22nd June10AmPrague to HelsinkiThis was the time to go back and relax after this thrilling and tiring journey. It was a moment I lived in my style.World is small and beautiful. Travel to learn, explore and understand nature and its beauty, human and its invention & people and their culture.The planning took me around 3 months of research and not involving any agent at any step. This helped me book my Air -tickets well in advance, hostels at a cheaper cost and other things.For any queries related to travel and planning, you can feel free to reach to me on tripoto.Financials: The figures have been rounded-off to the nearest figure for calculation.1. 10th June 2016: Direct flight Finnair (to and fro) to Helsinki (Finland) : Rs 41000/- (Booked on GoIbibo, after a discount of 5k)2. 10th June 2016: Reached Helsinki (6.5 hrs journey).3. Next 2 days : Free stay at Friends house ( Spend some 30 euros in travelling around)= Rs 20004. 12th June 2016: Missed ship from Helsinki Harbour ( pre booked on an offer for 4 euros + 10 euro breakfast , Ship : Viking Line) = Rs 8405. 12th June 2016: Paid 52 Euros extra (adjustment) to catch another ship from Turku (2 hrs from Helsinki, Finland) + 30 euros ( Taxi + Train ticket from Helsinki to Turku) = 8o Euros = Rs 56006. 13th June 2016: Arrived in Stockholm, Stay in "City Hostel" booked via hostelworld app = 34 euro (2 days) = Rs 25007. 13th - 15th June 2016:Travelling in Stockholm ( 600 Swedish krona = Rs. 50008. 15th June 2016: Flight to Rome ( pre booked 80 euros )= Rs 60009. 15th - 17th June 2016: Stay in Rome "The yellow" (40 euros) + Travelling + Food = 50 euros = Rs 700010. 17th June 2016: Bus from Rome to Venice (15 euros)= Rs 1100/-11. 18th - 20th June 2016: Venice Stay "Camping Rialto" (Camp area : 22 euros (2 days), Travelling and food = 40 euros. Total= Rs 450012. 20th June 2016: Flight from Venice to Prague (Pre Booked)= 50 euros = Rs 400013. 20th June 2016: Stay in "Hostel Mango"( 28 euros for 2 days)= Rs 230014. 20th - 22nd June 2016 : Travelling + food =30 Euros (Converted from Czech Korona) = Rs 250015. 22nd June 2016: Flight from Prague to Helsinki (Pre-booked) = 50 euros = Rs 400016. 23rd June - 29th June :- Helsinki ( Rest + Visiting other friends etc)= 60-70 euros = Rs 500017. 29th June: Flight back to India.18. Visa charges ( VFS global, Delhi) - Rs 6600/ - (Non- Refundable). In case of 1st rejection, you can appeal, but if that is also rejected, you have to forfeit the money.Note: 1. I did not indulge in any kind of luxury shopping (only bought some t-shirts etc on sale), because the motive was to explore as much I can within my budget. 2. I cooked my own food in every hostel (so hostels were booked keeping in mind if they have a kitchen facility). 3. I missed my ship in Helsinki, due to which I had to pay an extra 80 euros (which I think I could have saved).4. There was a deep and thorough research done as to what places to visit, which hostel to stay-in, which flight to book. There are a lot of things you need to consider before you plan such trips (As you play in with a different currency). 5. Also, time of visit has a great impact on your expense, June- August is the peak season, but if you plan it well and book you tickets and accommodation well in advance, this will bring a minimal impact on you expense.
If you think you have it in you, nothing should stop you" , dont care who quoted, but I believe in it.It all started in march 2016, when I planned to explore Europe alone and my passport was excited to get itself stamped for the first time.Planning everything yourself is altogether a different experience and also helped me save a lot of money by not routing through agents.Applying for Schengen visa needs a port of arrival (one country) and I had an invitation letter from one of my close friend in Finland which helped me apply for the visa.I got a call from finland embassy for an interview and I asked for an extension in my travel by a month due to some reasons. I think I sounded genuine to them and they accepted it.
8) Ice SkatingHelsinki is home to one of the nicest ice skating rinks! They give you the right kind of boots and the access to the rink for 12 euros as long as you want in a day! We fell, we crawled, and we learnt. It was so much fun!
Solo travel gives you a golden chance to meet new people and get a taste of unique cultures around the world. Finland is a country warmest at heart towards the visiting travellers with their local food leaving you deliciously directionless in the best walking trails. And if you are at a countryside during Midsummer celebration, chances are that you have a time of your life.
After the Ice hotel visit, I wanted to meet the Santa for which I had to fly to Finland. Due to the airline strike my flight from Kiruna (closest airport to Ice hotel) to Stockholm got cancelled. I had to pay double the price on the spot and take the flight to catch my next flight to Helsinki. You see I was so desperate to say Hi to Santa! Finally I reached Helsinki in the night and I was not left with any time to roam around in the city. I just picked up some Indian food as I had not had it for some many days then and hit the bed. Next morning I took the flight for Rovaniemi.
We took a cruise ship from Stockholm to Helsinki (for 42 euros a person, it was a steal.) After Stockholm, Helsinki can come across as a being a little bland. Use it as a rest day in your journey, and walk around looking for places to eat. Ravintola Kuu is a great place to try reindeer if that's on your wishlist. Cafe Ekberg is the oldest cafe in Helsinki, and a good place to have coffee and the local specialty of Napoleon pastry.
To get there, we took a two-hour ferry ride. Looking back on the picturesque town of Tallinn from the ship. We claimed a round table at the front of the ship. I took advantage of this time to catch up on my sleep! Helsinki is in the Baltic Sea. Founded in 1550, it is the capital of Finland. It was ruled by Russia from 1089 to 1917, the year it proclaimed independence. Today it is a very prosperous city and has a high standard of living. It is one of the World's northernmost capitals and has a lengthy and very cold winter, which lasts from October to April. Winters are also very dark with the sun setting around 3:15 the days we were there. They also had a fun outdoors Christmas Market and a special art show going on the weekend we were there. We bought two beautiful coffee cups made of ceramic with a felt cozy they sit in.