Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Where we hang our hats on European Holidays ...


From time to time I get asked for travel advice.
Thus, the birth of this little series begins.
Starting with, "where the heck do you stay while in Europe?"

And for us,
It depends on the place we're headed (:
While we have spent two nights in a hostel in the past; for couples, they just aren't ideal or cost efficient.   
In fact, the most expensive place we've rested our heads was actually a hostel.  
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The scenario: We had just arrived in Switzerland last year, left to Germany for a baseball tournament a day after our arrival, then they ran out of rooms at the hostel, and asked for us to stay with the team.  
sorry but i don't sleep in a room with 8 boys I just met that same day.  or to be honest, ever.
jb was not keen on the idea either.
So we shelled out 150 Euros on a hostel down the street.
in short, we learned our lesson!
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 We don't spend anymore than $100 on hotels.
If we stay in a hotel, it is generally in big cities and we do priceline or hotwire for 4 stars.
We have been pleased as punch every time.  
Every single time they've been in central locations, with comfy beds, and sometimes have provided breakfast.  
We've pricelined/hotwired for:
 Amsterdam,Milan, Prague ($50, amazing breakfast, free internet, free business lounge with all the coffee/espresso/treats you want during the day), Paris, Vienna ...

Of course I'm always checking Jetsetter or Snique Away for a good deal too.  
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We also love bed and breakfasts!
For this, we check tripadvisor or booking for ratings and prices.
Then go from there.
Ones we've stayed at and can recommend:
Casa De Billy  - in Barcelona
Villa Sofia - Positano
Villa Vicini - Venice

We've also stayed in someone's flat while they are off vacationing - you can find one at VRBO
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But our favorite, and newest discovery - Agriturismo!
These are farm houses in Italy - you can find lots of these farm houses for hire all throughout Europe too!
For our last vacation we stayed at Santo Stefano 
I fell in love with the view out our window, the olive trees, the wine cellar, the vineyard in the distance,  the homemade fig and apricot jam every morning, and our gracious hostess Elena.
 Here are a few pictures of sweet santo stefano.

What other travel related questions do you have?
Be sure to let me know  (:

xoxoxST

39 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos, and great advice! I'm hoping to travel to Europe in the next couple years and I love collecting travel tips.

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  2. good advice girl. and i clicked on the positano link just for fun but it hurt my heart a little. spesh when the music started playing and the coast images started sliding across the page. i want to go baccck....

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  3. not fair! i am so making austin play baseball somewhere amazing

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  4. Wow. If I'm ever lucky enough to travel to Europe- I will come to you for advice!

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  5. thanks for the recs! Agrotourismo sounds AMAZING I will have to try it next time!

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  6. Great advice, Tucker! Have you ever heard of Air Bnb? My boyfriend and I used that on our most recent trips to Paris and Ireland, and we wound up saving loads by renting people's flats/houses.

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  7. I was just going to ask about Airbnb. We were going to use it in Paris, guess I'll be asking Ashlae above. Can't wait to save some of these great locales for the future!

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  8. what a crazy helpful post, sarah! thanks for all the good info. bookmarking it for future travels abroad

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  9. amazing! thank you SO much for sharing the agriturismo site. we've been looking for an affordable but authentic italian honeymoon location and this just might be the ticket!

    xo.ashley

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  10. you are such a professional! I know all this knowledge you are sharing with us will pay off one day soon in my life. Your blog page should be called "TRAVELING FOR DUMMIES!" haha

    ♥cheche

    http://savedthrulove.blogspot.com

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  11. Thank you for the awesome travel advice!!! Your pictures are beautiful!

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  12. thank you for this. i always love seeing how people find their travel deals.

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  13. I'm headed on a 6 month trip in about a month and I a was going to do a blog post on what I was packing and when I started a mock-pack I realised, I have no idea what I was doing!

    My biggest issue is with my camera. Camera + Lenses + Adaptor + Charger +++++

    My carry-on bag weighs a million pounds! :(

    Any tips on something like this would be wonderful :D


    P.S - Your images are always so dreamy. I love them.

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  14. That is living the dream. I hope me and my dear husband are able to take your advice travel someday in the near future and travel to Euorpe! It all looks and sounds very dreamy!

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  15. Oh I just love how you posted about this! Such great advice. I need to take a lesson from you guys :)

    And I absolutely adore these photos! You never cease to me amaze me xoxo

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  16. LOVE this advice. Husband and I are planning a getaway for next spring/summer, so we'll have to check out some of those places!

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  17. Beautiful photographs! Wish I had your camera! I am saving up for the Canon 7D :)

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  18. Your photos are absolutely stunning!!! and you have stayed at a hostel before?!?!

    All I think about when I think about that is the movie made about it. you know, the scary one? Would you ever stay at one again??

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  19. Those are some pretty amazing finds!!! Thanks so much for sharing the B&B links and the amazing Italian site for farm houses. I am bookmarking all of those links!!
    Star Hughes Living

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  20. omg that is where i want to stay for my b day. DONE.

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  21. My brother's family stayed at an Agriturismo sight in Italy and they LOVED it! They said it was the best place for their kids, and completely enhanced the whole holiday experience. Going to have to check it out myself x

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  22. What a beautiful post! Your photography is exquisite, and makes me incredibly jealous of your travels :) Just popped by after seeing Megan Pursely's tweet about a friendship bracelet from you that made her cry. It was such a thoughtful and sweet girft, I had to figure out who sent it!
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  23. Wow, great tips for traveler. I just came back frm barcelona, if I found your post earlier I will go to Casa de Billy instead. Great place and great website recommendation!

    Thanks so much!

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  24. I love your blogs's design. so charming and pretty!

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  25. what lovely photos!! you are one knowledgeable and experienced traveller :) xx

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  26. you belong in italy. tell jb's baseball team to relocate one country east.

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  27. Wow, santo stefano looks absolutely beautiful. Thanks for the great tips on finding a hotel/hostel to stay in! How do you guys decide where to go eat when you're in a new city?

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  28. I am in love with this giant photo. Also, I need to just jet off to Europe and stay for an indefinite amount of time!

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  29. WOW those pics are gorgeous! I am LOVING your blog (saw you at Macky Madness) xoxo

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  30. beautiful pictures.....really amazing....love the last one....it looks magical


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  31. gorgeous pics! i know a travel question...where do you usually eat, do you do the local touristy spots or do you find the hidden cafes or try the fine dining? its always so hard to choose where to eat when you have a few nights in a city

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  32. gosh these look so so amazingggggg xx

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  33. 1. The picture with the three doors is amazing. I think it's one of my all-time favorites from you. NatGeo here you come...

    2. I love Jetsetter. I was checking it 5 minutes ago actually. And I'll probably look again in another 5...

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  34. Great advice! These images are amazing!!

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  35. Sarah these look amazing. Love french country and I would live on a vineyard if I could. Great advice too. May be going to Barca soon.

    xxx

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  36. Looks amazing.. add that to my list!! Love those doors!

    blair @ scsd

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  37. your pictures are looking so lovely they always make me want to pack up and leave! thank you for the tips too'!

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  38. This looks like heaven...love a little wine tasting and cute, charming areas with lovely architecture and quint gardens...love, love love!

    Liesl :)

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