask for help and feel comfortable in countries where I didn’t speak or understood the language.

So again…advice from this unicorn girl:

  • If you’re undecided about going travelling alone…just do it. Don’t overthink it. Book the flights, trains etc. Book it now. Everything else can follow.
  • Not knowing the language is not an issue. I asked too many times everywhere if ‘they spoke english’ and people actually looked at me weirdly. Almost like: ‘Do you think we’re aliens or something? Of course we speak english!’
  • Being a girl travelling alone ended up not being an issue at all. I did have some people asking me where my partner or friends where, but in the end everyone was happy to help me with anything I needed.


Published by Mariana Vieira da Rocha

"I think it's perfectly acceptable and rather admirable to be moderately delusional"

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