The Drunken Traveler: Budapest
Eli's Travel Blog
January 19th, 2016
What's to Love?
1. The People
Out of all the places in Europe I’ve been to, Budapest was the one place where I didn’t encounter any dicks. First night there, almost no cash, huge group of Americans stumbling through traffic with their luggage, bumbling through crowds yet not once did anyone yell at us or bitch us out. Absolutely crazy. In Prague we’d get yelled at for literally just being on a train. Here? People were offering to give us directions, complimenting us, and some of the girls we were with couldn’t go a step without someone begging to take them on a date. You could be completely hammered, incoherent, and belligerent and they would still be nice to you. What? It was normal for strangers to just strike a conversation with you at any time, and it was a pleasant change from being told that most people in Europe are cold and keep to themselves.
Three Biggest Tips
3. Talk to everyone, they're probably cool as hell and have some awesome stories to tell
While in Budapest, I met some of the coolest people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting, from California to Australia to the Philippines to everywhere in Europe. It’s a hugely popular destination, which means you’re bound to find someone who speaks the same language as you. Let's face it. Everyone you meet abroad is 50 times cooler than your friends back home, and will always give you those Instagram likes you crave so bad. Budapest is a perfect mix of touristy but also not touristy, if you get what I'm saying. It attracts adventurers, risk-takers, and people who like to live. You'll meet more cool, care-free travelers here than you will in, say, London or Paris. Talk to locals, talk to waiters, talk to cab drivers, talk to bartenders, literally talk to everyone. Budapest has some of the friendlier people in Europe, take advantage of it.
2. Take a shit ton of pictures, seriously
For most people, Budapest is just a quick stop on their Euro-trip. This is unfortunate because there is so much to see, and definitely not enough time to see all of it. From the views around the Danube, to the castles and cathedrals and gardens, you’re not going to want to forget a thing. I find myself looking back through my pictures of Budapest more than any other place I’ve been to, listening to George Ezra’s Budapest and just reminiscing on those good old days.
1. Party your face off.
Even if it isn’t your thing, do it. Even the most responsible, worrisome person of your group will have a blast. This girl who I was convinced had never even thought about a guy before was sucking face with Hungarians by the end of our first night night. Go to a bath party. Go to any club. Day drink. Whatever. Budapest is where the magic happens.
I mean honestly, if I haven't convinced you to go to Budapest by now, I don't think anything will. If you're planning a Euro-trip with friends, suggest Budapest. Budapest over Paris, over London, Berlin, whatever. Go to all those places too, but do not leave Europe without spending a few nights in Budapest. You won't know the language. You won't know your way around. You won't know anything, but by the end of your time in Budapest, you'll already know you'll be going back sometime soon.
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