Normandy, France

Normandy, France

Where to stay: ​Because Normandy is such an expansive region in France, where you stay will largely depend on what you’re interested in doing, and what type of access you have to transportation.  I traveled through Normandy in a car, so I chose to stay in an Airbnb just outside of a small town called Pont l’Évêque.  I thought that this location was great because the town had restaurants and bakeries for us to have breakfast and dinner if we wanted,…

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Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg, France

Where to stay: ​Strasbourg is a pretty expensive city to stay in, especially during the holiday season.  If you’re okay with a 20-30 minute public transit ride into Strasbourg (which was fairly inexpensive), I’d recommend staying in the nearby city of Kehl, Germany.  I stayed in this Airbnb listing, which is only $39 per night (only $10 a person if you fill up the room with 4 people!), and the host was super sweet- she also provided a great breakfast!  There’s one…

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Avignon, France

Avignon, France

Where to stay: ​I’ve never personally stayed overnight in Avignon because it’s so easy to travel to for a day trip, but Hostelworld.com does show a bunch of inexpensive options in the city.  My recommendation, wherever you choose to book, would be to stay as close to the center of the city as possible, because that’s where everything is!  Avignon is a walled city, so most of what there is to see and do is contained within the city walls. Where to…

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Cambridge, England

Cambridge, England

Where to stay: Unfortunately, there aren’t really great options for cheap accommodation in Cambridge.  There are a lot of Airbnb rentals listed, but most of them are pricier than in other cities.  There are two hostels listed on Hostelworld, but neither is priced at a hostel-level.  My recommendation would be to book early and try to grab one of the cheaper Airbnb rooms (there are some good ones!), or to schedule a day-trip to Cambridge while you stay in another city…

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Oxford, England

Oxford, England

Where to stay: There are some really amazing Airbnb hosts in Oxford, and I would definitely recommend checking one out.  As far as I’m aware, there’s only one hostel in the city, but it doesn’t have a very good rating on hostelworld.com, so I avoided it by going with Airbnb.  Fortunately, Oxford isn’t a huge city, and there’s a great bus system, so even if your Airbnb room isn’t in the city centre, you’ll still be able to either walk there…

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London, England

London, England

Where to stay: London can be quite a pricey city to stay in, especially depending on the neighborhood you choose.  There are Airbnb options, although they are actually more expensive than some of the other options that are in better locations.  I would recommend finding a hostel in London, as there are a lot of really low-priced options in really excellent areas.  Try staying in the Victoria neighborhood, because you’ll be in walking distance to the coach and train station, as…

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Bath, England

Bath, England

Where to stay: ​I haven’t personally stayed overnight in Bath because I haven’t really needed to (one day is plenty of time to see Bath!), but it looks like there are a couple of great options on Hostelword. It would be ideal to find accommodation near the centre of the city where all of the shopping and attractions are.  When I visited Bath, I spent that entire day walking around and was able to cover a large part of the city,…

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

Where to stay: Copenhagen is a great city with many different accommodation options.  I did not personally stay in the city, but I do know that there are plenty of hostels available, as well as Airbnb options.  Staying near the old part of the city will be your best bet (as usual), because there’s a lot to see and do within walking distance! Where to eat: If you’re in Copenhagen when the weather is nice, try finding a spot at one of…

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Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Where to stay: Where you stay in Prague really depends on how involved you want to be involved in the local culture versus tourist culture.  If you’re looking for a more local experience, I highly recommend the neighborhoods of Zizkov or Vinohrady (Prague 3 or 2), as they’re full of great pubs and cafes, and there are often markets and festivals in that area.  You’ll be able to find both Airbnb and hostel options in these neighborhoods, it’ll just take some research to…

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Brno, Czech Republic

Brno, Czech Republic

Where to stay: ​I stayed in a really great Airbnb while staying in Brno.  I found that the hostel options weren’t as great as I’d like, and thought it’d be good to be staying with a local in such a small and non-touristy city.  Our flat was on the street that’s apparently becoming known as the “bar area”, although it wasn’t loud at night, that only meant that there were great bars and restaurants around!  My recommendation is to stay somewhere…

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