What’s even better than going on holiday and living like a local? Going on holiday and living like a LUXURY LOCAL!
Our apartment in Barcelona was stunning – and here’s exactly how you could stay here yourself for a whole lot less money than your average hotel.
ENTER STAGE LEFT: Love Home Swap!
This is the second time we’ve used Love Home Swap (remember that insane New York apartment with the Emmy Award? Yeah, that one was one of them too) so to say we’re impressed is a total understatement. I really love how not only the quality of homes on the site are proper BANGIN’, but also that there’s nice ‘community vibes’ – because no one’s there to make money out of you. Everyone’s just after the same thing – somewhere nice to stay.
In this video, I’ll break down how we found this particular apartment and how we used Love Home Swap’s clever ‘points swap’ feature to stay. We also go to our friends’ incredible Barcelona wedding, get a chronic hangover (standard) and properly explore the neighbourhood of Eixample.
Following a rather raucous night at the Park Hyatt Tokyo (you can can immerse yourself in our sozzled experience here), James and I hopped on the bullet train and travelled a casual 504km to Osaka – a city infamous for its food and drink scene.
Which we were finally able to endure after what I would call one of the ‘top 10 hangovers of my life’. Hurrah!
Expect castles, street food and helpful morsels of information including how the bloody hell do you use a Japanese laundry?
With 24 hours left in Tokyo, we managed to cram in coffees and noodles in Ebisu, crossing and stationery in Shibuya, candy floss and cherry blossom in Harajuku and unlimited drinks in Shinjuku.
WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?!!
Our first two days in Tokyo included yakitori in piss alley, maid cafes, the golden gai and even a whizz around the city that in no way resembled nintendo’s mario kart…
The ‘deadliest airline in the world’ has got its act together in recent years but many are still reluctant to fly Aeroflot.
Yet at £258 for a return flight to Tokyo, we were willing to give it a go.
So, just how bad was it?
Everyone loves to talk about how expensive Japan is and so I thought it would be a great chance to flex my money saving muscles and rustle up an epic trip of:
- 10+ nights
- A bullet train tour of Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto
- A lush last night hotel stay
- Oh, and let’s throw in going at the PRICIEST time in the Japanese calendar – cherry blossom season!
First up, it’s all about the flight. AND WHAT A BARGAIN IT WAS!!!
James took me Istanbul for my birthday after a dropped a few hints (along the lines of “ooh you know where I’d love you to take me for my surprise birthday trip? Turkey) so we decided to crack out our #askalocal once more.
Was slightly more difficult than NY and London on the basis that no one could bloody understand a word we were saying (I blame James’ northern tones) but we muddled through and wasn’t it worth it?! Well, being able to say you’ve visited the ‘worst club in the world’ is quite the statement, right?
If you’re interested in what Istanbul is really like (and just how ‘safe’ a place deemed as ‘high risk’ on .gov.uk can really be…) then make sure you subscribe as we’ll take you through our experiences in the next video.