Selling Lego
Until I gave up everything to travel the world, I was a company director. Although I completed my degree in computing, I instead ended up selling Lego – that’s right, the childhood toy, Lego.

Since then I’ve spent the past five years (give or take) dedicating my life to the plastic brick. Since I started sharing my life (plus my lovely girlfriend Helen’s life) on Youtube it’s something that’s fascinated our audience. An since we’re no longer in the market, and don’t plan on going back anytime soon I instead decided to share my secrets of the Lego trade.

This is… How To Sell Lego At A Lego Show or Toy Fair 


Step #1: Register As Self Employed With HMRC

It’s BORING. It’s DULL. But it needs to be done. If you’re not already you’re going to need to register as self employed, or set yourself up as a limited company etc. 

Speak to an accountant for more information as to what will suit you and your current situation. 

Step #2: Decide What Lego You’re Going To Sell

When you’re starting out you’re probably not going to have a whole lot of cash to spend on stock. So you’re going to want to limit yourself to a particular Lego niche.

Head to a local Lego show and do your research, what are other sellers selling? 

What’s going to make you different?

It could be used bricks instead of new (selling used required additional cleaning materials, marketing products etc. so do your research)

It could be sets, bags of loose bricks, models, minifigures… The list is endless!

Step #3: Buy Lego

Now the fun part… Buy said Lego.

Once you’re happy with your research and know you’re niche you can begin buying your stock. 

I’ll be going into this in much more detail in a future post. 

Step #4: Get Public Liability

While public liability insurance isn’t compulsory I’d seriously recommend it.

A public liability policy covers your business if someone is injured in some way by your business, or if you damage third party property when carrying out work. Even just a minor scratch to personal property could lead to hefty fines, especially as you could be required to pay legal fees if the case goes to court, and these too will be covered by your policy.

You’re also going to want to update other insurance policies such as car insurance if you’re using your car to transport goods to / from shows and transport stock. Not to mention house / contents insurance if that’s where you’re storing your stock when not at a show.

Step #5: Find List Of Potential Shows

Next you’re going to want to find a list of potential shows you can attend. Some shows will be easier to attend than others. However in the beginning I’d recommend doing as many smaller shows as possible to perfect your set up and whole experience.

Just because you’re selling Lego doesn’t mean you have to restrict yourself just to Lego shows. You could also look at doing Toy Fairs, School Fates etc…

Join some Lego associated Facebook groups and use Google to find out about the possible events near you.

Step #6: Speak To Show Organisers

Now you’ve found a list of events you want to attend you’re going to want to contact event organises as far in advance as possible. 

Be honest, explain you’re new to the scene, explain your niche and you’re offering. Although Lego shows are very popular you’re much more likely to be accepted if you’re offering something different to the other people selling that the show.

Don’t be afraid of picking up the phone and calling the organiser, communication is ALWAYS better over the phone.

Step #7: Get Storage & Promotional Materials

Now you all set for you’re first show you’re going to want some storage & promotional materials;

Business Cards
– Flyers
– Table Clothes
Storage Boxes: I always use Really Useful Boxes, they may cost slightly more than other boxes but they’ll last FOREVER. 
PayPal Machine: Allowing you to accept card payments direct into your PayPal account. 

Step #8: Attend Event

So, the time has come for you to attend your event and sell Lego!
However, before you get started a couple of things to note…

– Get there early: Anything can happen on the way to event, it’s always better to have more time than less.
– Take plenty of change: Again, always better to have more than less…
– Introduce yourself: Not just to the organisers but other sellers and displayers.
– Be polite: Kind of goes without saying right?
– Take snacks: You might not always have time to nip somewhere to get food so be sure to take snacks so you can eat as you go.

Step #9: Review & Repeat

Your first show is over, and by now you probably know what went well, and what didn’t.

However, don’t worry… It’s probably a little too early to judge too much so make some minor changes and head to the next show.

From experience each and every single show is different. Like anything we can do well somedays and terrible others, we can sell out of one thing at one show and have hundreds left over at another. – That’s almost the fun of it.

Now you’re on your own. It’s all about learning through experience, adjusting, learning, and adjusting again.


An that’s it. My complete guide as to how to sell Lego at a Lego show, toy fair etc. As always if you have absolutely any questions about this topic feel free to leave me a comment below and I’ll be sure to get back to you.

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Destinations, Europe, Travel

We have visited the wonderful lego world of Billund, Denmark twice now. Known as the home of the plastic construction bricks Lego. Both of our trips to Billund, Denmark were centred around meeting the guys at Lego HQ and have an exclusive tour of the Lego factory. 

However, that was just one day of the often three to four nights we would spend here. Which meant we were very excited to share with you our secrets to a Lego-Tastic trip to the home of the Brick!

Travel Insurance – £10

Before you go anywhere you’re going to need travel insurance. Travel insurance covers you for small things such as loss of baggage or larger things such as illness of death abroad.

Whilst it isn’t compulsory I personally wouldn’t go anywhere outside of the UK without it. I have travel insurance as part of a service with my bank. If you don’t have travel insurance already then I recommend using a comparison service such as Go Compare to find the cheapest / most suitable insurance policy for your needs.

For the purposes of this study let’s say that you don’t have travel insurance but you manage to pick up an annual worldwide travel insurance policy for £10.

 

Airport Parking – £7.50

The cost of airport parking or any parking for that matter usually frustrates me. However, our three nights of parking at Luton Airport worked out not to be so bad. We car shared with 2 friends to cut the cost which made it £7.50 per couple

If you’re looking for some alternatives then consider Just Park, BlaBla Car or even using public transport to get to the airport.

If you absolutely must drive to the airport then check out my review of the service Looking4Parking which works as an aggregator to find you the very best deal


Flight – £65.98

We were highly specific as to exactly when we wanted to visit Billund, Denmark. As our meeting and tour of the Lego factory had been booked for a specific date. This meant that despite booking almost five months in advance meant that we ended up paying £65.98 each for a return flight. 

If you’re more flexible as to when you visit then return flights can be purchased for more than half that price.



Internal Travel – £20

On this particular occasion we required a car to get around Billund. Luckily as we were travelling as part of a group we managed to reduce this cost significantly.

There is limited public transport within Billund, Denmark. However, with everything been within a 2-3 mile radius, it shouldn’t really be required.

Hotel – £76.50

During our first trip to Billund we stayed a mile from the centre in a B&B. The place was fantastic, and the staff were wonderful. However, the lack of public transport, cycle lanes and paths made walking to the centre very difficult. 


During our second trip to Billund however, we stayed at the Lalandia resort. Shared with 6 other people.
The facilities at Lalandia enabled us to have self-catering, an on-site supermarket and much more, even though the cost as a whole was expensive the experience was much better.

Three nights at Lalandia was €613 however, by splitting it with 6 other people the cost for myself and Helen was just £153.


Think Centre Parcs next to Legoland and an airport and you wouldn’t be far wrong. This place is amazing for group trips and families alike. A 5-minute car ride from the airport, no check in needed as you get the code for the apartment via email. Everything is done electronically.


The resort as a whole is amazing, packed with crazy golf, arcade, swimming pool, shops, restaurant, petting farm… There’s also parks and play areas dotted about between cabins so you don’t have to go to the main centre if the kids want to play etc.


Attractions – £41.89

The one, and pretty much the only attraction in Billund, Denmark is Legoland.

Before we get started with my brief review of the attraction there’s a something I feel I should mention. I’m an adult fan of Lego, I didn’t travel with a child (which of course the park is tailored to) and I’m often around large scale, highly detailed models.

On our first trip to LegoLand in Billund we paid to visit, and honestly I was disappointed. Considering it was the ‘heart’ of Lego I was expecting something more. The whole park felt worn. Credit, where credit is due. The vast majority of the park is outdoors so I can’t imagine it’s easy to maintain but it just looked so outdated… 







Of course, no park is complete without rides and Legoland, Billund is no different. However, I can’t see any of the rides being at all a thrill for anyone over the age of 12. 

It’s worth noting that the second time we visited we entered the park after 4pm. By doing so you can enter for free. All the rides are closed but you’re free to wonder and explore for up to an hour until the park closes.

Food – £75

During our first visit to Billund we ate out a lot. We we’re meeting people who we weren’t staying with and didn’t have many kitchen supplies allowing us to cook meals. However, our second visit to Billund came with more organisation and accommodation tailored to self-cating which reduced the costs significantly. 


Some of the places we ate during our time in Billund included;

Restaurant Billund
Visited this restaurant three times; twice in 2015, and again in 2016 (there’s not much choice in central Billund when it comes to food). Unfortunately, on all occasions, both the service and the food has been mediocre. 

Billund Bageri
Everything in Denmark is costly, but this place seemed to really hit my wallet hard! Each time we bought a drink and a sweet pastry. On our last visit, we found it more cost effective to buy a cake than multiple pastries which lasted us the entire time we were there. 

Don’t get me wrong, on all occasions we’ve visited (multiple times in 2015 + 2016) the food and cakes have been delicious, just don’t come thinking this is going to be a €2 kind of job – because it’s not. On the plus side, there’s free wifi!


Souvenirs – £0

As always we opt not to purchase souvenirs. Our trip to Billund, Denmark was no different. As with all of our trips we instead put the money we would have spent on another trip, and the chance to make even more memories.

An so, there we have it, my complete guide to how to have the most Lego-tastic weekend in Billund, Denmark. If you are planning a trip to Billund, or have recently come back then be sure to let me know in the comments where you stayed, what you did etc. I’d absolutely love to know!

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Blogging, Technology
The GoPro 4 Silver, was my first GoPro camera. An while it’s no longer the latest model of GoPro action cameras it’s still a great camera for those looking for the ‘perfect action shot’. Which is exactly why I decided to still review it on the blog today.

Go Pro 4 silver
I’m not going to bore you with the specifics of this camera. There’s better websites, that go into much more detail than I ever could on that topic. Instead, I want to talk about the basic features and what the camera is like to use for someone who’s really only used to shooting on a mobile phone or maybe the occasional point and shoot camera.


The camera can be a little fiddly to use at first. However, with practice it becomes simple and straight forward. The non-official accessories such as mounts are usually very good and very affordable, the same goes for additional batteries, meaning you should never have an excuse not to capture any moment.

The camera takes a micro SD card and can both record in a full HD resolution (1080p) up to a rate of 30fps. Finally, I think it goes without saying and is the reason most of us buy this particular brand of camera. The camera is fully waterproof up to 40metres, shockproof and is absolutely amazing for capturing moments from all sorts of different activities.


So, if you’re looking to advance into action and underwater shots with your blog / vlog. There really is no better brand and with the release of the new GoPro 5 the price of the GoPro 4 Silver has dropped significantly making this a much more affordable camera for newcomers to the ‘action camera’ market.

If you’re still unsure then check out how the GoPro 4 Silver stacks up to the other GoPro cameras on the market right now using this table below;



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Destinations, Travel, UK

We have visited the city of Leicester a few times now. During every visit our main focus has been a Lego show hosted at the National Space Museum. However, during our most recent trip to Leicester we were left with more downtime than usual and was given the chance to explore this fantastic city. 

It, therefore, seemed only fitting that we put together our guide of how to visit Leicester, England on a budget;

 

Travel

The cost of your travel to Leicester is going to be impacted on by two things;

The distance to Leicester
The way in which you travel

As the purpose of our visit was for the Lego show, we chose to drive the 87 miles.

Other options could include the coach (MegaBus travel from Leeds to Leicester three times a day at a cost of £5.00 per person each way) or train (Leeds to Leicester takes almost three hours and requires a change in Sheffield, it also costs almost £40 during off-peak times so be sure to check before you travel)

As we travelled by car one issue we were faced with was finding a centrally located hotel with parking facilities. Otherwise we could be faced with additional parking costs – something to always bare in mind when travelling with a vehicle. 

Hotel

As we were looking to stay within walking distance of the city centre we chose the Ibis Leicester. We stay in Accor branded hotels a lot when travelling within the UK (In fact I think this is our tenth stay in an Accor branded hotel during 2017)

The hotel came with complimentary parking. Although it could be said that it was a little ‘wild’ as there were far more cars than there were spaces which left people scrambling to park in rather unsatisfactory ways. 


This Ibis hotel was the first that we’ve stayed in with the newly refurbished rooms. Which was clean, spacious, modern and practical. The check in / check out process was simple and straight forward and the staff were friendly and helpful. Being an Accor Gold Member (a status from loyalty to Accor hotels) we were offered a complimentary drink, however this was just for one of us despite two people staying in the room – which was a little awkward… but hey!

Attractions

Just outside of the city centre is the National Space Centre. While this is a unique attraction it comes at a price that could ruin most budgets. I’d really like to see them remove the parking charges and introduce a family ticket that’s a little more budget friendly.


If your kids are into space you’re not going to be disappointed. However, be sure to bring a packed lunch to avoid the additional costs of the on-site cafe.


If you’re a lover of shopping then don’t forget to check out High Cross. This highly modern shopping centre in the city centre is full of fantastic shops. The entire centre was clean, and the security staff were always available should you need any assistance. 

Other things to do during your trip to Leicester, England on a budget include; A trip to King Richard III Visitor Centre, a walk around Leicester Cathedral or if you’re a football fan watching a match at the King Power stadium – home to the Leicester Football Team, the premier league winners of 2016.

Food

Our Ibis hotel provided a complimentary cold buffet of food which was a perfect way to start the day – and keep costs down. We also made trips to the supermarket and bought items to make a packed lunch to eat in the park or on the benches in the city.

However, we did splurge a little on an evening eating out in the heart of the city. We opted for one of our favourite chains of restaurants, Yo Sushi. 

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Competitions, Save Money
Despite being in the ‘internet age’ there are still hundreds of competitions printed in magazines weekly. However, not all magazine competitions are created the equal.

Today I’m going to be sharing my winning techniques for finding low-entry magazine competitions. How to enter them, and how to win!

What Magazine Competitions To Enter

If you bought every single magazine that featured a competition in, you’d be broke. Magazines aren’t cheap and can range anywhere from £1.50 up to £6. So it’s really important to remember two things;

Only buy magazines for competition prizes you want to win!
Only buy magazines that you NEED to buy
in order to enter the competition

What do I mean by that. Well, Magazine competitions come in all different shapes and sizes, here’s some examples;

 



How To Find Magazine Competitions

Now we’ve spoken about the types of magazine competitions you should enter. Let’s talk about how you can find them. An honestly, it couldn’t be much more straight forward. It’s a simple case of trial and error.

Get into the supermarket, into the magazine shops and start flicking through magazines.

Look for that magic word, Win! – ‘Di Coke – SuperLucky.me’

Once you find a magazine with a competition in, write it down. That way you can go straight to that magazine next week or next month. The likelihood is that if they have a competition in one entry, they’ll have a competition in them all… 

Depending on the types of prizes you want to win will depend on the magazines you look at. For example if you want to win a spa break, then you’re probably not going to find a competition to win one in a kids magazine. Instead you’ll want to be looking at the likes of ‘Women and Home’ and ‘Women’s Fitness’.

If you find yourself buying the same magazine every single month because it’s required to enter competitions that you actually want to win then it might work out cheaper to purchase a subscription. 


How To Enter (and win!) Magazine Competitions

Magazine will often feature the winners of the competitions in their latest edition. They might including the winning entry albeit a photo or a letter. 

This means you want to be ‘on brand’ what does the magazine stand for? who is the target audience? can you discuss in detail a particular topic featured within the magazine? 

Once you’ve created something ‘on brand’ you want to write / demonstrate your passion. Show your love for the magazine, show why you are the number one fan. It can be as simple as having a massive cheesy grin on your face on the photo, holding the magazine with pride. Alternatively, it can be simply explaining how excited you get when the subscription comes through your letterbox, how you look forward to it every single month etc.

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Everything Else, Save Money

As interest rates remain at a gut wrenching low, many of us are looking for an alternative investment for our money – and who can blame us?

I’ve been interested in properties for as long as I can remember – and jumped at the chance to own my first home at the earliest opportunity. Now, I’m starting to look at the next stage and for me that’s always been property investments.

A mixture of developments and buy-to-lets. However, having recently sold that first home I bought I know the sheer cost of estate agent fees. With the launch of low-cost, high street alternatives in online estate agents, I believe the market is changing, for the better – and fast!

Which is why when UPad got in touch and asked me to take a look at their site and service offerings I jumped at the chance!

What Is An Online Estate Agent?

Before we start talking about UPad specifically. Let’s talk a little about online estate agents. An online estate agent is a low cost and effective alternative to a traditional high street agent. 

If you’re looking at letting a property then you can expect a bricks and mortar estate agent to charge you a tenant find fee alongside a monthly management fee that ranges between 6% and 17% depending on location, agent and service offerings.

What Is The Benefit Of Using An Online Estate Agent?

However, with an online agent you’re only charged a small upfront amount to advertise your property. That’s it. The services are the often the same if not better – again depending on agent. 

I guess you’re wondering how an online agent can offer the same services for less money… well it’s simple.
Overheads and economics.

Firstly, we all know that to run a store on the high street costs a lot of money, and with most agents having more than one store, that’s a lot of money. Secondly, online letting agents provide online tools to allow landlords to manage their properties advertisements and tenancy. The initial investment in these tools means more savings for online agents, which they can then pass onto us, the customer.

 

How Much Could You Save With An Online Estate Agent?

London and south-east estate agents Foxton’s charges landlords a whopping 13.2% of the annual rent for finding a tenant. Rising to 20.4% if the landlord also wants the agency to manage the property.

However, the costs don’t end there… There’s also a £420 admin fee, £165 to check-in a tenant, £150 for gas and electricity safety certificates (each), plus an additional 12% of the value of any works above £1,000 that need to be done on the property.

However the costs don’t end there… Foxtons also charges tenants £420 per property alongside a further £165 to organise a tenant check-out at the end of the tenancy.

As the Upad savings calculator shows, landlords with Foxton’s with a property renting at £1,700 a month (typical London pricing) are paying around £2,600 per year and can save around £1,600 per year by moving to Upad. That’s an additional 1 months rent per year or an additional £133 per month!!

 

Why UPad?

So by now you’re probably convinced that an online estate agent is the way to go. However, if you’re a landlord, why should you specifically be looking at Upad to handle your property?

I’ll give you five awesome reasons why… 

1. Personalised Support

Your highly qualified account manager and the rest of the Upad team are dedicated to helping you find the right tenant for your property as quickly as possible and are available to contact 7 days a week.

2. The Leading Online Letting Agent

As online letting is still relatively new it’s nice to go with the leaders in the field. Over the past five years Upad has established themselves as the very best online letting agent, and has over 40,000 successful lets under their belt!

You can even check out some of the properties currently on the market with Upad right here…


3. Online Management

As a customer of Upad you’ll have access to a personal landlord dashboard. Providing you with up to the minute information on your tenant find 24/7.

4. Only Pay For What You Need

I’m coming back to the money topic again, but honestly how frustrating is it to spend money on things you already have. Well with Upad you only pay for what you need. Which is why if you’ve already got photographs of your property – you don’t need to pay again, same with the floor plan, paperwork etc. 

All this leaves you once again, in complete control!

5. Super Fast Service

In the letting world, time is money and the longer your property is empty the more money you’re loosing. Which is why it’s good to know that Upad will have your property live on Rightmove and Zoopla within just a couple of hours.

They’ll also send through every single tenant enquiry within moments of it being made. Ensuring you get the right tenant as soon as possible. 

 

 

That was going to be the end of this post, however there’s just two pieces of extra info I want to share with you specifically about Upad that you guys might be interested in specifically if you are (or thinking about becoming) a landlord.

Firstly, here’s an interview with the founder of Upad James Davis who was and still is a letting agent. I admire this company so much more, because of James. He gets it and the way he get’s it is because he himself is a landlord and goes through the same wins and losses as every other landlord.

Which means he knows exactly what landlords need and has the ability to implement that directly.

 


Second, and finally… Don’t just take my word for it. Upad has over 700 independent Trust Pilot reviews and averages at 5 out of 5 (nice work!)

 

 
As always I’d love to know what you think about online estate agents. Have you used one to sell or let a property? Is it something you’re thinking about in the future? What worries you about the services available? Let me know in the comments below.

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Advice, Travel

Late 2016 I won the greatest competition of my life – a family trip to Universal Studios, Orlando! The prize was for four adults, and after a short conversation with my amazing, and very understanding girlfriend Helen, we decided to ask my elderly, retired parents if they’d like to join us.

While they love their short-breaks to Spain, they’ve never flown long haul, and this would be the first time we’d been on holiday ‘as a family’ in almost a decade. My dad really didn’t get a say in the matter, as we explained the competition, the prize and asked them both while he was brushing his teeth. My mum interjected quickly – a reason, I and most people absolutely love her!

We my dad took it upon himself and decided to visit for my dad’s (his) 60th Birthday in April 2017, and invite my 20 year old brother – another long haul holiday virgin with us. 

Unfortunatly, my parents are both severally disabled – more than they’d like to admit. An while they put a brave face on, their illness alongside their age was a worry.

However, I made a couple of small adjustments to ensure that our dream family holiday ran smoothly. An I wanted to share these hints and tips on how to travel with your elderly parents for others in a similar situation.

Airport Parking

The airport is a stressful place for anyone. However, our trip to the airport was made easier by upgrading to ‘meet and greet’ parking. All we needed to do was pull up to the airport departure doors on arrival and there a member of staff was waiting to help us with our bags and take our car to the car park.

On our return, we simply called the parking company who delivered our car promptly to the arrivals doors.

There were five of us travelling and the additional cost of this was around an extra £5 each. We used comparison website Looking4Parking to ensure we got the very best deal. The value for money here is absolutely amazing – Making it an absolute must when travelling with your elderly parents!

Airport Lounge

Flying long haul often means arriving to the airport in advance when compared to short haul flights. For the comfort of my elderly parents and to ensure the best value for money we used our American Express cards to gain complimentary access to the airport lounge.

Even if you don’t have complimentary access thanks to American Express I’d advise you to look into an airport lounge.

These places are fantastic value for money and start at around £15 each with complimentary drinks (including alcohol), snacks, small meals, TV, WIFI and magazines. There also secluded and out of the way, making it the ideal relaxation spot.

Extra Legroom / Aeroplane Upgrades

As well as being old (sorry Dad, it’s true) my dad is a big guy – and stubborn (sorry Dad, it’s also true…) an assumed that the Virgin Atlantic flight we were going to be flying on would equate to a Ryanair flight. Regardless of the number of times I tried to explain. 

An so we looked to upgrade their seats. We opted for extra legroom at a cost of £55 per person, each way although next time we’d look at bidding for premium economy when flying on Virgin Atlantic. 

Regardless of whether you’re flying short-haul or long-haul the small investment into an upgrade of any kind can make a big difference in your elderly parents comfort. To keep costs down, us younger lot sat behind them in the standard seats (and boy did they enjoy rubbing that in!)

Stay Close To Attractions & Amenities 

Orlando, Florida is probably one of the most taxing trips for a healthy family, let alone an elderly one. Especially for someone who’s never been before. Luckily our prize included a stay on-site at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, at Universal Orlando

Travel with your elderly parents
Staying on-site meant that we could access the theme parks and restaurants in a matter of minutes using various modes of transport (including boat!)

Minimising the time and effort it takes to travel reduces stress, not just on them, but on you too!

Take Regular Breaks

Thank goodness for benches and Starbucks!

Taking regular breaks and taking the whole trip ‘steady’ is essential in ensuring the longevity of a trip and avoiding burn out. Not only would we take our theme park days incredibly slow, we’d also ensure we had a ‘pool day’ every other day to ensure we were all well rested.


In conclusion, some small changes and a little organisation can make a big difference when travelling with your elderly parents. An our first trip together in almost a decade was a huge success, in fact they loved the US so much we’re actually going back again in October!

As always I’d love to know your suggestions on how to travel with your elderly parents, if you have any leave me a comment in the comments section below.

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Destinations, Europe, Travel

Thanks to a cheap flight from Bucharest to Budapest. – We aren’t going down the alphabet I promise!. We decided to continue our digital nomad adventure in Hungary.

A city break in Budapest isn’t uncommon. In fact, it’s one of the most well-known city break destinations in Europe. It, therefore shouldn’t come as a surprise that from of our time and experience here. We decided to put together a super budget friendly guide as to a city break in Budapest;

Travel Insurance

Before you go anywhere you’re going to need travel insurance. Travel insurance covers you for small things such as loss of baggage or larger things such as illness of death abroad.

Whilst it isn’t compulsory I personally wouldn’t go anywhere outside of the UK without it. I have travel insurance as part of a service with my bank. If you don’t have travel insurance already then I recommend using a comparison service such as Go Compare to find the cheapest / most suitable insurance policy for your needs.

For the purposes of this study let’s say that you don’t have travel insurance but you manage to pick up an annual worldwide travel insurance policy for £10.


Flight

We had been looking at our next stop after Bucharest before we got there so we had time to check out flights and transport. We found a bargain flight from Bucharest to Budapest for £8.25 each, around one week in advance. 



If you’re looking to get a return flight direct from the UK then prices start from around £39 each.

 

Internal Travel

To keep costs to a minimum we took public transport in the form of the bus direct from the airport to a shopping centre (and the start of the metro). Depending on where in Budapest you’re staying from there you can take another bus or the metro line.

Every trip we took on public transport whether it be bus or metro cost 350 Hungarian Florent each.

We found the transport system easy to use and very simple to understand. The only slightly confusing thing is that you have to purchase your ticket before any journey and validate in a machine before getting on the metro or as you embark the bus service. However, this seems like common practice across Europe.

Hotel

It comes as no surprise that the cost of accommodation was much higher in Budapest when compared to eastern Europe (where we’d come from on this trip).

To keep costs down we went for one of the cheapest hostels we could find – Hello Budapest Hostel. We stayed in a 10-bed dorm with full kitchen facilities and bathroom. Our accommodation was in a great location with the Grand Food Market behind us and a small Tesco Express at the bottom of the street. We were a short walk to the Liberty Bridge over the Danube and not far from a strip of shops and restaurants.

 

Attractions

While in Budapest we opted for a free walking tour, unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to film and the tour was very crowded and we found it hard to hear the guide talking. We decided to head off on our own and explore the city ourselves. We started off heading to St. Stephens Basilica, we paid 400 HUF (student price) to walk the 302 stairs to the top for a panoramic view of the city. 


We visited the Great Market Hall for a spot of breakfast one morning and got to see the amazing variety of fruit, veg and meat products as well as the home made clothes and dresses on the higher level. Just by the market is the lovely Liberty bridge which looks beautiful lit up in the evening.

We also took a simple stroll down the river to see the Fishermans Bastion in the distance, along with the many river cruises moored up for the night. Seeing the Danube lit up with the lights of the city and the boats is lovely to see. 


One of the last things we did while in Budapest was to go on a self-guided tour of some of the ruin pubs, I used TripAdvisor to pick the best locations to visit and we also tried out the local beer and spirits. The ruin pubs are a great thing to see as they have a great mix of the new and old of the cities buildings and culture. 



Food

To minimise our expenses and maximise the use of the facilities at the hostel we chose to shop at the local market and the supermarket wherever possible.

We did however eat out on one occasion during our stay where we looked to try some of the local Hungarian cuisine. Eating at Drum Cafe and the total meal for 2 drinks, 2 mains and 2 sides came to £9.57. 


Souvenirs

On our city break in Budapest on a budget we decided against buying souvenirs. Instead put the money we would have spent on another trip, and the chance to make even more memories.


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