Living Local – Tips to get you started in Budapest
When landing in a new city for the first time, it can feel overwhelming. Where do you start? What should you do next? How do you make the most of your limited time? When my husband Dave and I travel, we always feel a little anxious when we get off the plane. We don’t want to miss a thing, but then again, we don’t want to pack our schedule so much that we never find any time to relax.
Budapest is one of the most beautiful and oldest cities in Europe and it is made for relaxation and enjoyment. Its waterfront is a fairytale setting with castles, palaces and a grand parliament lining the banks of the Danube. It has fine dining, luxurious spas, tranquil parks a lively theatre district. But it is the beauty of Budapest that stands out and it’s impossible not to feel awe and wonder as you gaze out from the Chain Bridge connecting the two centres ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest.’
We had the chance to visit Budapest as HouseTrip Video Blogger Diplomats and we put together some ideas to help you settle in easier and make your vacation more enjoyable right from the moment you arrive.
Getting Started on the Right Foot.
The first thing we always do when we arrive at a new city is to visit the Tourist Information centre, pick up some maps and start planning. It helps to know where you want to go and how you need to get there. When trying to communicate in a foreign language, things can get confusing, so if you have a clear understanding of how to get where you are going and how to get back to your accommodation, you’ll feel more comfortable venturing out on your own and taking a walk around town
Once we are armed with our maps and guidebooks, we go back to our HouseTrip apartment, turn on some music, make some hot tea and figure out what sites we want to see. Being able to sprawl across a coffee table is so much better than having to try to plan on a bed in a tiny hotel room. We set our computers up at the desk, put our tea on the table and have plenty of room to plan out our routes.
Another advantage of staying in an apartment as opposed to a hotel is that we are almost assured to be near a metro or bus stop. Downtown apartments are made for using transportation and public transport is a great way to get around and save money.
If you’re feeling worried about the language, take a course. Fungarian.com offers introduction courses to the Hungarian language in a relaxed and fun setting. While you enjoy a coffee, you’ll learn the subtleties and nuances of this unique and difficult language. Knowing a few phrases like “hello,” “where is the…,” “How much is…” “I’ll have the…” and “My name is…” can be amazing ice breakers and will make you feel more comfortable when entering any shop or business and people will love you for giving their language a try.
So what are you waiting for, when are you going to start planning your European vacation? There’s plenty of HouseTrip apartments waiting for you to book them. Check out more Budapest Apartments with HouseTrip.