WHERE I STAYED: BUDAPEST




One of the main reasons I thought about going to Budapest was because a friend of mine at work at gone not too long ago and she was telling me how cheaply she did it and I just thought what a fantastic way to just get away for a bit and see somewhere new.

So the first thing she suggested to do was rather than book a hotel to stay in, look into AirBnb which is something I'd never tried but after she said flights and a place to stay cost her only £100 altogether and hearing how good AirBnb services were I thought it was the best way to go. I found this cute little apartment that was in the perfect location, not too central but not far from anything at all - the longest we walked for was probably an hour to a place we wanted to go.

It was perfect for the 3 of us, my friend Hannah and I shared the main bed while my sister had the sofa bed in the main area and there was just so much room for us in both beds so no squishing which was great because I hate when you're pretty much living on top of each other which is quite usual if you stay in a hotel.
Because we had a kitchen space it was perfect for us to just make breakfast in the mornings and with a little shop just down the road we popped in to grab some bread, juice and some spreads to have toast - not to mention the crisps we bought for late night snacking when we got in.

What I really liked is that it also had a few personal touches with this amazing Singer sewing machine that I was desperate to take home with me and the host had left 3 bars of chocolate for us on the table which I think was a Hungarian brand, it was just nice little touches like that, that made the accommodation such a lovely place to stay and the host was easy to contact if we needed anything.
I would really recommend using AirBnb for quick little trips away, I know not all locations are as cheap but if you want something a bit more personal and maybe a real feel of the place you are visiting its great. I leave the link here to the place I stayed if you are thinking of making a future trip as I really did love it and it was perfect, with a great location and friendly neighbourhood and a real feel of Budapest in one little street.

PACKING FOR BUDAPEST




So earlier this month I headed to Budapest for a few days with one of my oldest friends and sister, as I decided I wanted to see more places before I move to Australia later on this year. I thought I'd just give you a little look into what I packed, even though I did take a few outfit posts but I love a good flat lay.

With it being a very quick trip with only 2 full days to look around and explore the city, we packed very lightly and luckily with it being hot in Budapest this time of year it made taking only hand luggage that bit easier. It was A LOT of walking so I wanted to be as comfortable as possible, even though I did pick 2 new pairs of shoes and they always seem to rub so it probably wasn't the best idea but I couldn't resist and I had my reliable Stan Smiths which I ended up wearing the second day we walked around after my leopard espadrilles rubbed hell'a lot on the first day.
 I packed very casually also but knowing we'd be going out some nights I though this cute midi skirt with a front slit would be a nice dressier piece, but with my feet pretty cut up from the first day I made it casual again with my Stans.
 Obviously I had jeans packed with me, mainly for the travelling as it was so much hotter than expected so I didn't need them at all while there but I had my trusty Topshop Jamie jeans and I packed my 28L pair (yes I own 28L, 30L and 32L) just so they were that bit shorter as I call them my summer jeans and like a true English citizen I had to wear sandals home.

THE EXTRA BITS

A few extra bits I packed was of course my All Saints leather jacket which I wear with EVERYTHING and it was perfect for the evenings out when it was bit cooler as well as of course coming from England, we always need some kind of layer. I also packed this cardigan that I've had for years for the plane as they can be a bit chilly and I like to stay cosy, so I just chucked this over me on the journey. Lastly I was the 'bag lady' for my sister and I so I just took my Urban Outfitters shoulder bag which I use day in, day out.

I've got a little Budapest series coming up on the blog and I can't promise it'll be frequent but I have a few outfit posts, a little one about the Air Bnb we stayed in, as well as the places we visited and also ate so I hope thats all okay with you guys and that you enjoy seeing what I got up too and hopefully if you're thinking of going at some point it will help with your trip too :)