Caffe Florian in Venice
Breakfast at Caffe Florian. Photo by christheobscure.

Venice: 3 “pasticcerie” to try for breakfast

Jul 24 When I was asked about where to have a nice typical breakfast in Venice, I was a bit confused. Why? Well, in Italy we do not have breakfast, or at least we do not have breakfast the way other people usually have it. For a Venetian, morning calories are usually consumed in the form of » Read more

Visiting Amsterdam: 5 first-time mistakes to avoid

Visiting Amsterdam: 5 first-time mistakes to avoid

Jul 23 Amsterdam can be a breeze for first timers to Europe in many ways. Everyone speaks English, and the city is small enough to get around by foot. At the same time, the streets are curvy and confusing, taxis are expensive and the Dutch language is a mouthful. It’s also important to find a good location » Read more

London: Affordable hotels close to the city’s top attractions

London: Affordable hotels close to the city’s top attractions

Jul 22 Location, location, location! If you’re visiting London for the first time you’ll want to be in the heart of the action, and the location of your accommodation is key. A wrong choice here could lead to long and costly journeys on public transport which will eat into your leisure time and budget. While hotels near » Read more

Want to live in Paris? 10 tips for moving to the City of Light

Want to live in Paris? 10 tips for moving to the City of Light

Jul 21 So you visit France every year—maybe two or three times a year—and you are thinking that you’d rather just move here for a while. Airfare does add up, after all. Well there’s no easy way to stay in France legally for more than 90 days unless you are a EU citizen, but there are plenty » Read more

Germanwings’ Blind Booking: A low-cost flight to a mystery destination

Germanwings’ Blind Booking: A low-cost flight to a mystery destination

Jul 18 Budget airline Germanwings’ Blind Booking offer is a neat marketing trick. For a low fare, the airline sells a ticket from one of six German airports to a destination revealed only after payment is received. Travelers can choose to launch their journeys from one of six airports: Berlin, Cologne/Bonn, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover and Stuttgart. The » Read more

Budget food shopping in London: A guide to the city’s supermarkets

Budget food shopping in London: A guide to the city’s supermarkets

Jul 15 While we’d love to encourage you to do all your shopping at one of London’s markets, stocking up on food in a supermarket is going to ease your budget. Britain has several huge supermarket chains, and their dominance is a big issue with London locals: many people are concerned about how they have put independent » Read more

Everyone is high in Amsterdam – and 5 other myths about the city debunked

Everyone is high in Amsterdam – and 5 other myths about the city debunked

Parisians are rude, London is expensive and everyone in Barcelona washes down a huge paella with a liter of sangria. While European stereotypes live off of exaggeration, there’s always a hint of truth to them somewhere. As a global city with a long tradition of liberal policies, the Dutch capital is no exception. Travelers arrive » Read more

12 tips for studying abroad in Paris

12 tips for studying abroad in Paris

Jul 14 If you’re a university student, chances are you may be planning your study abroad trip. If you’re lucky enough to be coming to Paris, you’ve got a lot to look forward to! Summer students have just descended upon the streets of Paris, and the fall semester and year-long students are on their way. If you’re coming » Read more

Pre-Trip Checklist: 10 ways to save time and money before you leave for Europe

Pre-Trip Checklist: 10 ways to save time and money before you leave for Europe

Jul 11 Preparing to take off for a big European adventure? You’ve got your flights and hotels booked, and are already thinking about what to pack. The anticipation can be so much fun. However, as responsible Cheapos, we must point out that this is also a critical moment to examine the “small print” of your trip. After » Read more

Berlin: Where to watch the World Cup final

Berlin: Where to watch the World Cup final

This Sunday marks the end of the FIFA World Cup run for 2014, and unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Germany qualified for this year’s final with their stunning defeat of Brazil’s national team 7-1 Tuesday. (If you have been living under a rock, you can catch the highlights here.) They’ll » Read more

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