Accommodations In Europe Start Coming Together

I was so happy when HostelBookers came on board to sponsor  SM Stowaway for the Mongol Rally this year. Finding accommodations in Europe was no longer a problem. We could hand over our itinerary to our lovely sponsor, and they would work their magic. It was an exciting thought.

And then my mind started to focus on the bajillion other things I need to do before leaving Canada on March 27th.

I knew HostelBookers had everything under control. I answered any questions they had and trusted that all was fine. And it was!

I woke up this morning feeling like I hadn’t slept in days, but I got up and started on my day. After two hours I still wasn’t awake. Then I opened my email…

“Hi Pamela

Good news, I have managed to secure your stay for Budapest. The lovely Som Basilica has offered you 3 beds for 18th July.

It’s one of our top rated properties in Budapest, so I am sure you stay will be great.”

Boo-yah! That’s right, baby. Our accommodation in Budapest is BOOKED!!

Oh, the joy. We have a place to sleep in Budapest, Hungary. Now we can sit down and figure out what we’d like to see and do while we’re in the city.

A great way to start my day, and to wake me up, but the fun didn’t stop there.

Next up, Bratislava, Slovakia!

[I promise. We’re not driving to Budapest and then back to Bratislava.]

I admit. I’ve been on the fence about Bratislava. It’s not that far from Prague and it’s not real far from Budapest. Initially, I was happy to drive through Slovakia and go straight to Budapest.

I’m kind of glad that HostelBookers found a hostel for us in Bratislava. Now I can prove myself wrong, and find time to enjoy the city. Actually, I’d love to spend a few hours wandering through the Old Town. It looks fabulous.

That’s not all. There is another email!

Hi Pamela,

More exciting times, as Bucharest has also been confirmed.

You will be staying at the lovely Butterfly Villa.

From the reviews and description, you’ll feel right at home here.

That’s right. We’re now booked in Bucharest, Romania too!

Now THIS is a place I have been longing to visit for years! In fact, I have some rather romantic ideas and feelings towards Romania, which is probably odd seeing as I have never been there!

I kind of hope I’m not on driving duty when we’re in Romania. I want the freedom to stare out the window, snap photos and jot down notes [and two tweet and Facebook about it as well].

So there you have it. Bratislava, Budapest, Bucharest are BOOKED. The first three stops on our Mongol Rally route, after we leave Prague.

But wait! There is one more! Yes, we have a booking for ISTANBUL, TURKEY!

By the time I opened the email confirming our stay in Istanbul, I was on cloud 90! Istanbul!

I started dreaming of Istanbul way before Romania. The Grand Bazaar. The Blue Mosque. Kebabs. Apple Tea. The list goes on and on!

Istanbul is the last stop on the ‘European’ portion of the Mongol Rally, and although we’ll only have a day, I fully plan on returning again in November or December. When I return, I will be spending a lot more time in the city.  [happy dance break]

I don’t know why I was ever worried about our accommodations in Europe. I mean, how could I. HostelBookers has everything under complete control.

It’s my first time n Eastern Europe. HELP!

Okay, here is the fun part. Now it’s YOUR turn to help me and my teamies make the most of our travels in Eastern Europe. During the rally our time is limited, so we want skip over the meh, and get right to the yowza!



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6 Responses

  1. Audrey

    It must be so nice to get the logistics like this out of the way so you can focus on all the other big stuff! Bratislava’s old town is much smaller than Prague’s (thank communist brilliance for demolishing half of it to build an ugly bridge), but I like the laid back feel of the city and it’s nice to sit outside at a cafe, have a beer and people watch. 

    In Budapest, I recommend the main market and enjoying langosh (basically fried bread covered with gooey sauces) and Hungarian sausages. The strudel is also pretty amazing, especially the poppy seed variety. And, there are some excellent Hungarian red wines as well. 

    Have fun with the dreaming and planning! 

    • SpunkyGirl Monologues

      Fabulous recommendations, Audrey!
      I’ve wanted to see Eastern Europe for so long, I cannot wait to go. I’m sure there are several place I’ll want to return to after the rally.

  2. Andi Perullo

    THIS IS SOOOOO AWESOME! And I’m jealous you’re staying in a place called the “Butterfly Villa.” Take lots of pics for me.

  3. NY Hotel

    One of the best tips on how to spend less in European countries is to remain in hostels. You may think that hostels are only for 20 something hikers looking to celebration, but the fact is there are hostel alternatives for all kinds of tourists. 

  4. greg@Travel Finland Blog

    Great review and alternative look at places to visit in Eastern Europe
    I visited Ukraine and liked it so much decided to stay there 2 years.Ofcourse I got a rented appartment but it was cheap
    Hostels arestill a great way for backpackers and are more transient moving daily
    Thanks Pamela!


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