I have previously said that there are several ways to travel, based on accommodation. In my humble opinion, they can basically be broken down to fit three main categories:


These kind of accommodations are perfect for backpacking or road-tripping. It’s the motel 6, a camping ground, couch-surfing, or a cheap city hostel and it’s the perfect way to travel on a budget. It’s basically the indie movie of travel set to a soundtrack made up of equal parts Explosions in the Sky and Magnetic Fields.


Traveling this way is definitely a step up in price from basic accommodations. And while some of the accommodations in this category can be relatively expensive, there are plenty that are still affordable and can be the perfect compromise for those looking for a bit of comfort but not the hefty bill that comes with staying in luxury hotels. These hotels tend to be small, in prime real estate, and is a design lover’s wet dream. Say hi to the boutique hotel, the bed-and-breakfast, and airbnb.


Okay so these are the kind of places that cost an arm and a leg and is just as much about the experience at the hotel or resort itself as the sight-seeing around the city or town this hotel might be located. Gyms, spa services, and copious amounts of room service generally come with the territory. And unless you are making serious bank, the only opportunity you have to take one of these trips is by saving up shit tons of money and blowing it all at once, selling your left (or right) Kidney, or going on a family vacation. Mom and Dad, if you are reading this, I love you. (But seriously, as nice as this form of travel is, it’s my personal opinion that it should be done sparingly as luxuries are not meant to be indulged in all the time.)

And then, there’s the fourth type of travel, which is primarily used by 20-something-year-olds residing in Europe. It’s what I have lovingly dubbed the I’m-just-crashing-at-my-friend’s-place-because-it’s-free-and-I-love-them-plus-did-I-mention-it’s-free? type of travel. Which may just be the best form of travel because free IS beautiful. Just kidding, the most important thing about this way of traveling is not the lack of a price tag but the fact that you get to spend time with people that you love. Granted, if I were planning on staying anywhere for more than a few nights, I would definitely pay, but crashing with a friend for a long weekend is a great way to travel without having to invest in accommodation. It’s like couch surfing without the Russian Roulette factor. (Friendly Tip: Do offer to buy said friend dinner during your stay as a thank you and make sure to be ready to return the favor when they come to visit your city. No one like’s an oblivious, ungrateful asshole.) This is the kind of travel I opted for when visiting London.

Now, each type of main travel accommodation can then additionally be paired with the kind of trip you want to take – a romantic holiday with your partner, a relaxing holiday with little pressure, the adventurous trip spent exploring everything, the social trip with friends either part of or made on the journey, to name a few. Hell, it’s like building your own made-to-order burger. An amazing made-to-order veggie burger with vegan cheese and taco chips – can you tell that I’m hungry (and that I am obsessed with burgers? (Pro tip: Yellow Sunshine in X-Berg. You can thank me later.) Anyway, back to the point of this post. When you opt for that fourth style of travel, you are pretty much opting for one specific kind of pairing. Think of it like ordering the special without substitutions.

This kind of trip basically guarantees lots of hangs with awesome people. And this trip differs from just traveling with a friend to someplace new because you are visiting them not traveling with them. And so the place you are visiting often becomes less important, and the time you get to spend with friends becomes the main focus. Now I don’t mean that sight seeing and taking in the city become irrelevant. It would be pretty fucking stupid to pay for a flight to another country only to spend it sitting on the sofa at your friend’s house. But hitting every tourist attraction is just less important. (And to be honest, even when I am traveling to a new place, regardless of who is with me, I’m just not all that into serial-sightseeing).

In a lot of ways I prefer this kind of travel because I still get to see sights, but instead of running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off, constantly being surrounded by other tourists, I get to have someone who love spending time with take me on a “bespoke tour” of the city. And this tour, while still including certain touristy things, is mainly rich in giving me a taste of the local culture. (Pro tip: Visiting friends who live someplace else will also give you a better feel for what it feels like to live in said city/town/place as opposed to just seeing it with tourist eyes.)

And so, on this particular trip to London, I was less fussed about making sure I got to see specific things, and more interested in wandering around in good company. There were a few things on my list I was able to tick off – like seeing Shoreditch and Soho – but I was mainly there to have hangs and feels with good company and get away from Berlin for a weekend. I’m totally up for another trip to London – as I’m kind of obsessed with travel and have this weird thing where I actually like to go back to places I’ve already been to if I love them (Fuerteventura and Vienna, I’m looking at you). Plus I can’t wait to explore the things I have yet to see with the amazing people I have the privilege of calling my friends. But that’s how I like to leave a place – with just a few things still not checked off of my list. Because you know what they say, you should always leave a place still wanting more. And London, if you’re listening, I still want more.

London travel photos - lovefromberlin.net

London travel photos - lovefromberlin.net

London travel photos - lovefromberlin.net

London travel photos - lovefromberlin.net

London travel photos - lovefromberlin.net

London travel photos - lovefromberlin.net

London travel photos - lovefromberlin.net

London travel photos - lovefromberlin.net

London travel photos - lovefromberlin.net

London travel photos - lovefromberlin.net

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  • We are listening, and you’re always welcome.

    • rae

      Thanks Micheal! Hope you are enjoying your stay in Berlin too ;)

  • Elizabeth Hisle

    Yesss, the fourth type of travel is the best, in my opinion. I rarely get to do it, but I feel like the experience is so much more personal that way. I usually do a lot of basic traveling though. Backpack only please, with the cheapest hotel I can find. I wish hostels were more common in the US!


    • rae

      I agree entirely. Basic traveling can be so wonderful and it also such an awesome way to meet like-minded friendly travelers along the way as well. And I am totally with you, the US really needs more hostels!

  • that´s the best way of travel as u get to know lots of locals ;)

  • Beautiful photos! Looks like a great trip to London! Have a great day!

    xo, Bry


    • rae

      Thanks so much!


  • I think all types of travel can be fun in their own way, guess it depends on the purpose of your trip :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • rae

      Agreed entirely!

  • Great photos. I love to travel and the main reason is to mingle with the locals, and enjoy the culture of that perticular country.

    Kreyola Jounerys | Instagram

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Kreyola! And I agree entirely.

  • Sybil

    the pictures totally want to experience it there!! so beautiful!

    Have a great weekend!

    Animated Confessions

    • rae

      Hope you get to travel to London too! Thanks Sybil, and hope you had a great weekend as well!

  • I love going back to places I’ve been before too, I do always feel like I haven’t seen everything! Your photos are so pretty :)

    • rae

      I think it’s nice to travel to places multiple times because it takes the pressure off of jamming too many things into a short weekend. And thanks so much, Fee!

  • The Sunday Mode

    If I had close friends overseas I would definitely be tempted to stay with them for a while, as you said it’s not only cost free (woo!) but also you get to spend time in person with someone you probably don’t get to see much of!


    • rae

      I love visiting friends and am trying to make it a point of visiting people more often but also opening my door to friends as well!

  • Yeyyy I can see good old London. Great photos.

    Jenn | jenniferjayne.blogspot.co.uk

    • rae

      London is amazing. Can’t wait to go back. Thanks, Jennifer!

  • Sounds like your trip was fun! I don’t actually have any friends living permanently overseas, and can never make it somewhere when someone’s on exchange, so I’ve never been able to do this before. But when my friends start relocating they can definitely expect my body on their couches, haha.

    • rae

      It was! London is amazing. I do not think I could live there full on but I love visiting. Well if you ever make it to Berlin you are welcome to stay with me for a few days!

  • Ohhh, the trip sounds beautiful! I really loved the photos! xx


    • rae

      Thanks, Selena!

  • great post!!
    kisses from dubai ♥

  • I love it when I travel and have someone from the city in which I’m visiting show me around. It’s truly the greatest! You get to experience a new place in the eyes of someone who knows it well!

    Heba xx || The HebaBloglovinInstagram

    • rae

      I agree! It really cuts down on accidentally going to places that you may not actually like and cuts down on time trying to figure out directions as well!

  • the pictures are really beautiful!

    Dice, ’96 Wild Heart
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  • idu

    It’s always great to have a friend to do fun stuff with. Your pictures are so beautiful.


    • rae

      Thanks so much :)

  • My dream is to travel so when reading posts like this I just soak all the information up like a sponge! Beautiful snaps <3
    She Will Be

    • rae

      It’s great that you can travel vicariously through posts like this, Sylvia. Glad you enjoyed!

  • Such pretty pictures! I love going to new places and uncovering events and activities taking place!

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    • rae

      Thanks Sarah, and I am totally with you on that one!

  • Michèle

    totally love your photography


  • A great breakdown right there, so thought out too. I can’t say I’ve done much of the fourth to be honest but I’m marking your place down as one of these possible places, for the future. I’ve never been to Berlin, but I did experience the 3rd kind once in Germany, some fancy place in Bavaria, 5 star, all the fanciness. Stunning, but not the norm. Really cool post.

    Buckets & Spades

    • rae

      Oh nice, what brought you to Bavaria? And yes, do let me know if you plan on making it to Berlin!

      • I was on a press trip with Ford Mustang, ace destination.

  • Anat Koren

    Amazing photos! You look so pretty!!! Have a lovely day :-)


    • rae

      Thanks so much, Anat! glad you enjoyed them!

  • Your photos are so beautiful, I might cry! Can I ask what camera you use, as I want to get one but I want to make sure I choose the right one and yours looks like it gives amazing quality!


    • rae

      Thanks so much Francesca! These were shot with a Nikon D300. :)

  • Heidi Tuominen
    • rae

      Thanks, Heidi!

  • Your photos are so stunning!


    • rae

      Thanks, Jessica!

  • Ashlee

    I always love every post you do, great photos! Looks like you had a wonderful time!


    • rae

      Aww thank you so much Ashlee, you are too kind. So glad that you like LFB!

  • I’ve done a lot more of this fourth kind of travel ever since I started college! My friends and I try to visit each other’s campuses during our breaks :D -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • rae

      it’s a great and inexpensive way to travel! And visiting friends at different campuses sounds like a lot of fun and a great way to get a feel for other college campuses as well!