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Hostel Review | YHA London Central

Overall Rating***** 4/5 During my 2 day stay in London, I stayed at the YHA London Central Hostel. If you are looking for a quiet, spacious, no fuss and centrally located hostel then this may be a good option, however if you are looking for a hostel that provides a unique experience, then this may not be a good fit.
Pro: The hostel was  clean, well equipped and centrally situated. Con: The atmosphere wasn't as warm, friendly or cozy as other hostels I've been to. 
Location ***** 4/5 As it's name suggests, YHA London Central is located in a nice central part of London  and is about 10 minutes walk from the Oxford Circus metro station. 
I felt comfortable walking the streets in the morning, during the day and in the evening, and did not feel unsafe during these times.
Check-in Process ***** 4/5 The check-in process was efficient and the staff were professional. On check-in I got: Key card for access to the hostel entrance, your room and other facilitiesA free map of LondonWI-…

Day 12 Eurotrip 2015 | Venice - Saint Mark Square

The days in Rome has gone by quickly, and although it was initially intimidating and at times chaotic, it really grew on me and I wish I had more time to stay and explore the beautiful city. Unfortunately, I only have 3 weeks in Europe, and many more places to go to.

I woke up fairly early, and took the tube back to the Termini station so that I can take my 3.5 hour intercity train to Venice.

On arrival at the Venezia Santa Lucia Train Station, I bought a Rolling Venice Pass at the tourist centre just outside the station. This pass is available for tourists under the age of 29 and at 6 Euro, allows you to buy a 3 day public transport pass at half price (40 Euro to 22 Euro) and provides discount for many museums and monuments.

I then took the water bus to my hostel Generator Venice at the Guidecca Island and checked into the hostel, before heading back to the main island to check out Saint Mark's Square.
Saint Mark's Square Arriving at the stop closest to Saint Mark's Squa…

Itinerary, tips and lessons learnt from visiting Paris on a budget

Paris is not a cheap city to visit, but here's 5 tips and lessons I learnt from various places that really helped me keep the cost of my euro trip down whilst still experiencing much of what Paris has to offer.
Itinerary A summary of my itinerary provided below. For more details, check out the relevant day's trip journal. Day 1: Arrival at Paris & check in to Three Ducks HostelNotre Dame Cathedral (Free) and Ile De La Cite NeighbourhoodIle Saint Louis NeighborhoodLatin Quarter NeighbourhoodSainte-Chapelle (Museum Pass)Conciergie  (Museum Pass)Eiffel Tower (13.50 Euro see tip #2 below)Day 2: Reu Cler NeighbourhoodArmy Museum (Museum Pass)Marais NeighborhoodOrsay Museum (Museum Pass)Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe (Museum Pass)Day 3: Versailles - Chateau, Trianon Palace and Domaine de Marie Antoinette (Museum Pass)Louvre Museum (Museum Pass) Tips 1. Skip ticket lines with the Museum Pass
Long story short, the Paris Museum Pass helps you save money and time by providing free…

Day 11 Eurotrip 2015 | Rome - The Vatican

My last day in Rome is to be spent visiting the Vatican, so I took the Metro Line A from San Giovanni Train Station to Ottaviano Station via Termini Station, and made the short walk to Saint Peter's Basilica.  Saint Peter Basilica On arrival at Saint Peter's Basilica, I passed through the security checkpoint (the line for the security checkpoint wasn't too bad early in the morning).

The first thing on my agenda is to climb to the top of St Peter's dome. This experience was definitely the highlight of my visit to the Vatican and one of best memories from the Rome trip. 
From the main entrance to the interior of the Basilica, I turned right and made my way towards the ticket office and entry point for the dome climb. The tickets for the dome climb comes in two options of Stairs or Elevator. It is worth noting that although the elevator option is only a few euros more expensive than the stairs option, it really only cuts the amount of stairs you climb to roughly half (i.…