“Work, Travel, Save, Repeat”
For some crazy reason people seem to think they need to be loaded with money to travel. But I can honestly tell you that this is far from the case. I recently spent 12 hours in Prague and it costed me £87. May I add that this included food, activities as well as transport. Shout out to @Traveleatslay for hosting the trip which included myself and 15 other black UK based travel bloggers.
For my day trip to Prague I did a few things that I have never done before. I took a pre-booked taxi from my house in Streatham to London Victoria coach station. I booked a National Express coach for my airport transfers, I departed from London Stansted Airport and I flew with the infamous Ryanair. Wheww chile, I felt like the biggest hypocrite because I was definitely on the Twitter timeline telling them about their underneath when that shameless racist scandal went viral last year.
Making my way to Prague
Getting a coach was much better than I thought mainly because the coach was clean, modern, had charging facilities and strong wifi. Most importantly I was extremely comfortable plus an unexpected coach link up with @MybreakingViews, @Alicedelaghetto, @itsmeshivz & @tyra_banke made the journey ten times better. The banter started as soon as we put on our seat belts and best believe we laughed all the way to the airport.
Now I don’t have much to say about London Stansted Airport, it is a cute airport but they need to invest in comprehensive training for their security staff. Walking through a body scanning machine should never be so complicated. Everyone who came on this day trip travelled from different parts of London, so we planned to meet at the boarding gate. Now for me seeing the entire squad for the day made me even more excited. Energy is contagious and I kid you not everyone was just bouncing off of each others vibe.
The whole squad touched down
The Ryanair flight was a tight squeeze, but at least I got a window seat, lol. As we were travelling in a large group, taxis were out of the question. So the crew and I purchased a one day travel card inside the airport for 110 CZK = £3.75. Trying to work out which side of the road to get the bus from was a task and a half. You would think that with 15 right minded adults who travel very often something like that would have been an easy task, lol. After 5 minutes we managed to work it out and set off to hit the streets of Prague.
The weather was not that great, it was grey and a little drizzly but to be honest I didn’t really care. Whenever I step foot into a new country I am super happy to the point where I am not phased by the weather. Growing up in London you become immune to the weather theatrics so I wasn’t phased by the rain and neither was the crew. Our aim was to make the most of our 12 hours in the city
Brunch at Waf Waf
The first stop on our list was food, our host @Traveleatslay organised brunch for us at Waf Waf an Instagrammable crepes and waffles food spot. The Waf Waf staff were also kind enough to gift us all with complimentary chocolate milkshakes because we came to spend our coins. I loved the place from the moment I saw it because it was super cute, pink and the food was just as good as the decor(check slideshow below for pics).
The best thing about travelling with travel bloggers everyone is serious about their pictures. I was able to get some great pictures inside so you already know that I was pleased. I ordered a Chicken, Egg and parmesan cheese waffle with Maple syrup. I then when back and ordered myself Chocolate Oreo pancakes. I also made a rookie mistake by forgetting to block my gym buddy before uploading it to the gram and lets just say she let me have it.
If you plan to visit Prague anytime soon, get yourself down to Waf Waf. I changed £30 back home which gave me 885 CZK. I chose to use up my local currency but had my debit card on me just in case. JWV Travel Tip: bring both local currency and your Monzo card. Anyway once we got the food out the way, it was time to explore.
Wallenstein Palace Gardens
Located in Malá Strana, Wallenstein Palace Gardens is a 17th Century baroque style garden with well kept grounds. It features iconic statues, Peacocks, a large open pond filled with gold fishes and it also houses the Senate of the Czech Republic. This place would be absolutely beautiful in the summer.
Who told me to buy a new pair of boogs (trainers) the day before and wear them? absolutely no one. The weight of my new kicks, my surfboard thighs, that uphill treck up to the castle and the drizzly rain was not a good combination but it was totally worth it because the pics we ended up taking were fire. On the way up I even stopped off for some mulled wine to warm me up. Why hot Mulled wine was being served in the middle of May in Prague is something that I will probably never know, but we move lol.
St Charles Bridge
I branched off into a smaller group of 5, we later found ourselves at St Charles Bridge. Which is a historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Apparently the build of the bridge started in 1357 and finished during the 15th century.
Apparently you can only see the true beauty of this bridge from the top of the Old Town Bridge Tower. There was no way I was walking all they way up there, so the crew and I opted out of that and settled for a cute pic on the bridge instead. A random older white gentleman offered to take our picture and then he started taking pictures of us with his camera. I swear only god knows where those pictures have ended up.
John Lennon Wall
The John Lennon Wall for me was the only thing that I was really keen on seeing. I love art, especially street art, murals and graffiti so having the opportunity to see it close up was pretty dope. However on our quest to find this iconic wall, the girls and I ran into a few navigation issues but I blame google maps because that thing likes to take you the long way around town.
Anyway God had our backs and he sent us an angel in the form of a man who told us his name was ‘Winston’. He was a British man, in his late 30s who had been living in Prague for the last two years. We approached him for directions and he was kind enough to walk us over to the wall. Now Winston could have been a scammer but you could tell he was not about that life. Plus the girls and I did sort of threaten him to not try any funny business. Winston actually turned out to be a cool chap and he was bloody hilarious and I am sure he thought the same about us too because he seemed to like our jokes.
Winston even shared some local knowledge with us about how to not get finessed by restaurants. According to him when eating at restaurants in Prague if there were no prices displayed on the windows or displays outside it is best to avoid that establishment. Apparently he had been scammed in his early days of living in Prague and didn’t want us falling into the same trap. JWV Travel Trip: Don’t be afraid to gist with the locals as they have all the info you need.
Dinner at Café Márnice
To end our trip day we had dinner at Café Márnice. This was not our first choice though we were keen to eat at Restaurant U Zlatychi Nuzek but the staff were so rude to us we just ended up leaving. I was not prepared to depart with my coins for crappy service and shitty behaviour people, so that mission got aborted with immediate effect. We quickly took ourselves right over to Café Márnice and I ordered Calamari, fresh salad and chips with a glass of Rose.
This together with some good company and conversation was the best way to end our trip to Prague. The ladies and I took the train back to the airport just in time to catch our 8.35pm flight back to London. Our return coach was scheduled for 10.25pm but the driver allowed us to catch the earlier coach as there was enough space. Shout out to National Express I will definitely be booking with them again. When I got back to London I just took the train home from London Victoria station.
- Return Ryanair flight £29
- Pre booked taxi £18
- National express return coach £10
- Travel Money £30 = 885 Czech Crown
- My travel money covered food & transport costs below)
- Day travel card £3.37
- Waffles £5.93
- Pancakes 4.39
- Dinner: Cafe Marine £15.81
- Total = £87
Day Trips are fun for what they’e worth!
I hope this blog post will convince you to look into a few European day trips. Start small and make the most of short breaks here and there. If you do decide to give it a go here are two things you can do to get the ball rolling. Follow @Traveleatslay on Instagram and keep your eyes out for their upcoming day trips. Download the SkyScanner app and regularly check flight prices to anywhere within Europe for same day return. If you find a good deal, don’t fumble book the ting asap!
If you’re used to flying with airlines who have all the trimmings like me, don’t be afraid to switch it up for a day trip. The aim is to get into the country safe and sound, explore and make it back home in one piece. I am super glad I travelled to Prague and approached this trip from a different angle. My 2019 moto is “New Experience is Bae” and I am really trying to honor that in everything that I do this year. I do hope I have encouraged or inspired you to jump on this wave. Remember travelling does not require you to break the bank.
Anyway cheers to Prague 2019
I had a blast and who knows I might be back in the future.