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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.  
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!
 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.  
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
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
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39 Comments

  • Reply Stephanie

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

    June 22, 2011 at 8:10 pm
  • Reply Bridget

    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….

    June 22, 2011 at 8:11 pm
  • Reply Chelsea

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

    June 22, 2011 at 8:15 pm
  • Reply Gentri

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

    June 22, 2011 at 8:22 pm
  • Reply Brenna

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

    June 22, 2011 at 8:28 pm
  • Reply Ashlae

    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.

    June 22, 2011 at 8:30 pm
  • Reply Nikki

    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!

    June 22, 2011 at 8:47 pm
  • Reply diane @ a spot of whimsy

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

    June 22, 2011 at 9:16 pm
  • Reply ashley nicole catherine

    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

    June 22, 2011 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply SavedthruLove

    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

    β™₯cheche

    http://savedthrulove.blogspot.com

    June 22, 2011 at 9:33 pm
  • Reply Abby

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

    June 22, 2011 at 9:36 pm
  • Reply Nicole Marie

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

    June 22, 2011 at 10:01 pm
  • Reply Anide

    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! πŸ™

    Any tips on something like this would be wonderful πŸ˜€

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

    June 22, 2011 at 11:53 pm
  • Reply Brooke Cushman

    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!

    June 23, 2011 at 12:35 am
  • Reply THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE

    Oh I just love how you posted about this! Such great advice. I need to take a lesson from you guys πŸ™‚

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

    June 23, 2011 at 12:41 am
  • Reply Stevie Leigh

    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!

    June 23, 2011 at 12:49 am
  • Reply Mrs. T

    Beautiful photographs! Wish I had your camera! I am saving up for the Canon 7D πŸ™‚

    June 23, 2011 at 3:22 am
  • Reply Raven

    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??

    June 23, 2011 at 3:41 am
  • Reply www.StarHughes.com

    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

    June 23, 2011 at 4:39 am
  • Reply Megan

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

    June 23, 2011 at 4:53 am
  • Reply Sara Louise

    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

    June 23, 2011 at 5:01 am
  • Reply Adrian

    What a beautiful post! Your photography is exquisite, and makes me incredibly jealous of your travels πŸ™‚ 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!
    @hairbyadrian
    happygirlsareprettygirls.blogspot.com

    June 23, 2011 at 6:31 am
  • Reply Jesica

    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!

    June 23, 2011 at 7:29 am
  • Reply MarieAntoinette

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

    June 23, 2011 at 8:53 am
  • Reply denise* paper angels

    what lovely photos!! you are one knowledgeable and experienced traveller πŸ™‚ xx

    June 23, 2011 at 10:07 am
  • Reply Jenni Austria Germany

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

    June 23, 2011 at 11:06 am
  • Reply Something Old, Something New

    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?

    June 23, 2011 at 12:05 pm
  • Reply Alex

    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!

    June 23, 2011 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Janna Renee

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

    June 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm
  • Reply Vasu

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

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    June 23, 2011 at 4:59 pm
  • Reply Petite Voyageur

    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

    June 23, 2011 at 5:05 pm
  • Reply Carina

    great post!

    June 23, 2011 at 5:15 pm
  • Reply diana kang

    gosh these look so so amazingggggg xx

    June 23, 2011 at 7:05 pm
  • Reply christine donee

    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…

    June 23, 2011 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply Bad Joan

    Great advice! These images are amazing!!

    http://www.blog.badjoan.com

    June 24, 2011 at 4:23 am
  • Reply Louise

    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

    June 24, 2011 at 10:39 am
  • Reply scsd

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

    blair @ scsd

    June 24, 2011 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply charminglychesney

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

    June 25, 2011 at 2:27 am
  • Reply Liesl @ FabulousFashions4SensibleStyle

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

    Liesl πŸ™‚

    June 26, 2011 at 6:06 pm
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