Hi guys! Welcome to another travel blogpost. We've traveled a lot in the last month (and are still planning trips for the near future) so we hope you're excited for some of that content! We'll be uploading our travel diaries soon, so keep your eyes peeled!
In this first blogpost from our Europe trip, we'll be talking about our first stop: Brussels, Belgium. Neither one of us had ever gone to Belgium before, so we were so excited to see what it was all about.
1. Definitely take day trips if your schedule allows.
We were in Belgium for about 4 days, so we decided 1 of those would be a full day trip day. This was a great idea, because it’s so easy to hop on a train and go to the next couple cities for a couple hours each. First stop was Bruges, Belgium. Less than an hour away from Brussels city center and it’s the hub for green pastures, adorable shopping, and the cutest streets you’ll ever see. Second stop was Ghent. This is a bigger city than Bruges and it has a lot of castles.
2. Get an Airbnb here, but remember you’ll have to walk.
We saved a lot of money on a cheap Airbnb in Brussels that was about a 20-30 minute walk to city center. It was approximately $40 a night for a small studio apartment that was super clean and comfy for the 4 days. If you go closer to the downtown area, you’ll pay triple that easily. To save money: go for the longer walk and bring your Nikes.
3. Bring a reusable bag in your suitcase.
This is random, but you’ll probably at some point want to grocery shop for some snacks or meals depending on how long you stay. In Belgium specifically, we didn’t have a lot of luck with an array of restaurants, especially in our neighborhood. You have to pay for bags in most all of Europe, so maybe save some cents and bring your own.
4. English speakers beware.
This may not come to a surprise for most of you, but English was the worst in Belgium (out of the 3 countries we went to). You could always bring a language book or download some apps if you need help.
Highlights: Definitely go to Grand Place in central Brussels. They have tons of restaurants and shopping and it’s great for pictures (also the metro is nearby).
Tip: The hop-on hop-off buses looked really awesome, but we missed it because of time. Check when they do their routes! It’s probably the perfect way to see the entire city.
Overall we highly enjoyed our trip to Belgium and if we go, please tell us what you thought as well! Also...you must, under any circumstances, get a waffle with Nutella & strawberries or whatever other toppings you like. They're delicious, as expected.
Sarah & Rachel