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

What Makes A Good Hostel Locker?

Staying in a hostel dorm room is a different experience to staying in a hotel or a private hostel room. You’re sharing your room with other backpackers. Although things being stolen in a hostel is very rare, due to the fact there may be people in your room you haven’t met before it’s important that every hostel offers individual lockers to put your valuables. Most people who steal things like phones or iPads are usually opportunists rather than mastermind thieves, so you don’t want to make it easy for someone by leaving stuff lying around on your bed unattended while you’re out. Equally, you don’t want to go out walking with all of your most valuable possessions in case your bag for instance gets stolen while you’re out! Thankfully PLUS hostels offers individual lockers in every one of our hostels, and most other hostels do too! However, not every hostel is as up-to-date with their customers as PLUS is. Sometimes having the wrong type of locker can bring about it’s own problems! I therefore wanted to talk about the best kind of locker, and how it should be. This is both to help hostel owners/managers, but if you’re staying in a hostel with all the below things then you know you’re in a good one too!First off, every hostel should have lockers!

OK, before we even get started – Every hostel should have a locker! If it doesn’t have lockers don’t book it! 1) You need to know you can lock away your valuables when you’re sharing a room with other people you may not know, and 2) If you’re stuff does get stolen abroad and you didn’t have it on your person or locked away at the time in a locker/security box etc, then most travel insurance companies will not accept your claim!

Fit any kind of padlock!

A locker which allows the customer (that’s you) to fit your own padlock is better than the kind where the hostel gives you their own key. For one, if you lose the key it means the hostel doesn’t have to fork out money for a replacement from their point of view, but it also gives you more trust that only you know the lock combination or hold the key to that lock. I trust completely 99% of hostel workers, but if you’re staying somewhere dodgy you want to know it’s your locks not theirs if you get what I’m saying! Also, it’s just a bit more peace of mind if you’ve never stayed in a hostel before that you’re stuff is as safe as it can be!

Lockers in the rooms…

Lockers in the rooms are always better than those outside the rooms (although lockers outside the rooms are still better than nothing.) There is 2 reasons for this… The first is that A) It’s more convenient, and B) It’s an added bit of security that when you’re in the room (at night for instance) you will hear or see anybody if they did indeed try to break into your locker (although as I said before, this is very rare to happen in a hostel!)

Big enough to fit an entire backpack!

At PLUS, as well as all the above things, we have lockers that are actually big enough to fit a whole backpack and more! Sometimes it’s frustrating when you go to a hostel and the lockers are so small you can’t even fit a computer! It means only some of your stuff is protected. If the lockers are big enough to fit all of your belongings then you can just open it and put your entire luggage into it when you arrive! It just makes things easy…

Easy Ways To Save Money As You Travel…

One of the biggest surprises most people have when they ask me how I afford to travel so much is finding out just how little it costs to travel continuously. In 2012 I managed to travel to 12 countries over about 10 months, spending just €7000 total. That included the cost of all flights, accommodation, food, and tourist attractions. Most people I speak to imagine it must cost at least double that for 1 year of travel. It doesn’t. So how do you travel for so long and spend less in a year than what you would back home paying a years worth of bills?

Stay in hostels or camp sites…

On average a mid range hotel room in a city centre location in Western Europe will cost you around €80 per night. For a bed in a dorm room like those at PLUS you can find prices start from as low as €8 per night (in our Prague hostel). That’s a saving of €72 per night! If you’re willing to camp in a tent you could potentially save even more. Accommodation is one of your biggest expenses on the road. If you can curb this you’ll find your travels last much longer!

Budget airlines in Europe

I’m European based, and as such my travels in 2012 were predominantly based in that continent. Usually this would mean spending more money on my travels as Europe is quite an expensive continent, however, one thing that is very cheap here is flights. Europe is home to many budget airlines, and if you can follow all of the low-cost-carrier’s rules, you’ll find that it’s possible in the off-season to fly for as little as €30 one-way on occasion.

There’s always something to do for free!

What I have learned while travelling is that no matter where you go, no matter how expensive the cost of living is in that city, there is always something to do for free there if you just look hard enough. It may simply be heading to the beach for the day, or finding out when the local museums & art galleries let you in for free (this happens quite a lot so do your research in each city that you go). It could also be just going for a walk and sight seeing. It doesn’t cost anything to take a picture beside a landmark or take some pictures of the local scenery. Sometimes getting lost in a destination can be the most beautiful thing, and it can be so much more rewarding (and cheaper) than the over-priced tourist attraction.

Eat in when you can

Eating the local cuisine in a foreign destination can sometimes be the easiest way to experience a local culture. However, depending on where you’re travelling eating out all the time can also cost you a lot of money. On a year long trip it’s important to pace yourself with eating out. Why not pick a local recipe and then stay in and cook some nights for a change? You can still have the local foodie experience by sourcing the produce and recipe locally, but you won’t have the price tag usually associated with eating out in a restaurant.

Never take a taxi!

Taking a taxi every time you arrive into a new destination is a sure-fire way to run up your travel costs quickly! In most European cities it only costs €3 – €4 to take the train from the airport to the city centre, but a taxi will usually cost you 10 times that figure! A little research into what metro station you need to get off at or what bus stop is close to your hostel and you’ll go a long way to saving yourself some cash.