10 Travel Quotes to Get You Inspired!

If you’re thinking about taking some time to travel this year but are still undecided, then check out these inspiring travel quotes. They’ll be sure to get you in the mood!

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain

Perhaps travel can not prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try to understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for” – John A. Shedd

I like animals. I like natural history. The travel bit is not the important bit. The travel bit is what you have to do in order to go and look at animals.” – David Attenborough

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

You lose sight of things… and when you travel, everything balances out.” – Daranna Gidel

To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.” – Fitzhugh Mullan

Above are some of the most inspirational quotes that I have ever come across. I hope you find them as inspirational, and that it makes you want to live your life and travel.

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4 Things In Florence

If you’ve only got a few days in Florence, you’ll want to pack in as many sights as you can. So once you’ve checked in at the hostel, dropped your bags off in the room and headed off into the city, what should you go and see?

Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral (aka il Duomo)

The world’s 4th largest cathedral. Construction began in 1296: such a gravity-defying design, with a dome that size, had not been attempted since the building of the Pantheon. Filippo Brunelleschi took up the “Duomo” challenge in 1418, devising some new building techniques along the way, but sadly, he died before the final stages of construction were completed. The cathedral is completely covered with green, white and pink marble (now sparkling after a recent clean) and the interior is adorned with incredible frescoes and Donatello’s stained glass windows. The “Campanile di Giotto” (the bell tower), is the most striking feature of any view of the city: Giotto, the famous painter and architect designed the tower, however, by his death, in 1337, only the lowest part had been completed.

 

Palazzo Vecchio

The most important civil building in town. Pay the entry fee to see some of the best preserved ceiling frescoes, or just stick your head in the front door to take a snoop!

Ponte Vecchio

One of the three bridges in the world occupied by shops, and Florence’s oldest. Spared from destruction during

WWII because of its age and artistic relevance, it has withstood floods and hordes of tourists during the centuries and the dazzling jewellers you see today are a far cry from the stinky butcher shops and blacksmiths that originally occupied it. Above the shops, there is a hidden walkway, linking Palazzo Pitti to the Uffizi, once used by the Medici family to avoid the public.

 

Santa Croce Church

It contains the monumental tombs of Galileo, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and many other legendary artists. Visit the

historical workshops in the narrow street in front of the church, to see how some antique arts of the renaissance, such as mosaics and ceramics are still practiced today.

 

5 Things To Do In Berlin For Free

Are you backpacking on a budget? Well you’ve already made the right choice by staying at PLUS! And Berlin is a relatively cheap city. But we have further good news! Berlin is one of the best cities in Europe to explore without damaging your bank balance too much:

1. East Side Gallery

This 1.3km-long part of the former Berlin Wall stretching from Warschauer Straße towards Ostbahnhof is the longest still surviving, and each section has been painted over by artists from all over the world. There are over 100 different murals, but our favourite has to be the one depicting the famous kiss between the East German President Erich Honecker and Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev (OK, we’ve outed ourselves as history geeks). And the best thing? It starts right around the corner from PLUS Berlin!

2. The Berlin Wall Memorial (Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer)

Also featuring some still-intact pieces of the Berlin Wall, this open-air exhibition on the former border strip gives you a closer look at how the wall and the “death strip” were set out. Particularly sombre is the list of names of escapees who didn’t make it to the West alive, played through a loudspeaker.

3. Mauerpark Fleamarket (Sundays only)

A great way to spend an hour or two on a Sunday morning, and completely free – as long as you don’t buy anything! Apart from the numerous stalls, the highlight has to be the “Bearpit Karaoke” – watch with a cold beer in your hand as willing members of the public perform in front of a mini-stadium.

4. Brandenburg Gate

A bit obvious, but just like the Colosseum in Rome or Prague Castle, if you’re going to have a cheesy selfie taken in front of anything in Berlin it has to be the Brandenburg Gate.

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5. Reichstag

Located just a short walk from the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag (the German Parliament building) is free to visit; you can hop on a guided tour of the building with some interesting surprises such as Russian graffiti dating from the conquest of Berlin by the Russian army in 1945. Of course, no trip to the Reichstag is complete without a walk up to the top of the dome, offering iconic views over the city! Make sure you book well in advance (at least 10 days) as they perform security checks on all visitors. !

 

4 Reasons Why You Should Visit Tuscany

Home to some of Italy’s most beautiful scenery and architecture, it’s not hard to see why Tuscany is such a popular region within the country.

The Duomo, Florence

The Duomo is the most popular sight in Florence, Tuscany’s capital city. Designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, the Renaissance dome is an iconic symbol within Florence and is possibly the most beautiful attraction in the city. It’s certainly a reason to come to Florence and Tuscany in general.

How much does it cost? The Duomo is free to enter however if you want to also access the dome it will cost you €8. To enter the crypt it’s €3.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the entire world! It also happens to be situated in the region of Tuscany, within close driving distance of Florence. The tower was not originally meant to lean to one side. It was built with an alignment 5 degrees out. However, the term ‘happy accident’ could best describe this incredible landmark because it has turned into one of the most visited and unique sights that Tuscany has to offer.

Il Palio, Siena

Twice a year in the Tuscan town of Siena the famous Il Palio horse race is held in the town’s main square, Piazza del Campo. The race circles the Piazza, on which a thick layer of dirt is laid out. 10 riders race bareback, and they all wear colour representing 10 of the 17 districts of Siena. There is standing room for 28,000 people and reserved seating for 33,000. Although for the later you will need to book far in advance.

Tuscan Countryside

Possibly the best thing about Tuscany is the beautiful Tuscan countryside! Picture traditional Tuscan farmhouses, rolling green hills, and other countryside views playing out before you. I highly recommend hiring a car and taking a drive around it, or taking a tour that will allow you to stop off and take some pictures.

5 Events Not To Be Missed in Prague

Heading to Prague for a few days this month? If not, why not? Apart from the classics such as the Old Town, Charles Bridge, Lobkowicz Palace, Malá Strana, Spanish Synagogue, Prague Castle, Prague Zoo, St Vitus Cathedral… (OK, maybe you’ll need more than a few days), here are just some of the events to czech out (sorry) in April, and many are just a short walk from the hostel!:


Birth of Joy @La Fabrika (just a 5-minute walk from PLUS Prague)

A psychedelic rock ’n‘ roll band from Netherlands. I mean, you just have to go, right?

Entry: 290czk (€ 10.70)

Naplavka Street Food Festival?

Food: definitely one of our favourite things here at PLUS Towers. This festival features some of the best street food from all corners of the world, including authentic dishes from Asia, Latin America, USA, and the Middle East, amongst others. Where else can you sample an Australian meat pie, Korean kimchi, Israeli falafel and Georgian chacapuri in the same place?

 

Location: Smichovska naplavka (on the riverbank; nearest tram = Palackeho namesti)
Entry: 30czk (€ 1.10)

 

St Matthew’s Fair

The Czech Republic’s most-visited fair, featuring with foreign and domestic rides and traditional Czech fast food stalls. What’s not to like?

Location: Vystaviste Holesovice, 2 tram stops away

 

The Slav Epic, by Alfons Mucha

We don’t think a visit to any city is complete without taking in some culture, and while Prague has it by the bagfull, why not try out something a bit different? This exhibition features 20 huge canvases about the history of the Slavic people.

Location: National Gallery at Veletrzni Palac (Trade Fair Palace, 3 tram stops from PLUS Prague)
Entry: 90-180 czk (approx. € 3.30 – € 6.60)

 

The Soul of Money (multimedia exhibition)

An interesting take on the concept of most people’s favourite thing: money. So having already saved a load of it by staying at PLUS Prague, why not take a closer look at our relationship with money? Not recommended with a hangover.

 

Location: DOX Centre for Contemporary Art (5min walk)
Entry: 90czk (€ 3.30) – students, 180czk (€ 6.60) – adults, plus a 50% discount for guests