When I decided to study abroad in Germany I of course wanted to be able to have time to travel and see more of the country and continent. Currently, that is tough to do with a full time job and not much money. However, it is very possible. Here is one example of a weekend trip done right!
First of all, you need to actually be able to get to your destination and luckily Europe has got this figured out! You have a few options:
- Buses (budget friendly and wide range of destinations)
- Trains (usually faster, but a little pricier)
- Planes (budget airlines are great, but you can only go where they’ll take you)
- Cars (for absolute freedom)
Of course, in the US your only “real” option is a car unless you’re made of money or in a place that actually has buses and trains. But here, I can (and have) used every option on this list except for number 4 (because cars are completely unnecessary on a continent that actually has reasonable prices and time schedules for options 1 through 3).
So, to get to Hamburg I could have paid 39 Euros each way for a train ride that would have had one connection and taken 2 hours and 31 minutes. But I chose the direct bus- it costed 12 Euros each way and took 2 hours 30 minutes (savings of a minute and 27 Euros).
Next, you need somewhere to stay. For accommodation you also have several options:
- Couchsurfing (free but requires at least a week of prior planning)
- Hostels (cheap and for the young, adventurous types)
- Hotels (for those with deeper pockets than most)
I of course, chose option 2. I have read plenty of travel blogs discussing hostels and how great they are so I was honestly really excited to try one out. I booked a night in a backpacker youth hostel in Hamburg for 30 Euros for the night and had a great experience!
So there it is! A weekend in Hamburg for 54 Euros. Not too shabby. Stay tuned to hear about my adventures there!