After months of planning, Jessica and I finally booked our tickets earlier this year to travel around Europe for 16 days from mid-April through early May. Although we booked a handful of tours via Viator, the entirety of our adventure was carefully devised through lots of research and individual bookings. I felt that the experience of planning a trip to a foreign place was also something very valuable for me as opposed to relying on preset tour itineraries. We’ve learned a lot about booking hostels, hotels, private apartments and trains around Europe along with navigating through the bus and metro systems in multiple countries!
Our first stop of our trip was in London and we stayed at a hostel called Generator, just a few minute walk to the British Museum and conveniently located near the Russell Square tube stop. We booked a private room for just the two of us which came with it’s own single bed and a bathroom, the hostel also provides free Wi-Fi connection, towels and luggage storing. You can also find a bar/lounge, cafe, laundry facility and an open workspace downstairs which makes this an ideal spot for young travelers.
We only had three precious days to spend in the UK so we made the most out of our time by walking everywhere as soon as we landed. Our first day was spent wandering around the neighborhood, checking out the Natural History Museum and randomly wandering around to discover some cool spots. On day two, we explored around the city to check out some of the popular landmarks, had an amazing time at the Borough Market (so much so that it deserves its own post) and met up with an old friend, Hana, for dinner at Tramshed, a trendy restaurant in Shoreditch, currently displaying Damien Hirst’s submerged taxidermy piece appropriately titled “Cock and Bull.” Hana was such a good host for the night, taking us around the neighborhood for good food and drinks!
Our last day was spent on a day-trip to see the Stonehenge with stops along the way at the Windsor Castle, a pub in Lacock for a quaint English lunch and the beautiful city of Bath. Overall, I was really happy about being able to experience a little bit of both the modern and old-world charm of England.